Inviting leading names from the UK solar industry up to the north east of the country, Solar Flair 2011 will reveal details of the latest advances and opportunities in the UK photovoltaic industry.

This year’s key speakers include Dr Stephen Taylor from the European Space Agency who will give an insight into the cutting edge solar power being used in the space industry as well asFranz Ziering, vice president of Bosch Solar Energy, which has developed the most efficient photovoltaic cell on the market.

Stewart Watkins, Managing Director of County Durham Development Company (CDDC), which is running the event said: “This year we’ve attracted some of the biggest names in the photovoltaic industry and their insight into the solar power revolution will be invaluable for businesses looking to develop in this cutting edge field or gain insider tips to expand their companies further.

“Understanding how photovoltaics is being used in space will be particularly revealing as the technology is often two or three steps ahead of what’s happening elsewhere in the industry.”

Additional speakers at Solar Flair include Emma Hughes, Editor of Solar Power Portal; David Thorpe, Editor of Energy & Environmental Management magazine and author of Solar Technology; Dr Chiara Candelise, of the Institute for Energy Systems, University of Edinburgh; Dr Alistair Buckley project leader of the Sheffield Solar Farm; Prof James Durrant, professor of photochemistry, Imperial College London; Dr David Lane, reader in analytical physics and advanced materials, Cranfield University and Dr Douglas Halliday, deputy director of the Centre for Materials Physics, Durham University.

The annual event is organised by the County Durham Development Company (CDDC), the business arm of Durham County Council and will take place on November 24 at the Radisson Blu in Durham.