Freiburg/Pforzheim, Germany, and Beijing, China, December 13, 2011 – Intersolar China, China's international exhibition for the solar industry, drew to a close on Friday, December 9, 2011. In total, 130 exhibitors from 13 countries attended the inaugural exhibition, which took place at the China National Convention Center in Beijing. The organizers welcomed about 4,500 visitors from all over the world. The Intersolar China Conference, which ran one day offset to the exhibition from December 6–8 at the InterContinental Hotel in Beijing, was also a big success. Nearly 60 speakers presented the latest technologies, industry trends and developments in global solar markets to 492 attendees. The organizers, partners, exhibitors and visitors were particularly impressed with the superior quality of the conference talks and the level of international participation at the exhibition.
From December 7–9, the international solar industry convened at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing to present its latest innovations and trends and discuss the development of the international and Chinese solar markets.
Bustling exhibition halls and a comprehensive program
In total, 130 companies from 13 countries exhibited their products and services across 11,000 square meters, showcasing all areas of solar electricity generation and the entire supply chain from raw materials to finished solar modules and from manufacturers to project developers. Exhibition booths were well attended thanks to the nearly 4,500 visitors walking the floor. The accompanying program was also well received: At the Innovation Exchange – the exhibition's forum for innovations– exhibitors presented their product innovations during 15-minute presentations, giving Intersolar China visitors a simple and concise overview of the latest developments in the industry. Joint Forces for Solar, an international initiative for the PV industry, presented basic information on global solar markets as part of a daylong program of events. Companies flocked to the Intersolar Pavilion to find out about Intersolar's international exhibitions and the entry conditions for the Intersolar AWARD, a highly prestigious award in the solar industry.
Expertise at the Intersolar China Conference
The organizers, partners and visitors were all impressed with the Intersolar China Conference, which took place at the InterContinental Hotel in Beijing. Jan Heydolph, Managing Director of Yatsen Associates in Beijing, China, and conference attendee, summed up his experience: "The conference was exceptionally well organized. Particular mention should be given to the mix of business and technical topics and the well-thought selection of speakers. Topics were addressed in sufficient depth despite the broad thematic spectrum, and the event was organised professionally with a coherent format. All in all, a worthwhile event that kept you interested f rom start to finish."
Over two thirds of the 60 or so speakers came from outside China. A total of 492 attendees used the three-day conference as a platform to discuss the latest technologies and trends in the industry as well as the future of the international solar market. With around 150 participants, the official opening ceremony of the Intersolar China Conference was well attended. As part of their keynote speeches, Hans-Josef Fell, political party of Alliance 90/The Greens, Germany and Reinhold Buttgereit, Secretary General of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) in Brussels, Belgium referred to the trade conflict currently ongoing between the U.S. and the People's Republic of China, and called for unrestricted access to the market and fair competition.
The attendees expressed strong interest in the current and future development of markets in Europe and Asia. The session examining market development in the MENA Region (Middle East and North Africa) was also a hit among attendees. Other topics in the field of photovoltaics, including the construction and planning of photovoltaic plants, sustainability in production, the disposal of solar modules and innovations in PV production technology also drew numerous attendees – with the presentations on module recycling proving particularly popular. The PV Power Plants session that dealt with the future of photovoltaic plants was particularly well received given the anticipated dynamic development of the Chinese domestic market.
Positive outlook for next year
Intersolar China provided government representatives as well as representatives from nearly all areas of the solar industry, manufacturers, distributors and service providers with an international platform to forge new contacts and engage in stimulating discussions. Thanks to the success of the first Intersolar China, the organizers intend to develop and expand the exhibition in Beijing in the future. Intersolar China is set to become one of the most important pillars of the global Intersolar exhibition series in the coming years, helping to further develop and strengthen the international solar network in line with Intersolar's motto Connecting Solar Business. Intersolar China is once again opening its doors next year from December 12–14, 2012.
Further information on Intersolar China can be found at www.intersolarchina.com.
With over 3,400 exhibitors and 110,000+ visitors spanning three continents, Intersolar is the world's leading exhibition series for the solar industry. From 2011, Intersolar China will be held annually in Beijing. As an international solar exhibition, Intersolar China brings together all solar energy technologies and the entire supply chain.
With its international exhibitions and conferences, Intersolar looks back on a success story spanning almost twenty years. In addition to Intersolar China, Intersolar also hosts Intersolar North America in San Francisco and Intersolar India in Mumbai. The world's largest exhibition for the solar industry is Intersolar Europe in Munich.
Intersolar Europe is organized by Solar Promotion GmbH, Pforzheim, and Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG. The exhibitions in North America and India are organized by the international subsidiaries Solar Promotion International GmbH, Pforzheim, and Freiburg Management und Marketing International GmbH (FMMI). Intersolar China is organized by Solar Promotion International GmbH and FMMI in cooperation with MMI (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.