Background information, trends and practical knowledge at the Intersolar Europe Conference 2012

International industry experts discuss trends, markets and technologies from across the global solar industry at Intersolar Europe Conference

Intersolar Europe

Munich, June 13–15, 2012

Munich, March 29, 2012 – The Intersolar Europe Conference is once again opening its doors in 2012 alongside Intersolar Europe, the world's largest exhibition for the solar industry. In total, 2,500 attendees and 400 speakers from around the world are set to meet at the conference (including the Side Events), held at the International Congress Centre Munich (ICM) from June 11–14, 2012. Discussions will shed light on the current conditions and developments across international markets as well as the latest technol-ogies and trends, covering the entire industry spectrum from photovoltaics to PV production technologies and solar thermal technologies. The highlights of this year's conference program include Grid Stability, State-of-the-Art Storage Technologies and Large-Scale Photovoltaic Power Plants. Discussions surrounding solar thermal technolo-gies focus on topics such as Solar Heat for Industrial Processes, Solar Cooling and Solar Heating Concepts.

The Intersolar Europe Conference takes place this year from June 11-14, 2012 at the International Congress Centre Munich (ICM), kicking off two days ahead of Intersolar Europe, the world's largest exhibition for the solar industry. At the conference, international experts from research, industry and industry associations examine and explore exhibition topics and trends. Over 40 sessions, panel discussions and workshops covering photovoltaics, PV production technologies and solar thermal technologies address key industry trends and topics. Various networking events provide numerous opportunities to meet international industry players, share experiences and maintain existing contacts.

Growth markets, power grids and technologies of the future
Many key markets worldwide are now faced with question of how politics and the economy will shape the energy revolution in the future. The first day of the conference therefore focuses on the various political, financial and legal conditions and requirements in different markets, with a double session on European markets opening the presentations. The Asian and North American markets take center stage on day two. The series concludes on Wednesday with individual sessions on the MENA region, India and emerging markets in rural areas.

The photovoltaics conference area focuses on Grid Integration and Storage Technologies. The Storage Technologies presentations on June 11, 2012 center on short and medium-term electrical storage systems such as lead acid, lithium ion, sodium nickel chloride and redox flow batteries. Speakers will shed light on the different areas of application and explain business and cost models for purchasing and operating the various storage systems. A further topic covers technical applications for long-term electricity storage, including hydrogen-based and power-to-gas methods. This involves using electricity to generate hydrogen by means of electrolysis. The hydrogen is then used to produce natural gas, which can be stored in the gas grid and used as needed.

Another exciting conference topic concerns the trend toward ever larger PV power plants, the associated technologies and the hottest markets. In the PV Power Plants double session on June 12, 2012, speakers from around the globe will discuss the project management of large-scale power plants, quality control in planning and execution, as well as financing opportunities in the current climate of the financial markets.

The key topic for the future of the power grid – grid integration – is scheduled for discussion on Wednesday, June 13. The Grid Integration session uncovers the new challenges placed on the power grid by renewable energy sources, the design of future supply networks, and issues concerning safety and standardization.

A conference highlight is the CEO panel discussion, which takes place on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Here, high ranking representatives of multinational PV companies will join science representatives to discuss the latest developments and strategies across the industry. Panel members include Dr. Peng Fang, Chief Executive Officer of JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd., Shanghai, China; Udo Mhrstedt, Chief Executive Officer of IBC SOLAR AG, Bad Staffelstein, Germany; and Shwan Qu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, Kitchener, Canada. The discussion will be led by Prof. Dr. Gerhard P. Willeke, Manager of Photovoltaics at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg.

The latest in PV production technologies
Where production technologies are concerned, this year's speakers are not only addressing the technological developments in crystalline silicon PV technology and thin film PV technology, but also the issue of how to dispose of modules correctly, a topic that is dealt with in the Recycling Management session on Wednesday, June 13. Here, attention is devoted both to new, compulsory regulations, as well as to the financing, organizing, transporting and recycling of disused, old PV modules. Spokespersons from the European Commission and the national WEEE authorities (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) will join PV industry representatives to discuss the latest developments in recycling management.

What's more, the 8th Advanced PV Manufacturing Forum is being held on June 12, organized by Intersolar Europe in conjunction with the Semi PV Group from San Jose, USA, and VDMA-PV, the photovoltaic equipment platform of the German Engineering Federation. During the forum, manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and scientists gain the opportunity to come together and work on developing production equipment and methods, as well as to discuss the latest trends and technologies. A total of six sessions will cover the areas of materials, production equipment, product innovations, automation, laser systems, optical inspection and design.

Solar thermal technologies: heating and cooling on a grand scale
Solar thermal technologies will also move into the spotlight at the Intersolar Europe Conference 2012 on Tuesday, June 12. This year's event focuses primarily on two very recent developments: the large-scale production of solar heat on the one hand, and the possibilities offered by solar cooling on the other. The topic of Solar Thermal Technologies Versus Electric Heating is also drawing particular attention. A round table discussion on Tuesday and two additional sessions on Thursday will address this latest development.

During the Solar Heat for Industrial Processes and Large-Scale Solar Thermal Systems sessions on June 13, 2012, experts explain how solar thermal energy can be utilized in energy-intensive industries and how solar thermal power plants can provide large-scale heating for towns and regions in the future. The Solar Cooling session, on the other hand, shows how high levels of solar radiation can be used to meet the need for artificial cooling thanks to solar thermal technologies.

The last day of the Intersolar Europe Conference, June 14, 2012, also focuses on solar thermal markets, with a particular focus on the European and Australian markets.

Intersolar Europe 2012 takes place from June 13–15 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre.

Further information on Intersolar Europe can be found at

Partners of Intersolar Europe
Intersolar Europe is supported by the leading solar industry associations: the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar) as an Exclusive Partner, the German Solar Energy Society (DGS), the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF), the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), the SEMI PV Group, and the VDMA (German Engineering Federation) with the support of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA).

About Intersolar
With over 3,500 exhibitors and 120,000+ visitors spanning three continents, Intersolar is the world's leading exhibition series for the solar industry. Intersolar Europe takes place annually at the Munich Trade Fair Centre. Today, it is the world's largest exhibition for the solar industry.

In 2011, 2,286 international exhibitors and around 77,000 trade visitors were welcomed to Intersolar Europe. Intersolar Europe focuses on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technology and solar thermal technologies. Since its founding, it has become established as the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers and service providers. The accompanying Intersolar Europe Conference consolidates the topics of the exhibition. In 2011, more than 400 speakers and around 2,500 attendees discussed current industry topics and investigated the background behind technological, market and political developments.

Intersolar's storied history of international exhibitions and conferences spans over 20 years. In 2008, Intersolar North America in San Francisco became the second exhibition after Intersolar Europe, followed by Intersolar India in 2009, which has been held in Mumbai since 2010. Intersolar China in Beijing was added to the Intersolar portfolio in 2011.

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