European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
This year has not been lacking in opportunities to showcase solar energy or services. Besides generic trade shows for the whole of the renewable energy industry like Powergen-RE (February) or WIREC (March), in June there was a megashow specific to the solar industry, Intersolar (Munich) with 1,050 exhibitors across 76,000 m² of exhibitor floor. What is more, Intersolar is branching out this year to the US and next July 15-17 will see its first edition unfold in San Francisco, along with the more established show Semicon West.
If those chances were not enough, in September there will be one more big show where to be seen, competing for attention with Solar Power Expo (October, San Diego).
It is the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, in its 23rd edition this year. Last year it was celebrated at Milan, Italy, and this time around it is the turn of Valencia, Spain, to host the event, next September. Organizers are expecting 3,500 participants and 1,000 presentations at the conference (1-5) and 600 exhibitors at the Exhibition (1-4), the biggest turnout yet for the event.
The host region, Valencia, has actually seen a brisk development in terms of solar farms (E.g., Beneixama / 20 MW) and companies (module manufacturers Siliken and Atersa have their HQ and plants in the area).
One of the topics in research that is surely going to attract more interest at the conferences is the progress in thin-film technology, an area that is experiencing very dynamic rates of growth and with a huge potential for costs savings.