The 2012/10/12 at 07:16
Alexandre T. Analis
The 27th edition of the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) taking place in Frankfurt (Germany) from 24 to 28 September was a record-breaking event: some 40,000 professional visitors (from domains such as research, industry, finance, politics) attended almost 1,600 presentations by delegates (beating the record set by the previous conference in Hamburg in 2011) from over one hundred countries. Despite the economic recession affecting the photovoltaic sector, participants globally showed measured optimism and highlighted the quality of the latest technological innovations presented over these five days in the Messe Frankfurt exhibition space.
Let’s not forget that the weight of the sector, in terms of the economy and employment, has never been so great within the European Union. The photovoltaic sector’s turnover has been multiplied by 500 in the EU since 1990, and it currently employs over 300,000 employees in the 27 Member States. As far as awards go, the “European Becquerel Prize for Outstanding Merits in Photovoltaic” was attributed to Dr Winfried Hoffmann for his pioneering work on the industrialisation of photovoltaic technologies. Initiated by the European Commission in 1989 to celebrate 150 years since the discovery of the photovoltaic effect by Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel in 1839, the Becquerel Prize recognises this year a man renowned in his sector as being the long-time President of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) and the Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft (BSW).
Another highlight of the EU PVSEC was the organisation, for the first time, of a “Europe-Asia PV Forum”, which met with outright success amongst many delegates originating from Asia. On this occasion, the Director of the Institute for Energy and Transport of the European Commission, Giovanni De Santi, drew attention to the main development policies for the future: “We all accept that energy supply is a global problem demanding global solutions but I assure you that it is amongst the highest priorities of the European Union.” He added that “from issues around skills training, access to the grid and long waiting times for connection, to proper methods for recycling and a lack of public awareness, we are playing our part and will continue to support the industry in doing so.” The next EU PVSEC is to be held in 2013 in Paris.
More detailed information is available on the following web site: www.photovoltaic-conference.com