Hardly any other sector has seen as much change as the solar industry over the past 30 years. The driving force behind this industry is Intersolar, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. After almost two years of missed events due to Covid-19, the organizers are delighted to finally be able to invite you back to Munich for the Intersolar Europe Restart 2021. This will be held from October 6–8 as part of The smarter E Europe Restart 2021 at Messe München.
The most recent Global Market Outlook 2021–2025 from SolarPower Europe shows that in 2020, despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, 138.2 gigawatts (GW) of new PV capacity were deployed worldwide. This equals an 18% growth compared to 2019 and marks a new global record for solar power. The total photovoltaics (PV) output installed around the world now stands at 773.2 GW. SolarPower Europe expects 2021 to be another year of outstanding growth. The average scenario predicts an 18% increase of newly installed capacity to 163.2 GW.By 2025, SolarPower Europe expects the global installed capacity to be close to 1.9 TW.
Solar cells: Bigger, more powerful and more cost-effective
PV modules are becoming increasingly more powerful while PV system costs continue to fall. This change is being driven by a huge learning curve in the industry due to growing production, technical optimization as well as the use of larger wafers, half cell modules and the refinement of PERC cell technology. High efficiency technologies such as silicon heterojunction technology (SHJ), integrated back contact solar cells and PV tandem technology are set to become increasingly important in the coming years. When it comes to cell formats, the current trend is for wafers to be larger, yet thinner, making for bigger and more powerful modules. This is reflected by one of this year’s Intersolar AWARD winners. LONGi Solar Technology will be in attendance in Munich with the new Hi-MO5, a high output, bifacial module for large solar parks. Technological developments, rising demand for photovoltaics and decreasing costs once again make the production of PV products in Europe an attractive option, as does the wealth of knowledge in research and mechanical engineering. European companies such as Meyer Burger are bringing PV production back to Europe and reestablishing production plants.
Experience innovation up close
The future clearly looks set on growth. Intersolar Europe and the parallel exhibitions hold the key to the new energy world. They are important driving forces and innovators as well as a crucial trade platform. Come to Munich, learn about business opportunities, the latest trends and products on the market and get to know the experts of the energy industry.