Intersolar 2009 defies global recession and achieves record numbers

Intersolar, the largest solar technology trade fair in the world, closed its doors on Friday having attracted approximately 60,000 visitors from over 150 nations. In addition, over 2,000 participants attended the 22 conference events around Munich.

“Never before has Intersolar had more exhibitors, more visitors, more media representatives and more different nations represented”, said Markus Elsässer, Managing Director of Solar Promotion GmbH, one of the two organisers of Intersolar. “Given the difficult economic situation, we are especially pleased that Intersolar 2009 has turned out so successful. The response has been truly overwhelming”.


Klaus W. Seilnacht, CEO of Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG, and co-organiser of Intersolar, was equally satisfied with attendance figures: “Following on from the extremely successful opening in Munich in 2008, we are pleased to see such a significant year-on-year increase in levels of interest among exhibitors and visitors. This growth in international attendance, size, number of exhibitors and visitors gives us plenty of cause for optimism.”


Satisfaction all round


In view of the large number of international visitors and innovations exhibited, and the 37% increase in exhibition space, visitors and exhibitors alike were more than satisfied with Intersolar 2009. “We have exhibited at Intersolar right from the very beginning. We are very pleased with the large numbers of high-calibre visitors the show is able to attract,” says one exhibitor, Rudolf Pfeil, CEO of RESOL – Elektronische Regelungen GmbH.


The partners of the trade show have also been pleased with the way the event as gone. Heinz Kundert, President of the SEMI Europe PV Group, described how, “You can feel that the interest in PV is extremely high and exhibitors are pleased.”


The Intersolar AWARD 2009


For the second year running, the organisers in conjunction with the German Solar Industry Association (BSW Solar) presented the Intersolar AWARD, which is announced annually by an independent jury in the categories of 'photovoltaics' and 'solar thermal technology' for pioneering products and services in the industry. Awards are given in recognition of innovative, groundbreaking products and services in PV and solar thermal technology. This year's Intersolar AWARD was also supported by the German Minister of Economics and Technology, Dr. Karl-Theodor Freiherr zu Guttenberg, who, as patron of the award, underlined the importance of innovative companies for the future of the international solar industry.


“The large number of high-quality entries made it particularly difficult for the jury to select this year's most innovative products and services. The high quality of the entries clearly demonstrates that the solar industry continues to be one of the most important drivers of international innovation. The large number of innovations as well as the general success of the trade show underline the status of Intersolar as the industry's number one international marketplace. In addition to the AWARD winners, many other companies have also presented innovations at Intersolar this year,” commented Carsten Körnig, CEO of the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar).


Aerowest GmbH, National Semiconductor Corp. and SOLON SE most impressed the jury with their entries in the PV category, while the AWARD in the solar thermal technology category went to NEP Solar Pty Ltd, RESOL – Elektronische Regelungen GmbH and Ritter Energie- und Umwelttechnik GmbH & Co. KG. As the winners were announced on the first day of Intersolar, they were able to benefit from a high degree of visitor and media interest throughout the show.


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