14th Forum Solarpraxis
For the 14th time already, the Forum Solarpraxis, the most important European conference on non-technical topics of the solar energy, takes place. The event offers protagonists of the solar industry orientation with up-to-date information and the best opportunity to network to remain competitive in the extremely contested solar market. About 700 international guests took part in the event in Berlin in 2012.
The topics 2013: Design of the future energy market, new business models and growth markets
New business models and marketing strategies such as direct sales, self-consumption and storage of energy are the main focus of this year’s event. Furthermore, it is more and more about the areas of current market design and supply safety as well as the combination possibilities of photovoltaic with other renewable energies. Industry experts provide comprehensive information at country tables about business development in growth markets of the solar energy like Turkey, Brazil, Japan and China.
More room for generation of business contacts, exchanges and individual questions
The most important decision makers of the solar industry meet at the Forum Solarpraxis. With a new concept, the conference offers even more room to answer individual questions and the intensive exchange with speakers and attendees. On the first day of the event all day discussion rounds about current issues like capacity markets, EEG (Renewable Energy Act) amendment and grid expansion/grid control will take place in the plenum. They are complimented by workshops on topics such as energy storage, public utilities and photovoltaic, solar thermal energy and off-grid. The workshops can be booked individually. On various thematic-tables further information about important topics can be discussed in depth during the lunch break. All Forum participants may also apply for a place at a business speed dating, which takes place on Thursday before the dinner. Another possibility for development and generation of business leads offers the new business matchmaking where all guests of the Forum Solarpraxis can participate.
Whom will you meet?
- Module and cell manufacturers, producers of inverters and BOS components
- Project developers/project planners, system integrators
- Planners, architects, designers, contractors, installers, engineering and construction companies (EPCs)
- Energy suppliers, utilities, public utilities, network operators
- Banks, investors, analysts, private investors
- Wholesalers, Brokers, Attorneys, Insurance Companies
- Governmental Bodies, Trade Associations, Media Representatives, R&D Institutes
At present both the national as well as the international solar market is heavily marked by changes and the consolidation of the industry. The solar industry is going through a critical transition into the next market period which is accompanied by large changes in the value chain. Although the annual installed capacity grows and more and more countries call out programs to promote solar funding however at the same time decrease prices and fees in some countries even retroactive taxes are discussed or introduced. Trade disputes contribute to further uncertainty in the industry. Companies which want to remain on the market have to adapt very quickly to the changes of the market conditions.
Although the European market will continue to play a major role the majority of new PV capacity will be installed outside of Europe in the future with China, USA, Japan and India at the top. With entry into new market growth all up-to-date information about legal and political framework in the respective country such as approval process, surface protection, project financing as well as procurement and sale of property rights for projects and completed solar parks could be decisive.
The price decline in the photovoltaic and rising energy prices contribute to make solar energy even outside the feed-in tariffs competitive in many countries. Today the energy produced on own rooftop are already cheaper than household electricity tariffs of energy suppliers in Germany. By use of energy storage the self-consumption can be significantly increased. Along with the new storage funding photovoltaic energy storage are getting attractive for more and more households and open up new business opportunities for the solar industry. At the same time energy storage offer new opportunities for the integration of renewables into the net – an important component for the upcoming transformation of the existing energy supply system in which the extent of renewable energies is steadily increasing.