“1st Inverter and PV System Technology Forum” in Berlin a resounding success
Lively discussions about yield optimization and cost structures in photovoltaics
The 1st Inverter and PV System Technology Forum on 24 and 25 January 2011 was the first international conference dedicated to the interaction of all electrical components of a PV system, so driving forward the technical optimization of the entire system and hence its efficiency.
Around 300 project developers, component manufacturers (modules, inverters, junction boxes, transfer stations, monitoring systems, etc.), energy suppliers and grid-network operators, designers and planners, financiers and representatives from politics, the media and trade associations discussed topics such as yield optimization, cost structures, grid feeds, financing and monitoring, together with the semiconductor industry and the manufacturers of all the components in the power electronics area.
"We are proud that, for the first time, we have brought all of the stakeholders in production, planning and construction of a PV system together at this conference" enthused Karl-Heinz Remmers, CEO and founder of Solarpraxis AG, at the opening of the conference. "Until now, just the individual components, such as the modules, have been considered. There has been a tremendous need for a collective discussion about many crucial issues that are vital to optimizing the entire PV system. For the first time somebody has dared to address the extremely complex topic of the whole electrical system, both in terms of its upstream, as well downstream aspects. The high demand shows quite clearly that we have scored a bulls eye with this concept" according to Remmers.
Feedback about the conference and its content was unabatedly positive:
“Inverters are now being recognised as one of, if not the most important and critical part of a PV system and it is excellent news for the industry that Solarpraxis organised this event to focus on these important topics. The sessions were informative and relevant with some excellent speakers. The discussion panels allowed for some interesting interaction with the audience fully involved, further enhancing the content of the discussions. I personally found it very valuable to meet with so many key figures within the industry and look forward to joining the event again next year” said Ash Sharma, PV Research Director, IMS Research about the conference.
Markus A.W. Hoehner, CEO of HOEHNER RESEARCH & CONSULTING GROUP GmbH, was also very pleased: “The 1st Inverter and PV System Technology Forum 2011 attracted several industry-driving decision makers and independent PV experts. This event also set the stage for a multitude of fruitful discussion panels where industry insights and market opinions were exchanged with gusto.”
Ralf Hofmann, Managing Director of KACO new energy GmbH, praised the open discussion about important issues such as the importance of fire protection measures for PV installations and the question of whether the use of power optimizers actually enhance yield.
“The 1st Inverter and PV System Technology Forum was a very interesting and fruitful event for our company as a partner in developing and supplying cast aluminium enclosures for PV inverters. We had the opportunity of having interesting discussions with the R&D people from the PV inverter manufactures, which was one of our targets for this event. Such dialog helps us understand the future needs of our customers, which we apply when assisting them in optimizing their design of their enclosure – also from a mass production point of view. The presentations answered several important issues such as market behaviour, future trends of inverter design and prognoses about European versus global installation volumes. During the breaks we were able to create new contacts to inverter manufacturers which we have to process when returning from Berlin” summarized Susanne van Tol, Sales Director of Alteams Group.
"It was a first class conference with many good areas of discussion. Such a conference format should definitely be repeated. In the future we would hope that key target groups, such as network operators and system integrators are even more closely involved" said Dr Bernd Engel, Senior Vice President Technology & Development of SMA Technologies AG.
There was agreement that there was a huge need for future discussion between the various groups involved in the building of a PV system in order to push forward the optimization of the electrical systems and the global expansion of PV. However the continuation of the conference format is already in hand: The ‘2nd inverter and PV System Technology Forum’ is already planned for early 2012.
Miriam Hegner, phone +49 (0)30 / 72 62 96-304, email conferences(at)solarpraxis.de