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SMEThermal 2011: International solar thermal industry conference has establishing Itself

160 decision-makers discuss the challenges facing the industry in times of globalization and increasing raw material prices

SMEThermal, the only international conference dedicated to the solar thermal industry, and which deals explicitly with production, automation and new materials, has become an established event. On 10 February, 160 decision makers from 22 different countries representing the manufacturers of collectors, absorbers and storage tanks, together with machinery and equipment suppliers, met in Berlin to discuss the latest trends and technical challenges in the industry. The event was organized by the Berlin-based Solarpraxis AG, an event and media service provider specializing in renewable energy.

"I would like to congratulate Solarpraxis that they have here closed a gap in the conference landscape for the solar thermal industry” said Xavier Noyon, Secretary General of the European Solar Thermal Industry Association (ESTIF) and partner of the international conference. "SMEThermal is the ideal forum for exchange between the manufacturers of solar thermal components and machinery as well as material suppliers." This was also confirmed by the list of participants – comprising a who's who of the industry. Decision makers from the solar divisions of the major heating concerns Viessmann, BDR Thermea, Vaillant, Bosch and Riello were present as well as representatives from medium-sized storage tank and collector manufacturers from Greece, China, Spain, Italy, Turkey and Hungary.

The sponsors are correspondingly satisfied with the conference: "We have made good new contacts. In the concentrated atmosphere of a meeting dedicated just to solar thermal, you quickly get into technically intense conversation with potential customers" was the opinion of Roland Grubelnik, founder and CEO of the Austrian engineering company RG Fertigungstechnik GmbH. "SMEThermal makes an important contribution to the further development of solar thermal and it will be written bold in our calendar in the future.”

Solar technology is no longer a niche technology in Europe. Already 5% of all single-family homes have solar heated hot water. Every year 600,000 to 800,000 new solar systems are added to them according to Michael Denison-Pender of the British consultancy, BRG Consult.

"The European solar industry is successfully meeting the challenges of the global thermal markets" summarized Bärbel Epp, Managing Director of the agency solrico - solar market research & international communication - who, in cooperation with Raffaele Piria from eclareon, the Berlin management consultants, was responsible for the conference program.

The organizer’s message is clear: The conference will take place again in spring 2012 – as an exclusive forum for the international solar thermal industry in cooperation with solrico as well as the reputed industry journals Sonne Wind & Wärme and Sun & Wind Energy.

Anja Kleppek, phone +49 (0)30 / 72 62 96 - 305, email: conferences(at)

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