MUNICH, Germany (AVING Special Report on 'Intersolar 2010') -- <Visual News> The world´s largest exhibition for the solar industry, Intersolar Europe, clearly exceeded the expectations of the organizers. Around 72,000 visitors from around 150 nations visited Intersolar Europe at the New Munich Trade Fair Center. 1,880 exhibitors presented their products and services on 134,000 m² of exhibition area covering twelve halls and the connected outdoor area.
The world's largest exhibition for the solar industry, Intersolar Europe, ended with new record numbers on Friday. Markus Elsässer, Managing Director of Solar Promotion GmbH, Pforzheim, one of the two organizers of Intersolar Europe, is more than satisfied: "The overwhelming success of Intersolar Europe 2010 can be summed up with one word: a world champion! The number of visitors exceeded our wildest expectations. According to the preliminary results we were able to welcome around 72,000 visitors – an increase of around 23 percent of the previous year. Intersolar Europe thus sends a strong signal from Munich to the solar industry around the world."
It is not just the number of visitors that has risen - the number of exhibitors at Intersolar Europe has also gone up considerably: This year, 1,880 companies presented their innovations in Munich – 33% more than last year. The growth was also expressed in an expansion of the exhibition area: the exhibiting companies occupied 29% more exhibition space than in 2009: 134,000 m².
Klaus W. Seilnacht, Managing Director of Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH, the other organizer of the exhibition, is also more than satisfied with the success of Intersolar Europe this year: "Not only did we have more exhibitors, visitors and press than in the previous years; the exhibition has also become even more international. 53% of the exhibitors came from outside Germany. Visitors from 150 different countries traveled to Munich for the exhibition. This has clearly proven the position of Intersolar Europe as the international meeting point of the industry and consolidated the exhibition's function as the leading show of the solar industry."
Intersolar AWARD provides platform for innovation
For the third time running, the Intersolar AWARD rewarded innovative, groundbreaking products and services at Intersolar Europe. The organizers of Intersolar Europe, in cooperation with the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar) from Berlin jointly presented the Intersolar AWARD. This year, prizes were awarded in the fields of "Photovoltaics" and "Solar Thermal Technology" and for the first time in the category "PV Production Technology". "The products acknowledged by the international Intersolar AWARD show the innovative power of the industry," says Carsten Körnig, CEO of BSW-Solar.
Having been presented with the Intersolar AWARD on Wednesday, the winners were able to benefit from a high degree of visitor and media interest throughout the show. The Intersolar AWARD for "Photovoltaics" went to ABB Schweiz AG, Gehrlicher Solar AG and SMA Solar Technology AG this year.
The winners in the "Solar thermal" category were FSAVE Solartechnik GmbH, InvenSor Gmbh as well as the joint submission from the Institute for Building Construction and Design at Stuttgart University, Ritter Energie- und Umwelttechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Hydro Building Systems GmbH and Frener & Reifer Metallbau GmbH.
The following companies received the Intersolar AWARD in the new category "PV Production Technology": Festo AG & Co. KG, GEMO-TEC Ltd. and Gebr. Schmid GmbH + Co.