The Intersolar Europe exhibition started on Day 3. Since Intersolar has now a South American edition taking place in Brazil, the visitors were greeted with Samba dance.
The number of exhibitors and visitors were down from last year, reflecting the turmoil in the sector. Some statistics about the exhibitors and visitors have been reported by pv-magazine here. I personally felt that even though the crowd was lesser than last year, there still was strong interest among visitors, especially on the storage and downstream side.
Exhibitors had some interesting ways to attract visitors. SOLARWORLD, one of Europe’s largest manufacturers, had a model of an airplane powered by solar PV.
Hyundai had a cute Polar Bear saying that they need Hyundai panels, probably to prevent climate change and save the ice cap which is essential for their survival.
One other thing that I found interesting was the increase of discussions around electric cars and putting PV systems on car-ports. Here was a good display.
And then, I was pleasantly surprised to find a Tesla Roadster, one of the most talked about electric cars across the globe.
Apart from the exhibition, there were also a few panel discussions. One of the most important discussions was about the EU-China trade dispute. Both sides of the argument were strong and the details of the discussion can be found here.
The day ended with the Intersolar award ceremony. Clique Solar from India was one of the winners in the solar thermal category and I collected the award on behalf of the winner.
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