Intersolar North America 2010 continued to see strong growth for thethird straight year with the 2010 exhibition and conference. Theco-located Intersolar North America and SEMICON West events, which tookplace this week in San Francisco, presented more than 700 solarexhibitors to more than 20,000 trade visitors This year, IntersolarNorth America alone featured 580 exhibitors up from 444 exhibitors in2009.
Intersolar North America continued its long-standinginternational focus with trade visitors representing 66 countries andexhibiting companies from 26 countries, reflecting the globalperspectives of the solar industry.
"Intersolar North America’scontinued growth over the last three years is an excellent sign for thesolar market," said Markus Elsaesser, CEO of Solar PromotionInternational GmbH, exhibition and conference organizer. "Thediscussions and sharing of information that occurred during the weekmade it clear that the overall global solar industry has a very positive outlook."
While many attended the exhibition, the IntersolarNorth America conference and accompanying programs were a key attraction for more than 2,500 attendees. The conference portion featured morethan 250 speakers, up from 170 speakers in 2009, who presented at over30 conference tracks.
From a technical perspective, both"Crystalline Silicon" tracks provided attendees with a discussion around new technological concepts and processes designed to increase cellefficiency and still lower production costs, as well as presentations on advanced crystalline silicon module and system technologies.
Highlights included presentations on "The Future of High Efficiency Technology,"High Efficiency and Low Cost – Current Trends and Developments," and"New Frontiers for Low Concentration CPV."
During the extensivesession, "Utilities Forum – Policy, Technology, Project Development,Finance and Insurance," the focus was placed on the issues related topolitical framework conditions, project execution and financing.
Well-known solar professionals from GTM Research, California Center forSustainable Energy, and California Public Utilities Commission gavetalks on "Trends in the US Utility PV Market," "The Value of PVElectricity at Grid-Parity," and "The Role of Cities in Advancing theAdoption of Solar."
As worldwide solar markets have proven, thesolar industry clearly creates jobs. As the US market matures, demandfor solar jobs will also increase. The on-site Job & Career Forumwas designed to support the growing creation of solar jobs. Throughoutthe three-day event, the forum was utilized by hundreds of visitors andexhibiting companies.
Throughout Intersolar North America,companies and individual solar professionals were recognized for theirinnovative achievements at events including the Solar For All DesignContest awards ceremony, Intersolar AWARD Hall of Fame and the NorCalCity/County Awards ceremony.
"We are extremely excited about thegrowth of Intersolar North America," said Klaus W. Seilnacht, CEO ofFMMI and Intersolar North America co-organizer. "As we move forward, welook forward to continuing our partnerships with SEMI PV Group, CALSEIAand others, to provide a place where solar professionals can cometogether and learn from each other."