Munich, Germany — The world’s largest exhibition for the solar industry, Intersolar Europe, exceeded the expectations of the organizers last week in Munich, Germany. Close to 72,000 visitors from around 150 nations visited Intersolar Europe at the New Munich Trade Fair Center. 1,880 exhibitors, 33% more than in 2009 presented their products and services on 134,000 m² of exhibition area covering twelve halls and the connected outdoor area.
The overwhelming success of Intersolar Europe 2010 can be summed up with the phrase: ‘a world champion!’, believes Markus Elsasser, managing director of Solar Promotion GmbH, Pforzheim, one of the two organizers of Intersolar Europe. “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% of the previous year. Intersolar Europe thus sends a strong signal from Munich to the solar industry around the world”, he said.
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 Intersolar Award for “Photovoltaics” went to ABB Schweiz AG, Gehrlicher Solar AG and SMA Solar Technology AG this year. 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.
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.