A couple of weeks ago we attended Intersolar Europe which is the world's largest exhibition for the solar industry – It took place in Munich from June 19th - June 22nd.
Having worked in solar energy, particularly the Pay as You Go market, for several years now we wanted to see for ourselves where the global market might be heading especially in this rarefied time of concern over the environment and potential over-use of other natural resources such as oil and gas.
Truth be told the author of this blog had never really been up close and personal with a photovoltaic solar panel unit before, and this was clearly the right place to be to change that as there really were a lot of different models being exhibited. What was really interesting was how inefficient the panels still are which goes to show that although the industry is rapidly developing it still has a long way to go to ensure that the sunlight being sourced is as effective as it could be.
We did see some examples of absolutely enormous solar panel power plants particularly in countries such as China including a floating plant built on the top of an old deserted coal mine - A real life example of directly moving from fossil fuel to solar! We were keen to try and establish a bit more about how different organizations monitor the distribution network and had some good conversations around this.
We viewed some exciting solar power generated electric vehicles including cars that could motor up to around 40 mph and travel over 100 miles before needing to re-charge. There were also other modes of transport that were displayed which left us with lots of food for thought.
As for the trip itself – Well the hotel wasn't quite 'over the road' from the exhibition halls but the exhibition was organized as one might expect – very well and with the typical efficiency we used to associate with the German national football team.......
Hopefully we will be using some of the knowledge we gained in our future ventures to work alongside companies to make best use of our non-fossil fuel resources across the globe – Watch this space!