As the first day of Intersolar Europe 2011 came to a close, the winners of the Intersolar AWARD were announced in Munich. Under the categories of Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Technology and PV Production Technology, prizes were presented to three companies in each category.
Presenting the AWARD were Intersolar Europe organizers Solar Promotion, Pforzheim, and Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe (FWTM), in collaboration with the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar).
For the first time this year, exhibitors from Intersolar India in Mumbai were invited to put their applications forward alongside those from Intersolar Europe in Munich and Intersolar North America in San Francisco. The total number of eligible companies reached over 3,000.
Almost 130 companies from 15 countries seized this year’s chance to compete for the Intersolar AWARD. Ten companies in each of the categories were nominated in advance before being whittled down to just three. The winners were chosen by independent juries representing each category, composed of experts from research, science, industry and the trade press.
The Photovoltaics award was presented by Dr. Michael Fuchs, editor-in-chief of the magazine photovoltaik. Winners in this category included Autarcon with its SuMeWa|SYSTEM which generates its own power in order to filter and disinfect contaminated water; Belectric Drive, which was praised for its novel charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, and Aluminium Féron which received an award for its HelioX PV backsheets CPC.
In the Photovoltaics Production category, which was presented by Dr.-Ing. Frank Schitthelm, head of engineering at Deutsche Cell, the prizes went to Decker Anlagenbau which was commended for its succeess in recycling fine silicon remnants by putting chemicals to the best possible use; Manz Automation for its new Manz One Step SE production system and NanoFocus for its new µsurf solar 2 measurement system.
Finally, in the Solar Thermal Technology category the AWARDs went to Absolicon Solar Concentrator for the Absolicon X10 PVT, which is the first concentrating PVT collector where priority is given to generating heat; Dr. Vetter Gesellschaft für Medizinische Datentechnik, Bio- und Umwelttechnik mbH for the IT.collect parabolic trough collector and Savo-Solar Oy, Mikkeli/Finland and Hydro Aluminium Precision Tubing which impressed the jury with the Savo-Solar Al-MPE absorber, which is manufactured entirely from a special aluminum alloy. This set of awards was presented by Prof. Dr. Klaus Vajen from the Institute of Thermal Energy Technology at the University of Kassel.