PV Expo got underway in Tokyo, Japan, today. The vast show covers every aspect of the industry – and several interrelated ones.
Much of it is aimed straight back at the domestic market, with local developers vying for attention and O&M services for Japan-based megasolar on offer, to give just two examples.
However, while some of the show is what might be described as uniquely Japanese in catering for a domestic market that was in past times considered a closed shop, there are many international companies also visiting and exhibiting, and overall there is a sense that solar knowledge, experience and business can comfortably exist outside the narrow confines of any one country.
This meeting of technologies and cultures, as well as some novel attempts at brand differentiation by the Japanese domestic market players, also provide for some interesting photo opportunities.
Wonderful, wacky and weird
Some of the highlights from day one of PV Expo. All photos by the author.