Solar Power International 2013 preview

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The US market is continuing to be a major hub for solar PV installations. According to GTM Research, cumulative PV capacity will surpass 10GW by the end of 2013.

Importantly, both the residential and utility-scale markets continue to build momentum and the commercial sector, which lagged far behind, is also showing improved conditions, driven by high-profile corporations such as Walmart, Apple and Intel increasingly relying on solar energy for corporate purposes.

GTM Research is forecasting PV installations in the US to reach 4.4GW in 2013, up from 3.3GW in 2012, generating an overall annual growth rate of 30%.

This year, Solar Power International 2013, the country's largest dedicated PV expo and conference is being held in Chicago from October 21-24 at McCormick Place.

PV Tech is in attendance and, as in previous years, will cover the show extensively, through a mixture of breaking news and analysis of hot topics at the event. A special news section has been designed on the homepage this year to further greater accessibility to the breaking news at this major regional event.

“Each year the solar industry convenes during SPI to collaborate and to discuss the advances, products and issues impacting our industry,” said Stephen Miner, CEO of SPI 2013 organiser, Solar Energy Trade Shows. “Throughout the year, SPI strives to build the most dynamic event possible, reinforced through invaluable content and immersive learning, to support the expansion of the US solar energy market.”

The show this year has several new features, intended to reflect the dynamic business environment as well as increase awareness of PV in the country.

Highlights designed by the organisers include ‘Start-Up Alley’, located on the Expo floor, a dedicated area specifically designed to promote up-and-coming ideas and companies in the solar industry. New to SPI '13, Start-Up Alley offers a competitive forum for up to 30 early-stage solar companies to present their business proposals. Companies will be selected through an application and committee review process. During SPI '13, 12 finalists will compete in the Start-Up Alley Challenge. This will give finalists the opportunity to pitch their business proposals to a panel of entrepreneurs, investors and industry leaders.

Quick Talks

One of the new formats for SPI is Quick Talks – 25-minute sessions with quick content on timely topics from recognised industry experts. These 15 sessions, featuring speakers from a broad range of industry markets, will touch on topic areas such as global trends impacting PV, emerging markets, construction and permanent debt financing, and the future of solar micro-grids.

Programming highlights

SPI 2013’s pre- and post-conference workshops will offer delegates an opportunity to further their industry knowledge and expertise. Workshops will cover a range of topics including the basics of PV financing, commercial & utility-scale inverters and the commercialisation of new solar technologies.

Pre-conference workshops are planned for Sunday and Monday, October 20-21; post-conference workshops will be held Friday 25 October.

19 August 2021
The utility-scale PV market is poised for exponential growth and yet the industry still has many fundamental opportunities to improve on standards and best practice. Tracker shade loss has been one of those topics that deserve more attention, but has been typically handled by derate factors rather than trying to accurately forecast the loss over the life of the system. Join Nextracker’s subject matter experts, Aron Dobos and Neelesh Umachandran, and Rounak Kharait, director of solar energy assessments at DNV, for a webinar about why shade modeling matters and recommendations on what the solar industry should do about it.
25 August 2021
Energy Next is a new industry exhibition focusing on the latest renewable energy and energy efficiency technology, which will be held for the first time in 2021 in Sydney, Australia alongside the Clean Energy Council’s Australian Clean Energy Summit, the peak gathering of leaders driving Australia's energy transformation. Organised by the same people behind Australia’s largest clean energy event, All-Energy Australia, Energy Next will give visitors two days of access to key suppliers in the industry, free-to-attend professional development and industry workshops, and networking opportunities to better understand clean energy issues and solutions and learn about the latest developments in this transformational, dynamic sector.
25 August 2021
The Intersolar Summit Brasil Nordeste takes place in Fortaleza, Brazil. It addresses leading local and international experts on solar power and renewable energy in the region. The Summit’s mission is to provide in-depth education, enable high-quality networking opportunities, expand the use of PV technologies at regional and national level and strengthen the local PV industry. The Intersolar Summit Brasil Nordeste is organized by Intersolar South America - Latin America’s largest exhibition and conference for the solar industry: Solar Promotion International GmbH, Pforzheim, Freiburg Management and Marketing International GmbH (FMMI) and Aranda Eventos & Congressos Ltda, São Paulo as co-organizer.
25 August 2021
Join us to hear directly from the CTOs and heads-of-research from the top-20 cell/wafer producers to the PV industry today. The event will focus on predicting the key metrics underpinning the next big shift to n-type with answers to the key questions: When will the transition to n-type happen? Which companies will be first to 10 GW capacity and production? Who will be the key equipment suppliers for the new production lines? Which n-type process flow/architecture will emerge as the front-runner? What will polysilicon purity and wafer thickness levels look like for optimized n-type manufacturing? What will the upstream poly/wafer supply-chain look like in 5 years from now?
26 August 2021
In this webinar, JA Solar will present its product portfolio based on the latest technologies to improve your PV projects, ensuring maximum reliability and performance. During the webinar we will receive insight from JA Solar about its solar technology roadmap and how the manufacturer is providing customers with innovative solutions to suit their needs, while we will also analyse how to determine the best product solution for each solar project.
6 September 2021
The 38th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition will be held online from 6 - 10 September 2021, allowing PV experts from all around the globe to participate with just one click! The EU PVSEC is the world's leading forum for PV Research and Development and the biggest Conference on PV Solar Energy worldwide. That is why PV experts from all around the globe are keen on gathering together each year to be part of this specialist’s event, to present and discuss the latest developments in Photovoltaics, to network and to conduct business.

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