INTERSOLAR 2018 – The renewable energies are an important pillar of the German economy

Last week, Markus Elsässer, Managing Director of the Solar Promotion GmbH, talked about highlights and focal points of this year’s Intersolar. This week, we analyse the market position of the German companies in comparison to its international competitors – at the fair and on the global market.

Solardirekt: „Which countries are particularly strong at this year’s fair? Which countries show decreasing figures?

Markus Elsässer: „The international participation is as strong as in 2017. Still, Germany, China, France, Italy and Spain are the top five exhibiting countries. The other countries show slight differences. Though, there might be some changes. We still receive applications of sub-exhibitors. Regarding the number of exhibitors, the fair is stable. Yet, we are happy to see a trend towards bigger fair stalls. The total occupied area is much bigger than last year. Also, we expect increasing visitor figures, as our new fair concept addresses news target groups.”

Solardirekt: „The Intersolar takes place in different countries. What role has the fair in Munich?“

Markus Elsässer: „Still, the Intersolar Europe is the biggest and most international fair with the biggest visitor numbers of all our Intersolar events. Still, Europe is the biggest economic area world-wide. Yet, the Intersolar Europa is not only attractive for European companies: It is a global venue and a leading fair of the global energy industry. We are positive to strengthen the position of the fair in the coming years as the penetration of the economy and our society with PV-solutions has just started.”

Solardirekt: „What about the participation of the German PV-companies?”

Markus Elsässer: „The German companies account for approximately 40% of all exhibitors, including German subsidiaries of foreign companies. Altogether, this is an excellent result and underlines the importance of the renewable energy forms for the German economy. Thanks to lasting the PV-boom, we expect another increase.“

Read more about the role of solar energy and PV in the future energy supply mix… next week.