Intersolar 2018 – Integration, photovoltaics and digitalisation

The Intersolar 2018 is looming at the horizon. The fair is fully booked, and the positive spirit mirrors the global development of the solar industry. We talked to Markus Elsässer, Managing Director of the Solar Promotion GmbH about highlights of this year’s fair and perspectives of the industry. The first part of our three-part series focuses on the main topics of the fair.

Solardirekt: „Mr. Elsässer, what are the focal topics of the Intersolar 2018?”

Markus Elsässer: „One of the focal points is the integration of electricity, heat and mobility called sector linkage. The new innovation platform “The Smarter E Europe” supports cross-sector energy solutions and technologies and integrates all topics of the new energy world. It addresses issues such as the production, storing, distribution and use of energy and the intelligent integration for a smart, sustainable and cost-efficient energy supply.

Also, photovoltaics is a major issue at this year’s Intersolar. Only innovative and cost-efficient production technologies paired with innovation speed, quality and reliability will ensure highly efficient PV-modules and systems at lower costs. As a result, the global PV-market keeps growing: in 2018, the PV capacity will grow at 10% up to 110GW. In Europe, the PV-market is enjoying a renaissance: here, experts expects growth rates of over 10 GW. The Intersolar mirrors this trend.

Last but not least, the digitalisation and decentralisation are major issues of all four fairs, of The smarter E-Europe, the Intersolar Europe, the ees Europe, the Power2Drive Europe and the EM-Power. The digitalisation and decentralisation enables several new business ideas and markets. The digitalisation supports and simplifies the possibilities of the decentralisation. Yet, several small decentralised units can cooperate and act as a big offerer or buyer. Also, decentral producers can join forces with decentral buyers. Also, the digitalisation bridges the gaps between the different sectors, enables the loading of e-cars from the net, the production and use of electricity for private people and industrial control at large scale.”

Solardirekt: „How important is e-mobility for the solar energy market?”

Markus Elsässer: „Of course, the change of the energy market influences the transport sector, too. Today, photovoltaic and e-mobility are an interesting combination. If cars are loaded with electricity from renewable energy forms, electro mobility is much more than just a clean and sustainable mobility solution for the future. Due to the elimination of the feed-in tariff, this is particularly attractive for photovoltaic plants with capacities up to 10kw. With 10 to 12ct per kwh, the electricity which is produced at home, is much cheaper than electricity coming from the utilities. A PV plant of a private home with capacities of 3 kwp can deliver up to 2,800 kwh per years. As a result, owners of e-cars can drive approximately 14,000 km completely emission-fry. This means promising business chances for the solar and storage economy as well as for photovoltaic companies and PV-plant owners.”

Read next week about the development of the global PV market and about the shares and chances for German PV companies.