Conference unites 150 photovoltaics experts in Sydney

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150 clean energy leaders from Australia and Germany convened at Photovoltaics Industry Conference in Sydney on 7 May 2012. The symposium attracted installers, engineers, government representatives, buyers and project consultants.

Sydney, 20 May 2012 – 150 clean energy leaders from Australia and Germany convened at Photovoltaics Industry Conference in Sydney on 7 May 2012. Organised by the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the symposium attracted installers, engineers, government representatives, buyers and project consultants.

More than a dozen expert speakers from associations, government and industry covered market projections, research, technological progress, and large scale and commercial projects.

The event provided a platform for German and Australian industry representatives to share experiences, explore opportunities, discuss policy and market developments. The opening speeches by Dr Rob Stokes, Liberal Member for Pittwater and Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy, and Deputy Consul-General Anne-Kirsten Wohlleben, German Consulate General Sydney, stressed that the interest in photovoltaics and potential for bilateral collaboration is unparalleled in both countries.

Jan-Benjamin Spitzley, who represented the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology provided an overview of policy developments in Germany. Even though Germany’s feed-in tariff, which is paid by utility providers, has been reduced by the government, the photovoltaics industry still is experiencing steady growth. Photovoltaics generate nearly 25,000 MWp annually and renewables contribute 12.2 percent of Germany’s total energy consumption of 8685 PJ.

Germany will become increasingly dependent on clean energy as its energy demand is increasing and its government is phasing out nuclear energy – its eight oldest plants were immediately shut in wake of the Fukushima incident.

Dr Juergen Arp from the German Solar Industry Association covered technical aspects of flat roof installations. In the past, many companies hesitated investing in PV due to the risk of production downtimes caused by leaking roofs. This led to the development of new aerodynamic systems that prevent roof penetration.

Annual PV installations in Australia are expected to grow steadily by 15 percent each until 2020 when they reach 1400 MW according to Dr Muriel Watt, Chair of the Australian PV Association.

Among the five German companies that presented their technologies and services were DEGERenergie GmbH, Mage Solar AG, Moerk Bau GmbH, RERi GmbH & Co. KG, and Schletter GmbH. Many German PV companies are eager to enter new markets as Germany’s clean energy market is slowly maturing. Australia is an ideal partner for bilateral business ventures with stable renewable energy targets and untapped solar energy resources.

The German industry representatives explored Australia’s emerging clean energy market and potential partnerships with local companies in 60 business meetings following the event. Prospective business partners from Australia were eager to collaborate with the German PV companies and discussed cooperation for commercial and large scale projects.

The trade delegation also visited the research facilities of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems at the Australian National University. Counsellor Dr Andreas Heinrich Radtke from the German Embassy accompanied the excursion.

The conference was a joint effort by the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, eclareon GmbH and NSW Trade & Investment. The German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology sponsored this program.