Follow up of the Solar Industry Forum
The 33rd EU PVSEC hosted this year the first edition of the Solar Industry Forum.
Together with the audience and the speakers, we have had the chance to exchange cutting edge information and raise our knowledge about the evolution and current state of the solar PV sector, as well as the challenges it will face in the future.
Following these fruitful debates and discussions, ETIP PV together with EERA, EUREC and SOLARUNITED highlighted the key pillars which emerged from the Solar Industry Forum in their press release.
Motivation of the Solar Industry Forum
The Solar PV industry is worth 100 Billion EUR a year and growing at a rapid pace. With 75 GW installed in 2016, it has beaten year after year the most optimistic expectations and its potential remains largely untapped. However, this rapidly expanding market creates numerous challenges for industry leaders, in Europe and globally. Rapidly decreasing module and system prices happen in a context of price increases for wafers and cells, highlighting the complexity of industry development in a fast-changing world.
CEO and CTOs in the solar PV industry must cope with evolving competitiveness conditions, new market players, choice about technologies and production capacities which will evolve rapidly towards 10 GW for the largest competitors.
Today, most fairs and conferences are focused on the downstream market, with a clear emphasis on where to sell PV modules, inverters, and services. However, the Solar PV industry is much more complex than PV manufacturers and develops its activities along the complete value chain.
While the Solar PV, market is expanding fast and could reach close to 100 GW by 2020, the questions of the future of the PV industry remains a fascinating challenge. Where to manufacture, when to increase production capacities, and how to identify disruptive innovations are some of the key questions that are not often debated in general PV conferences and fairs.
The evolution of the technology in laboratories is well understood and the policy aiming at developing the markets are better known but informing decision-makers within the manufacturing industry, from material suppliers to components producers remains a challenge.
The Solar Industry Forum will be the meeting point for all industry stakeholders to exchange cutting edge information and raise their knowledge about the future of the manufacturing industry in the Solar PV sector.
The Solar Industry Forum is an event embedded within the EU PVSEC, providing an alternative path for attendees with an industry background, allowing them to attend EU PVSEC’s scientific sessions in parallel with the Solar Industry Forum sessions.
This two-days forum is targeting the PV industry stakeholders with a mix of presentations and roundtable discussions with key European and global speakers.