Everything is almost ready for the 29th edition of the EU PVSEC 2014, the landmark event of the European photovoltaic industry. From 22 through 26 September the Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam, Holland, will gather the whole renewables sector, and especially the solar. The fair will last five days, just at a key moment for the European energy future.
The 29th edition of the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Exhibition and Conference (EU PVSEC 2014) warms its engines just at a time when renewables and photovoltaics in particular generate headlines almost every day.
The uncertainty in renewable
We already reported that the International Energy Agency (IEA)published on 28 Augustits third Annual Report on Renewable Energy Market (Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report) which revealed that “policy uncertainty in Europe threatens to delay the promotion of renewable energies, “and added that “the generation of energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydropower increased strongly in 2013, reaching almost 22% of world generation, and was on par with electricity from gas, whose generation was relatively stable. ”
The paper concludes that “the global renewable generation has increased by 45% in recent years and will constitute nearly 26% of the world electricity generation by 2020.”
Photovoltaics, the future
But there are other studies such as that from the world’s largest private bank, UBS Bank, that predict the power-solar led revolution considering that ” large scale power plants will be relegated in 10-20 years and instead, solar technology will arise as the main source of energy. ”
The European Photovoltaic Industry Association, EPIA, recently announced that the “European Council requests a target of 30% renewables by 2013″ but despite being a more ambitious target it has been placed below the binding national objective”.
Teun P. Bokhoven, General President of the EU PVSEC 2014 and president of the Dutch Renewable Energy Federation said that “after a difficult period in the global PV markets in recent years, we can expect a strong recovery in the coming period.” Bokhoven adds that “this means an enormous challenge for the photovoltaic community. Expectations are high. ”
News on EU PVSEC 2014
With 1,500 contributions from 71 countries, presented in 87 sessions, the entire photovoltaic value chain will be covered at the EU PVSEC 2014.
The exhibition program is complemented by nine parallel events where around 100 additional contributions will be presented. They are organized in conjunction with major international organizations and offer an insight into the specific topics on the latest trends in technology, market and business…
Teun Bokhoven recalls that “current geopolitical conditions and events do renew our focus on the need to accelerate the transformation of our energy system into one that is based on renewable energy.”
EU PVSEC background
For many years, the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Exhibition and Conference (EU PVSEC) has combined the fact of being a renowned international scientific fair while being a leading industrial fair in PV within the same fairgrounds.
The EU PVSEC is supported by European and international organizations like the European Commission, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Natural Sciences Sector), WCRE (World Council for Renewable Energy), EPIA (European Photovoltaic Industry Association), IPVEA (International Photovoltaic Equipment Association), ESA (European Space Agency), EREF (European Renewable Energy Federation), EUFORES (European Forum for Renewable Energy), EU PV TP (European Photovoltaic Technology Platform), ARE (Alliance for Rural Electrification), AIE (European Association of Electrical Contractor), CABA (Continental Automated Buildings Association), EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium) and SASIA (Solar Association of Arab Industries).