02 July 2012
Intersolar North America 2012 returns 9-12 July, marking its fifth year in San Francisco, California (US).
Co-located with SEMICON West, Intersolar North America 2012 is expected to draw about 850 exhibitors and more than 22,000 registered visitors from more than 80 countries to provide a global perspective of the solar industry. This year’s event will highlight the technology innovations that are contributing to the growth of the industry through interactive exhibits on the show floor and technical sessions during the Intersolar North America Conference in the Intercontinental Hotel. A full list of speakers and presentations is available online.
In addition to the PV Production and Technology Hall, which will feature presentations and exhibits on manufacturing trends, nearly 100 PV cell, module and thin film exhibitors are confirmed for this year’s exhibition, including Jinko Solar, LDK Solar, SolarWorld Americas, Suniva, Suntech, Trina Solar, Yingli Green Energy Americas and Mage Solar.
Additionally, as panel prices have fallen, balance of system (BOS) advancements have emerged as a key way to reduce the overall cost per watt of solar. Mounting systems have been a crucial point of innovation, as their complexity greatly impacts the amount of time spent installing PV arrays. More than 130 companies will have the latest in mounting and tracking systems and BOS innovation on display, including Schletter, SolarBridge, SolarEdge, Shoals Technology Group, SMA America and Unirac.
A full list of Intersolar North America exhibitors is available online. The Intersolar smart phone app is available for download, and includes a full list of exhibitors and an exhibition floor map and route planner.
The Innovation Exchange stage and the Practical Point stage will be home to presentations that highlight the technologies on display throughout the exhibition hall. Intersolar Award nominees will discuss their innovations in presentations that offer visitors a compact and informative overview of their latest developments at the Innovation Exchange, where the winner of the first-ever Intersolar Award for landmark solar projects will be announced during the Award Ceremony on Tuesday, 10 July at 4 p.m.. Additionally, stages in the PV Production & Technology Hall and PV Energy World will feature free presentations and practical workshops, bringing the total number of exhibition stages to four.
Several interactive exhibits on the show floor will highlight some of the other new technology trends in the solar industry. Energy storage has also emerged as a key technology to optimize renewable energy generation, and will the focus of this year's PV Energy World exhibit. Located in the Moscone Center North Hall (Booth 5135) and organized in partnership with California Energy Storage Alliance, Fraunhofer ISE, and with leading sponsor Kaco new energy, PV Energy World will offer expert presentations on energy storage and grid integration.
Additionally, Intersolar will showcase solar's connection to sustainable transportation, highlighting the parallels between electric vehicles and the solar industry at the Solar Transportation special exhibit (Moscone North Booths 5879 and 5867).