25 July 2012
Intersolar South America Summit opens 15 August in Sao Paolo, Brazil, focusing for the first time on the South American solar industry.
At the summit, industry experts will discuss the latest conditions and developments in international solar markets, paying particular attention to the South American region including solar power subsidies in Brazil, the role of Brazilian energy utilities and the development opportunities for the Brazilian PV market.
Presentations will showcasing a number of PV project in South America, and the concluding panel discussion will provides a forum to debate the necessary measures for realizing an efficient solar energy infrastructure in Brazil.
Many key markets worldwide are now faced with the question of how politics and the economy will shape energy supply in the future. The conference’s first topic area focuses on the various political and economic conditions and requirements in different markets. Dr. Murray Cameron, vice president of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) and chief executive officer of Phoenix Solar, Sulzemoos, Germany, will provide an overview of international growth markets.
Additionally, professor Volker Wittwer, advisor at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg, German, will speak on solar energy’s importance for future energy supply, focusing on topics including the latest technological developments in photovoltaics.
Thomas Maslin, associate director of IHS Emerging Energy Research, Cambridge, US, will analyze the South American solar market and its further opportunities for growth.
Developments in the South American solar market, particularly in Brazil, are currently being observed with keen interest by companies in the international solar industry. The question of how signals from the Brazilian government will impact on the industry and the market’s future potential are commanding the spotlight.
The second set of conference talks concentrates on subjects including the net metering remuneration system recently introduced by the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency, the Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica (ANEEL). A further presentation entitled PV 3.0 – Self-Sustaining PV Markets: Brazil as an Example examines the development of photovoltaics into a self-supporting energy solution. The speaker is professor Stefan Krauter PhD, Professor at the Institute of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Paderborn, as well as founder and CEO of Rio Solar, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The third section of the program presents new business sectors arising out of the investment potential within PV in Brazil. Further talks showcase PV projects that have been successfully realized in Brazil as well as a possible roadmap for constructing large-scale PV plants in South America. The speakers include Louis Parous, managing director of strategy for South America at Centrotherm Photovoltaics, Blaubeuren, Germany, and Klaus Gehrlicher, founder and CEO of Gehrlicher Solar, Aschheim, Germany.