Intersolar 2009 defies global recession and achieves record numbers

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before has Intersolar had more exhibitors, more visitors, more media

representatives and more different nations represented”, said Markus

Elsässer, Managing Director of Solar Promotion GmbH, one of the two

organisers of Intersolar. “Given the difficult economic situation, we

are especially pleased that Intersolar 2009 has turned out so

successful. The response has been truly overwhelming”.


W. Seilnacht, CEO of Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH &

Co. KG, and co-organiser of Intersolar, was equally satisfied with

attendance figures: “Following on from the extremely successful opening

in Munich

in 2008, we are pleased to see such a significant year-on-year increase

in levels of interest among exhibitors and visitors. This growth in

international attendance, size, number of exhibitors and visitors gives

us plenty of cause for optimism.”

Satisfaction all round


view of the large number of international visitors and innovations

exhibited, and the 37% increase in exhibition space, visitors and

exhibitors alike were more than satisfied with Intersolar 2009. “We

have exhibited at Intersolar right from the very beginning. We are very

pleased with the large numbers of high-calibre visitors the show is

able to attract,” says one exhibitor, Rudolf Pfeil, CEO of RESOL –

Elektronische Regelungen GmbH.


partners of the trade show have also been pleased with the way the

event as gone. Heinz Kundert, President of the SEMI Europe PV Group,

described how, “You can feel that the interest in PV is extremely high

and exhibitors are pleased.”

The Intersolar AWARD 2009


the second year running, the organisers in conjunction with the German

Solar Industry Association (BSW Solar) presented the Intersolar AWARD,

which is announced annually by an independent jury in the categories of

‘photovoltaics’ and ‘solar thermal technology’ for pioneering products

and services in the industry. Awards are given in recognition of

innovative, groundbreaking products and services in PV and solar

thermal technology. This year’s Intersolar AWARD was also supported by

the German Minister of Economics and Technology, Dr. Karl-Theodor

Freiherr zu Guttenberg, who, as patron of the award, underlined the

importance of innovative companies for the future of the international

solar industry.


large number of high-quality entries made it particularly difficult for

the jury to select this year’s most innovative products and services.

The high quality of the entries clearly demonstrates that the solar

industry continues to be one of the most important drivers of

international innovation. The large number of innovations as well as

the general success of the trade show underline the status of

Intersolar as the industry’s number one international marketplace. In

addition to the AWARD winners, many other companies have also presented

innovations at Intersolar this year,” commented Carsten Körnig, CEO of

the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar).


GmbH, National Semiconductor Corp. and SOLON SE most impressed the jury

with their entries in the PV category, while the AWARD in the solar

thermal technology category went to NEP Solar Pty Ltd, RESOL –

Elektronische Regelungen GmbH and Ritter Energie- und Umwelttechnik

GmbH & Co. KG. As the winners were announced on the first day of

Intersolar, they were able to benefit from a high degree of visitor and

media interest throughout the show.

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