On June 8, the opening of Intersolar Europe will mark a special day in the history of the world's largest exhibition for the solar industry: Intersolar Europe is turning 20.
Further growth is expected for the year of the anniversary. Fourteen halls and 155,000 sqm of exhibition space will be available for exhibitors and visitors, which corresponds to more than 15% growth over the previous year.
From June 8 to 10, 2011, the New Munich Trade Fair Center will once again revel in the warmth of the sun as Intersolar Europe reopens its gates to the international solar technology industry. 2011 will be a special year for the world’s largest exhibition for the solar industry: the year of its 20th anniversary. Twenty years of growth The cradle of Intersolar is Pforzheim. This is where it all started in 1991, then under the name of Solar`91.
The exhibition’s steady growth led to a change of location at the turn of the millennium, when Intersolar moved from Pforzheim to Messe Freiburg. By 2008, Freiburg, too, had become too small to accommodate the growing demand for exhibition space, leading Intersolar to find a new home at the New Munich Trade Fair Center. Intersolar Europe is organized by Solar Promotion GmbH, Pforzheim and, since 2000, by Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH (FWTM), Freiburg. “We started Intersolar to create a meeting point for all the solar industry’s players, which would give them the opportunity to share their experiences of the international solar markets as well as product innovations and services. We wanted to actively promote the development ofsolar technology. Looking back at twenty years of Intersolar history, we are certainly justified in being proud of having achieved a great deal. Intersolar Europe is today firmly established as the world’s largest exhibition for the solar industry. It brings together players and markets in the international solar industry and has made a considerable contribution to solar technology covering an important part of energy supply today,” says Markus Elsässer, CEO of Solar Promotion GmbH. Exhibition space continues to grow in 2011 In its anniversary year, Intersolar Europe will once again increase its exhibition space. Two additional halls have already been reserved, meaning that in 2011 the exhibition’s 2,000 exhibitors will occupy 14 halls and an outdoor exhibition area covering 155,000 sqm of exhibition space.
This is almost five times the space occupied at the Freiburg exhibition center by the 638 exhibitors who took part at that time. Thematic organization of the entire solar technology spectrum In addition to its size, the range of services offered at Intersolar Europe is striking. The areas of Photovoltaics, PV Production Technology and Solar Thermal Technology together cover all aspects of solar technology. “We strongly believe in structured, intuitive organization. This allows visitors and exhibitors to maintain a clear overview of the various areas of focus despite the wealth of offerings, and to make their visit to Intersolar Europe as efficient as possible,” explained Klaus W. Seilnacht, CEO of FWTM. International growth The success story of Intersolar has long been progressing beyond Europe’s borders: Under the umbrella brand of Intersolar, the leading international exhibition for the entire solar industry is today represented with four events on three continents. In 2008, Intersolar North America in San Francisco became the second exhibition after Intersolar Europe, followed by Intersolar India in 2009, which will be held in Mumbai starting in December this year.