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The world's largest exhibition for the solar industry opens its doors today.

Intersolar Europe gets underway today at the New Munich Trade Fair Center. With over 1,800 exhibitors in twelve halls and an outdoor area, which together make 134,000 square meters of exhibition space, Intersolar Europe has once again cleared the boundaries set by last year’s event: The organizers are pleased to report a 33% increase in exhibitor numbers and 29% growth in total exhibition area compared to 2009. Over 60,000 international visitors are expected to travel to Munich. International participation in the event has markedly increased, thanks not least to the global presence of the different Intersolar exhibitions. An extensive fringe program and the Intersolar Europe Conference are running in parallel to Intersolar Europe at the International Congress Center ICM of the Munich Trade Fair Center.

Starting today, all eyes in the international solar industry will be turned toward the New Munich Trade Fair Center: The world’s largest exhibition for the solar industry today opens its doors until June 11. As a specialist exhibition, Intersolar Europe has focused on the fields of photovoltaics and solar thermal technology. Products and services from the entire value chain of each of these disciplines will be exhibited in the twelve halls and outdoor exhibition area. This year marks the nineteenth anniversary of Intersolar. “Internationally, solar technology is one of the most pioneering industries of the future. Its significance for the global energy industry is constantly growing. We are delighted to support the development of the industry through Intersolar Europe, and to make a continuous contribution to furthering this development,” affirms Klaus W. Seilnacht, CEO of Freiburg Wirtschaft & Touristik GmbH, Freiburg, which organizes Intersolar Europe together with Solar Promotion GmbH, Pforzheim.

33% more exhibitors, 29% growth in exhibition area
The international solar industry can look back on a successful year. Overall, the worldwide markets for photovoltaics and solar thermal technology have grown continually. And even the German market is seeing positive development, despite uncertain conditions. Accordingly, Intersolar Europe is better positioned than ever before. A 29% growth in exhibition area means that exhibitors and visitors now have 134,000 square meters at their disposal. Over 1,800 international exhibitors (which corresponds to an increase of around 33% compared with 2009) will present their innovations and technologies at the exhibition. International involvement among exhibitors is also looking very positive, with 53% travelling from outside Germany. The growth in exhibition space is accompanied by a growth in visitor numbers. Over 60,000 visitors from 145 countries are expected to attend the event in Munich in 2010

Intersolar across the world
“We are extremely pleased about the positive growth and the increase in international participation. Thanks to Intersolar’s international footholds with its sister exhibitions Intersolar North America in San Francisco, Intersolar India in Mumbai and Intersolar China in Shanghai, Intersolar Europe’s presence on the international solar stage has also intensified. The figures are therefore clearly encouraging us to continue in the same direction,” states Markus Elsässer, CEO of Solar Promotion GmbH. With a total of over 2,600 exhibitors and more than 80,000 visitors on three continents, Intersolar is the world’s leading exhibition for the entire solar industry.

A varied conference and fringe program
This year, for the first time Intersolar in Munich will open under its new name, “Intersolar Europe”, but the exhibits highlighted by the exhibition will still represent the latest developments and technologies that the solar industry has to offer. On June 9 at 3:30 p.m. the most innovative companies in the fields of “Photovoltaics” and “Solar Thermal Technology”, and in the new category of “PV Production Technology”, will be presented with the Intersolar AWARD at the Innovation Exchange in Hall C3, Booth C3.150.

This year, for the first time, the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar) will present a special exhibition dedicated to products, systems technology and services for the electrification of remote regions (“off-grid”) in Hall A3, Booth A3.640. Over 14 member companies from BSW-Solar will present the full range of services offered by the German solar industry in the field of “off-grid” technology.

Intersolar Europe will again this year devote the “SOLARHAUS 50+” special exhibition to the use of solar energy in residential applications. The various options for supplying 50% of heating requirements in buildings using solar energy will be displayed by the exhibition in Hall C2, Booth C2.310. Daily presentations will accompany the special exhibition.

For two days during the exhibition run-up and then for the duration of the event, the international solar technology industry will meet from June 7 to 11 at the Intersolar Europe Conference located in the International Congress Center Munich (ICM) of the New Munich Trade Fair Center. The conference will focus on the fields of “photovoltaics”, “solar thermal technology” and “solar thermal power plants”.

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