The next three months will be busy ones for the solar thermal industry. Several solar mega fairs will take place in Europe before the end of May.
The fair season starts with the biggest fair of all, the ISH in Frankfurt, Germany, including 2,400 exhibitors on more than 250,000 m2 of exhibition gross space, from the 10th to the 14th of March. Renewable energy technology is one of several areas at the fair, which also includes sanitation, air conditioning and building services.
In early May, the schedule will continue with the Solarexpo, the International Exhibition and Conference on Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation, at the Verona Exhibition Centre, Italy, between the 7th and the 9th of May 2009. Together with the fair Greenbuilding, the event will also cover a wider range of technologies: solar thermal, photovoltaics, energy efficiency and sustainable architecture.
The last stop of this year's European fair marathon is the Intersolar 2009 at the New Munich Trade Fair Center, in southern Germany, from the 27th to 29th of May. This event is the most specialised solar fair of all three, covering only solar thermal, photovoltaics and solar architecture.
Fairs specialising in solar technology are winners year after year. Their growth rates are record breaking. The organizers of Intersolar - Solar Promotion GmbH and Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG - seem optimistic that they will reach a total exhibition space of 100,000 m2 in nine halls. This would mean a growth rate of 32%, compared to the total of 76,000 m2 of exhibition space the exhibitors occupied in seven halls last year (growth rate of 32 %). The same news can be heard from Italy. To meet the high demand, the Solarexpo team extended the exhibition area from six halls in 2008 (57,000 m2 exhibition gross area) to nine halls this year (almost 75,000 m2) – an increase of 29 %.
When comparing the exhibition area and the number of exhibitors originating from the solar thermal sector, Intersolar stays ahead by far. 250 companies specialised in solar hot water technology are expected in the two halls B1 and B2. At the Solarexpo, pavilion 2 and 3 will host 137 exhibitors.
|Solarexpo-Greenbuilding 2009||Intersolar 2009|
|Exhibition area for solar thermal technology||16,632 m2||22,000 m2|
|Number of exhibitors of solar thermal technology||137||250|
|Average stand size (gross area)||121 m2||88 m2|
|Number of halls||2 (pavilion 2 and 3)||2 (halls B1 and B2)|
|Total number of visitors *||55,000 (2008)||50,000 (2008)|