SNEC 5th (2011) International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference & Exhibition [SNEC (2011) PV POWER EXPO], which was approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China and jointly organized by 15 international associations and organizations including Chinese Renewable Energy Society(CRES), Shanghai Federation of Economic Organizations (SFEO), Shanghai Science & Technology Development and Exchange Center(SSTDEC), Shanghai New Energy Industry Association (SNEIA), European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA),etc, came to a successful end on February 24, 2011 at Shanghai New International Expo Center(SNIEC). It is the first large exhibition of Shanghai in this new year as well as the largest exhibition among global solar industry.
With the theme of “Develop New Energy, Benefit all Mankind”, the three-day exhibition focuses on presenting the solar power projects and innovative photovoltaic technologies. It is featured in following six aspects:
I. Large scale. The exhibition occupied all 13 halls of Shanghai New International Expo Center with totally150,000 sq. meter space and more than 8,500 booths.
II. Big number of exhibitors. It attracted 1,838 exhibitors from China and overseas, which include not only the leading enterprises, such as Suntech, Yingli Solar, the Institute of Electrical Engineering (IEE), Chinese academy of sciences (CAS), No.2 Research Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC-2), CETC-36, CETC-45, CETC-48, the Electronics Eleventh Design & Research Institute Scientific And Technological Engineering Corporation Limited, etc, but also those entered into the industry in recent years
III. High-level international participation. Exhibitors and professional visitors came from over 90 countries and regions, and there are nearly 700 exhibitors from nations advanced in PV manufacturing, research and application, such as Germany, Japan, the United States, Spain, Italy, France, Australia, South Korea and Russia etc., accounting for 30% of the total exhibitors. TUV Rheinland Group, the PV certification authority from Germany, showcased at a large booth in the exhibition. There are over 180,000 visitor attendances to the show.
IV. Up-to-date technology achievements. Apart from the “Top 10 highlights”, a large number of cutting-edge scientific research results and latest products of the industry also showed up at the event. They attracted enormous attention. Here is a list of a few of them: "Polycrystalline and monocrystalline silicon solar cells with conversion efficiency of 17.5% and 19.5%", ”Advanced technologies upon which the effective recovery of the intermediates such as silicon tetrachloride and hydrogen chloride during the manufacturing process of polysilicon, reaches almost 100%”, ”Single polysilicon ingot with the world's largest size, weighing up to 800kg”, and "the crystalline silicon ingot furnace for purification with the’ biggest magnanimous’ and ‘single output of up to 1800kg’ “, " the fixed PV building components alternative to traditional roofing materials and capable of making the building into a 'carrier that generates energy’ , and new generation "organic solar cell products" brought by Konarka Technologies, Inc “. V. Exciting concurrent activities. There are many exciting supporting activities during the exhibition, for examples, on-site bidding for PV power generation projects, China and overseas PV industry cooperation seminar, investment environment recommendation, site-visit to PV industry bases n Yangtze River Delta region, etc.
VI. Excellent exhibition service. Show Daily was specially published and distributed on-site to release the highlights and tidbits of the exhibition and enhance communication. A Press Center was also set up on-site for domestic and overseas media to conduct interviews. We have also upgraded the website "PV Power Online" to give live broadcast on the latest updates of the show.
The concurrent SNEC 5th PV Power Generation Conference, a professional and in-depth PV forum, consists of 15 plenary sessions and supporting activities, and is regarded as "Eastern PV Davos Forum". Honored guests to the conference include Mr. Linhao Chen, the Deputy Director General of International Cooperation Dept., Ministry of Science & Technology, Mr. Zhipeng Liang, the Deputy Director General of Renewable Energy Dept., National Energy Bureau, Mr. Fangneng Zheng, the Section Chief of Energy & Transportation Section of High and New Technology Dept., Science & Technology Ministry, Dr. Wolfgang Roehr, the Consul General of Consulate General of Germany, and Mr. Renhe Xu, the Director General of Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).
The domestic and overseas well-known experts, scholars and elites of PV industry had thorough discussion and communications on pioneer topics about the new energy, PV industry development and the development & application of sophisticated technology. Overseas distinguished experts include Prof. Martin Green, Executive Research Director, ARC Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence, Universityof New South Wales, known as "Father of Photovoltaics", Mr. Murray Cameron, COO of Phoenix Solar AG and Board Director of European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), Dr. Gerhard Stryi-Hipp, a famous researcher on new energy policy and the energy policy director of Fraunhofer Solar System Institut, Mr. Charles Guy, the Co-founder of "Green Star Foundation", the President of Solar Application Dept. of Applied Materials Inc. and Chairman of Solar Application Council, Mr. Rhone A. Resch, the Chairman and CEO of American Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), and Mr. Richard Loven, the General Director of Enerplan–Association des Professionnels du Solaire.
Comparing to the lineup of overseas experts, almost all China's top experts in PV field attended the conference, including Mr. Dinghuan Shi, Counselor of the State Council of the People's Republic of China and Chief Director of Chinese Renewable Energy Society (CRES), Prof. Yuwen Zhao, Director of PV Professional Committee of Chinese Renewable Energy Society (CRES), Mr. Dacheng Wu, Secretary General, PV Professional Committee of Chinese Renewable Energy Society (CRES), Mr. Junfeng Li, Director Committee of Resources Comprehensive Utilization of Chinese Renewable Energy Society, Mr. Sicheng Wang, Senior Engineer, Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission, Prof. Hui Shen, Director of Institute for Solar Energy System of Sun Yat-Sen University and Director General of Guangdong Solar Energy Association, Prof. Ying Zhao, Director of Institute of Photo Electronic Thin Film Device and Technology from Nankai University, Prof. Deren Yang, Director of State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials of Zhejiang University, and Mr. Zhegen Chen, Chairman of Zhejiang Renewable Energy Association, etc.
Solar power is the most potential and promising energy in this century. Thanks to the advanced technology, unlimited resource and environmental friendship, the PV industry has already become the core of global industry revolution, the direction of developing low carbon economy and the important approach to fight against energy crises and achieve sustainable development. China, who already regards new energy as strategic emerging industry, is offering a great chance to solar and other new energy industries by investing 3 trillion Yuan in 10 years. As the main trend of high & new technology industrialization, Shanghai will upgrade the new energy industry by largely developing thin film solar cells, supporting high efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells, and exploring key equipments of thin film solar cells; Shanghai is now working hard to be an important PV industry base through optimizing industry layout and accelerating the development of industrial cluster, and to take the lead in key technology of solar cells and equipment manufacturing capability. Meanwhile, we will pay great attention to next generation solar cells technology such as nanometer silicon, dye-sensitized and organic solar cells, support and step up the development of new solar thermal power generation system. In terms of industrial layout, Shanghai will take Minhang district as the core of solar energy industry base and establish it to the solar research and production center. It supports Pujiang High-tech Park in Minhang which gives priority in developing thin film solar cells and developing high efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells. Shanghai will also help Zhangjiang High-tech Park and other industrial parks become the base of research and producing key equipments for thin film solar cells, support Songjiang, Fengxian and other districts in establishing a number of featured solar industrial parks.