glasstec/solarpeq 2012: Solar meets Glass Conference becomes established

New edition in cooperation with Solarpraxis and OTTI in October 2013The Conference “solar meets glass – 3rd Industry Summit for Markets, Costs and Technology” held on 22 and 23 October as part of glasstec/solarpeq drew to a successful close with more than 130 participants.

The experts from the glass and solar industries stated that they were very satisfied with the possibility for a face-to-face exchange on issues that affect both sectors enabled by the unique combination of glasstec as the leading international trade fair for the glass industry and solarpeq, the concurrent trade fair for solar production equipment.  Today’s tight economic climate means increased efficiency and production cost cutting are key in the solar industry. The glass industry in turn has the know-how that can help to achieve this aim through corresponding solutions.

Therefore “solar meets glass” not only provides a market and technology overview for photovoltaics, it also addresses such issues as manufacturing technology, efficiency as well as materials and costs associated with PV glass. Lectures here focus on themes like (ultra-) thin glass, the differences between float and rolled glass for PV applications and the progress made in anti-reflective coatings for solar cover glass, to name but a few topics. Also featuring as themes on the agenda were trends, new markets and technologies revolving around Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) as well as the recycling of PV modules. The new topic of solar module reclamation covered in cooperation with bvse – the Federal Association for Secondary Raw Materials and Disposal – as well the VDMA’s “Forum Glastechnik” (of the Association of German Machinery and Plant Manufacturers) was also received very well.

New Partner OTTI

From 2013 the Eastern Bavarian Technology Transfer Institute (OTTI e.V.) will contribute to “solar meets glass” both in terms of content and organisation. By merging the two well-established events “solar meets glass” and “Glas und Solar” (organised by OTTI so far) a comprehensive and targeted special-interest conference will be created that leverages the synergies and overlaps of the glass and solar sectors. The cooperation between Messe Düsseldorf, Solarpraxis AG and OTTI as a new partner promises to boost both content-based and organisational expertise. While retaining the title “solar meets glass” the high-calibre specialist forum is working out a programme that blends current scientific contributions with themes of direct relevance for the business community.

“We are pleased to have enlisted OTTI as a partner for “solar meets glass”. The expertise and the contacts enjoyed by such a renowned event organiser in the field of technology and renewable energies is an ideal add-on further underscoring our high quality claim,” says Hans Werner Reinhard, Vice-President of Messe Düsseldorf.

The dates of the forthcoming “solar meets glass” are 9 and 10 October 2013. The conference will be held in Düsseldorf.

23 October 2012

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