by Staff Writers
Munich, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 2012
Newly installed photovoltaic capacity reached all-time record levels in 2011, and PV plants with an output of over 200 kilowatt peak (kWp) occupy a rapidly growing share of the market. Europe holds the number one spot for plants of this size, though other markets are hot on its tail: New large-scale projects are currently being planned in the U.S. and Canada that are set to test the bounds of what is technically feasible.
The main factor driving this development is that of cost, as it generally follows that the larger a plant is, the lower the costs are per kilowatt of rated capacity. The dynamic development in this field therefore features among the central topics of the exhibition and the accompanying Intersolar Europe Conference 2012.
The conference will take place in parallel to Intersolar Europe from June 11-14, 2012 in the International Congress Center (ICM) of the New Munich Trade Fair Centre. On June 12, international experts will spotlight the latest technologies, most interesting markets and the political contexts of these markets over the course of a day in the PV Power Plants panel discussion.
According to the latest figures from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) in Brussels, photovoltaic installations with a total capacity of 27.7 gigawatt peak (GWp) were put into operation during 2011, three quarters of them in Europe. The key markets were Germany and Italy, each adding around 7.5 GWp of capacity. With new installations totaling 2.2 GWp, China became the world's third largest PV market during 2011.
Cost efficiency drives markets
It is already possible to realize such plants even more cheaply in certain other countries, however. For example, project developers in India currently work with costs of around euros 1.3 million/MWp - and the system costs continue to fall. As a result, multi-megawatt power plants are now supplanting systems that were previously far more cost-effective, such as solar thermal power plants.
PV Power Plants therefore also constitute one of the most exciting key topics at Intersolar Europe. Over 90 exhibitors from around the globe have registered in this category to present products and services all connected with large-scale PV installations: from the hottest system solutions through mounting systems and inverters to monitoring technology and the latest modules.
Large-scale PV plants at Intersolar Europe Conference
In addition to many issues surrounding photovoltaics, PV production technology and solar thermal technologies, this year the conference is focusing specifically on the topic of large-scale photovoltaic plants.
Led by Uwe Ilgemann, CEO of Invecco, Freiburg, and member of the Photovoltaics Conference Committee of the Intersolar Europe Conference, the session entitled "PV Power Plants" on June 12, 2012 will look at innovative aspects of the topic: from system design through questions on financing large-scale installations and achieving optimum cost efficiency to component and system quality management.
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