Semicon West and Inter Solar North America
Report by Bruce Meland
The largest photovoltaic, semiconductor, microelectronics, solar thermal, solar architecture, and support manufacturing equipment premier International Exposition and Trade Show recently occurred in San Francisco at the Moscone Center July 15-17 2008. Electrifying Times had staff present to cover this timely Exposition. It was an International Expo with companies and representatives from Europe, Israel, China, Japan and North America.
Toyota has already announced they will have photovoltaic modules on the roof of their 2009 Plug-In hybrid to run their auxiliary systems such as air conditioning, and lights. Solar electric generation will also be needed to charge electric vehicles and plug in hybrids.
The latest photovoltaic technology and support systems were demonstrated at 2 expositions occurring at the same time. Semicon West an American Trade Show and Inter Solar North America, a German Trade Show combined forces to produce the largest Solar-Electric Event of the year in North America. Companies from Europe such Siliken Renewable Energy of Spain has one of the largest Photovoltaic farms in the world, producing 55 mega Watts of electricity. They have set up shop in San Diego as well to market their products to North Americans. There were companies such as Global Solar of Tuscon that were showcasing their latest CIGS Solar Panels. CIGGS stands for Copper, Indium, Gallium, and Selenium which are thin coated to a metal substrate to produce one of the more efficient photovoltaic panels that operate well at low sunlight. All kinds of equipment to manufacture and support the photovoltaic industry were demonstrated. Stay tuned to our next issue and we will cover photovoltaic applications for electric and hybrid vehicles.
Toyota is setting the trend of using solar electric panels on the roof of their 2009 Prius to run auxiliary equipment such as air conditioners.http://www.crunchgear.com/2008/07/07/toyota-to-sell-solar-panel-equipped-prius-next-year
Intersolar Press Conference: 10:30am Tuesday,
July 15 Intercontinental Hotel, Union Square Room, Level 3