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

The hotter it is the more sunlight available to cool the interior environment of the Prius. The future trend for photovoltaics is thin film, nano solar, CIGS (Copper, Indium, Gallium, and Selenium) technology which allows flexible surfaces with ultra thin film applications of these elements to produce a electric generating panel for wider applications. 

For more information see www.semiconwest.com and www.intersolar.us  
 

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

A private press conference allowing reporters access to Intersolar conveners including Markus Elsässer (Chief Executive Officer Solar Promotion
International GmbH), Professor Eicke Weber (Chairman of the Conference Committee Intersolar North America / Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE), Dan Martin (Executive Vice President SEMI) and Dr. Dieter Salomon (Chairman of FMMI / Mayor of the City of Freiburg). Presenters will provide an overview of the Intersolar conference, including reasons for expanding into North America, and provide a vision for the future of the trade show as an international event for North American solar interests, as well as an overview of solar market data. A question-and-answer period for the press will follow the presentation.

Intersolar Opening Session: 11:30am Tuesday, July 15 Intercontinental Hotel, Grand Ballroom

Intersolar conveners including Markus Elsässer (Chief Executive Officer Solar Promotion International GmbH), Professor Eicke Weber (Chairman of the Conference Committee Intersolar North America / Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE), and Dr. Dieter Salomon (Chairman of FMMI / Mayor of the City of Freiburg), will speak to attendees about the success of the European Intersolar and how its expansion into North America speaks to the growth of the North American solar industry. Joining them will be speakers Charles Gay (Corporate Vice President, General Manager Solar Business Group, Applied Materials), Dr. Dan Kamman (University of California, Berkeley), and Barbara Hale (SFPUC AGM for Power Enterprise).

Marc Tamo
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