7 interesting facts from Intersolar 2022

Intersolar Europe is the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry.

Under the motto “Connecting solar business,” manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and planners and developers from around the world meet in Munich every year. They discuss the latest developments and trends, explore innovations first hand and meet potential new customers.

For Climateshield Solar this was a great opportunity for our MD Darren. He was able to meet, do business and network with peers and experts alike.

And he also got a chance to get his steps in. He did 20,000 daily as he trekked the halls of the Messe München during the 3-day show.

Here are 7 interesting facts from Intersolar 2022 and how they will slot into our business model.

1 – Time to play catch up in Solar industry

There is clearly a renewed sense of optimism and heightened ambition driving Europe’s solar sector to new heights. As one module manufacturer put it, new dimensions.

After two years of COVID-dented activity, there’s a belief now that the industry is poised for an explosion of activity. At Climateshield Solar, we are ready for the explosion.

2 – Is China crisis a chance for Europe to lead the way?

Solar is moving quickly to become a major part of the global energy mix. You can see why with all the innovation and resource displayed at the expo.

Talking to exhibitors and attendees at the show it is clear that Chinese suppliers are facing ongoing issues. Increased shipping costs and intermittent Covid 19 lockdowns are still occurring.

Is an option for them to move back into Europe with their own production to counter the supply issues.

The imposing strength and sheer size of stands of the Tier 1 panel suppliers such as Longi, Trina, Q Cells, Jinko, JA Solar, SunPower stands out.

Are European suppliers like Heckart, Myer Berger, Aleo, Luxor and Futura Sun ready to launch their own production lines to the Gigawatt proportions we see from the Chinese suppliers.

But the supply chain across Europe is still under significant strain due to demand while Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has upended the continent’s energy markets.

3 – European Politicians are taking an interest in the solar industry

Demands from the PV industry are increasingly being heard by politicians. This is according to the CEO of inverter supplier SMA Solar Technology, Jürgen Reinert. He is hoping states across Europe will reduce administrative burdens for installers and homeowners looking to add solar.

But will this spread across Europe and within Great Britain?

It is clear that significant investment is needed to close the solar skills shortage. This is both at the regulatory and downstream level, and in manufacturing. The EU is considering speeding up the permitting process after calls for greater action.

These came from individual member states via their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs).

But with UK out of the EU, will this strengthen or weaken our position.

4 – Is a one-stop shop solution the way forward?

Solar Edge introduced their new home solution comprising of inverters, battery storage, EV chargers, smart plugs, and now even smart modules with inbuilt optimisers. Despite the price tag, this one company branded solution is highly credible and will give homeowners peace of mind everything will work together.

The Solar Edge team used the show to heavily promote this brand.

But they are not alone, as many of the world’s other leading inverter companies including Solis, Sungrow, Fronius and SMA etc have now paired their battery storage offerings with hybrid inverters to become an all-in-one solution which is also very marketable.

5 – Increased interest in Artificial Intelligence

Interest in artificial intelligence (AI) is certainly growing in the solar industry, with a number of companies at Intersolar promoting the benefits the technology can bring in terms of site design, operations and maintenance and output optimisation.

There is a clear demand for and interest in AI software as companies look to integrate this into projects. Examples include STEAG Solar Energy Solutions (SENS) was promoting its Sensaia AI software that it said provided far more accurate and detailed information on project alarms from faulty components.

The system analyses data every five to 15 minutes and maps this against historical data using machine learning to identify when critical faults will occur in a project.

6 – EV the door opener to solar success

EV charging products – and vehicles too – are everywhere and this points to how buying an EV act as a trigger for consumers to become much more in tune with their energy consumption.
Consumers are increasing their consumption significantly and with energy bills high and rising further, it opens their eyes to power of solar in terms of bringing that cost down.
This, in turn, leads consumers down the direction of full-suite energy systems.

7 – Supply and demand issues the key to solar growth

It is clear after speaking to businesses there are issues with battery storage and inverter availability and supply chains, which are obviously causing frustration across the industry.
The strong underlying demand for solar will drive the industry to new heights in the coming years.
Manufacturers of solar components and modules are witnessing unprecedented demand for their products as companies scramble to access solar kit amid supply shortage. But plans are in place to cater for the increased demand.
Optimism is high and business booming in Munich.
And Climateshield Solar are here to help your business embrace the change.

If you’d like to find out more about how we can help your business with solar solutions and how you can save money on your electricity bills – and possibly even earn money, get in touch with our team today on 0333 444 2501 or email us at gosolar@climateshieldsolar.co.uk