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Solar Meets Glass Conference Reunites Glass and Solar Industries

“Solar Meets Glass – 3rd Industry Summit for Markets, Costs and Technology” will be held October 22 and 23 2012 at the Congress Center East of Düsseldorf Exhibition Center for the third time. One day before Glasstec, the world’s most important trade fair for the glass sector and Solarpeq, its “sister” event for solar production equipment, experts from the glass and solar systems industry will address issues of common interest

October 22 and 23, 2012 will see the conference “Solar Meets Glass – 3rd Industry Summit for Markets, Costs and Technology” held at the Congress Center East of Düsseldorf Exhibition Center for the third year. One day before Glasstec, the world’s most important trade fair for the glass sector and Solarpeq, its “sister” event for solar production equipment, experts from the glass and solar systems industry will address issues of common interest. Solar Meets Glass aims to promote expert exchange between both industries in this unique environment worldwide in order to show the glass industry new sales opportunities while providing the solar industry with new impulses in the race for higher efficiency rates and lower costs.

The conference agenda has been put together by Messe Düsseldorf in cooperation with Solarpraxis AG, one of the leading conference organizers in the field of renewable energies, and targets producers of thin-film and crystalline photovoltaics, solar system integrators and manufacturers of PV assembly systems. Furthermore, it addresses the producers of automation technology, glass manufacturers, system suppliers for glass applications and glass mounting systems as well as upstream suppliers to the glass and solar sectors. The line-up of top-notch speakers caters to both the glass and PV industries as well as to suppliers and customers with comprehensive coverage of the current topical themes. In addition to a market and technology overview for photovoltaics, the first day of the conference will deal with manufacturing technology, efficiency as well as materials and costs associated with PV glass. Here lectures centre on the topics of (ultra) thin glass, the differences between float and rolled glass for PV purposes and the progress made in anti-reflection coatings for solar cover glass, to name but a few. To conclude a high-caliber discussion panel is planned to promote a targeted expert exchange amongst conference delegates.

The second day of Solar Meets Glass addresses two central themes: trends, new markets and technologies revolving around building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) as well as recycling of PV modules. The theme of re-using solar modules is also offered as an option and addressed extensively in two sessions compiled in cooperation with the bvse – Federal Association Secondary Raw Materials and Disposal and the “Forum Glastechnik” of the German Machine and Plant Manufacturers’ Association (VDMA). The first session deals with the requirements for collecting and reusing PV modules while the second session focuses on the preparation and reclamation of raw materials. On the afternoon of the second day the delegates will conclude the conference with a visit to Glasstec and Solarpeq. The participation fee is EUR 595. Until September 1, 2012 an early-bird bargain price of EUR 495 will apply. This fee includes a 2-day ticket to visit Glasstec/Solarpeq plus the Solarpeq exhibition catalogue. The conference language is English. The Recycling Session of the bvse can be booked separately at a cost of EUR 60. Here, lectures will be presented in German and interpreted simultaneously into English.

The complete conference agenda plus additional information is available at www.solarpeq.de.

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