"There’s a lot more energy than the last show, when there was more a sense of the doldrums and it was a much more reticent show," said Michael Bartholomeusz, CEO of thin film solar startup Applied Quantum Technology. "Now there are more companies going commercial, going into production. The industry is growing faster than anyone’s dreams." While concerns about the capital markets seemed to dominate last year, this year’s show is much more focused on commercialization, he added.
Oliver Janssen, CEO of power-optimizer startup eIQ Energy, said he is seeing more bustle and activity as well. "There are a lot of customers at this show, a lot of action on the show floor," he said. "The impression is that you’ve really got a lot of commerce going on here."
The activity level is also apparent in all the news coming out of the show. Below is a roundup of some of the most interesting items pv magazine has come across so far: