U.S. thin film giant First Solar is targeting operations and maintenance (O&M) business in Europe as it seeks to re-energize its European operations.
Attendees at Intersolar Europe in Munich were upbeat on the final day trade show and praised the quality of this years event and the large crowds of visitors the decline in exhibitors. Uncertainty over EU tariffs remained palpable in the exhibition halls, however, with leading Chinese manufactures reportedly cutting production by as much as 50%.
For the sixth year running the Intersolar Awards were presented to the best innovations in the field of photovoltaics and solar thermal technology as well as in the new category of solar projects in Europe.
Manufacturers at Intersolar Europe are reporting high utilization rates at facilities thanks in large part to booming business in Japan.
Chinese companies are employing strategies to circumvent anti-dumping tariffs, such as exporting products to Croatia, according to industry sources at Intersolar Europe.
The 2013 Intersolar Europe trade show opened its doors in Munich on Wednesday with fewer exhibitors and visitors expected for the three-day event.
The first day of the Intersolar Europe trade show in Munich wound down on Wednesday with a clear shift towards more downstream services and away from material suppliers. The booming Japanese market is generating plenty of discussion, with a relatively large number of Japanese attendees evident.
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