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Post Show Report - SNEC PV POWER EXPO 2018

The 12th SNEC PV POWER EXPO Successfully Held

The largest PV tradeshow in the world -- SNEC 12th (2018) International Photovoltaic Power Generation and Smart Energy Exhibition & Conference was successfully rounded off on May 30th, 2018.

SNEC2018, with the exhibiting space reaching 200,000 square meters, attracted over 2,000 exhibitors and over 260,000 visits from 95 countries and regions. It is especially worth mentioning about an increase of the number of visitors from many developing countries such as India, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Myanmar, Brazil, Chile, Ghana, South Africa, Saudi Arab ia, Pakistan and etc. It is out of doubt that with the largest numbers of exhibitors and visits, richness of exhibits that covers all sections of the PV industry chain, as well as the largest coverage in PV industry, SNEC has developed to be one of the most promising and influential PV tradeshows worldwide. SNEC2018 has also become the most popular grand gathering with the largest spot trading amount and the most releases of new products and new technology among the past eleven editions.

 The variety of exhibit categories of this year is unprecedented. The exhibits cover the whole PV industry chain, including PV production equipments, materials, PV cells, PV application products and panels, PV power systems, intelligent control, real-time monitoring, whole-course tracking, storage and efficiency optimizing. Almost all the well-known PV companies are exhibiting at this event.

This year, many exhibitors have expanded booth size to over 500sqm, some even over 800sqm, including: GCL, Talesun, Huawei and Sungrow. The biggest booth is over 960sqm.

The SNEC conference contains following noteworthy topics and programs: the first “International energy storage and mobile energy conference”, which include: Int’l PV + Energy Storage Application Summit, and Global Green Energy and PV Financial Summit. Policy makers, experts, researchers, leading companies, financial institutions, consultants and medias gather up and discuss policy, cutting-edge technology, market trends, business mode and financing channels of mobile energy and energy storage industry.

Besides, SNEC conference also contains parallel seminars: PV Intelligent Manufacturing Technology, Industry Workshop on “Top Runner” High Efficiency Solar Cells, Auxiliary Materials and Technologies Related, Industry Workshop on Balance of System and O&M of PV Plants, The Application of Graphene in PV Industry Summit, Seminar on PV Poverty Alleviation, Distributed & Residential PV and Energy Technologies for Island, “Internet Plus” Smart Energy Technology and Application Seminar, etc. Professionals from the industry, government, bank, media, academe and analysis agencies discuss cooperative development strategy of PV industry in Europe, Asia and America.

On this occasion of the 12th anniversary, SNEC deeply appreciates the great supports of those solar players and experts. We sincerely welcome the renowned PV enterprises, experts and elites to gather at SNEC to look into the PV market of China, Asia as well as the world, and to take the lead on industrial revolution from the industry perspective and through a problem solving approach.

Overview

  • Approved by Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, SNEC 12th (2018) International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference & Exhibition [SNEC PV POWER EXPO] was initiated by Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA), Chinese Renewable Energy Society (CRES), Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA), Shanghai Science & Technology Development and Exchange Center (SSTDEC), Shanghai Federation of Economic Organizations (SFEO), Shanghai New Energy Industry Association (SNEIA), and was jointly organized by Global Solar Council (GSC), Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA), Asia Pacific Photovoltaic Industry Council (APPIC), New Energy Industry Association for Asia and the Pacific (NEIAAP), China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME), Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Committee (CREIC), China Photovoltaic Society (CPVS), Taiwan Photovoltaic Industry Association (TPVIA), Korea Photovoltaic Industry Association (KOPIA),etc.
  • SNEC2018 had reached over 2,000 exhibitors, 200,000 sq. meter exhibition space and 267,182 visits this year. Solar companies from 95 countries and regions such as Germany, UK, France, USA, Canada, Japan, Austria, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Singapore, Taiwan, etc. gathered in Shanghai for this grand occasion. 30% of the exhibitors were from overseas. The exhibiting products covered the whole PV industry chain, including PV production equipment, materials, cells, applications & modules, PV projects and systems.

Key Figures

Data on Exhibitors

 ——Number of exhibitors: 2,020
 ——Number of countries/regions originated: 95
 ——Foreign exhibitors and representatives: 30%
 ——Total exhibition space (sqm): 200,000

Data on Visits

 ——May 28: 114,516
 ——May 29: 110,086
 ——May 30: 42,580
 ——Total: 267,182
 ——Number of countries/regions originated: 95

Previous Data

Conference Opening and Keynote Speakers

Highlights and Achievements

 Global Solar Associations Meeting successfully held

Global Solar Associations Meeting, with the theme of "Cooperation, Innovation, Win-Win", is co-hosted by Global Solar Council (GSC), Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA), New Energy Industry Association for Asia and the Pacific (NEIAAP) and Shanghai New Energy Industry Association (SNEIA). Participants from different national industry associations and a great number of leading enterprises from various regions including Asia, Europe and America, etc. and many countries discuss on the topics of collaborations among solar associations and sustainable growth of the solar industry worldwide.

Mr Dinghuan Shi, former Chairman of Chinese Renewable Energy Society (CRES), Mr Gongshan Zhu, Chairman of GSC and Chairman of APVIA, Mr Charles Kayonga, H.E.Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda, Mr Pranav Mehta, Chair-elect of GSC and Chairman of National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI), Mr Jifan Gao, Co-Chairman of GSC and Chairman of China PV Industry Association (CPIA), Mr Gianni Chianetta, Co-Chairman of GSC and Vice President of Italian Solar Industry Association (Italia Solare), Mr Jose Donoso, Co-Chairman of GSC and General Director of Spanish National Photovoltaic Association (UNEF), Dr Rodrigo Sauaia, Co-Chairman of GSC and CEO of Brazilian Photovoltaic Solar Energy Association (ABSOLAR), Mr Michael Schmela, Executive Advisor of SolarPower Europe, Dr Xavier Daval, Vice President of Syndicat des Énergies Renouvelables (SER), Mr Steve Blume, President of Smart Energy Council in Australia, Prof David Renne, President of International Solar Energy Society, Mr Edwin Khew, Chairman of Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), Mr Chin Soo Mau, President of Malaysian Photovoltaic Industry Association (MPIA), Ms Claire MY Lee, Director of Philippine Solar and Storage Energy Alliance (PSSEA), etc. presented at the meeting.

 Shanghai Green Energy Scientific Innovation Center

In order to promote the global cooperation of green energy industry, promote independent innovation ability of the industry, and positively response to the strategic requirements of constructing the Shanghai city to be an international science and technology innovation center put forward by the central government, the Shanghai Green Energy Innovation Center is launched jointly by Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association, Shanghai New Energy Industry Association, and some leading new energy enterprises, under the main platform of the Green Technology Bank established by the Ministry of Science and Technology and Shanghai municipal government. Its aim is to build a global operation network for green energy, establish an industrial academic alliance and form an open industrial service platform.

Mr Wu Xinxiong, Chairman of China Energy Research Society, former Vice Director of National Development and Reform Commission and former Director General of National Energy Administration, Mr Shi Dinghuan, Chairman of the 1st Organization Council of Shanghai Green Energy Innovation Center, and Mr Fu Guoqing, Chief Engineer of Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality together unveiled the nameplate for the Shanghai Green Energy Innovation Center.

To better promote the implementation of green energy technology innovation, demonstration and application, Shanghai Hongkou District government and Shanghai Green Energy Innovation Center signed a MOU to create green energy science and technology innovation platform. Mr Wan Jianhui, the Director of the Science and Technology Commission of Hongkou District, and Mr Jiang Wenzheng, Vice Chairman of the 1st Organization Council of the Shanghai Green Energy Innovation Center signed the MOU on behalf of each party.

The Shanghai Green Energy Innovation Center and the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions also held a cooperation signing ceremony. The World Alliance for Efficient Solutions was founded by Solar Impulse pilot Dr. Bertrand Piccard. Its recent development goal is to select #1000 efficient solutions to protect the environment in a profitable way, and to present the #1000 solutions Portfolio to governments, companies and institutions at COP24. The World Alliance for Efficient Solutions will work together with Shanghai Green Energy Innovation Center to collect those clean technology solutions from China and around the world, speed up the implementation of the clean and efficient technology, in order to protect the environment of China and the world.

 SNEC 2018 Scientific Conference -- discuss the cutting-edge technology and development of solar energy and PV together in 9 splendid sessions

The Scientific Conference provides an excellent platform for the world's PV experts and scientists to showcase and share the latest developments in solar energy technologies. The world's top PV scientists along with CTOs from leading PV companies join the International Scientific Committee. The Conference introduces and shares a wide scope of PV technologies, ranging from silicon feedstock, PV materials, cells, modules, systems and quality assurance to smart grid technologies.

SNEC 2018 Scientific Conference was held on May 28th and 29th, consisting of 11 sessions, where nearly a hundred top experts shared the cutting-edge technologies and research findings with attendees via oral presentations, poster presentations, or panel discussion. The speakers not only included the scientists from the well-known universities or research institutes worldwide such as University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia, Fraunhofer ISE and Fraunhofer CSP in Germany, ISFH in Germany, Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM SA), IMEC in Belgium, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), ITRI, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Zhejiang University, etc., but also gathered the CTOs and technical experts from the leading solar companies such as GCL, Trina, Hanwha-Qcells, Huawei, Canadian Solar, JinkoSolar, YINGLI, Sungrow, GT, RENA, Meyer Burger, Singulus, Heraeus, DuPont, 3M, TÜV Rheinland, and so on.

 Global Green Energy & PV Financial Summit

In recent years, the global photovoltaic industry, especially in China, has developed rapidly and its market has increased significantly. Residential and distributed photovoltaic (PV) installations, energy storage, big data + artificial intelligence, smart microgrids, and Internet of Things, among others, are becoming more closely integrated. As financing for renewable energy projects continues to be in high demand, the industry requires more financial innovation which fit to these new trends.

The Global Green Energy and PV Financial Summit brings together senior experts and stakeholders in the PV and renewable energy industry to explore its critical challenges and potential solutions combining the developing trends in finance, renewables and digitalization. It consisted of 16 topic speeches presented by Bloomberg Intelligence, The Export-Import Bank of China, China National Renewable Energy Centre, Ping An International Financial Leasing Co. Ltd, the State Grid Corporation of China, China Minsheng Xinguang Co., Ltd, EY Climate Change and Sustainability Service in China, Xuzhou Hengxin Financial Leasing Co., Ltd., China New Energy Investment and Financing Alliance, JSY Funds Management Pty. Ltd., Energy Internet Research Institute in Tsinghua University, China Electric Power Research Institute, NARI Technology Co., Ltd, etc., and 4 panel discussions. The speakers who make presentations and take part in discussion all share many innovative ideas, rich experience, valuable personal experiences with their open-mindedness, broad horizon and abundant knowledge, giving the attendees lots of enlightenment.

 The Summit Forum on the Application of Graphene in PV Industry

Graphene has excellent performance in the field of optics, electric, thermal and force. In 2017, the development of graphene obtained further development in term of basic research and material preparation at home and abroad. Graphene has been deeply researched and applied in the fields of high-speed transistors, transparent electrodes, printed electronics, novel composite materials, ultrasensitive sensors, novel catalysts, gene sequencing and energy storage devices. Meanwhile, graphene industrialization has been rapidly promoted in our country. In 2016 and 2017, SNEC organized “The Application of Graphene in PV Industry and Energy Storage Technology Seminar”, supported by Tsinghua University, industrial alliance and industrial demonstration area. The seminar has become a valuable professional platform for the docking of photovoltaic industry and the new material industry, and has been affirmed by the industry for its academic and professional level.

SNEC 2018 “The Summit Forum on the Application of Graphene in PV Industry” focuses on the research, technology and industrialization of photovoltaic, energy, energy storage and sensors. The summit targets participants such as scholars, experts, and entrepreneurs in the graphene and photovoltaic industry to explore the application of graphene in the photovoltaic industry. It is co-organized by Tsinghua University and supported by industrial alliance and industrial demonstration area.

 Seminar on PV Poverty Alleviation, Distributed & Residential PV and Energy Technologies for Island

Distributed energy technology is an important developing direction of the future energy technology. "PV Poverty Alleviation" has become an important guideline in China to support agricultural modernization, to develop new countryside, and to improve farmers' life quality. For most islands, the energy remains as a key problem. This Seminar hold discussions on the topics of green, ecological, low carbon island management technologies, and how to make the photovoltaic combined with modern agriculture, how to promote large-scale promotion of distributed PV and household system to become the main form of future civil power, etc.

 “Internet Plus” Smart Energy Technology and Application Seminar

In recent years, innovation booming is constantly emerging in China’s smart energy industry, which have strongly supported President Xi's energy revolution strategy and 19th National Congress of CPC’s goal. The core of smart energy innovation is to transit from traditional energy to clean energy. PV industry occupies big share to realize clean energy and promote energy revolution. Under the background of smart energy innovation and energy Internet construction, the development of PV products and PV industry are facing great opportunities and challenges.

SNEC organizes the 2nd edition of "Internet Plus” Smart Energy Technology and Application Seminar in 2018, which arounds the application of PV in energy industry. The seminar will bring together experts and scholars from government, industry, academic, research, field, to share experiences and countermeasures, to promote the promotion and application of PV products in energy industry, and drive the adjustment, transformation and upgrading of PV industry.

Industry Workshop on Advanced PV Technologies -- covers all aspects of PV application technology and manufacturing

As a traditional session of the SNEC PV Power Conference, the Industry Workshop on Advanced PV Technologies covers all the aspects of photovoltaic technology and manufacturing, including equipment/devices, materials, processes, manufacturing, integration, as well as emerging photovoltaic technologies and applications.

The Industry Workshop on Advanced PV Technologies consists of 3 sessions, the topics of which are Balance of System and O&M of PV Plants, “Top Runner” High Efficiency Solar Cells, Auxiliary Materials and Technologies Related and PV Intelligent Manufacturing Technology and includes over 70 presentations. It is an opportunity that you cannot miss to stay up to date on the technology and market, present your results to the community and network with colleagues.

 The Joint Media Interview held in Media Centers

The Media Centers, which have been set up during the past five editions, have proved themselves as excellent platforms for enterprise promotion and communication bridges between the enterprises and the media. To improve the quality of interview, SNEC Organizing Committee organized a media team consisting of hundreds of media from home and abroad as well as a Joint Media Committee with more than ten industry mainstream media, invited persons in charge of the exhibiting enterprises as guests and employed professional videographers to record throughout the interview. This event is an important domestic attempt on the combination of exhibition and media promotion, and undoubtedly can greatly improve the added-value of SNEC.

 SNEC2018 “Top 10 Highlights” Awards

To help exhibitors achieve best effects from the show and distinguish the most advanced technologies and products from others, it’s the eighth time for SNEC Organizing Committee to present “Top 10 Highlights” Awards, which has been welcomed and supported by the exhibitors and has become an indispensable highlight event for SNEC PV POWER EXPO.  

The “Top 10 Highlights” Awarding Ceremony was held in Exhibition Hall N4 on May 30th. Having prepared for over 4 months, more than 100 exhibits are showcased in the expo. There are four categories of awards -- Terawatt Diamond Award, Gigawatt Gold Award, Megawatt Jadeite Award and Honorary Award. After a fierce competition and strict evaluation by professional judges, some companies participating in this activity received their own trophies and certificates which not only stand for honor, but also means that their excellent exhibits were highly spoken of by professional visitors.

Having been hosted for many editions, the selection has been widely recognized and well received and has become a major stage for showcasing new products and technology in the sector.

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