2nd Sino-German Cooperation Workshop on Solar PV Industry


The photovoltaic industry has reached a turning point. In this time of change, Germany and China as leaders in the photovoltaic sector could benefit from closer cooperation. The Sino-German Cooperation Workshop on PV Industry provided a unique opportunity for the exchange of experiences and the establishment of new contacts.

At the occasion of the 6th International Solar Industry & Photovoltaic Exhibition, the Chinese Renewable Energy Industry Association (CREIA), the Chinese Renewable Energy Entrepreneur Club (CREEC) and econet china | German Industry & Commerce Shanghai jointly organized the 2nd Sino-German Cooperation Workshop on PV Industry on 17thMay 2012. It brought together 100 leading experts, entrepreneurs and key industry players from both China and Germany.

Jan Nöther, Chief Represantative of the Delegation of German Industry & Commerce and Li Junfeng, Secreatary General of (CREIA) and Executive Secretary General of (CREEC), both emphasized in their welcome speech that, despite the competition, huge synergy potential in future cooperation exists.

 (from left to right: Jan Noether, Li Junfeng, Hu Runqing)

Hu Runqing (Research Institute National Development and Reform Commission) highlighted the development of the Chinese market and its future challenges. After this excellent start Reinhold Buttergereit (European PV Industry Association) explained to the audience that the “time to become mature” for the PV industry has begun. Tobias Homann (Germany Trade & Invest) presented the opportunities of the German solar market. The increasing importance of the B2C market will offer new possibilities especially for service providers. Mr. Florian Clement from Fraunhofer Institute for Solar System added, nowadays the PV market has stepped into a new development stage, though the uncertain policies bring risks for industry and investment, Germany is optimistic about their medium and long term development. These insights were closely related to  the presentation of Stefan Riel (Wirsol Solar Technology) founder of a downstream EPC provider. Mr. Riel suggested to combine the leading upstream PV industry of China with the leading downstream know how of Germany.


(from left to right: Reinhold Buttergereit, Tobias Homann, Florian Clement, Stefan Riel)       

A further highlight of the workshop was the panel discussion with high level representatives from both Chinese & German industry moderated by Li Junfeng, Executive Director of CREIA. Zhang Chunguang, (Senior Vice President) of Suntech, Xu Dajiang, (Vice President of Business Development) Trina Solar, Thomas C. Sauer, (CEO) EXXERGY GmbH, Stefan Riel, (President) Wirsol Solar, Tobias Homann, (Senior Manager) Germany Trade & Invest, shared their perspectives of the learning curve of the PV Industry and the market challenges in the future. To improve the value chain as a whole is a key aspect of the future cooperation of both countries. The panel highlighted the opportunities for German downstream companies to cooperate with Chinese PV-Module providers. Furthermore, the panel generally agreed that ”Dumping” lawsuits are a step in the wrong direction.


In the afternoon the cooperation workshop was moderated by Eckhart K. Gouras (Managing Editor of PV Magazine China) and presented insights in the field of cleaner production, certification, bankability and risk mitigation. Thomas Markgraf (ib Vogt) illustrated the need of a cleaner production and the possibilities of cost savings. Furthermore, Mr. Markgraf pointed out, “it is not expensive, it is just engineering”. Alexander Krenz (TÜV SÜD Greater China) presented quality certifications for the entire value chain of the PV-Industry. These standards are one of the steps to reach bankability mentioned by Dr. Christoph Flink (JA Solar) in his speech. Dr.Flink emphasized,  bankability has to be a strategic focus and depends on several factors such as reliability, reputation and quality. The role of insurance companies and the opportunities to mitigate risk were demonstrated by Jan Napirowski (Munich Re).

(from left to right: Thomas Markgraf, Alexander Krenz, Christoph Flink)

(from left to right: Jan Napirowski, Jan Dittmann, Fu Xin)

Dr. Jan Dittmann explained the latest changes in the German renewable energy law, conclusing the speech with his forecast of a compromise between industry and government interests. The Vice President of Sequoia Capital Mrs. Fu Xin demonstrated their investment aims. Their targetGroup represents especially downstream companies and other new innovative business models in the PV sector.

The event ended with the presentation of two German investment hotspots. Timon Meyer (Cleantech Business Park Berlin-Marzahn) showed the audience an ideal inner city production location in the German “Boomtown” Berlin. Bertram Roth (FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH) highlighted the Frankfurt Rhein Main area as an ideal investment for the Chinese solar industry and gave examples of several Chinese companies located in this area.

(from left to right: Eckhart K. Gouras, Timon Meyer, Bertram Roth)
The Sino-German Cooperation Workshop on PV Industry organized by CREEC & econet china demonstrated the need and the willingness of Sino-German cooperation and the huge synergy potential. The Workshop was a paramount example for pooling the strengths of the leaders of the PV industry and is the right step at a turning point for the entire industry.

Source: econet china

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