3rd Sino-German Cooperation Workshop on Solar PV Industry


The PV industry is experiencing a transformation period in the global scale. Policy frameworks and corporate strategies are under development to adapt to the new environment. China and Germany, as the most potential and most experienced PV market respectively, will contribute to the development of global PV industry with their cooperation and joint efforts.

On the occasion of the 7th International Solar Industry & Photovoltaic Exhibition(SNEC), the Chinese Renewable Energy Industry Association (CREIA), the Chinese Renewable Energy Entrepreneur Club and econet china | German Industry & Commerce Shanghai held the 3nd Sino-German Cooperation Workshop on PV Industry on 15th May 2013 in Kerry Hotel Shanghai.

Mr. Christoph Angerbauer, General Manager of German Industry & Commerce Shanghai and Ms. TANG Wenqian, Deputy Secreatary General of Chinese Renewable Energy Industry Association (CREIA) emphasized the significance of Sino-German cooperation in the PV industry in their welcome speeches.

C. Angerbauer TANG Wenqian
(left Christoph Angerbauer, right TANG Wenqian)

Shi Jingli (Energy Research Institute of National Development and Reform Commission) highlighted the status of PV market in China and explained the policy framework by the central government. By 2012 the accumulated PV installation reached 7.97 GW, of which 4.19 GW are large scale power stations and 3.78 are distributed generation projects. Chinese PV industry is still driven by the international market. In 2012 the export rate decrease from 85% to 80%. The central government is discussing on the new policy framework to stimulate the PV market, such as simplifying the application procedure and optimizing the pricing system for the distributed PV projects, subsidy through the grid companies, VAT incentives as in the wind power policy, supportive financing approaches and specific loans, as well as supportive land distributing and renting.

(right: Ms. SHI Jingli)

After this excellent start Dr. Murray Cameron (European PV Industry Association) introduced the status and development scenario of PV market in Europe. Tobias Rothacher (Germany Trade & Invest) presented the prospect of the German solar market. He pointed out that the demand of own consumption will be the main driver of German PV industry as well as energy storage market. By 2020 more than 50% of the world market will be generated by own-consumption. Europe will lead this segment with Germany as the role model.

Dr. Murray Cameron Tobias Rothacher
(left Dr. Murray Cameron, right Mr. Tobias Rothacher)


Following the discussion on policies and markets, Mr. Wang Ye (CGN Solar Energy Development Co., Ltd.) and Mr. Wu Liang (GCL Applied Industrial Research Institute) shared their experiences on distributed PV project development and quality control of PV products.

Wang Ye WU Liang
(left Mr.WANG Ye, right Mr. WU Liang)


Then the workshop moved to the quality control session from the perspective of third party certifiers in Germany and China. Mr. Miguel Laburu Bayón (TÜV Rheinland) explained how third party certification supports quality control and risk management. Mr. Wang Zong (China General Certification Center) showed the current status and trend of quality guarantee system in China.

(left Mr. Miguel Laburu Bayón, right Mr. WANG Zong)


The workshop ended with the professional introduction of legal protection of Chinese PV companies in Europe by Mr. Christof Aha (Beiten Burkhardt Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft). Risks of module shipments into Europe, risks of module supply to PV projects, risks with the role of EPC company, risks of joint ventures and risks of module warranties are explained for Chinese companies active in the European markets.

( Dr. Christof Aha)


Panel discussion

panel discussion

panel discussion

Moderated by Dr. Sven-Uwe Müller (right), Deputy Country Director of GIZ China and Director of Sino-German Renewable Energy Programme, Ms.Shi Jingli, Mr. Tobias Rothacher, Mr. Wang Ye, Mr. Wu Liang, Mr. Wang Zong and Mr. Patrick Kempf (Vice President, Wirsol Solar Technology (Beijing) Ltd) joined the panel discussion and shared their insights on PV market’s opportunities and challenges as well as products export and cooperative innovation. They emphasized that German companies’ vast experience on quality control and distributed PV projects will strongly support the sound development of new PV market in China.

The Sino-German Cooperation Workshop on PV Industry demonstrated the need and the willingness of Sino-German cooperation and the huge synergy potential. The Workshop is a paramount example for pooling the strengths of the leaders of the PV industry at a turning point for the entire industry.

Source: econet china
Ms. Lu Wei,
Marketing Manager,
econet china | German Industry & Commerce Greater China
Tel: 021 6875 8536 ext. 1690

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