Sydney plays host to leading solar industry conference

18 May 2012

Australia-Germany Photovoltaics Industry Conference 2012

Sydney played host to the Australia-Germany Photovoltaics Industry Conference 2012 earlier this month (May 7), featuring more than 100 delegates from leading German and Australian solar energy-related companies.

The event, supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and NSW Trade & Investment, explored opportunities for collaboration on photovoltaic projects between Australia and Germany and developing wider international markets.

Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy Dr Rob Stokes opened the event, which was also attended by NSW German Consulate Deputy-Consul Genera Anne-Kirsten Wohlleben and German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce Executive Director Kristian Wolf.

The conference also featured expert speakers from leading German and Australian clean energy companies. Issues covered by speakers ranged from the current state of research and the industry to potential commercial and large scale projects.

NSW is a leader in photovoltaic research, with the University of NSW the first in the world to offer undergraduate training in photovoltaics and home to the Australian Research Centre's Photovoltaic Centre of Excellence.

It is the third time NSW Trade & Investment has partnered with the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, with previous events helping pave the way for German businesses to establish an Australian presence in NSW.

NSW Trade & Investment also sponsored an Australian Institute of Energy half-day forum on Clean Energy Futures this month.