I’ve assembled a lengthy slideshow of my event, conference, and Expo timeline at the SNEC 6th (2012) International Solar Industry and Photovoltaic Exhibition & Conference (SNEC PV POWER EXPO 2012) held last week in Shanghai, China. On the first day of the Expo, I completed the long march (please see the Long March for details on the historical operation and struggle) through the massive complex of seventeen (17) exhibit halls.
The first Picasa slideshow includes photo observations during my SNEC trek sandwiched between the Solar Leaders Dialogue on Tuesday and the joint press conference held Friday to discuss the US-China Solar Trade Case and the Department of Commerce’s preliminary determination of Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells dumping from the People’s Republic of China.
The second slideshow breaks out CPV (Concentrating PhotoVoltaic) companies at the Expo. A few CPV stands attracted a crowd, perhaps just because CPV was different from the ubiquitous crystalline silicon cells and modules on display at SNEC?
I talked with a number of second and third tier Chinese solar companies with credible cell and module manufacturing capacities in the 300 to 600 MegaWatt-peak (MWp) range though they were not always balanced. Everyone was wondering how many of the companies will survive the 2012 solar shakeout and exhibit at SNEC in 2013.
SNEC has not released official statistics for 2012 yet, but I heard the attendance was a bit light versus the 200000 visitor attendees expected. Over the four conference and Expo days, I’ve also heard numerous complaints from exhibitors about organizational issues with SNEC. In particular, the Expo hours were changed a few times, unofficially extended during the week and shortened to 1PM (13:00) and then Noon on Friday from the original 3PM (15:00).
Though I have traveled to Hong Kong and Taiwan, this was my first trip to China. I swear I got a counterfeit 100 Yuan note from an ATM since I never broke any larger denominations. I have learned how to spot a fake 100 Yuan note, and I am now aware of the need to check.