IT HAS been described as one of the largest solar parks in the UK. The Bosch Solar Energy AG park in Trefullock, near Newquay in Cornwall, encompasses solar modules with a total output of five megawatts ... enough to cover the yearly energy requirements of 1,450 families.
The creation of the park has led to the energy-saving equivalent of 2,900 tons of CO² each year. And it comes as Bosch has spent 530m euros on a photovoltaics centre in Arnstadt, Germany, and 520m euros on a solar module manufacturing plant in Malaysia.
The advances in the European solar energy market have been huge and Bosch Solar Energy AG has been at the forefront in the race for higher efficiencies in photovoltaic systems.
It will be fascinating, therefore, to hear what Franz Ziering, vice president of Bosch Solar Energy AG, has to say about his company's major developments when he addresses delegates attending the national Solar Flair 11 conference on November 24.
The success of the two previous conferences, organised by the County Durham Development Company, has undoubtedly led to Solar Flair gaining a national reputation with the result that, this year, the event promises to be bigger and better than ever.
As well as Ziering, the impressive line-up of speakers are all leaders in their field and bring with them insights into the strides that have been made in the photovoltaic industry.
They will talk about the improvements in technology behind harvesting; the use of photovoltaic technology in space and what we can learn from it; thin film research and applications; organic photovoltaic research and applications and the use of solar energy in transportation.
Companies which would benefit from the conference – held at the Radisson Blu hotel in Durham – include those at the forefront of photovoltaic developments as well as manufacturers of photovoltaic systems; companies looking to expand into the solar energy market and the architects who are designing the country's increasingly greener buildings.
Above all, it is a chance for businesses to learn from leading companies such as Bosch Solar Energy and to forge contacts among like-minded peers. If the success of previous Solar Flair conferences is anything to go by, it will give even more companies the chance to shine in this important field.
To book a place at the event, or for more details see www.solarflairpv.com
:: Stewart Watkins is managing director of County Durham Development Company