Korea’s Solar Future is Bright: Over 30,000 Expected at Event in Seoul

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Korea’s Solar Future is Bright: Over 30,000 Expected at Event in Seoul

Seoul, Korea – January 26, 2010 – The Korean government is driving the growth and development of Korea’s renewable energy industry. Korea wants to significantly increase the adoption of solar energy nationwide and become a world leader and supplier of PV technology. Through public and private investment, Korea is targeting 10 percent of the world’s PV manufacturing market by using the existing infrastructure and the resources of semiconductor and display industries where Korea has developed leadership. Korea plans to install 1.3GW by 2012, with exports reaching US$ 3 billion and supporting the employment of 50,000 people.

The power of the government’s commitment to solar and the existing infrastructure combine to create global interest in Korea’s PV opportunities. Next week, over 30,000 people are expected to attend SEMICON Korea and SOLARCON Korea 2010 in Seoul. SOLARCON Korea is Korea’s largest international PV event with support from the industry’s key leaders. It is the only PV event in Korea based in Seoul. The event’s keynote on February 4 features Bernhard Dimmler, CEO with Wurth Solar in Germany speaking on “Thin Film PV, a Mainstream Technology.”

Event highlights on February 3 include:

  • Market Outlook: Europe and Japan: With information critical for both investment and business planning, market outlooks include policy issues. Daniela Schreiber from EuPD Research will discuss “Europe PV Market and Public Policy” and Makoto Shimizu from the Development Bank of Japan will cover “Recent Trend in Japanese PV Industries and the Government Policy.”
  • Silicon Solar Cells vs. Thin-Film Solar Cellspanel discussion which features leading experts discussing diverse perspectives on international PV markets and technology, including EHS issues. Panelists include: Steffen Studeny from Q-cells Japan, Bernhard Dimmler, Kuo-En Chang from Motech, Thomas Hengst from Roth&Rau, Ji-Weon Jeong, Donghwan Kim of Korea University, eeand Ross Young from IMS Research.
  • Workshop on Environmental Health and Safety Workshop for PV Manufacturersis aimed at personnel at PV manufacturing sites with responsibilities in: environmental protection, worker safety and health, process tool installation, process tool maintenance, specialty gas and chemical delivery systems, fire protection, building engineering, facilities, risk management, and insurance. Speakers represent Edwards, Intertek, Linde, SEMI, and REC Silicon.

Highlights on February 4 include Dimmler’s keynote speech, plus:

  • Photovoltaic Technology Session: Next Generation Solar Cell Technology: Organic solar cells, CIGS, and dye-sensitized solar cells will be discussed with experts from Fraunhofer Institute and SungKyunKwan University.
  • PV Certification Workshop: The certification process is crucial in terms of its sustainability and productivity. This workshop reviews PV module certification and issues to consider when you enter the international PV market. Experts from TUV Rheinland and Intertek will present.
  • Market Outlook 2: USA and China: The second market outlook session with Chris Constantine from Oerlikon Solar presenting on “Enormous Potential, Complex Landscape” and Rongqiang CUI from the Shanghai Jiao Tong Universit presenting on “Progress of the China PV Industry.”

For more information on SOLARCON Korea, please visit: http://www.solarconkorea.org/SOLARKOREA-EN/index.htm(English) or http://www.solarconkorea.org/SOLARKOREA-KR/index.htm(Korean)

To register, please click here:

http://reg-net.co.kr/semicon2010/solarcon2010/solar2010_visitor_eng.htm(English) or http://reg-net.co.kr/semicon2010/solarcon2010/solar2010_visitor_kor.htm(Korean)

About SEMI PV Group:

The PV Group is a SEMI special interest group that serves the photovoltaic supply chain. Participating companies provide manufacturing equipment, materials, cells, modules, sub-systems, and components to the solar energy industry worldwide. The PV Group mission is to advance industry growth, support continuous efficiency improvements and promote sustainable business practices through international standards development, events, public policy advocacy, EHS support, market intelligence, and other services. For more information, visit: www.pvgroup.org

Association Contact:

Jin-Woo Park / SEMI PV Group

Email: jwpark@semi.org

Phone: 82.2.531.7804