Norwegian Ambassador Svein O. Sæther and Norwegian solar energy company REC (Renewable Energy Corporation ASA) participated at the China PV (photovoltaic) Summit 2012 which was held at Diaoyutai State Guest House on 12 July 2012.
The summit hosted by the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association of the USA gathered government officials and leading companies in the PV industry as well as academics, experts and power companies.
In his opening speech, Ambassador Sæther emphasised the opportunities for continued cooperation in this field between China and Norway to the benefit of both countries.
Norwegian solar energy company, REC, also gave a presentation on Clean Production of Solar PV Modules, illustrating the world-leading technology of the Norwegian PV sector.
The goal of the summit was to explore opportunities in the photovoltaic industry and to respond to new challenges and opportunities for cooperation.
Renewable energy is recognised as an important growth sector for the future, and China’s continued economic development increases the demand for clean and sustainable energy.
This is reflected in the government’s ambitious policies for increasing the share of renewables in the total energy-mix.
Norway has an exciting history and tradition within the photovoltaic sector and Norwegian industrial companies are already among the world leaders in the market for solar-cell materials.
With over a hundred years of experience with metallurgical processes, Norway has also played a substantial role in the development of the silicon field. Leading companies and research institutes are also working in the fields of process optimisation and recycling of industrial waste.
On the other hand, when it comes to the development and production of equipment for the PV sector, China is becoming a world leader.