14 Jun, 2023
Messe München, Munich

ESIA Forum at Intersolar

The ESIA Forum 2023 is happening on June 14th at the International Congress Center, Messe München, Munich, into the theme of Solar Manufacturing in Europe.
Esteemed speakers and industry leaders, will share insights and discuss the progress, challenges, and solutions in scaling up European PV manufacturing. The event will take place at Intersolar Europe, the largest solar PV event in Europe. Don’t miss this opportunity to network, gain valuable knowledge, and shape the future of solar manufacturing in Europe.


11:00h – 12:30h | Solar Manufacturing in Europe – Ready for the Solar Renaissance?
Built on the base of the European Commission’s EU Solar Energy Strategy, the European Solar Photovoltaic Industry Alliance (ESIA) ‘aims to build resilience and strategic autonomy for Europe’s solar PV value chain by scaling up European PV manufacturing of competitive, innovative and sustainable products.’ The first ESIA forum will have two sessions with the first part, a High-Level Political Forum discussing the state of solar manufacturing in Europe, and the second part presenting the progress achieved and discussing the bottlenecks and solutions.
The session will discuss:

  • Is the EU on track to reach its target of 30 GW capacity along the value chain by 2025?
  • Main barriers to create notable European PV manufacturing industry
  • Support measures for European PV manufacturing

Opening / Keynotes

  • Kerstin Jorna, Director General DG GROW, European Commission
  • Jan Christian Vestre, Norwegian Minister for Industry and Trade (tbc)
  • Wolfram Günther, Minister for Energy, Saxony region, Germany
  • Diego Pavia, CEO EIT InnoEnergy

High level panel discussion with representatives of the different parts of the supply chain

  • Tobias Brandis, President Polysilicon Division at Wacker Chemie AG
  • Erik Løkke-Øwre, CEO Norsun
  • Goran Bye, CEO Norwegian Crystals
  • Salvatore Bernabei, CEO Enel Green Power
  • Gunter Erfurt, CEO Meyer Burger
  • Katharina Eickelberg, SVP Global Communication & Sustainability SMA
  • Kareen Boutonnat, CEO of Europe and APAC Lightsource BP
  • Rémi Moscato, Director in charge of structuration & execution Akuo
  • Pierre-Emmanuel Martin, CEO Carbon

    Moderation: Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO SolarPower Europe

14:00-15:30h – Solar Manufacturing in Europe: How To Make It Happen Competitively

The Working Groups of the European Solar Photovoltaic Industry Alliance (ESIA) will provide details on the progress of re-building a European solar industry since the start of the ESIA work in Dec. 2022.
The session will discuss:

  • Financing of European PV manufacturing
  • Demand for European solar products
  • Supply chain bottlenecks and solutions
  • Solutions for the skills gap

    MEP; Shadow-rapporteur NZIA (tbc)

    Presentations on ESIA deliverables by the Chairs of the ESIA Working Groups
    (15 min each)

    Opening: Javier Sanz, EIT Innoenergy
  • Finance: Christian Westermeier, Wacker Chemie
  • Demand side: Jörg Ebel, IBC Solar
  • Supply chains: Christoph Podewils, Meyer Burger (tbc)
  • Skills: Kris Ignaciuk, EIT Innoenergy

    Wrap-up: Daniel Gerber – Policy Officer, DG GROW, European Commission
    Moderation: Žygimantas Vaičiūnas – Policy Director, ESMC

Practical information

Date & Time: Friday 14 June, 11:00-15:30 CET

Location: Messe München, Munich

Register here

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