The Photo voltaic Options commerce present in Amsterdam final week supplied the identical dynamic scene because the earlier editions, with progress in numbers and high quality.
“The occasion covers a floor of 21.000 m2 and noticed the participation of greater than 300 exhibitors and 17.258 guests,” Christian Sparborth, head of selling and communication for Good! Occasions and Media, spoken pv journal. “The variety of guests elevated by 35% in comparison with the 2022 version and the m2 elevated by 10%.”
Sparborth stated that the occasion organizer sees this as the primary common version of the present since 2019. “This yr we now have a much bigger part for heating options and warmth pumps and we see the provide for the rise of storage programs,” he stated.
The Dutch photo voltaic market is at the moment stabilizing, however at a really excessive degree, Sparborth admits, saying it’s nonetheless twice as giant because it was 4 years in the past. “Subsequent yr, the warmth pump part will develop and embrace extra district heating applied sciences,” he stated.
The Netherlands may set up greater than 4 GW of recent PV capability by 2022, based on provisional figures, and this yr demand may attain kind of the identical degree, stated Wijnand van Hooff. , normal director of the Dutch photo voltaic vitality affiliation Holland Photo voltaic.
“We have now seen some Chinese language corporations return to exercise after a three-year absence as a result of guidelines for Covid-19,” he stated. “And we’re additionally seeing extra EV storage and charging, which reveals the potential for artistic grid administration options.”
He famous how the occasion addresses recognized grid congestion points within the Dutch grid.
“Grid congestion is a matter however it’s not as massive because the grid operators make us consider,” he stated pv journal. “The technical boundaries haven’t but been reached, so there will likely be additional deployment of large-scale PV within the Netherlands sooner or later. Congestion administration is an answer and it has been obligatory since November. Nevertheless, it’s not but utilized by all or to a restricted extent till now.”
Van Hooff stated the utility-scale market is unstoppable sooner or later, regardless of the present difficulties.
“We may even see a shift from backed tasks underneath the SDE++ program, with extra advanced necessities sooner or later, to unsubsidized tasks underneath energy buy agreements (PPAs) ,” he stated.
As for the rooftop section, which is at the moment pushed by web metering, Van Hooff stated that Holland Photo voltaic at the moment helps a proposal for a quicker phase-out of the scheme, along with a rebate program for the programs. of storage launched in 2021 by Netbeheer Nederland and Vitality Storage NL. They are saying that photo voltaic capability is rising quickly and that grid bottlenecks have gotten a severe challenge, particularly for the nation’s low-voltage community.
“We consider that web metering ought to be phased out however regularly, with out sudden modifications that can kill the market,” he stated. “In the long run, it will likely be higher for the sector. However we now have to keep away from what occurred in Belgium, when web metering was closed when there was no battery accessible and killed two sectors without delay.
Van Hooff additionally admitted that photo voltaic manufacturing may return to the Netherlands quickly. “There’s a concrete plan for a 3 GW photo voltaic cell manufacturing facility on this nation underneath the MCPV consortium consisting of 9 corporations,” he concluded.
Imfred De Jong, gross sales supervisor for Switzerland-based Meyer Burger, stated the Photo voltaic Options commerce present offers a possibility to satisfy many installers.
“There’s a rising demand for photo voltaic modules made in Europe,” he stated. “We’re seeing it come from each shoppers and companies.”
Nevertheless, De Jong acknowledges that consciousness of the benefits of heterojunction tech continues to be restricted to a couple installers within the Netherlands. “We’re focusing totally on the residential space at this stage,” he stated. “However we’re additionally seeing elevated curiosity within the C&I enterprise for these merchandise.”
Jacques van der Bijl, director of technical advertising and marketing for Benelux at SolarEdge, famous the presence of a bigger warmth pump part on the present.
“Our merchandise are a super answer for combining PV energy technology and warmth pump. We see a rise in demand for this mix, however web metering stays the most important impediment,” he stated. “This scheme might go away however it’s not but sure what’s going to occur and it’s also an issue within the battery sector, the place the Netherlands is in a gradual ramp-up.”
He added that the corporate can also be hoping for a gradual transition, as a result of a sudden change may fully cease the market.
Adele Zhao, head of product options and advertising and marketing (EMEA) for Trina Photo voltaic, stated that the honest had extra guests than in earlier years. He stated he was stunned to see guests from different nations, particularly from Jap Europe.
“The Dutch market will proceed to develop, particularly within the roofing section,” he stated. “Grid constraints at the moment characterize severe points for each backed giant scale PV underneath the nation’s SDE++ scheme and unsubsidized tasks underneath energy buy agreements.”
Linda Huang, gross sales director for Benelux and UK at Longi, stated that the corporate was capable of meet all its strategic companions for Belgium and the Netherlands on the occasion.
“Final yr we despatched to the Benelux about 1 GW of merchandise and for this yr we’re focusing on 1.5 GW,” he stated, noting that the most important challenge for these markets is the dearth of manpower. “We ship largely for the distributed technology market.”
Daniel Hofer, space gross sales supervisor for Austrian inverter producer Fronius, stated many professionals attended the present to hunt enterprise alternatives.
“We’re opening new gross sales channels right here, particularly when the demand for European manufacturers is rising,” he stated. “Information safety additionally drives many purchasers to our merchandise, with consciousness of this growing amongst shoppers. The availability, nevertheless, is a restricted issue, because of provide chain points. “
Matthijs Van de Water, Sungrow’s distribution and channels supervisor, stated he additionally met with corporations from Spain, Portugal, Croatia and different nations.
“We have seen a rise in demand in comparison with final yr,” he stated. “We have now not seen a big demand for residential batteries within the Netherlands to this point, as a result of presence of web metering. Nevertheless, we now have seen robust demand in Belgium, the place there isn’t a longer a web metering regime.
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