VDMA join “Solar Manufacturing Accelerator” to strengthen solar PV manufacturing in Europe

Today, Germany’s VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association), one of Europe’s largest industry associations, with its sector group Photovoltaics Equipment join the ‘Solar Manufacturing Accelerator’, an initiative by SolarPower Europe aimed at accelerating the deployment of solar PV manufacturing projects in Europe as a critical milestone to strengthen European leadership in renewable technologies and contribute to reindustrialisation.

VDMA is the latest association to join the initiative, following ESMC, ETIP-PV, and the French Research Institute IPVF, which joined the ‘Solar Manufacturing Accelerator’ earlier this year.

Dr Jutta Trube, Vice Managing Director Electronics, Micro and New Energy Production Technologies & Division Manager Photovoltaic Equipment at VDMA, said: “The VDMA Study together with FhG-ISE had shown, that a PV production of Wafer, Cells and Modules can be economically competitive. In the meantime, there are numerous initiatives like the “Solar Manufacturing Accelerator” to rebuild PV production in Europe. The VDMA and its members support the re-establishment of a leading, competitive photovoltaic production in Europe, as we already mentioned in our press release. To achieve the climate goals, we need a successful European R&D program focused on markets, but also a development of framework conditions ensuring fair level playing fields, financial stability and sustainability of the resulting ecosystem, integrated into the European circular economy. All these collaborative platforms like “Solar Manufacturing Accelerator” are very helpful.”

Aurélie Beauvais, Interim CEO of SolarPower Europe, commented: “We are pleased to have VDMA join the ‘Solar Manufacturing Accelerator’, as an important voice in the industrial policy debate in the context of the European Commission preparing to launch the Industrial Forum in September of this year. As Germany is a leader in European solar manufacturing, and with Germany’s EU Council Presidency for the remainder of 2020, VDMA will be an essential player in helping to bring forward the industrial agenda, putting renewables at the core of a future-oriented strategy. The European Green Deal must build on solar PV as one of the key strategic pillars for a successful industrial policy, which will boost solar manufacturing in Europe and bring increased energy security, as well as creating jobs and growth on the continent and ultimately reinforcing the EU’s leadership in clean energy technologies.”

The ‘Solar Manufacturing Accelerator’ is an initiative coordinated by SolarPower Europe with the support of its strategic partners ESMC, ETIP-PV, IPVF and now VDMA. It is open to all companies and organisations interested in developing or partnering on solar manufacturing projects. The platform will cover a broad portfolio of European solar manufacturing projects by identifying partners and reaching out to financial investors, with an overall goal of increasing the number of solar PV manufacturing projects in Europe, and contributing to the success of the European Green Deal.

On 8 July 2020, the first Solar Manufacturing Conference will take place virtually,  where 10 leading PV manufacturing projects will be presented to European stakeholders. Participants include representatives of the European Commission, Andrew McDowell, Vice-President of the EIB, Claude Turmes, Minister for Energy of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, and Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister of Energy, Lithuania.  

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