News from Berlin
Implementing Thai-German Photovoltaic Cooperation in Bangkok
October 16th, 2014
News from Berlin – An intensive seminar week in Bangkok between German and Thai solar energy experts has recently concluded. The German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has delegated the German Federal Enterprise for Development Cooperation (GIZ) and the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (GTCC) to cooperate in the exchange of best practices and know-how between Thai and German photovoltaic companies, with the aim of contributing to a sustainable solar market development in Thailand.
Starting on October 8th, the first Thai-German Solar Training Week was therefore conducted in Bangkok, in close cooperation with the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) and the Thai Photovoltaic Industries Association (TPVA). Afterwards, a German business delegation reached Thailand for an extra training week on “Grid-Connected Photovoltaics”, which led to a sectorial conference on October 13th, attended by more than 150 industry experts. Jan Immel, Deputy Executive Director of GTCC, commented on the event: “German small and medium enterprises offer rich experience in solar market and technology development. BMWi supports the companies to share experience and good practice to Thailand which will result in more cooperation and mutual benefit between the two countries”.
The Thai government has expressed willingness to reach the country’s target of 3,000 Megawatts (MW) of installed social capacity by the end of next year, instead of 2021 as previously announced. For this reason, increasing numbers of Thai companies are investing in solar rooftop and solar farm industry, thus constituting a valuable cooperation partner for Germany. German solar companies are well renowned for their expertise in high-quality products and efficient project engineering in the field of solar energy.
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