Memorial to SolarWorld
Here at the entrance from the west entrance of the trade fair to the hall A1 was the fair booth of SolarWorld for many years. I have often seen her Mr. Asbeck personally.
Today, this place is empty, only 3 weeks before the Intersolar went Solar World bankruptcy. The empty fair booth is a memorial for missed lobbying. Asbeck had a group of other malignant solar companies wanting to make the solar sector a protected workshop. Minimum prices or extreme penalty customs had been his demand .
In the countries affected by Asbeck protectionism, PV systems were significantly more expensive than in other countries. Especially in the USA, PV installations are still much more expensive than in other countries. Donald Trump could only falter about the coal industry's rebound in the election campaign, because in the USA punitive tariffs and a still very small industry without much competition ensured for far too high solar electricity prices.
In this sense, Franz Asbeck also played a part in the election victory of Donald Trump.
Photovoltaics is not the expensive conscience for rich people from protected workshops, but is needed in the distant future of humanity in the most unimaginable quantities. Asbeck did not understand this, so at Intersolar 2017 there was this memorial for missed lobbying.