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Eurotrip and the Intersolar Exhibition
Finding my way from my visit to Onyx in Spain to the Intersolar Exhibition in Munich, made quite the adventure. I had about 10 days to get there. As I’m only travelling my public transport, it took me about 4 busses and trains to get from Madrid to my next stop; the tiny country of Andorra. A beautiful country on the border between Spain and France, in a valley, surrounded by the Pyrinee mountains.
Andorra. Beautiful, but every bit as weather-moody as my home, the west coast of Norway.
Andorra was beautiful. So green and so old and new at the same time. After a few days exploring Andorra, I headed to Toulouse and the ancient city of Carcassonne in France. I also made sure to visit the BIPV-covered train station in Perpignan made by Issol. I then spent a full day in Monaco, before heading to Cinque Terre in Italy.
The ancient city of Carcassonne, France. The whole city is basically a massive castle with its village inside. Its surrounded by a great wall, as you see in this photo. Definitely a place I recommend to visit!
Massive solar BIPV roof made by Issol, on the translation in Perpignan, France.
Checking out the harbour in Monaco. A country too expensive for me to stay the night in, but it was definitely worth a good day trip.
Making my way towards Munich and the Intersolar Exhibition, I also stopped to explore some of Milan, Zurich and Liechtenstein.
I got to Munich a few days before the Intersolar, so I could have some time to explore the city before it all started.
The Intersolar Exhibition was way bigger than I could ever have imagined. Ten massive halls, each one the size of a stadium. All completely filled with different solar-related exhibitions. I don´t think anyone could have made it thoroughly through the whole exhibition within the three days, it was so large.
The first evening, before the exhibition started, Glava Energy Center invited me to dinner with some of their business friends. They also got me the biggest hotelroom I have ever had in my life. I think they felt a bit sorry for me, for living in cheap dormrooms with like 10-20 people every night for a year. I cannot even begin to tell how amazing it felt to have an entire room all to myself for once! Financing my own year of travel without income doesn’t give me the opportunity for luxury like that.
The next few days were spent at the exhibition, mostly at the Norwegian booth. My main goal for the Intersolar, was to make as many contacts as possible for my trip through Europe and Asia. And of course get a view of all the new and upcoming technology in the field. Everything from solar-window blinds to car roofs and everything in between was displayed in this place. Not sure everything was cost-effective or even useful, but I´m happy the world is moving forward and playing around with all the new technology.
Many people came by the stand, both Norwegians and foreigners. I met so many of the Norwegians in the solar-business, learned about several companies and had meetings with several people Tommy at Glava Energy Center had connected me with. Tommy also took me around several of the exhibitions, explaining the different technologies, and introducing me to his friends in the business.
As a result of this exhibition and all the meetings and introductions, I now have much more of my Solar- Eurotrip planned. I also got several contacts for my Asia trip this fall. All in all I would call that a success! Thank you so much Tommy Strömberg and Glava Energy Center, for taking me under your wings, sharing your professional network and inviting me to the Intersolar! It has been such a great experience.
Stay tuned for the rest of the Eurotrip!