Blog: EcoBuild, the market and beyond

7th March 2013

For the last three days Ecolution Products has been busy at Ecobuild, working in conjunction with our partners Upsolar, Eltek and K2.

With the upcoming decision on Chinese imports, along with the depreciating value of the exchange rate, the solar industry is facing an unpredictable time ahead which has resulted in some interesting conversations amongst the crowds at the Excel Centre. Despite the uncertainty of the market, there does however seem to be a quiet confidence among suppliers, manufacturers and alike in the widening knowledge of the benefits of renewables, as well as the continuing developments of the technology and, as a result, the products.

As a result of this growing interest, Ecobuild was the perfect venue for Ecolution to launch its award winning Ecomount range. The self-ballast mounting range has been developed and manufactured to provide robust, quick-to-install support systems for photovoltaic modules to suit flat roof and ground arrays. The range currently consists of the Ecowedge, Ecoslab and Ecoblock. Each product within the range is 100 per cent recyclable after being manufactured from recycled lorry tyres, aiding the green credentials of any solar project.

The interest and excitement that has been shown for the Ecomount range clearly indicates the growing need for reliable, long-lasting and sensibly sourced alternatives to the concrete blocks and sand bags that currently dominant ballast systems.

Now, commenting further on the changes to the market, it is clear there has been a definite shift in the atmosphere at Ecobuild from the first two days to the last. With discussions, negotiations and word of mouth spreading through the solar hub of Ecobuild, a greater appreciation for the lack of stock available to the UK market has become apparent.

The European Commission is due to make a decision on whether to impose anti-dumping duties in early June, however if the taxes are imposed the duties can be collected retrospectively from March 2013. This has caused UK solar suppliers to face cancelled orders as the Commission requires the registration of all solar products imported from China.

So rounding up, Ecobuild has been an interesting event this year with the market facing impending disruption whilst awaiting the European Commission’s decision on Chinese imports along with the fluctuating value of the Pound against the Euro. However amongst the uncertainty there are some positive steps being taken within the industry to secure the longevity and reliability of renewable technologies; developments which will no doubt withstand the current situations being faced.

Posted by:Ecolution Products Limited