20 June 2017 2017 09:15 AM GMT

Digital, Smart, Connected: A New Energy World Emerges At Intersolar Europe 2017

Three days of packed halls and high spirits among exhibitors and visitors: Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners, drew to a successful close. From May 31 to June 2, a total of 1,100 exhibitors from 51 countries presented innovative solutions and products at the international meeting point and at ees Europe, the largest and most visited exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems, which was held in parallel. The topic of smart renewable energy took centre stage. In 2017, the leading exhibitions occupied one hall more than in the previous year, with both exhibitions welcoming a total of 40,000 visitors.

Another step toward a renewable energy future: According to SolarPower Europe, the annual global deployment of PV installations will crack the 80 gigawatts(GW) mark for the first time in 2017. 2016 already saw a 50 percent increase in deployment over the previous year. As part of this year’s Intersolar Europe Conference, SolarPower Europe presented the latest figures in its Global Market Outlook for Solar Power 2017–2021. Development in the energy industry has thus reached a new dimension.

“Our vision of ‘24 hours of sunshine’ clearly foresees an energy future in which all energy is generated by renewable sources,” says Martin Hackl, Global Director of the Solar Energy Division at Fronius International GmbH. “We will achieve this vision by observing the four pillars of this future – intelligent and efficient generation, distribution, storage and consumption of energy.”

INTELLIGENTLY CONNECTED: SMART RENEWABLE ENERGY

Thanks to the trend toward digitalization, the energy industry is currently experiencing a transformation, which is why the new energy world took centre stage at Intersolar and ees Europe. This year’s exhibitions focused on ways to intelligently connect diverse forms of power generation as well as on powerful storage systems and the optimal use of energy. Visitors to the exhibition learned all there is to know about the challenges of efficient, safe and cost-effective integration of renewable energies, and the new business models which will emerge in the energy industry of the future. “Digitalization is necessary to connect all the components of sector coupling, i.e. electricity, heating and mobility, in a more intelligent and efficient way. We need solutions that allow for communication between these different areas and make cross-sector optimisations possible,” says Dr Bernd Koch, Director of Decentralized Energy Systems at Siemens AG.

The Smart Renewable Energy special exhibit and the forum of the same name were a hit with visitors. Exhibitors and research experts presented their solutions, which contribute to a smart and efficient power grid in which renewable sources of energy and storage devices interact. Intelligent technologies that analyse and optimise power generation and consumption as well as connect various pieces of technical equipment were a key topic in this regard. “The new energy world is decentralized and renewable – and has long since expanded beyond generation alone. In order to increase awareness of this topic, we need to make our solutions as easy for customers as possible – as with our SolarCloud, for example. This is the only way to give them the opportunity to participate in the new energy world,” says Franco Gola, Vice President of PV & Batteries at E.ON Energie Deutschland GmbH.

INTERSOLAR EUROPE CONFERENCE AND INTERSOLAR AWARD

The accompanying Intersolar Europe Conference, which took place from May 30–31, not only focused on intelligently connecting various forms of energy generation, but also on the topics of financing, large-scale PV power plants, and plant profitability. Experts also discussed the latest trends and developments in the international markets. More than 1,700 attendees from 77 countries visited the Intersolar and ees Europe Conferences and their side events – an increase of around 30 percent over the previous year. The award ceremony for the prestigious Intersolar AWARD is popular with visitors every year. To kick off the exhibition on May 31, the coveted award was presented to pioneering solutions for the tenth year running. In the Photovoltaics category, the award went to Ciel & Terre International, Hanwha Q CELLS and SMA Solar Technology. In the category for Outstanding Solar Projects, RAM Pharma, Next Kraftwerke, SUNfarming and Goldbeck Solar, as well as the University of Hohenheim in collaboration with Phaesun, won over the panel of judges. For the first time, the panel honoured projects dealing with the topic of smart renewable energy.

2017 FACTS AND FIGURES

ees Europe, the continent’s largest and most visited exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems, was held together with Intersolar Europe for the fourth time running. The exhibition brings together manufacturers, distributors, users and suppliers of stationary and mobile storage solutions for electrical energy. This year, the exhibition once again experienced strong growth. In 2017, 254 companies from all over the world presented their products, services and solutions over an exhibition area of 17,500 square meters. The exhibition space grew by 40 percent as compared to the previous year, and the number of exhibitors by 20 percent. Around 440 of the roughly 1,100 exhibitors at ees Europe and Intersolar Europe presented innovative energy storage technology. More than 40,000 visitors travelled to Munich, once again underscoring the significance of the leading exhibitions for the energy industry.

NEW IN 2018: UMBRELLA BRAND THE SMARTER E BRINGS TOGETHER FOUR ENERGY EXHIBITIONS

In the future, the organisers of Intersolar and ees Europe will bring together four exhibitions dedicated to renewable and intelligent energy solutions under the umbrella of The smarter E. From 2018, The smarter E will cover the topics of renewable energy production, distribution, storage and the intelligent use of energy. Alongside the renowned Intersolar and ees Europe exhibitions, the coming year will also see the premiere of two new energy exhibitions under the umbrella of The smarter E: Power2Drive, the exhibition for charging infrastructure and electric mobility, and EM-Power, the exhibition for intelligent energy generation in industry and buildings. The new exhibitions will take place for the first time alongside Intersolar and ees Europe from June 20–22, 2018 at Messe München.

October 16th 2017
Uganda Inaugurates Breakthrough Tororo PV Plant. A Future Model For Africa?

Production has commenced at the Tororo PV power plant; which, with 16 GWh of renewable energy generated annually, will cater for the energy requirements of 35,838 people and help reduce CO2 emissions by 7,200 tons. Overall, $19.6 million was invested to build the 10 MWp plant, with the engagement of several major organisations including KfW and FMO Development Banks, the World Bank and the EU. Attilio Pacifici, EU Ambassador said, “One of the key objectives of this plan is to encourage private sector participation in higher risk investments and we’re happy to demonstrate that Uganda is well positioned to be successful and a good model for replication.”

October 17th 2017
Grids Integration, Energy Networks Boosted By Distributed Generation Growth

Renewable energy has continued to develop at ever increasing rates, with remarkable growth seen since the start of this decade. The pace of the energy transition is driving innovation and growth in related sectors. For energy networks and grids integrating small gas turbines, micro-turbines, fuel cells, biomass, small hydropower, wind and solar energy; distributed generation installation provides significant solutions in the restructured electricity regime. This is particularly so, where there is a larger uncertainty in demand and supply.

October 10th 2017
Enel Starts Construction Of Australia’s Largest Solar PV Project

The Bungala Solar One facility is part of the Bungala Solar PV Project and will have an installed capacity of 137.7 MW out of a total of more than 275 MW for the whole project, that will be able to produce 570 GWh per year. The facility will cover an area of approximately 300 hectares and will consist of about 420,000 polycrystalline PV modules mounted on single-axis tracker structures which will follow the Sun’s path from east to west; increasing the amount of energy produced by the plant, compared to PV modules with fixed structures. The overall Bungala Solar PV project is expected to become fully operational in early 2019.


 

   

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