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.

December 12th 2017
Global Trade In Biofuels Featured At International Renewable Mobility Conference

A significant proportion of global energy use, is in transportation. Action is crucially needed to bring about an energy turnaround in this sector and it’s a topic that has moved higher up the political agenda again since Dieselgate, and with growing calls for a rapid introduction of electromobility. In Germany, the Working Group on Energy Balances (AG Energiebilanzen) has calculated the final energy consumption of 728 TWh by the transport sector in 2016. Data from the German Environment Agency (UBA) reveals that over 90 percent of fuel deployed is derived from mineral oil. World-leading experts meeting in a parallel forum at the 15th International Conference on Renewable Mobility will analyse biofuel trading worldwide, examining various perspectives on requirements, the current state of play and forecasts.

December 12th 2017
Renewable Future Challenges UK And Germany To Build Flexibility In Power Systems

A new economic study highlights that future energy systems in the UK and Germany, with very high levels of variable renewable generation, must be complemented by flexible resources, including energy storage. The study was released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). “This study highlights a seismic shift in how power systems will operate in the future. As wind and solar become the cheapest options for power generation, the race is on to develop and deploy the flexible resources that will complement them,” said Albert Cheung, head of global analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

December 13th 2017
EDF Commissions 179 MW At Two Solar Power Plants In Nevada

Policy makers led by US Senator Harry Reid were present at a celebration formally recognising Switch Stations 1 and 2 solar power plants, with a combined generation capacity of 179 MWac, as fully commissioned and in commercial operation. Senator Reid stated “Less than a decade ago, Nevada’s solar energy landscape was nonexistent, but this commissioning helps fulfil the vision I had to make our state the leader in renewable energy development. A technology giant like Switch committing to using 100% renewable energy is truly visionary and grows our clean energy economy by creating hundreds of good-paying construction jobs here.”


 

   

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