31 May 2017 2017 09:15 AM GMT

Intersolar Europe 2017: A Meeting Point For The Solar Industry

Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners, is now open. This year’s exhibition focuses on the new energy world. One of the highlights is the special exhibit Smart Renewable Energy. Other topics include new financing and business models for photovoltaics (PV), large-scale PV power plants and the operation and maintenance of PV installations. Manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the solar industry will be in Munich until June 2. Once again, ees Europe – Europe’s largest and most visited exhibition for batteries and energy storage – is taking place at the same time.

The global photovoltaics market is booming: According to the latest Global Solar Demand Monitor by GTM Research, analysts expect the demand for PV to reach 85.4 gigawatts this year, which would mean a doubling of the global PV market since 2014. As a result, Intersolar Europe is becoming even more attractive for the industry’s manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers, and service providers. In 2017, the leading exhibition occupies one hall more than in the previous year. 80 percent of the exhibition space had already been booked as early as November, six months before the event.

SPECIAL FOCUS: SMART RENEWABLE ENERGY

The energy industry’s shift towards a digital energy world and the interconnectedness of electricity, heat and mobility (sector coupling) are the main factors in the success of the energy transition, which puts them at the top of the agenda at Intersolar Europe. Visitors to the exhibition can find out all there is to know – from the challenges of efficient, safe and cost-effective integration of renewable energies to new business models that result from the energy industry of the future. The Smart Renewable Energy Forum in hall B2, booth B2.131 is dedicated to new energy world.

Manufacturers and experts from industry, business and research are presenting their latest solutions on three exhibition days. Wednesday is dedicated to digitalization and sector coupling, while Friday is all about local energy supply and self-consumption. The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and its project partners from the Helmholtz Association are presenting the Energy Lab 2.0, a real-life laboratory showcasing new approaches to integrating different technologies into the energy system.

INTERSOLAR AWARD

On the first exhibition day, the Intersolar AWARD will be presented – for the tenth year in a row. With the AWARD, the top-class panel of judges honours cutting-edge, sustainable solar products and projects in the categories of Photovoltaics and Outstanding Solar Projects. For the first time, submissions were accepted for the topic of Smart Renewable Energy. The winners have been selected and will be announced at the Innovation and Application Forum (Hall A4, booth A4.530) from 5:00 pm.

INTERSOLAR EUROPE CONFERENCE

The Intersolar Europe Conference is already in full swing. Since May 30, experts have been delving into the exhibition topics at Internationales Congress Center München, discussing the latest trends and the developments of international markets. Large-scale photovoltaic power plants are a hot topic this year, as they are driving the expansion of PV at an international level. Financing and the profitability of large-scale systems are of particular interest at this year’s conference, with digitalization often playing a prominent role.

ees Europe ees Europe, the continent’s largest exhibition with the greatest number of visitors for the battery and energy storage industry, is being held together with Intersolar Europe for the fourth time running. The exhibition serves as an industry platform, bringing together manufacturers, distributors, users and suppliers of stationary and mobile storage solutions for electrical energy. The success story of ees Europe is unbroken: After getting its start with 48 exhibitors in 2014, the exhibition has grown to include 251 companies from all over the world this year, over an exhibition area of 17,500 square meters. Around 430 of the roughly 1,100 exhibitors at ees Europe and Intersolar Europe are presenting energy storage technology.

This year, the event focuses on the topics of self-consumption in residential and commercial buildings, large-scale storage systems and grid integration, battery safety and global storage markets as well as e-mobility.

June 23rd 2017
Wind Power Can Provide Energy On Coldest Days: Met Office, Imperial College

A new study by climate scientists has advanced the understanding of the potential for wind power to provide energy during the coldest spells of winter weather. The team, which involved scientists from the Met Office Hadley Centre, Imperial College London and the University of Reading, compared wind power availability with electricity demand in winter and they found an interesting result. The team found that during the highest 5% of energy demand days, one-third produce more wind power than the winter average. “The very coldest days are associated with a mix of different weather patterns, some of which produce high winds in parts of the UK.

June 7th 2017
Solar Power Exceeds Wind Installations; Can Surpass 80GW In 2017, 1TW In 2021

SolarPower Europe (SPE) has launched the ‘Global Market Outlook for Solar Power 2017-2021.’ The report confirms 2016 as another record year for solar, with global annual additions for solar growing by 50% with 76.6 GW installed. There’s now a total worldwide solar power generation capacity of 306.5 GW. James Watson, CEO of SPE said: “When looking at solar, the cost reductions experienced and predicted outstrip all other power generation technologies. Today, utility-scale solar is already cheaper than new gas, coal and nuclear power plants.”

June 20th 2017
EDF, Canadian Solar Join Forces For One Of The Largest Solar Projects In LATAM

EDF Energies Nouvelles has acquired an 80% interest in the Pirapora II PV project (115 MWp) from Canadian Solar Inc., which is retaining a 20% stake and manufacturing the PV panels locally. It marks the latest step by EDF in Brazil’s renewable energy sector. With this addition, it now has 489 MW under construction, consisting of 183 MW (wind) and 306 MWp (solar). The project is located close to Pirapora I (191 MWp), also jointly owned by both companies. With a total installed capacity of over 300 MWp, the energy generated by both projects will cover the annual electricity consumption of 323,000 Brazilian homes.

June 8th 2017
ABB Innovation Integral To The World’s Largest Floating Solar Plant Test-bed

Land scarcity has severely limited Singapore’s adoption of solar power, so the city-state, surrounded by water, has looked to floating solar panels as a viable alternative. Floating solar panels can be 11% more efficient than solar panels placed on precious land. ABB is providing critical components on a landmark 1MW floating solar photovoltaic test-bed. It measures 1 hectare or 1.5 football fields. The energy generated will be fed into the national energy grid, providing electricity for up to 250 households.