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.

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.

October 10th 2017
EDF Completes Blythe Installation Of Potent New Turbines, Powering 34,000 Homes

The Blyth Offshore Demonstrator project will produce enough low-carbon electricity to power approximately 34,000 UK households, using 8.0MW wind turbines with a power mode uprating them to 8.3MW. It will save around 57,600 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year and is the first offshore wind project to connect using 66kv rated cables. It’s also the first time that a “float and submerge” gravity-based foundation (GBF) has been used for offshore wind turbines. Each GBF is made up of more than 1,800m3 of concrete and weighs over 15,000 tonnes when fully installed on the seabed, and the structures have a total height of around 60 metres from the base to the access platform.


 

   

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