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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.

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Major Realignment In Motorsport As Porsche Prioritises Formula E Over Le Mans

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