Connecting Solar Business

Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners, will take place from May 31–June 2, 2017 at Messe München. In conjunction with ees Europe, the continent's largest exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems, around 1,200 exhibitors from all over the world are set to present their innovations to more than 40,0000 visitors from 160 countries across 77,000 sqm of exhibition space.

This year's exhibition focuses on the topics of the new energy world. The goal: making the use of electrical energy generated by fluctuating renewable sources, such as the sun and wind, both efficient and affordable, while also guaranteeing the necessary grid stability and supply safety. One of this year’s highlights is the special exhibit Smart Renewable Energy, which will feature a demonstration of the Energy Lab 2.0 by the Helmholtz Association in cooperation with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and other partners. The simulation platform enables the testing of new approaches for integrating the most diverse technologies into the energy system. These topics will be further consolidated and discussed at the Smart Renewable Energy Forum.

Other areas of focus at this year’s Intersolar Europe include new business models for photovoltaics (PV), such as tenant power, energy storage systems, large-scale PV power plants, the operation and maintenance of PV installations, and PV production technology. The accompanying Intersolar Europe Conference, which will take place on May 30 and 31, consolidates selected exhibition topics, shining a light on large-scale power plants, financing and intelligent networks in particular.

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Storage technology for the global energy transition

ees Europe is the continent’s largest exhibition with the greatest number of visitors for the battery and energy storage industry. It serves as an industry platform, bringing together manufacturers, distributors, users and suppliers of stationary and mobile electricity storage systems, and will take place in conjunction with Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners, from May 31–June 2, 2017 at Messe München.

ees Europe can look back over an impressive history: It began in 2014 with 48 exhibitors and 2,100 sqm of exhibition space. In 2016, a whopping 212 exhibitors presented their innovations across 12,500 sqm – a growth rate of almost 500%! This rapid development is due in part to falling storage system prices. By the second half of 2016, for example, lithium ion storage devices were 15% cheaper than they had been at the beginning of 2015. Thus the success of ees Europe continues unabated: In 2017, the exhibition space will grow to 17,500 sqm and the organizers are expecting 270 companies from around the globe. Around 430 of the roughly 1,200 exhibitors at ees Europe and Intersolar Europe will present energy storage technology.

This year the event will focus on the topics of self-consumption in residential and commercial buildings, large-scale storage systems and grid integration as well as e-mobility, battery safety and global storage markets. The automotive industry has a prominent place on the agenda of the ees Europe Conference, which will take place on May 30 and 31 and feature discussions of batteries and system integration of electric vehicles as well as the latest stationary storage technologies.

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