SolarPower Europe newsletter

Editorial: Message from CEO Walburga Hemetsberger

We will ensure more energy is generated by solar than any other energy source by 2030

Today, solar is the fastest growing and lowest cost power generation source in the world. Globally, more solar PV capacity was installed than any other power generation technology last year. In the EU, solar additions increased by 36% to 8 GW in 2018, while in the next two years, our clean energy technology will continue to thrive in the EU in particular as several member states opt for solar to meet their 2020 renewable energy targets. Even more good news is that France, Italy and Spain will all enter the GW-scale annual installation level.

More than ever before, solar in Europe is prepared to embrace the coming decade, backed by the new 32% EU 2030 renewables target. The ‘Clean Energy For all Europeans’ legalisation gives the solar sector a solid policy framework that paves the way for much more versatile, low-cost solar investments in Europe.

Against this positive backdrop, I am very excited to have started as the new Chief Executive Officer of SolarPower Europe. Together with the SolarPower Europe team, I am fully dedicated to delivering our vision: ensure that more energy is generated by solar than any other energy source by 2030!

Many opportunities lie ahead, but we must also prepare for the challenges.

The outcome for solar in the ‘Clean Energy Package’, which ensures the right to self-consumption of solar and maintains priority dispatch for small-scale solar installations, was highly successful. Now, we must ensure that member states live up to their commitments and put national frameworks in place to support further solar growth. We are looking forward to seeing ambitious National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) across EU member states. You can read more about our NECP work here.

The renewable Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) market, currently at around 6 GW, is set to grow in Europe. To date, 162 companies have committed to source 100% of their electricity from renewable energy through RE100. The world’s biggest solar PPA recently signed in Spain with a total of 708 MW is very promising. Still, many market barriers must be removed to allow access to proper functioning cross-border Guarantees of Origin schemes.

The European solar industry is a front runner in R&D and manufacturing of equipment, inverters, and raw and processing materials. We are reinforcing our work with the European Commission to put in place an industrial strategy to support a strong and competitive solar sector. SolarPower Europe will continue advocating for an adequate supply side policy, securing no less than 300,000 jobs by 2030.

All these opportunities and challenges will be discussed at this year’s SolarPower Summit on 6-7 March in Brussels. Join us at the Summit to shape the future of solar in Europe!

Highlight: Vice President of EU Commission Maroš Šefčovič Generation Solar video

By Kristina Thoring, Communications Director

Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission and in charge of the Energy Union has installed solar on his family’s home in Bratislava, Slovakia.

“Thanks to these solar panels we have clean cheap electricity, which can cover more than 30% of our consumption. The benefits of solar is that you are your own master, you have your own source of energy, you are really a prosumer, meaning that the energy you produce is coming from your source and it also gives that good feeling to know that you are producing clean energy” says Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the EU Commission.

In 2017, Vice President Šefčovič launched the Clean Energy Industrial Forum, which aims to drive the competitiveness of solar and clean energy technologies in Europe.

“I’m proud that Europe is still a leader in renewable energy and solar. 200 million solar panels use the coating from European producers, we are strong in inverters and in the number of patents – solar is an easy solution that we will see more and more across Europe” says Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission.

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EU Solar Market Grows 36% in 2018

By Michael Schmela, Executive Advisor and Head of Market Intelligence

Good solar market news from Europe. The European Union installed around 8.0 GW of solar power systems in 2018; that is a 36% year-on-year increase over the 5.9 GW connected to the grid in EU-28 in 2017, according to SolarPower Europe’s latest market research. Solar installations in Europe as a whole grew by around 20% to 11.0 GW in 2018, up from 9.2 GW the year before.

Strong solar growth in Europe, Germany largest market

Europe’s largest solar market in 2018 was Germany with 2.96 GW of new grid-connected capacity, up 68% from the 1.76 GW installed in 2017. It was followed by Turkey, the reigning European solar market from the previous year, which installed 1.64 GW in 2018, down 37% from the year before, after a decline in demand due to the financial downturn in the country. A rising solar star, the Netherlands ranked as the 3rd largest solar market in 2018. The country added around 1.4 GW compared to 0.77 GW in 2017 and is now entering the ‘solar gigawatt-club’ for the first time.

While the EU-28’s 36% solar market growth in 2018 is indeed very impressive, the number could have been even higher. But a sudden demand pull from China at the end of last year led to a supply shortage for high-quality panels in Europe, forcing several developers to delay the completion of projects into 2019. However, the good news is that 2019 will be an even better year for solar in Europe.

At the SolarPower Summit on March 6 in Brussels, we will discuss the European Market Outlook in on a panel with representatives from Bloomberg NEF, the European Commission and solar associations from Spain, the Netherlands and Norway. Join us – register here.

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SolarPower Europe showcase solar at ‘European Smart Villages’ event in EU Parliament

By Meghann Kissane, Junior Communications Advisor

On 26 February 2019, SolarPower Europe took part in a photographic exhibition on the topic of ‘European Smart Villages’ in the European Parliament, in Brussels. The event was hosted by MEP Tibor Szanyi and MEP Franc Bogovič and was attended by various political figures including Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan, Secretary General of CopaCogeca, Pekka Pesonen, and Minister-Counsellor of the United States Department of Agriculture (ASDA) Bruce Zanin.

SolarPower Europe’s photographic exhibition showcased how solar is powering communities and industry across small villages in Europe. A selection of ten photographs from France, Greece, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Portugal, Germany, and Italy were displayed at the event.

National Energy and Climate Plans: what will they mean for solar?

By Naomi Chevillard, Policy Advisor

Photo: Vice-President of the European Commission, Maroš Šefčovič, and EU Commissioner, Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commission

National Energy and Climate Plans, the European outlook for solar by 2030

Following the recent adoption of the Clean Energy Package, all eyes are turned to the drafting of the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs), the new reporting tool where Member States define their national contributions to achieve EU energy and climate goals. This process is critical for SolarPower Europe, as it will provide a snapshot of EU28 national ambitions for the deployment of solar energy in the next 10 years.

Following the adoption of the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union in summer 2018, the drafting process of NECPs has started, based on a common template agreed upon by the 28 Member States during the negotiations. The plans should precise the national ambitions for solar development (by 2022, 2025, 2027 and 2030) and detail the support schemes implemented to achieve the 2030 national targets. But the NECP’s will also provide solar companies with additional crispy details, such as the future measures aimed at supporting renewable self-consumption, corporate renewable PPAs and energy communities, or how Member States will go about reducing the administrative burden for small, medium, and utility-scale solar installations.

As of the beginning of 2019, the Commission will have 6 months to assess the draft plans and issue an opinion. Their recommendations must be ready by the 30th of June 2019. The latter should be duly considered by Member States when drafting their final NECP, which are to be submitted by 31st December 2019.

The EU28 NECPs should be finalised by the end of 2019 and will ensure more transparency and monitoring of EU energy and climate policy. They will be the starting point of a biannual reporting by Member States on their progress, and biannual assessment performed by the European Commission from 2021, to ensure Member States progress in  achieving the EU renewable target.

Some Member States have shown strong ambition already: France has committed to multiplying by five its solar capacity by 2030 with an objective of 50 TWh of PV by 2030, Italy foresees the development of 26,84 GW of solar installed capacity by 2025 and up to 50 GW by 2030, and Austria and Portugal have respectively aimed at having respectively 100% and 80% renewables in their electricity consumption by 2030, with a big share for solar energy. However, other contributions require further consideration and revision, such as the Czech national plan which underestimates the potential for solar development and confirmed that solar will not be eligible for operational subsidies and will be excluded from tenders for large-scale systems.

Similarly, not all NECPs include assessment or references to the grid integration of solar electricity. This should be addressed since these elements are going to be pivotal issues in the next years leading up to 2030, as they will be the cornerstone of a renewable-based energy system.

SolarPower Europe is now working closely with its members and 33 national solar associations to support European Member States and the European Commission to set-up the right level of ambition and deliver a solar-powered future, maximising the incredible solar potential in Europe!  

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A Christmas present for the European solar sector

SolarPower Europe begins developing Solar Asset Management Best Practices Guidelines

By Máté Heisz, Business Analyst

Photo: Innos.no

After three highly successful editions of the Solar Operation & Maintenance (O&M) Best Practices Guidelines, SolarPower Europe has started working on a new set of guidelines detailing best industry practices for solar asset management. The kick-off meeting of this new deliverable from the O&M and Asset Management Task Force will take place on 8 March 2019 in Brussels. To be a part of this new initiative and join this meeting, contact Máté Heisz.

As a response to growing service quality expectations in the solar industry and professionalisation of investors, SolarPower Europe’s O&M Task Force decided to develop new standalone Solar Asset Management Best Practices Guidelines, a segment not covered by the O&M Best Practices Guidelines. The Asset Management Best Practices Guidelines will address topics related to the commercial and financial management of solar power plants such as accounting and financial reporting, cash-flow management, debt management, insurance management, PPA management, SPV representation and O&M contractor supervision. This deliverable will make the experience of leading asset management specialists and SolarPower Europe members available to the global solar industry, including investors looking for quality services, with the aim to increase quality and consistency in the market.

The third edition of the O&M Best Practices Guidelines was published in December 2018 and it covers all segments of solar O&M including power plant operation and power plant maintenance, spare parts management, monitoring requirements, key performance indicators, contractual recommendations, and also touches upon technical aspects of asset management such as reporting.

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SolarPower Europe debuts new corporate sourcing newsletter

By Sonia Dunlop, Senior Policy Advisor and Mariano Guillén, Policy Advisor

Photo: Shutterstock/Jevanto Productions

This week, SolarPower Europe released its first information service about the world of corporate sourcing. This publication, in form of a newsletter, intends to give SolarPower Europe members regular updates about the latest news in the sector, encouraging them to exchange and to be active on this topic. We also considered it to be very useful for our members to give them timely updates on the activities of the RE-Source Platform initiative, the European alliance representing clean energy buyers and suppliers of corporate renewable energy, that is driving the corporate agenda in Europe.

That said, the next months will be notably relevant for corporate sourcing in Europe with Member States preparing their National Energy and Climate Plans and with a market showing an unstoppable growth. In our first newsletter, we included signed deals that accounted for more than 500 MW. And this happened only in the last two months.

Contact us for more information or sign up if you want to:

  • follow the RE-Source Platform activities;
  • receive regular updates on policy and regulatory issues;
  • learn about the latest deals in the European market and broader corporate sourcing news;
  • get the latest reports and publications on the sector;
  • know about corporate sourcing events, workshops and webinars;
  • announce your corporate sourcing activities or solar deals;

To learn more about SolarPower Europe’s Corporate Sourcing Newsletter contact Mariano Guillen, Policy Advisor at SolarPower Europe or subscribe here.

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SolarPower Summit 2019: Europe is back in solar business!

By Lorena Morales González, Event and Marketing Assistant

Europe is back in solar business! With the agreed EU 32% renewable energy target by 2030 and the end of the solar trade measures, we are on the cusp of a new solar boom in Europe. The energy landscape in Europe is moving fast, shaped by ever falling technology costs and breakthrough innovations, as well as national and international policy developments.

Has the European Union succeeded in bringing its energy transition to the next level, and will it become a global leader in solar again? Will solar energy thrive in a subsidy free era and how can you capture the enormous opportunities that lie ahead? Join us on the 6-7th of March in Brussels to get the latest strategic, political and market intelligence shaping the future of solar in Europe!

The SolarPower Summit is SolarPower Europe’s annual flagship event. It takes place for two days and brings together over 300 industry representatives from all major energy players, as well as SMEs and a range of decision makers from across the EU and beyond and is recognised as one of the most important energy events in Brussels.

The key topics of this year include:

  • Is Europe ready to become an industrial leader?
  • Emerging markets – a new El Dorado for solar businesses
  • Unlocking the potential of large-scale solar in Europe
  • Latest trends and innovations in solar O&M
  • Solar mobility – Solar in the driver’s seat
  • European market outlook
  • Solar energy leading the energy transition/decarbonisation of the European economy
  • BIPV – Building smarter and greener European cities
  • How can corporate sourcing drive new solar PV?
  • The energy world through digital solar & storage
  • Will eco-design make or break the solar industry?

Last tickets available. Do not miss the opportunity to attend this event: register now!

SolarPower Summit: 6-7 March, Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place

Advertise in SolarPower Europe's Global Market Outlook

By Alex Howe, Business Development Officer

Photo: SolarPower Europe

The most comprehensive solar global market report is back for 2019… and you can be in it!

Have your brand or product displayed in SolarPower Europe’s annual award-winning Global Market Outlook for Solar Power, the most authoritative market report for the global solar power sector.

With comprehensive historical market data, five-year forecasts for the main global markets, as well as an analysis of the role that solar is playing in the European energy system, the Global Market Outlook for Solar Power is an essential tool for the global solar sector and energy stakeholders alike. As an internationally respected report, the Global Market Outlook offers some of the most in-depth and comprehensive analytical information on solar to date.

On top of winning Best Provision of Industry Information and Intelligence at the 2018 European Association Awards, the report received incredible international success:

  • Downloaded over 15,000 times
  • 3,000 hard copies distributed at the sector’s major events
  • 150+ media articles in the global press

Your company can be a part of this impactful report and have your brand be seen by every corner of the solar sector. Among many other topics, the report delves into the latest trends and technologies introduced in the industry this year and takes a deep dive into what’s next not only for European solar, but global solar as well. From advancements and improvements on existing technologies to new adoptions and innovations in the industry, the Global Market Outlook comprehensively takes a look at what the solar sector is today, and what it can become in the future.

The report will be launched at Intersolar Europe in May 2019 and has a profound outreach across the solar sector. If you would like your brand to take part in this internationally recognized report, we offer various tiers of advertisements, so you can promote your message or product, while showing the world your support of the most authoritative market report for the global solar power sector. The tiers of advertisements are:

– Front cover inside advertisement page – 4,000 EUR* (1 available)

– Back cover inside advertisement page – 3,500 EUR* (1 available) 

– Full page advertisement – 3,000 EUR* (4 available)

– Half-page horizontal advertisement – 2,000 EUR* (4 available)

– Quarter-page horizontal advertisement – 1,000 EUR* (2 available)

*For SolarPower Europe non-Members prices are 20% higher.

Contact Alex Howe at a.howe@solarpowereurope.org or at +32 02 709 55 46 to book your spot, or if you have any other questions.

Photo of the month

By Kristina Thoring, Communications Director

Photo courtesy of: Petr Šorejs.

Solar on an industrial site in Czech Republic

A 926.55 kWp solar system installed on the Josefův Důl industrial area, outside Mladá Boleslav, in the Czech Republic. The plant supplies the entire factory with clean and secure electricity.

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Avalon ST: LED will lead the next generation of solar simulator

Example: Solar Power plant 100 MWp. The uncertainty cost for a buyer increase of 300,000 USD / %. (Avalon ST)

Back in 1961, the first Light-Emitting Diode was invented by Robert Biard and Gary Pittman: small, and limited to Infrared light, it was a modest beginning. 58 years later, and the LED industry has grown exponentially, flourishing and advancing at every turn. With nearly 6 decades of innovation, the industry is well-established, and there have been huge gains in technology even recently – especially in the areas of stability and increased power output.

With all the advances in the LED lighting industry, LED based simulation of solar irradiation has become a new alternative. It’s vital to stay knowledgeable about advances, and to determine which LED is the best suited for our particular needs. Beyond that kind of decision, we must have the capacity to properly control their performance and use.

It’s a new playing field, and Avalon ST has taken the challenge. The Swiss company is now at the cutting edge of LED simulator technology.

Pulsed Xenon based solar simulators have been the best and the most reliable prime choice for manufacturers and laboratories for the last 30 years. However, “We’ve only just begun to explore the real value on LED solar simulators are capable of,” says Marcos Barrigon, (Company operation & Business development director) “As a team, Avalon ST believes that LED will take over in labs and then on production due to the many advantages it brings in regards to Xenon technology.”.

The current module level uncertainties are above +/- 1.5% for leading labs but usually manufacturer uses calibration samples which are measured with an uncertainty above +/- 2%. Then adding their own uncertainties, it reaches beyond +/- 3% k=2 and that is with using state of the art xenon systems. The incoming new PV technologies are more complex to measure and this uncertainty will increase accordingly. You can think of if you were measuring time, distance, or your portfolio with such an uncertainty.

With the recent changes, it’s important to be ready for the future. The PV technologies are changing quickly from standard crystalline to hetero-junction modules, bifacial, n-types and others. The first steps to this transition have started to roll out:  the monoPERC is already well implemented in new production lines, with almost 50% of the market share. Warns Barrigon: “Be on time for the hetero-junction and jump in on this transition. It’s time to move!”

Indeed, the game has changed. Existing Xenon solar simulators are reliable and have provided an accurate measurement for the standard crystalline modules. However, for the monoPERC, they are starting to fall behind – almost all Xenon solar simulators have to use some algorithm in order to perform accurate measurements and “hot-fix” the xenon technology short-comings. The industry is improving and innovation is critical to support the market. At Avalon ST, their group is energized and ready to lead the industry. “We target measurement accuracy,” affirms Barrigon, “Our team has developed a whole new approach to the solar simulator playing field.”

Current LED system on the market have given a somewhat mixed feelings about the technology. Bad & peaky spectrum, Instability, high cost, heat. These were the first generation of system and were not representative of the potential of the technology. LED system needs a whole new, more complex and different, regulation electronics than previous technologies. At Avalon ST, we have identified and solved these short-comings and surpass Xenon based system in almost all aspects and particularly in spectral deviation which is 30% lower than the best existing Xenon technologies from 300-1200nm.

Beyond raw specs, LED offers dreamed-of capabilities previously impossible with Xenon technologies: Long pulse, Irradiation starting from near-zero, multi irradiation levels, modulation of spectrum, quantum efficiency evaluation, uniformity modulation, all which can be combined in a single flash. Combined with a thermal chamber, LED simulator are not only an IV measurement tool but a much more advanced characterization system.

Thanks to the number of advantages that a LED solar simulator offers, the investment cost only appears to be more expensive. But, is it the right way to assess the costs for industrial equipment? Barrigon offers an example: “In our personal lives, we’ve all been tempted by the cheap purchase price,” he says, “but in the end that cheap initial investment turned out to be the most expensive. Be smart about your simulator investment, especially when it’s the final measurement down the line!”

Recently, for cost-saving purpose, we have seen major manufacturer using cheaper, less accurate systems. An increase of measurement uncertainties caused by lower repeatability causes a major capital risk for buyers and solar power plant investor as the factory measured power is directly related to the plant power output and profitability, which are often underperforming. This leads to complex and expensive plant assessment by third parties to then claim underperforming panels, damaging the reputation and trust of the manufacturer and the plant owner. Control of the manufacturer measurement system before placing large order is critical in order to reduce the capital risk.

LED based measurement systems will, at term, reduce the overall measurement uncertainties. Are you ready for the new generation?

TÜV Rheinland Webinar: Assuring PV module Power Output - What Needs to be Considered?

Photo: TÜV Rheinland

For Australia and other APC: 5 March 2019, 4pm Sydney (GMT +10) Register here.

For Europe: 6 March 2019, 10am (CET) Register here.

Substantial reduction of prices for PV modules in recent years and months has put manufacturers under a lot of pressure to cut cost. Cost cutting can result in lower quality and imposes risks, in the short as well as in the long term.

In the short term, risks are often related to the power output of modules. In the downstream business, where margins are getting thinner and thinner, only small deviations from expectations can heavily affect financial models. In combination with long-term reliability risks, this can result in unprofitable investments.

This webinar highlights issues that are occurring during mass production in regards to the power output of PV modules and other risks related to the manufacturing process. Production tolerance in PV industry lies in the range 3% to 5% for c-Si modules, if appropriate quality assurance is in place.

It shall be elaborated, which measures and actions lenders, investors and EPC contractors should take in order to reduce power and other reliability related risks.

In addition, this webinar also gives manufacturers the idea of what they can do to produce reliable and high-performance products.

www.tuv.com/solar

ees EUROPE – Europe’s largest exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems

Photo: ees Europe

Conference:       May 14–15, 2019, ICM, Messe München, Munich, Germany

Exhibition:           May 15–17, 2019, Messe München, Munich, Germany

THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME!

FROM CONSTRUCTIVE CONVERSATIONS TO MEETING LUCRATIVE BUSINESS PARTNERS — THINGS CAN MOVE QUICKLY AT EUROPE’S LARGEST AND MOST- VISITED EXHIBITION FOR BATTERIES AND ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS.

Aside from sustainable storage solutions, ees Europe, which is taking place as part of the innovation hub The smarter E Europe, offers plenty of room for face-to-face meetings with great commercial potential, stemming from the many players from all around the world in attendance. This increases your chances of finding new partners, clients and investors.

Again and again, ees Europe is the place where international storage projects and collaborations get started. An example of this can be found in the companies Unlimited Energy Australia and TESVOLT, who met at ees Europe 2017. Soon after the first meeting, the companies joined forces to set up an avocado farm in Australia powered entirely by renewable energy — a project that won them The smarter E AWARD 2018. The prize has underlined the importance of energy independence in remote areas and helped us to promote decentralized energy options in Australia and worldwide,” said George Zsolt Zombori, CEO of Unlimited Energy Australia. Daniel Hannemann, CEO and founder of TESVOLT, said: “Our project allowed us to show people around the world what modern technology can do. We’ve shown that it’s possible to have a power supply drawn entirely from renewable sources.”

Another success story that began at ees Europe was SENEC. In September of 2018, the manufacturer installed more than 500 EESs in Germany — a new record. This was a continuation of SENEC’s high-flying year, which started with the presentation of a new range of storage systems at ees Europe. “We deliberately used ees Europe to showcase our new products. The exhibition was the ideal opportunity for us to invite our trade partners and personally meet a lot of our clients,” said Jaron Schächter, managing director at SENEC. “We were able to successfully conclude a lot of business on-site, and we still got a lot of customer orders afterwards.”

Join us! The next meeting of the international energy storage industry will take place in Munich from May 15–17, 2019.

Innovating energy storage!

www.ees-europe.com

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Exhibit Space

INTERSOLAR EUROPE – THE WORLD’S LEADING EXHIBITION FOR THE SOLAR INDUSTRY

Exhibition:          May 15–17, 2019, Messe München, Munich, Germany

Conference:       May 14–15, 2019, ICM, Messe München, Munich, Germany

Since it was founded 27 years ago, Intersolar Europe has enjoyed dynamic growth and has gone on a journey that has taken it from Pforzheim to Freiburg and on to Munich. With events on four continents, it has developed into a leading international exhibition and is now the world’s most prominent platform for the solar industry. As part of the smarter E Europe innovation hub, Intersolar Europe is more interconnected, integrative and forward-looking than ever before and reflects the latest market developments.

It links together all areas of the new energy world, highlighting the important role of the solar industry in shaping the energy future. It achieves this by focusing on photovoltaics, solar thermal technologies, solar power plants and grid infrastructure, as well as solutions for the integration of renewable energies. At the event in Munich, key players from around the world come together to present their products to a wide audience.

Intersolar Europe is accompanied by the Intersolar Europe Conference, which features a comprehensive program of sessions on the latest trends and the outlook for the industry. Additional workshops, forums, information events and tours provide a platform for innovative ideas and solutions that will transform the market. A further highlight of the exhibition each year is the Intersolar AWARD Ceremony.

Intersolar Europe stands out not least because of the numerous exhibitors from around the globe who travel to Munich to present their pioneering innovations and ideas. In 2018 alone, Intersolar Europe welcomed around 800 exhibitors and – together with its parallel events ees Europe, Power2Drive Europe and EM-Power – opened its doors to nearly 50,000 visitors. Intersolar Europe unites manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the solar industry under one roof.

You too can become part of this unique industry platform by presenting your company to trade visitors from around the world at Intersolar Europe 2019. We are certain that together we will shape the future of our energy supply.

Find out more:

Intersolar Europe

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It’s still about Megas and Gigas

The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) announced in December 2018 that construction on the fourth phase of its Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai had begun. The total capacity of this phase is projected to be 950 megawatts (MW) and a total generation of 5 GW by 2030, said Dewa chief executive Saeed Al Tayer, who is invited to open the Intersolar Middle East conference on March 5, 2019 at the Dubai World Trade Center.

The UAE’s Clean Energy Strategy aims to provide 44% of the country’s energy needs by 2050, with 7% of power targeted to come from solar by 2020. Projects such as the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park are integral to the plans.

The UAE puts its plans directly into practice

In January 2019 Abu Dhabi’s Department of Energy has begun operations at the world’s largest independent solar power plan, Noor Abu Dubai. The plant is expected to generate 1,177 MW of energy, double the capacity of the 550 MW Desert Sunlight Solar Farm in California, US, the world’s current largest solar plant.

The first fully electric bus is also in service since January in Abu Dhabi — and passengers can ride it for free for the next few months. The doubters may have fallen silent in view of the rapid developments in the Emirate.

Bigger, better, power plants

PV power plants developments will be one of the major focus points of the first conference day of Intersolar Middle East at March 5. Complex circumstances as in the Middle East region mean that there are major challenges facing the operation and maintenance of PV power plants. These come in conjunction with the generally growing requirements and opportunities that have evolved over recent years, from selecting the right technical components and cleaning the modules to monitoring the yields and evaluating the systems. The service offer is becoming ever more varied and comprehensive. This session will explore how to recognize important services, how to reap the greatest benefits of the new opportunities and how to boost yields with adjusted O&M contracts. MENA expert Cornelius Matthes CEO, Kuwekeza Holdings, UAE will lead through this conference session with expert speakers as Máté Heisz, Policy Officer, Head of O&M, SolarPower Europe, Belgium, Ingo Rehmann, Managing Director & Founder, greentech GmbH & Cie. KG, Germany, and, Vice President of Emerging Region, Talesun Solar Technologies Co., Ltd.

The Intersolar Middle East conference will take place on March 5-6, 2019.

EventHorizon 2019

Global Summit on Blockchain Technology in the Energy Sector 19 – 20 June 2019, Kraftwerk Berlin, Germany.

EventHorizon is the key annual event for the energy blockchain industry. The future of energy is communicated through talks, exhibits and performances. This is a gathering of constructive disruptors of the energy sector. It is a game-changing platform for the development of a customer focused, fair energy future. EventHorizon will unite the Who’s Who of both the traditional energy and innovative blockchain sectors again.

There has been a steep learning curve in this young industry since the EventHorizon first edition in 2017, when we focused on the possibility of an energy specific blockchain. Last year’s event aimed to empower first movers in the space proving their concepts. And in 2019 we will take the final steps towards the edge of the horizon. EventHorizon is the centre point of an industry intersection of energy, renewables and blockchain. This year, the event will focus around the growing market demands including new POCs and go to market strategies. It transforms a vacant power station into a frame to break from norms and innovate. As a partner and strong supporter of the event, we can provide you with a 10% discount on in our ticket store. Please use the promo code SOLAREH19 when you get your ticket: www.eventhorizon2019.com.

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