The smarter E Industry Days: Answers to the Latest Questions Affecting the New Energy World

Free Online Event on July 21–23 Juli

The smarter E Industry Days offer answers and impulses about the big topics of the new energy world. Discover exciting exhibitor events, top-class keynotes, the AWARD Cermony and many more opportunities during this three-day event.

Development of the Global PV Market

“In order to achieve its climate commitments, the world needs to deploy the world’s largest solar field every day for the next ten years,” said US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry recently, before immediately asking “Are we doing that?”

The Global Market Outlook for Solar Power 2021–2025, which is published by SolarPower Europe and is a crucial source of knowledge on the global solar sector, will provide a possible answer to this question. The market report will be presented to the public for the first time on July 21, 2021 at 9:30am during the digital The smarter E Industry Days.

In 2020, the European solar association predicted that new installations around the world would increase by as much as 34% in 2021. What are the chances of this target being met? And where does the solar sector have the potential for future growth? The industry is eagerly awaiting the report!

Reigniting PV Production in Europe

What role does Europe have to play in the expansion of solar energy? The smarter E Industry Days from July 21–23 will also answer this question.

SolarPower Europe and EIT InnoEnergy launched the European Solar Initiative in February 2021 with the aim of increasing solar PV production capacity in Europe to 20 GW by 2025. In the , Gunter Erfurt, CEO of Meyer Burger Technology AG, Prof. Dr. Andreas W. Bett, institute director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, and Dr. Peter Fath, CEO of RCT Solutions GmbH and chairman of the PV equipment supplier division of the VDMA (German Engineering Federation), will discuss which legal conditions and market drivers are needed for the continued successful expansion of cell and module production in Europe.

Another session will explore the development of renewable energy projects in emerging markets and will feature representatives of the European Commission and European development finance institutions who have been invited to take part by SolarPower Europe in cooperation with GET.invest: on July 23, 3:30pm.

How Courts can Influence Policymakers to Take More Action on Climate Change

The German Solar Association (BSW Solar) focuses its attention on Germany and, in the run-up to the country’s parliamentary elections at the end of September, has analyzed the election manifestos of all the major parties to examine how they could affect PV and solar storage systems. It its (“German Parliamentary Elections 2021 – Opportunities & Risks for the Solar and Storage Industries,” held in German), BSW Solar will also present the results of an industry questionnaire on important political demands that should be met by the new German government. BSW Solar conducted the questionnaire with the support of The smarter E Europe in recent weeks. The webinar will end by commenting on EU legal decisions and the German Federal Constitutional Court’s most recent climate protection ruling, both of which may influence the conditions in which national energy and climate policies are made.

Making the Power Grid More Flexible

The way in which renewable energy is integrated into power grids is just as important as how it is generated. Maintaining a constant balance between supply and demand requires us to unlock the full potential of consumers’ demand-side flexibility. In cooperation with The smarter E Europe, the European smart energy association smartEn has published a report outlining which measures can be used to leverage the huge potential offered by demand-side flexibility. The association will discuss the results in its .

Welcome to the Multi-Megawatt Lab

Besides all the theoretical content, The smarter E Industry Days will give attendees plenty of insights into the practical side of things. Join the to discover what happens in a lab of this scale, where researchers characterize and test grid-forming inverters. During this event, Fraunhofer ISE will provide a comprehensive overview of grid-forming inverters and will outline their role in an energy system based on renewable sources.

The Institute will also run a workshop entitled , during which it will inform attendees about how non-destructive testing methods can be used to precisely detect, classify and localize defects.

What are the Latest Industry Developments?

In addition to major industry associations, numerous large and small companies will present their innovations for the new energy world at The smarter E Industry Days during workshops, presentations and digital tours. The topics discussed will include innovative solar modules, inverters, forecast tools that use machine learning and artificial intelligence, electricity storage systems, charging technology for electric vehicles, energy management systems, solutions for smart grids, and so much more. All events are listed in the program.

The smarter E Industry Days will also provide various convenient ways for attendees to come into contact with exhibitors and other online visitors. For example, you will be able to send direct messages to company representatives or arrange a digital meeting with the company of your choice so that you can chat via video call. Do you want to make new business contacts or discuss the latest issues with visitors and exhibitors? If so, don’t miss out on the chance to use the dynamic networking tool on offer at The smarter E Industry Days, which includes video, audio and chat functions.

Are There Any Prizes to be Won?

Yes, but only for the finalists of The smarter E AWARD, Intersolar AWARD and ees AWARD. You can join in the celebrations with the nominated companies by watching the virtual award ceremony live on our streaming channel on July 21 at 3:30pm.

All the finalists along with their products and projects are presented in our hall of fame .

A Packed Program Like This Sounds Expensive. How Can I Take Part?

Signing up for The smarter E Industry Days takes little more than a few clicks. The entire program is free of charge. All you have to do is register online to access the event.

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