Smart renewable energy, drones and digitalization are topics at the Intersolar Europe Conference 2017

Intersolar Europe Conference is taking place from May 30–31, 2017
Intersolar Europe Conference is taking place from May 30–31, 2017

An increasing number of photovoltaic plant constructors are investing in large-scale power stations worldwide, creating new areas of focus for the industry.

Against this backdrop, experts at the Intersolar Europe Conference, taking place at ICM – Internationales Congress Center München (Munich, Germany) from May 30–31, 2017, are set to discuss how to finance these PV power plants, which markets will play a key role in the future, and the importance of smart renewable energy.

The event runs alongside Intersolar Europe (May 31–June 2). This year’s conference is being led for the first time by new chairman Dr. Pierre-Jean Alet.

Large-scale power plants are driving forward the deployment of PV technology on an international scale. Questions such as financing, management, operation and maintenance (O&M) of the plants are therefore due to become increasingly important. In light of these developments, the future of large-scale plants also forms a key topic at the Intersolar Europe Conference, with several sessions focusing on the issue.

 

Smart renewable energy – where will smart power grids take us?

More and more power generation projects are combining various renewable sources of energy to form hybrid power plants. The session titled “Smart Renewable Energy: Renewable Hybrid Plants” explores the latest challenges presented by such projects. The industry is also currently focusing on the topics of networks and decentralization, sharing, digitalization, smart grids and big data, the latter of which is being discussed across the entire sector. The “Smart Renewable Energy: Digitalization, Energy Clouds & Big Data” session takes an in-depth look at data management and data security, examining matters such as how various market participants can access data quickly yet securely while observing data control rights.

 

Global financing trends for the photovoltaics industry

The future of traditional utility contracts and the financing of solar power plants raise additional questions. The industry is concerned that the rising influence of rating agencies may put new financing rounds in jeopardy. The Solar Merchant PV Power Plants/The Role of Rating Agencies/Insurances session sheds light on the impact of rating agencies and insurance companies and how their services have evolved in the context of global financing.

 

What’s happening on the global PV market?

This year, SolarPower Europe is once again exclusively presenting its Global Market Outlook 2017–2021 market analysis report at the Intersolar Europe Conference. The report includes a five-year global market forecast that not only features the latest facts and figures for anticipated growth markets, but also comments on the industry’s key driving forces and predicts how the market will develop.

Further sessions shine the spotlight on the American, Asian and African markets. Last year, Asia and the key markets of China, India and Japan accounted for 70% of global demand. Countries such as the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia and Thailand are expected to witness an increase in demand in the future. A surge in electricity consumption is also creating a positive market environment in Africa, especially in Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Kenya.

 

2017-03-03 | Courtesy: Intersolar Europe | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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