Intersolar - TRENDS IN ON-SITE SOLAR POWER CONSUMPTION

Intersolar Europe und ees Europe 2015 shed light on photovoltaics in integrated energy systems for on-site consumption

Munich, April 20, 2015 - For homeowners, end customers and businesses alike, the prospect of utilizing power from their own solar installations is becoming ever more attractive. From June 10-12 in Munich, Intersolar Europe and ees Europe will showcase new products and technologies in this field. The Intersolar Europe Conference provides details of the latest trends in smart homes, while the Intersolar AWARD and ees AWARD pay tribute to the most innovative developments.


The feed-in tariff for solar power is falling continuously. As time goes on, installing a photovoltaic system is therefore becoming primarily worthwhile where the power generated is to be consumed on site. First and foremost, the nosedive in solar module prices over recent years is making privately generated solar power attractive to both individual consumers and companies. Installing solar modules on your roof, however, is only the first step toward achieving an independent energy supply. An array's full potential can only be exploited with additional components in intelligent systems.

Energy storage system or heat pump? Thinking about the system as a whole

Anyone considering supplying their own power from a photovoltaic installation needs to bear the entire system in mind. This includes energy storage, which allows surplus energy to be stored for times when the sun is not shining but electricity is required. Such electricity storage systems afford their owners intermittent independence from the power grid. Heat pumps, which use geothermal or environmental heat to supply room heating and hot water, can also be combined with photovoltaic installations. Part of the power required to operate a heat pump can be generated by a PV system, which might also charge an electric car at the same time. Modern control engineering gives users an excellent command of different energy sources and consumption devices - enabling them to take the first step toward creating a smart home.

If the power generated is not fully consumed on site, or if large surpluses are produced, electricity can also be sold either directly to end users or through a professional direct marketing company.

Transformations in grid infrastructure and consumption control

The Intersolar Europe Conference dedicates two events to the latest developments in decentralized power generation and on-site consumption. Under the heading Smart Ideas in a Smart Energy Infrastructure, representatives of local utilities, grid operators, and other service providers will discuss the potential implications of rising decentralized power generation from photovoltaic installations. Distributed energy storage systems and smart grids will be among the topics in the spotlight (Wednesday, June 10, 2:00pm at the ICM, room 13 B).

The decision as to when and how to use the power we generate forms the focus of a panel discussion entitled Smart Future: The Fascinating Sides to Intelligent Homes. Attention here turns to online apps that allow us to control the flow and consumption of energy in our homes and apartment buildings in a way that ensures minimum environmental impact and maximum economic benefit (Wednesday, June 10, 4:00pm at the ICM, room 13 B). A detailed program including all presentations and events at Intersolar Europe and the Intersolar Europe Conference will be available from late April 2015 at www.intersolar.de/en.

Prizes for the most innovative products and solutions

All intelligent new systems are underpinned by pioneering products and solutions. Intersolar Europe and ees Europe, the international exhibition for batteries, energy storage systems and innovative production taking place in parallel from June 10-12, provide an overview of technological developments around the globe. The Intersolar AWARD and ees AWARD will be presented to groundbreaking new products and solutions at both exhibitions in a range of categories.

In 2014, SMA Solar Technology AG received an award in the Photovoltaics category for a control module that lowers fuel consumption in photovoltaic-diesel hybrid systems. The power and heating supply system for a school and sports center realized by GOLDBECK Solar GmbH was among the projects that received prizes in the category Solar Projects in Europe. Here, the intelligent combination of photovoltaic installation and CHP plant tipped the balance in this project's favor. An energy storage system from ViZn Energy Systems, which impressed the judges with its consistent ecological design, was among the winners of the ees AWARD.

Trends in global technologies and markets are again set to dominate the award submissions for 2015: In future, new solar cell designs and optimized modules will boost the output of PV installations. Increasing numbers of ever larger PV plants are being constructed worldwide, and new requirements for energy management and systems integration are calling for smarter technology and flexible energy storage solutions. With all this in mind, the organizers and partners of the 2015 exhibitions are once again looking forward to revealing the most exciting new technologies from across the world.

Intersolar Europe 2015 takes place from June 10-12 at Messe München.

Further information on Intersolar Europe can be found at www.intersolar.de/en

Further information about Intersolar AWARD and ees AWARD can be found at www.intersolarglobal.com/en/award.html

Partners of Intersolar Europe
Intersolar Europe is supported by the leading solar industry associations: the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar) as an exclusive partner, the German Solar Energy Society (DGS), the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF), the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), SEMI (Europe), and the platform for photovoltaic production equipment within the German Engineering Association (VDMA-PV). With the support of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA).

About Intersolar
With events spanning four continents, Intersolar is the world's leading exhibition series for the solar industry and its partners. It unites people and companies from around the world with the aim of increasing the share of solar power in our energy supply.

Intersolar Europe is the world's leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners. It takes place annually at the Messe München exhibition center in Munich, Germany.

The event's exhibition and conference both focus on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage systems and renewable heating. Since being founded, Intersolar has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners in the global solar industry.

In 2014, 1,082 international exhibitors and 42,380 trade visitors attended Intersolar Europe. Around 200 speakers and around 1,100 conference attendees discussed current industry topics and shed light on the background of technological, market and political developments.

With over 20 years of experience, Intersolar has the unique ability to bring together members of the solar industry from across the world's most influential markets. Intersolar exhibitions and conferences are held in Munich, San Francisco, Mumbai, Beijing and São Paulo. These global events are complemented by the Intersolar Summits, which take place in emerging and growing markets worldwide.

In 2015, ees Europe, the international exhibition for batteries, energy storage systems and innovative production takes place for the second time in conjunction with Intersolar Europe. ees Europe is covering the entire value chain of innovative battery and energy storage technologies.

For more information on Intersolar Europe, please visit: www.intersolar.de/en

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