With over 20,000 solar professionals, 700 exhibitors, and more than 300,000 square feet of expo hall space, navigating North America Smart Energy Week can be a real challenge.

The Largest Energy Trade Show - Solar Power International
The Largest Energy Trade Show - Solar Power International

Len Calderone for | AltEnergyMag

Solar Power International is the foremost business-to-business event for professionals in the solar energy, energy storage, and smart energy fields. SPI is the standard for solar events as it is the fastest growing and largest solar show in North America.

Valmont Utility (Booth 5045)

Be sure to visit the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT September 23-26, 2019 for the best of solar energy information from 700 exhibitors and 20,000 industry professionals. 

Solar Power International, Energy Storage International, and North America Smart Energy Week is powered by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). SPI held its initial show in 2004 and was intended to advance the solar energy industry by bringing together people, products, and professional development opportunities. The show has progressed to become the largest assembly of solar, smart energy, energy storage, and hydrogen fuel cell professionals in North America. As the anchor of North America Smart Energy Week, the event has expanded to include Energy Storage International, which is the largest storage event in North America, the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace, Hydrogen+Fuel Cells International, and The Technical Symposium.

The Salt Palace is one of only a few convention centers in the nation that generates Solar Renewable Energy Credits. The Salt Palace generates about 17% of its power through 6,006 solar panels. Several exhibitors will utilize the live microgrid in the Smart Energy Marketplace + Microgrid to generate power for their booths. The marketplace will include the entire solar, energy storage, hydrogen fuel cells, distributed wind, and smart energy microgrid landscape. The marketplace features a fully-functioning “live” microgrid, power conversion equipment, energy management systems, building and home smart energy products, electric vehicle charging stations, energy storage systems, and solar energy products—ultimately making the connection between solar, energy storage, hydrogen fuel cells, distributed wind, and smart energy.

The Technical Symposium is the event for the technical and scientific communities to present and share innovative research. No other platform offers such an occasion for collaboration and access to the industry. The Technical Symposium features two days of scientific content with keynote presentations from industry leaders. Being a part of The Technical Symposium combines the best scientific and technical content with business opportunities.

Energy Storage International, co-located with Solar Power International, paves the way for greater integration between the energy storage and solar markets. As the largest energy storage event in North America, ESI features over 165 exhibitors and 7,000 attendees interested in energy storage technology, and three full days of education investigating policy advances, market forecasts, new technology and applications as well as relevant content designed to grow the storage market.

The show will present 29 workshops covering such topics as Multimode Energy Storage System Design, Microgrid Workshop, Fundamentals and Best Practices for EV Charging Infrastructure Rollouts, Inspecting PV Systems, Battery Storage for Co-ops and Munis, How to Avoid Legal Troubles When Developing and Financing Solar Energy Project, An In-depth Review of the Revised IEEE 1547 Standard, and more.

Here are a few of the exhibitors:

Unirac, Inc. (Booth 4513) is a leading provider of PV installation products and services to residential, commercial and utility solar contractors. With over 20 years of experience, the company has more than 750,000 installations and greater than 5GW installed.

EagleView (Booth 4537) combines imagery that reveals the finest and most important details with computer vision to help you identify insights into any location—from anywhere. 

The world’s #1 DC optimizer company, Ampt (Booth 4045), delivers innovative large-scale PV systems that are used to lower the cost and improve performance of new PV systems, repower existing systems to produce more energy, enable lower cost DC-coupled storage systems, and provide string-level data for improved O&M.

If you need PV sales and system design, Aurora Solar Inc. (Booth 3637) is the solar industry’s leading software platform. They streamline and automate the solar design process. With just an address and an electricity bill, Aurora accurately determines a site’s solar potential, helps design the optimal PV system, performs financial analysis, and creates a beautiful sales proposal all in just under 15 minutes.

Sunfolding (Booth 3533) designs and manufactures solar trackers that leads the future of smart solar. Using AirDrive technology and three simple components, the Sunfolding T29 tracker makes solar power plants easy to install and smarter to operate, while its flexible, modular layout makes the most out of any piece of land.

Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd. (Booth 2211) is a leader in the research and development of solar inverters, with the largest dedicated R&D team in the industry and a broad product portfolio offering PV inverter solutions and energy storage systems for utility-scale, commercial, and residential applications, as well as internationally recognized floating PV plant solutions.


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For off-grid and grid-connected time-of-use and emergency backup applications with an emphasis on system reliability and performance, check out OutBack Power (Booth 3251), which is a designer and manufacturer of advanced battery-based renewable energy systems.  

With more than 160 hydrogen fueling stations built worldwide, Linde (Booth 7115) is the most experienced provider of infrastructure for hydrogen mobility. Linde delivers fueling technology at highest reliability and efficiency levels, low total costs of ownership per kg of hydrogen and highest safety standards. Linde is the one-stop shop for hydrogen solutions—offering everything needed, from reliable H2 supply (compressed gaseous or liquid) and cutting-edge fueling station systems to customized services.

If you are looking for static power converters, JEMA Energy USA (Booth 5445) designs and manufactures them for different sectors, such as power plants, oil & gas, plasma physics, particle accelerators, magnetic resonance imaginary, railways, smart grid, renewable energy and electromobility.

Stäubli Electrical Connectors (Booth 2027) offers technologically advanced industrial connectors designed for severe requirements in industrial environments, such as automotive, railway, steel, aeronautics, defense, power transmission and distribution, nuclear, electronics, plastics, motorsports, alternative energies, test and measurement, and other industries. 

Fullriver Battery (Booth 2724) manufactures the highest quality VRLA technology batteries on the market today by controlling the entire manufacturing process. The grid casting, plate pasting, and final assembly are all done at their award-winning manufacturing facility, ensuring total quality control. Every Fullriver battery series is designed to be charged and recharged hundreds of times.

There’s also a lot to see and do in Salt Lake City with a diverse and lively nightlife scene, museums, festivals, incredible shopping, and awesome live-music venues. 

With over 20,000 solar professionals, 700 exhibitors, and more than 300,000 square feet of expo hall space, navigating North America Smart Energy Week can be a real challenge. If you plan to attend, use their NASEW Pathway program, which will help with some guidance in planning your time at SPI, ESI, and North America Smart Energy Week according to your industry segment. Each industry Pathway includes targeted educational opportunities, a list of recommended exhibitors to visit, as well as networking events with colleagues from your field. Don’t miss out. Plan now to attend. 

 

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Len Calderone - Contributing Author

Len Calderone - Contributing Author

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