Smart grids and energy storage determine solar energy growth
Global Demand Conference VII (18 June 2013, Munich): Grid Integration
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Rotterdam - May 2, 2013 (Investorideas.com renewable energy newswire) Solar energy will not become an integral part of the energy supply system in Europe until suppliers, including private residences, have unlimited access to the energy grid. In practice, this would mean that they could supply their self-produced solar energy to the grid at a profitable rate 24/7. This is not yet the case today, mainly due to the limiting price and supply agreements. Consequently, the development of smart grids and energy storage systems will prove decisive in terms of the growth of solar energy in the coming years.
This is what Edwin Koot, CEO of Solarplaza, an international information platform on solar energy, expects to happen: "Grid integration, meaning the interconnection of smart grids and connection to the main grid, will be one of the most important aspects of the journey towards a larger share of solar energy in the total energy mix – not only in Europe, but ultimately in the entire world."
Solar energy outside peak hours
The discussion about grid access is taking place at a time when solar energy in Europe has reached a point where it can maintain its current market position without government support. But in order for it to achieve a greater share in the energy mix than its current figure of two percent (EPIA - Global Market Outlook for Photovoltaics until 2016), new initiatives are needed.
Henning Wicht, Senior Director of iSuppli, agrees with Koot and emphasises that smart energy management will be the key to further solar expansion in Europe . "The biggest challenge is to enable the producer to supply his energy throughout the entire day – i.e., not only during the afternoon peak hours – and to make this possible for a longer period of time. So-called 'smart grids' and storage facilities can assist. They can help private producers to monitor and control their solar energy supply. This development will shake up the current hierarchy, since it will basically mean that small producers can take control away from the traditional energy utilities."
Global Demand Conference VII
Grid integration, energy storage and their impact on the market development of solar energy in Europe will be one of the focuses of the seventh Global Demand Conference, which Solarplaza is hosting on 18 June 2013 in Munich . The conference will provide a global overview of market developments (political and financial) and solar trends in all parts of the world, in both established and emerging markets. The full program can be seen at: globaldemandconference.com/program.
Global Demand Conference VII - Global Industry and Market Dynamics Explained
18 June 2013
Westin Grand Hotel Arabellastrasse 6 81925 München
Speaker line-up includes:
Travis Bradford (Founder, Prometheus Institute)
Henning Wicht (Senior Director, iSuppli)
Thierry Lepercq (Chairman, Solairedirect)
Shayle Kann (Vice-President Research, GTM Research)
Edwin Koot (CEO, Solarplaza)
Those interested can register at globaldemandconference.com. Register before 18 May and pay the Early-Bird rate of €595-. After that date, tickets will cost €695- (both prices excluding VAT).
Solarplaza.com is the independent global platform for knowledge, trade and events for the photovoltaic solar energy (PV) industry. Solarplaza is based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and has already organised over 40 international solar conferences and trade missions, including in Chile, Brazil, United States, Taiwan, India, China, Italy, Germany, South Africa and Spain.
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