The 2012 event at the NEC Birmingham included 181 exhibitors, two live features areas, a Green Deal Eco-house, three seminar halls and over 4,700 visitors. This year’s event has seen Solar Power UK re-branded to Solar Energy UK to recognise the diversity of companies that were present at the 2012 exhibition – and promises to be much bigger.
In the UK, solar PV has dominated the Feed-in Tariff scheme, accounting for more than 95 percent of all installations. The development of large-scale solar farms has seen an additional 0.5GW of renewable capacity added to the National Grid too. Backed by a government-led solar strategy that’s aiming for 20GW by 2020, solar is stepping into the mainstream.
As solar power has become more prevalent in the UK there is an increasing demand for convergent devices that use solar PV or solar thermal to not only generate energy, but also include inverters, energy monitoring and even storage in one simple plug-and-play box. The sector is realising that as more renewables are connected to the grid, issues of energy use and grid capacity become increasingly important. Solar Energy UK 2013 reflects the broader nature of the industry, including features on:
- Renewable Heat – solar thermal, air and ground source heat pumps, district heating, CHP
- Energy storage – batteries and fuel cells for low, medium and high voltage applications
- Smart grids and transmission – smart meters, voltage optimisation, energy monitoring, energy controls, transmission infrastructure
- Microgeneration – solar PV, micro wind and hydro, AD, waste to energy
- EV infrastructure – charging points, cars, cabling
Despite an increased focus on whole house energy solutions, Solar Energy UK is still committed to remaining the UK’s solar event covering all things solar – both PV and thermal.
Become a savvy installer
Over 30 free talks including Selling solar and gaining the competitive edge with expert advice on selling domestic solar as well as up-skilling and integrating new technologies from heat pumps to biomass
Increasing demand for solar thermal
The new Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is set to double the on-site heating market over the next 12 months.
Latest products – over 70 product launches
The Green Deal is helping create a new savvy buyer of onsite generation and energy efficiency products for their homes and business. Meet their demand by keeping pace with the latest product developments on the show floor.
Everything under one roof
Solar Energy UK brings you face-to-face with suppliers, experts and potential customers to help you grow your installation business for the future.
Learn from the best
In addition, Solar Energy UK will continue its tradition of delivering world-class sector seminars. The Solar Energy UK Seminars will cover everything you need to know about PV, solar thermal, storage and energy solutions and the wider UK (and global) solar industry. Providing the latest information on EPC requirements, the revival of large-scale, policy, technology and market trends these half-day sessions are not to be missed.
Solar Energy UK 2013 runs from 8-10 October at the NEC in Birmingham. Those wishing to attend can register for FREE entry at http://uk.solarenergyevents.com/register2013