Europe's Energy Capital for Three Days
E world energy & water has once more provided impressive proof of its position as Europe's leading trade fair in the energy industry: For the first time, 750 exhibitors (more than ever before) from 26 nations presented their solutions for the future of the energy supply at Messe Essen. Digitalisation, flexibilisation and decentralisation were the defining subjects on which the over 25,000 visitors from 73 nations obtained information and exchanged ideas.
"This impressive response shows: More than ever, E world is the trendsetting and most important platform in its sector. The decision takers congregate here: 76 percent of the visitors are active in management functions - a strong value which has risen again in comparison with the previous year. The number of trade visitors was on the same excellently high level as in the previous year," according to Oliver P. Kuhrt, CEO of Messe Essen.
Dr. Niels Ellwanger, Chairman of con'energy ag: "All the large and important companies in the energy industry presented themselves at E world 2018. The defining subject on many fair booths was the 'Smart City'.
The displayed solutions and the lively exchange of ideas amongst the experts once more sent important signals into the sector and beyond. With their presence, discussions and know-how, exhibitors and trade visitors made the fair Europe's energy capital three days' long."
"Smart City" Was the Defining Subject at E world 2018
The visitors flocked to E world, above all, from energy suppliers, service providers, industrial companies and municipal utility companies. It was clearly shown: The path towards smart cities (with optimum networks with regard to intelligence and energy) is causing both companies and consumers to have a rethink about the energy supply. No matter whether networks for the exchange of heat between various buildings, intelligent charging concepts for electric cars or solar roof tiles for the generation of electricity and heat: Numerous exhibitors showed innovations.
Digitalisation is the key to the success of the energy transition, according to Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, North Rhine-Westphalia's Minister for Economic and Digital Affairs, during the opening ceremony of E world: "The energy system of the future is decentralised, digital and smart. Today, ever more decentralised generation installations are already being bundled, controlled and networked using IT solutions. For our companies, these innovations are opening up the chance to develop new business fields."
Trade Fair is a Platform for Young
Companies and a Springboard for Careers
It is primarily young companies with innovative ideas which are providing new stimuli in the energy sector. In Fair Hall 7, over 90 start-ups, freshly founded firms and research institutes showed what products the consumers can expect in the future. These included portable storage units for solar power, battery storage units with artificial intelligence and new meter reading possibilities. Within the framework of the fair, particularly pioneering digital solutions were distinguished with the Digital Energy Award. In the "Lean Operations" category, MeteoViva Climate was convincing with an intelligent climate control system. gridX, the winner in the "Customer Engagement" category, is an energy supplier which markets locally generated, clean power just as locally via a platform. In the "New Business Models" category, Novum engineering was distinguished for its ThermoTape with which the filling levels of thermal storage units can be monitored easily from the outside.
Moreover, E world was once again a springboard for young interested people: The Career Forum on the last day of the fair brought students, graduates and young professionals together with companies.
Images: R. Eberhard, messekompakt.com, EBERHARD print & medien agentur gmbh
Source: Messe Essen, con|energy