Ukraine : 0,5 GW of PV plants will be installed in Ukraine this year

In 2017, 54 new solar energy projects with total capacity 488 MW will be implemented in Ukraine by the Ukrainian and foreign developers. As a result, this year, Ukraine can reach 1 GW of installed PV plants.

These data are presented in the analytical report prepared by the expert board of the 6th International Conference and Exhibition Solar Energy Industry in Central and Eastern Europe CISOLAR-2017, which will be held in Odessa on April 11-12.

According to the report, 7 projects will have capacity more than 20 MW each, 9 – more than 10 MW each. As well more than 20 projects will have capacity over 5 MW.

The main players of the Ukrainian market are companies Rentechno, Helios Strategia, US Solar, Rengy Development, Eco Optima, Paradigma Invest Group.

It should be added, last year the Ukrainian government announced plans to turn Chernobyl’s nuclear wasteland into a large-scale solar farm, which can become one of the biggest solar energy clusters in the World.

The exclusion zone covers more than 200,000 hectares and has a complete high-voltage grid infrastructure fit for renewable energy generation. The companies from USA, Canada, China, and Germany have shown interest to this project.

December 12, 2016, State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management (SAUEZM), coordinated by the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, announced the call for proposals for the construction of solar power plants and appropriate land property lease in the Chornobyl exclusion zone.

If this project will start, this year Ukraine will get an additional capacity of PV plants.

The feed-in tariffs in Ukraine are set at €0.1599/kWh ($0.18) for ground-mounted solar power plants commissioned in 2016 and €0.1502/kWh for projects implemented between 2017 and 2019.

Latest trends, legislative changes, investment and financing programs in the solar energy industry of Central and Eastern Europe are expected to be discussed at the CISOLAR-2017, 6th International Conference and Exhibition Solar Energy Industry in Central and Eastern Europe, which will take place in Odessa April 11-12, 2017.

Author : Vitaliy Daviy, CEO, IBCentre


Significant Partnership for the Energy Industry: ICCI Powered by POWER-GEN

Sektorel Fuarcilik, organizer of ICCI which is the largest energy conference and exhibition held annually in Istanbul and PennWell International, a diversified global media and conferences and exhibitions company, have carried out an important partnership for the energy industry. PennWell International, a subsidiary of U.S.-based PennWell Corporation, purchased the 50% ownership share of Sektorel Fuarcilik/ICCI from Hannover Fairs Turkey, a subsidiary of German trade show organizer Deutsche Messe.  As a result of this cooperation, ICCI 2017 will open its gates as the joint organization of two global exhibitor companies.

As a result of this partnership promoted as "ICCI Powered by POWER-GEN", ICCI will be a member of the POWER-GEN events  which are widely known for serving the energy industry with multiple worldwide events. Moreover, POWER-GEN will get the great opportunity  to access to the substantial and growing Turkish market and neighboring countries via ICCI.

Glenn Ensor, Managing Director of PennWell International says that "ICCI offers the perfect opportunity to partner with Deutsche Messe and Hannover Fairs Turkey on the largest and most respected energy fair in Turkey.  We look forward to adding this event to the PennWell portfolio."

Moreover, in conjunction with the joint venture, Feraye Gürel has been named General Manager of Sektörel and will oversee all operations of ICCI, reporting to Alexander Kühnel, general manager of Hannover Fairs Turkey and Glenn Ensor, Managing Director of PennWell International.

Alexander Kühnel, General Manager of Hannover Fairs Turkey Fuarcilik says that "We welcome PennWell as a prestigious international partner. We believe that this cooperation will provide great contribution for the industry. ICCI has served as the only energy event in Eurasia where exhibition, conference and B2B events are organized together for years. And now we are taking a step further.  In ICCI 2017, our exhibitors and visitors will experience a  more powerful event which combine local knowledge with international expertise of two global companies in order to create an efficient international trade platform which is attractive to both Turkish exporters and foreign investors."

ICCI which hosted 14.000 visitors from 21 countries and 285 exhibitors last year, will celebrate its 23rd year at the Istanbul Expo Center in 3-5 May 2017. The most important meeting point of energy industry, which was supported by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and Energy Market Regulatory Authority,  will gather all stakeholders of the industry.

About Deutsche Messe:
From its headquarters in Hannover, Germany, Deutsche Messe AG plans and stages leading capital goods trade fairs around the globe. The company ranks among the five biggest trade show organizers in Germany, with revenue of 329.3 million euros and a net profit of 9.4 million euros in 2015. The company's event portfolio includes such world-leading events as CeBIT (digital business), HANNOVER MESSE (industrial technology), LABVOLUTION and BIOTECHNICA (lab technology and biotechnology), CeMAT (intralogistics and supply chain management), didacta (education), DOMOTEX (carpets and floor coverings), INTERSCHUTZ (fire prevention, disaster relief, rescue, safety and security), and LIGNA (woodworking, wood processing and forestry). With approx. 1,200 employees and a network of 66 representatives, subsidiaries and branch offices, Deutsche Messe is present in more than 100 countries worldwide.

About Hannover Fairs Turkey Fuarcılık A.Ş.:
Hannover Fairs Turkey founded in 1996, is responsible of planning, organization and implementation of fairs in Turkey of Deutsche Messe AG which is inside the world's 10 largest fair companies. It organizes 18 exhibitions with its business partners. The majority of these fairs  are focused on manufacturing industries. In addition to the fairs in Turkey,  another main activity of Hannover Fairs Turkey is organizing the participation of Turkish companies to fairs of Deutsche Messe AG around the world. The featured fairs organized by Hannover Fairs Turkey are: WIN Eurasia Metalworking, WIN Eurasia Automation,  Automechanica Istanbul (in cooperation with Messe Frankfurt), ICCI International Energy and Environment Fair&Conference; DOMOTEX Turkey, ISK-SODEX, TESKON+SODEX, SODEX ANKARA,  Pool Expo, ANKİROS, ANNOVER, TÜRKCAST, ALUEXPO

About PennWell:
Founded in 1910 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, PennWell Corporation is a privately held and highly diversified business-to-business media and conference and exhibition company that provides quality content and integrated marketing solutions for the following industries:  Oil and gas, electric power generation and delivery, hydropower, renewable energy, water and wastewater, lasers and optoelectronics, fiber-optics and cable, aerospace and avionics, LEDs and lighting, fire and emergency services, and dental.  PennWell publishes over 130 print and online magazines and newsletters, conducts 40 conferences and exhibitions on six continents, and has an extensive offering of books, maps, websites, research and database services.  In addition to PennWell's headquarters in Tulsa and several other U.S. locations, the Company has two major offices in London, England.


Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Exhibition & Conference for South-East Europe online registration officialy open

The 13th Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy forum for South-East Europe (EE & RE), which will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, draws near and we are happy to announce that the online registration for the EE & RE Conference is now officialy open.

Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy  Exhibition & Conference for South-East Europe 7 - 9 March 2017, Sofia, Organizer: Via Expo.

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Essen becomes the European Green Capital for 2017

On 21 January, the city of Essen in Germany will officially become the European Green Capital for 2017. In a ceremony, Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will hand over the title for 2017 from Ljubljana to Essen.

The European Green Capital Award rewards efforts and commitment to improving the urban environment and boosting awareness of the need for environmental change at the city level. Essen will act as a role model for sustainable urban development, sharing and promoting best practices that have been tried and tested in this German city.

Commissioner Vella said: “I congratulate Essen on becoming European Green Capital 2017 and making the city a healthier place to live in. The impressive transformation from coal and steel industry to the greenest city in North Rhine-Westphalia is proof of Essen’s successful structural change. Great progress in environmental sustainability required vision, good governance, strong leadership and citizens’ involvement. I look forward to Essen’s programme of activities, and I wish Mayor Kufen, his team, and the people of Essen the very best.”

Thomas Kufen, Mayor of Essen, said: “This award is recognition of Essen’s great efforts to establish itself as a city in transformation; overcoming a challenging industrial history to reinvent itself as a Green City. We strive to be a leading example for other European cities in finding sustainable solutions to urban challenges. We also wish to thank our citizens, as it is their ability to change and their engagement that has been key to our success. We are very excited to show the rest of Europe what Essen has to offer in its year as European Green Capital 2017.

What impressed the jury?
An ambitious target of reducing CO2 emissions by 40% by 2020;
128,000m2 of road resurfaced with noise-optimised asphalt;
A water management system with multifunctional green areas used for rainwater management, flood prevention and groundwater recharge; it will prevent rainwater from entering the combined sewer network in at least 15% of the area served by those sewers;
376km of bicycle lanes: increase cycling by 25% by 2035;
Creation of 20,000 jobs in the environmental sector by 2025;
95% of the population now living within 300m of green urban areas;
Car travel to be reduced by 29% by 2035;
No landfill of domestic waste since the 1960s;
Recycling target of 65% by 2020.
During its year as European Green Capital 2017, Essen plans to initiate over 300 citizens’ projects and events that will further improve the quality of life of the city and put sustainability at the heart of the city’s development programmes.

Find out more about the European Green Capital 2017 at its official website
source: EU Commission

The wind industry has generated 0.30 TWh, 13.83% of Romania's energy

Between 6 to 15 January 2017, the authorities have issued codes yellow and orange widely due to bad weather in Romania were produced 2.15 TWh, of which 1.91 TWh was gross electricity consumption. In the same period the wind industry generated 0.30 TWh, which makes this technology the proportion of 13.83% to the total production of electricity and 15.5% for gross electricity consumption, it said in a statement Romanian Wind Energy Association (RWEA).

BNEF: New investment in clean energy worldwide fell 18% last year

New investment in clean energy worldwide fell 18% last year to $287.5bn, despite a record year for offshore wind financings, according to the latest authoritative figures from research company Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

The 2016 setback in global investment, signaled in advance by weak quarterly figures during the course of last year, partly reflected further sharp falls in equipment prices, particularly in solar photovoltaics. However, there was also a marked cooling in two key markets, China and Japan. Clean energy investment in China in 2016 was $87.8bn, down 26% on the all-time high of $119.1bn reached in 2015, while the equivalent figure for Japan was $22.8bn, down 43%.

Justin Wu, head of Asia for BNEF, said: “After years of record-breaking investment driven by some of the world’s most generous feed-in tariffs, China and Japan are cutting back on building new large-scale projects and shifting towards digesting the capacity they have already put in place.

“China is facing slowing power demand and growing wind and solar curtailment. The government is now focused on investing in grids and reforming the power market so that the renewables in place can generate to their full potential. In Japan, future growth will come not from utility-scale projects but from rooftop solar systems installed by consumers attracted by the increasingly favorable economics of self-consumption.”

Offshore wind was the brightest spot in the global clean energy investment picture in 2016. Capital spending commitments to this technology hit $29.9bn in 2016, up 40% on the previous year, as developers took advantage of improved economics, resulting from bigger turbines and better construction knowhow.

Last year’s record offshore wind tally included the go-ahead for the largest ever project, Dong Energy’s 1.2GW Hornsea array off the UK coast, at a cost of $5.7bn – plus 14 other parks of more than 100MW, worth anywhere between $391m and $3.9bn, in British, German, Belgian, Danish and Chinese waters.

Jon Moore, chief executive of BNEF, commented: “The offshore wind record last year shows that this technology has made huge strides in terms of cost-effectiveness, and in proving its reliability and performance. Europe saw $25.8bn of offshore wind investment, but there was also $4.1bn in China, and new markets are set to open up in North America and Taiwan.”

Even though overall investment in clean energy was down in 2016, the total capacity installed was not. Estimates from BNEF’s analysis teams are that a record 70GW of solar were added last year, up from 56GW in 2015, plus 56.5GW of wind, down from 63GW but the second-highest figure ever.

Geographical split

Clean energy investment in the US slipped 7% to $58.6bn, as developers took time to progress wind and solar projects eligible for the tax credits that were extended by Congress in December 2015. Canada was down 46% at $2.4bn.

Investment in the whole Asia-Pacific region including India and China fell 26% to $135bn, some 47% of the world total. India was almost level with 2015, at $9.6bn, with several giant solar photovoltaic plants going ahead.

Europe was up 3% at $70.9bn, helped by offshore wind and also by the biggest onshore wind project ever financed – the 1GW, $1.3bn Fosen complex in Norway. The UK led the European field for the third successive year, with investment of $25.9bn, up 2%, while Germany was second at $15.2bn, down 16%. France got $3.6bn, down 5%, and Belgium $3bn, up 179%, while Denmark was 102% higher at $2.7bn, Sweden up 85% at $2bn and Italy up 11% at $2.3bn.

Among developing nations, many saw investment slip as projects that won capacity in renewable energy auctions during 2016 did not secure finance before the year-end. Investment in South Africa fell 76% to $914m, while that in Chile dropped 80% to $821m, Mexico fell 59% to $1bn and Uruguay 74% to $429m. Brazil edged down 5% to $6.8bn.

One of the emerging markets to go the other way was Jordan, which broke the $1bn barrier for the first time, its clean energy investment increasing 147% to $1.2bn in 2016.

source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance

ITK Engineering will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH

Bosch is strengthening its business in custom system and software development services. It acquired ITK Engineering AG and its foreign operations on January 11, 2017, after receiving the approval of the relevant antitrust authorities. The agreement on Bosch's acquisition of the company was signed in October 2016.

ITK Engineering employs more than 900 highly qualified professionals and offers tailored development and consulting services for industrial enterprises and research institutions in a wide range of industries. "The acquisition of ITK Engineering will strengthen our position in the global growth market for engineering services and provide the ideal complement to our product portfolio," said Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. It was agreed that the purchase price would not be disclosed.

South-East European Exhibition on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy 2017

The EE & RE Exhibition puts on display a great set of existing energy technologies and it is a starting point for the launch of innovative products. It facilitates the development of energy sector and encourages the large-scale usage of energy-saving solutions in South-East Europe.

The 2016 Edition at a Glance

Direct exhibitors from Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal and the Netherlands. Finding distributors and launching new products were the main aims for them to take part.
For 7th year in a row Austria was a supporting country due to its remarkable achievements. They were demonstrated at the traditional Austrian Pavilion, the realization of which was supported by ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA Sofia.
Innovative isolation systems, energy storage devices, energy-saving HVAC equipment, systems for renewable energy production and cogeneration, energy tradingservices, electrotechnical equipment and software for electricity management were among the exhibition highlights.

EE & RE Exhibition and the parallel events attracted visitors from 26 countries.

Date: 7 – 9 March 2017
Frequency: Annual
Sequence: 13th edition
Organizer: Via Expo
Venue: Sofia, Inter Expo Center


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