15,000 visitors to New Energy 2012

The tenth New Energy Husum has drawn to a close after a successful four days, during which around 15,000 visitors ? 70% of whom were trade visitors ? were able to update the knowledge of renewable energy. Almost 300 exhibitors showcased their products, ranging from wind turbines and solar collectors to pellet heating systems and electric vehicles.

The predominant topic of discussion amongst exhibitors and visitors alike was the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), both at the exhibition and at the parallel congress. The special ?Denmark meets New Energy? day attracted a considerable number of Danish visitors.
?Organisationally everything went very well, and the halls were very well booked?, said Peter Becker, managing director of Messe Husum & Congress. He also appeared very satisfied with the number of 15,000 visitors. Especially pleasing for the exhibitors ? 70% were trade visitors. ?In the circumstances, our expectations were fully met. The announced cutbacks in solar subsidies has led to a degree of uncertainty, nor was there the Fukushima effect we had in 2011.?

This year the exhibition played an important role as an industry forum. The predominant subject of discussion amongst exhibitors and visitors alike was the amendment of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), announced by the German government shortly before the fair. Thorsten Höfer, managing director of S.A.T. Sonnen- und Alternativtechnik said: ?This year we had to explain to customers at our stand that photovoltaics still offers interesting opportunities. The current political situation is causing uncertainty amongst consumers.? This uncertainty has resulted in PV exhibitors at the fair registering a drop in orders compared with the previous year. The decision makers from all the solar power exhibitors therefore held an extraordinary meeting Sunday noon to draw up an open letter to the government outlining their main issues of concern. The top priority for those present is to re-establish planning certainty for their enterprises as quickly as possible. The letter will be published by Messe Husum & Congress tomorrow, Monday 19 March 2012.
The EEG was also a topic at the congress. The Watt_2.0 group, for example, presented a discussion paper on the subject of ?The EEG 2042 ? a simple design for the energy direction change?. Prominent politicians like Schleswig-Holstein?s economics minister Jost de Jager or Bärbel Höhn from the parliamentary party of Bündnis 90/die Grünen used their visit to the fair to exchange information with representatives of the renewable energy sector.

Satisfied exhibitors
Despite all the discord generated by the EEG amendment, the exhibitors were satisfied with how the exhibition went, and were able to make valuable contacts. Denise Merten from the marketing department of wholesaler Georg C. Hansen: ?The exhibition is a very important date for us. We make one exhibition showing a year, and that is always New Energy every March. We?ve been coming for the last 10 years, so the exhibition is always a fixed date in our calendar.? Daniele Pellicardi of Italian New Energy debutant Montanari Energy, makers of wooden small-scale wind turbines: ?We didn?t know what to expect, but are very positively surprised about the interest in our somewhat special product. The contacts made were of a very good quality. We?re happy.? my!WIND, a small wind turbine manufacturer from Estonia, is at New Energy for the second time. ?New Energy is an absolutely essential date for us.
This is why we were also here last year, when we actually only wanted to announce that we were launching a turbine. New Energy is THE exhibition for small wind turbine manufacturers?, emphasised Jana Morozov. It is therefore not surprising that the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) and the German Small Wind Turbine Association (BVKW) have
chosen New Energy as the venue for the 3rd World Summit for Small Wind Turbines ? the international meeting place of the industry.
New Energy Husum fuels the change of direction in energy policy
?We see New Energy as part of the direction change in energy policy? ?from below?. Our job is to give all our visitors an overview of all the renewable energy sources in one place, and to help them to profit from renewable energy themselves?, said Peter Becker. The concept of bringing together exhibitors from all the renewable sectors has also proved to be the right recipe in 2012 ? ten years after the first New Energy?, he stated: ?The various types of renewable energy will have to continue to grow together and mutually complement one another so that the changeover to renewables will continue to be successful. And New Energy Husum will play its part. Our very location makes it our duty to do so.
Husum lies in the middle of a gigantic renewable energy power station called the West Coast of Schleswig-Holstein. We are, so to speak, the hub of the switchover to renewable energy.?
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Posted by Gloria Llopis | 2012-03-20