On this occasion the offer and activities at GENERA will be especially marked by the new scenario favoured by the recent passing of the Royal Decree Law 15/2018 which allows for self-consumption, thus opening new panoramas for development of the clean energy sector in Spain, as well as for reducing environmental impact, among other opportunities. The trade fair offers a unique chance to see a showcase of extraordinary interest at a key moment for expansion of renewable energies, with an important presence of the latest solutions for increasing the energy efficiency of installations, as well as the new equipment and services related to the various energy sources.
Also to be highlighted is the growth of the fair, which this year brings together 114 companies, 6.5 por ciento more than in the last edition, and it also increases the exhibition floor area by 13.3 por ciento. Regarding participation by international companies, which this year represent 20 por ciento of total participation, there are exhibitors from eight countries: Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, China, France, Greece, Italy and the Netherlands.
As for the general offer at GENERA, as usual the sectors of Cogeneration, Trigeneration, Microgeneration, Gas, Petroleum, Coal, Geothermal Energy, Energy savings and Energy efficiency, Hydraulics and Minihydraulics, Wind energy, Solar Thermal energy, Solar Photovoltaic energy, Solar thermoelectric energy, Biomass, Biofuels, Waste, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, Mobility and Other Energies will also be represented, along with the proposals by energy services companies.
Within this wide representation context important progress and improvements in energy storage, photovoltaic modules and other innovations aimed at improving the efficiency of installations will also be shown.
We will also see at GENERA interesting solutions for Micro and Mini-Hydroelectric plants that minimise civil works and shorten times; proposals for monitoring and downloading data from meters that improve energy consumption management; innovative technologies for sensors for wind turbine maintenance; a one-axis tracker with two-sided modules that achieves increased energy production; a floating solar system for photovoltaic projects on water; new solar panel models for residential and/or commercial use and many other proposals pertaining to Self-consumption.
Energy Transition and Self-consumption are the focus of the GENERA 2019 Technical Conference program which, alongside the commercial exhibition, will offer professionals an area for information and analysis on the most important industry news, provided by the main organisations and associations and representatives of renewable energies and energy efficiency.
There will also be training sessions within the framework of the GENERA FORUM, that will explain in-depth some of the new products and proposals shown at the trade fair.
The Innovation Gallery at GENERA aims to support the scientific and technological work by public and private organisations, as well as the innovation activity by industry companies. This year it will show a selection of 11 projects, chosen by a jury panel of experts, for their contribution to R D i within the scope of renewable energy, efficiency and care for the environment.
Among these projects is a modular energy storage system; a solution to improve evaluation of the optical quality of heliostats and solar energy plants; a solar energy installation aimed at reducing the consumption of natural gas in a polymer-producing industrial complex; a monitor that allows families and companies to analyse energy consumption through a mobile app; a solar concentration system applicable to thermal, photovoltaic and hybrid energy generation, with a better cost-efficiency ratio; a complete photovoltaic system integrated in a single compact product, and another modular photovoltaic generation system that is high-performance, portable and foldable.
The jury panel has also chosen a digital tool to optimise the production of hybrid solar panels; an online training project to cover the demand for information and training, general and specialised in sustainable energy, to qualify the population in small countries and small island developing states (SIDS); a solution for Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), and another for the installation problems posed by double-glazed frameless modules.
According to the latest data published by the Association of Renewable Energy Companies – APPA Renovables- in the Study on the Macroeconomic Impact of Renewable Energy in Spain 2017, with a contribution to the national GDP of €9,304 million and around 79,000 workers in the renewable sector, clean energy is now 0.80 por ciento of the GDP and these figures are expected to improve in coming years, after the moratorium that the industry underwent and which was broken with the auctions of 2016 and 2017. By technologies, the highest growth was by solar photovoltaic energy, with a 32 por ciento increase, and wind energy, at 10 por ciento.
Four events of professional interest
GENERA is held alongside C&R, International Air Conditioning, Heating, Ventilation, Industrial and Commercial Cooling Trade Fair; SIGA, Trade Fair for Innovative Water Management Solutions, and TECNOVA PISCINAS, Aquatic Installation Technology and Innovation Trade Show, making this a meeting point for professionals with important synergies for sustainability and energy savings.