The biggest and best events and conferences from around the world…
Event: CES 2018
Location: Las Vegas, USA
Dates: 9-12 January
At CES, you will experience the entire ‘connected ecosystem’ that brings together the technologies, solutions, players and audiences in the smart city sector, with discussions on IoT, 5G connectivity, transportation and smart automotive, energy and utilities, health and public safety, artificial intelligence and data analytics. With global spending on smart cities projected to reach $34.35bn by 2020, CES has a dedicated conference program and exhibition focused on this global initiative. Discussions will centre on how this explosive growth will influence policies, transportation, cities and towns, industry and the planet.
Official website: http://www.ces.tech
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Event: Middle East Electricity 2018
Location: Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE
Dates: 6-8 March
Middle East Electricity is the largest meeting place for energy industry professionals from over 100 countries worldwide, involved in sourcing, installing or purchasing products/services for the power, lighting, renewable or nuclear sectors.
With its carefully focused profile and highly targeted audience, Middle East Electricity allows you to direct your sales and marketing effort accurately and cost-effectively.
‘Put your company at the forefront of this rapidly developing market and expose your brand to over 20,000 senior-level decision makers.’
Official website: http://www.middleeastelectricity.com/
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Event: SEPA Utility Conference
Location: Rancho Mirage, CA, USA
Dates: 23-25 April
This isn’t a trade show as such, but an event where ‘utilities go to share with other utilities on how they get things done in a confidential, intimate environment’. From issues like how to speed up your solar interconnection queues or how to best determine the locational value of your DER assets, there’s a utility expert at this conference who has the answer.
Official site: www.sepapower.org
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Event: ASEAN Sustainable Energy Week (ASE)
Location: BITEC, Bangkok, Thailand
Dates: 6-9 June
This massive show expects 27,000 visitors, over 1,500 brands and over 80 seminars tackling renewable energy sources and the latest technology in this area. Wind and solar power are among the many systems and programs featured and discussed along with thermal and waste-to-energy, hydro-powered programs, bio-mass and other green technology. Renewable energy and energy efficiency clinics staffed by experts are also conducted at the show.
Official website: http://www.renewableenergy-asia.com/AbouttheShow
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Event: Intersolar Europe 2018
Location: Messe München, Munich, Germany
Dates: 20-22 June
Intersolar Europe is the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners and takes place annually at the Messe München exhibition center in Munich, Germany. The event’s exhibition and conference both focus on the areas of photovoltaics, solar thermal technologies, solar plants, as well as grid infrastructure and solutions for the integration of renewable energy. Since being founded 26 years ago, Intersolar has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the solar industry.
Official website: http://www.intersolar.de/en/home.html
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Event: Ees North America 2018
Location: Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA, United States
Dates: 10-12 July
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Ees will welcome hundreds of 530 exhibitors and 15,000-plus trade visitors. The conference features 40 sessions and 25 workshops with more than 200 speakers. With over 20 years of experience, Intersolar brings together members of the solar industry from across the world’s most influential markets. Intersolar exhibitions and conferences are also held in Munich, San Francisco, Mumbai, Beijing and São Paulo.
Official website: http://www.ees-northamerica.com
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Events: POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa
Location: Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
Dates: 17-19 July
With 3,000 attendees, 100-plus speakers and 70-plus exhibitors, POWER-GEN is Africa’s premier electricity industry forum that brings together international business leaders and technical experts committed to powering up a continent.
Official website: http://www.powergenafrica.com
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Event: Intersolar South America 2018
Location: Expo Center Norte, José Bernardo Pinto St, 333, São Paulo, Brazil
Dates: 28-30 August
With 11,500-plus visitors, 1,500-plus conference attendees and 180 exhibitors, Intersolar has become the most important platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers, investors and partners of the solar industry. Intersolar South America takes place at the Expo Center Norte in São Paulo, Brazil on 22-24 August, 2017 and has a focus on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies.
Official website: http://www.intersolar.net.br
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Event: Offshore Wind Executive Summit
Location: Norris Conference Centers, Houston, TX, USA
Dates: 13-14 September
Bringing together decision makers from wind and offshore oil and gas, both from the US and Europe and – using many of the same technologies – design, foundations, vessels, cabling and a highly skilled workforce –the Offshore Wind Executive Summit provides the forum to establish new business relationships. Discussion points include project development, important policy issues and supply chain.
Official site: http://www.offshorewindsummit.com
Carbon dioxide removal revenues worth £2bn a year by 2030
Carbon dioxide removal revenues could reach £2bn a year by 2030 in the UK with costs per megatonne totalling up to £400 million, according to the National Infrastructure Commission.
Engineered greenhouse gas removals will become "a major new infrastructure sector" in the coming decades - although costs are uncertain given removal technologies are in their infancy - and revenues could match that of the UK’s water sector by 2050. The Commission’s analysis suggests engineered removals technologies need to have capacity to remove five to ten megatonnes of carbon dioxide no later than 2030, and between 40 and 100 megatonnes by 2050.
The Commission states technologies fit into two categories: extracting carbon dioxide directly out of the air; and bioenergy with carbon capture technology – processing biomass to recapture carbon dioxide absorbed as the fuel grew. In both cases, the captured CO2 is then stored permanently out of the atmosphere, typically under the seabed.
The report sets out how the engineered removal and storage of carbon dioxide offers the most realistic way to mitigate the final slice of emissions expected to remain by the 2040s from sources that don’t currently have a decarbonisation solution, like aviation and agriculture.
It stresses that the potential of these technologies is “not an excuse to delay necessary action elsewhere” and cannot replace efforts to reduce emissions from sectors like road transport or power, where removals would be a more expensive alternative.
The critical role these technologies will play in meeting climate targets means government must rapidly kick start the sector so that it becomes viable by the 2030s, according to the report, which was commissioned by government in November 2020.
Early movement by the UK to develop the expertise and capacity in greenhouse gas removal technologies could create a comparative advantage, with the prospect of other countries needing to procure the knowledge and skills the UK develops.
The Commission recommends that government should support the development of this new sector in the short term with policies that drive delivery of these technologies and create demand through obligations on polluting industries, which will over time enable a competitive market to develop. Robust independent regulation must also be put in place from the start to help build public and investor confidence.
While the burden of these costs could be shared by different parts of industries required to pay for removals or in part shared with government, the report acknowledges that, over the longer term, the aim should be to have polluting sectors pay for removals they need to reach carbon targets.
Polluting industries are likely to pass a proportion of the costs onto consumers. While those with bigger household expenditures will pay more than those on lower incomes, the report underlines that government will need to identify ways of protecting vulnerable consumers and to decide where in relevant industry supply chains the costs should fall.
Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, Sir John Armitt, said taking steps to clean our air is something we’re going to have to get used to, just as we already manage our wastewater and household refuse.
"While engineered removals will not be everyone’s favourite device in the toolkit, they are there for the hardest jobs. And in the overall project of mitigating our impact on the planet for the sake of generations to come, we need every tool we can find," he said.
“But to get close to having the sector operating where and when we need it to, the government needs to get ahead of the game now. The adaptive approach to market building we recommend will create the best environment for emerging technologies to develop quickly and show their worth, avoiding the need for government to pick winners. We know from the dramatic fall in the cost of renewables that this approach works and we must apply the lessons learned to this novel, but necessary, technology.”
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and International Energy Agency estimate a global capacity for engineered removals of 2,000 to 16,000 megatonnes of carbon dioxide each year by 2050 will be needed in order to meet global reduction targets.
Yesterday Summit Carbon Solutions received "a strategic investment" from John Deere to advance a major CCUS project (click here). The project will accelerate decarbonisation efforts across the agriculture industry by enabling the production of low carbon ethanol, resulting in the production of more sustainable food, feed, and fuel. Summit Carbon Solutions has partnered with 31 biorefineries across the Midwest United States to capture and permanently sequester their CO2 emissions.
Cory Reed, President, Agriculture & Turf Division of John Deere, said: "Carbon neutral ethanol would have a positive impact on the environment and bolster the long-term sustainability of the agriculture industry. The work Summit Carbon Solutions is doing will be critical in delivering on these goals."
McKinsey highlights a number of CCUS methods which can drive CO2 to net zero:
- Today’s leader: Enhanced oil recovery Among CO2 uses by industry, enhanced oil recovery leads the field. It accounts for around 90 percent of all CO2 usage today
- Cementing in CO2 for the ages New processes could lock up CO2 permanently in concrete, “storing” CO2 in buildings, sidewalks, or anywhere else concrete is used
- Carbon neutral fuel for jets Technically, CO2 could be used to create virtually any type of fuel. Through a chemical reaction, CO2 captured from industry can be combined with hydrogen to create synthetic gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel
- Capturing CO2 from ambient air - anywhere Direct air capture (DAC) could push CO2 emissions into negative territory in a big way
- The biomass-energy cycle: CO2 neutral or even negative Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage relies on nature to remove CO2 from the atmosphere for use elsewhere