Munich, 17 May 2019 – As the exclusive off-grid partner at Intersolar, the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) partnered with the German Solar Association (BSW), with the support of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ), to organise the Off-Grid Power Forum: Conference & Exhibition.
The Conference was an opportunity for companies and project developers to attract and to raise interest from high-ranking delegations, project partners, policy makers, investors and international press members. The Forum was once again the focal point to learn about the latest trends on future markets, technological solutions and smart applications in a growing cross-sectoral environment, which attracted over 130 off-grid exhibitors.
In this year’s Off-Grid Power Exhibition featured ARE Members and their products - EMPO-NI (solar powered water pump), GFM Fotovoltaica (solar mini-grids) and SD Wind (small wind powered mini-grids) -, as well as ARE’s Partners GET.invest and ElectriFI. ARE also shared its booth with the “Low Carbon Off-Grid Communities (LOGiC)” project, where ARE is the communications lead.
Michael Franz, Team Leader, GET.invest: “Intersolar Europe and in particular the Off-Grid Power Forum is a great opportunity for programmes like GET.invest that look to mobilise renewable energy investments. Not only did the Forum give us the opportunity to support one of our donors – BMZ – and our long-standing Partner ARE, but also we were able to re-connect with the off-grid audience after our transition from RECP to GET.invest.’’
The Off-Grid Power Conference, which brought together 450 participants, was a platform for off-grid power system solutions including seven ARE Members who showcased their technological and digital off-grid products during the sessions on the following topics:
- AMMP technologies: How IoT enables operational excellence for off-grid systems at scale.
- Ferntech GmbH: Off-grid power systems 4.0: Energy production in the digital world.
- GFM Fotovoltaica: New generation of smart mini-grids.
- SMA Sunbelt Energy GmbH: How to measure the quality of a solar mini-grid.
- Solar23: New Energy Roadmap - DESCO's projects with a strong social and economic impact.
- Tesvolt: Reduction of standby losses on module level - advantages and disadvantages for off-grid.
Florian Wessendorf, Managing Director, Solar Promotion GmbH: ‘Renewable Energy is winning the race. This applies for solar energy in particular. Besides solar power plants and grid connected C&I installations off-grid solutions play an important role. This why we are teaming up with ARE, BMZ and BSW for the Off-Grid Power Forum at Intersolar Europe. A fruitful cooperation that pushes the sector to the next level.’’
With the pace of renewable off-grid solutions picking up worldwide, ARE will implement the next of its series
of off-grid workshops at:
- Intersolar India 3rd ARE Micro-Grid Workshop (Bangalore, 27 Nov 2019)
Marcus Wiemann, Executive Director, ARE: “We are excited to be working with Intersolar on the off-grid workshop series. The Off-Grid Power Forum allows us to mobilise essential private and public actors towards the enhancement of sustainable socio-economic development and energy access at local and regional level. We are currently working closely with local Partners for the next workshop at Intersolar India which will focus on getting communities through to the last mile to achieve clean energy access on the continent.”