Renexpo working to promote the Austrian energy of the future18 April 2012
With its ambitious energy strategy, Austria is striving to reach its bold climate
protection goals, reduce its dependence on energy imports and give the
economy and the job market a healthy boost. Austria's energy policy has been
set up on three basic foundations - improvements to energy efficiency,
reduction of energy consumption and the expansion of renewable energies.
Austria's own energy minister Reinhold Mitterlehner confirmed in March of
2012 that, “In order to achieve the goals of Austria's energy strategy and the
requirements of the European Union, we must use energy more efficiently in all
sectors.” The consequential improvement of energy efficiency is the key to
Austria's energy and climate policy and must be applied to areas such as
buildings, energy consumption in homes and businesses, efficient mobility,
efficient primary energy use and residual heat recovery. The expansion of
renewable energies has huge consequences for Austria's national energy
supply, and it also helps create new highly qualified jobs, strengthen Austria on
the international market and is a vital necessity to reaching the goals of the
energy and climate policy. The 4th RENEXPO® Austria builds on this concept
with its new trade fair and conference concept and offers new impulses for the
Austrian energy strategy.
“The energy trade fair and conference RENEXPO® Austria is the only
conference and trade fair in Austria that offers such a broad range of energy
topics and presents so many different themes such as hydropower,
photovoltaics or cogeneration as the leading event for these sectors in Austria,”
confirms Jasna Röhm, the project manager of the event. Along with its classic
topics, the RENEXPO® Austria offers new innovative technologies each year.
In 2012, the focus of the trade fair will be on the innovative topics of
“hydropower”, “building integrated photovoltaics” and “sustainable building
systems (plus-energy houses)” with three international industry forums taking
up these future oriented themes. An increasing number of exhibitors, visitors
and conference participants from Austria and neighboring countries are
expected in this segment. Switzerland will serve as the official partner nation of
this year's RENEXPO® Austria.
The highlighted trade fair section “International Hydropower Exhibition” as part
of the RENEXPO® Austria has grown into the top European platform for small
and midsize hydropower and will be further expanded in 2012. All the topics
involved in hydropower will be represented at the RENEXPO® Austria - from
machines and components to new technologies and the maintenance and
reactivation of existing facilities. The “4th International Small Hydropower
Conference: New Construction, Renovation and Revitalization”, which has
quickly become one of the most important international small hydropower
events, will once again take place as part of the trade fair in collaboration with
the European Small Hydropower Association (ESHA).
With its second key theme of “photovoltaics”, the RENEXPO® Austria will once
again offer companies in the photovoltaics sector a high quality platform in
Austria following the huge success of last year's event. Photovoltaic energy
makes up an important part of Austria's economy and plays a vital role in the
energy shift. This key part of the energy strategy will be discussed in the two
day international conference “PV-Skin Industry Forum for Building Integrated
Photovoltaics” which highlights the topic of building integrated photovoltaics.
Over 200 international experts are expected to participate in the forum.
The “energy-plus house” or the “house of the future” as a provider of heat and
power is the third key theme of the RENEXPO® Austria. The idea behind this
revolutionary concept involves using extra energy that these kinds of houses
produce and storing it, in electric cars for example, or feeding it back into the
power grid via a smart grid system. Different sectors are required to work
together and combine new insights in the areas of chemistry, IT, energy
research and material sciences to create this new generation of sustainable
houses. The “1st International Meeting on the House of the Future – the
Energy-Plus House” will go into more depth and explore the issues and
challenges surrounding this topic.
The energy trade fair RENEXPO® Austria has also developed into a central
meeting point for energy consultants. As part of the “4th Austrian Energy
Advisor Day”, experts from all over Austria and Bavaria convene to exchange
information and experiences. Over 500 energy consultants used the 2011
RENEXPO® Austria to gain up to date insights into their field. Current
information on building laws and regulations is offered at the conference “EU
Energy Certificate” which is presented by the energy consultants of the
Austrian state of Salzburg.
Additional highlights of the conference program include the 2nd Austrian
Conference for Mini and Micro Cogeneration, the 4th Austrian Heat Pump
Forum, the 1st Conference on Smart Cities – City of the Future and the 3rd
Austrian Mayor Day. Experts and decision makers will meet at over 70 events
such as conferences, seminars, workshops and forums to discuss promising
new innovations, future trends, the newest technologies and practical
Source: Reeco GmbH
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