The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Energy Show concluded this week with 4,600 attendees going to see the vast array of innovative sustainable energy solutions on display. The Show which took place in the RDS on April 5th and 6th demonstrated the vibrancy of the energy sector and the pace of change taking place as new energy saving technologies come to the market.
Central to this innovation was Clearpower and its Forest to Heat Biomass System which won the Product of Show Award. The Tallaght based bioenergy company, specialises in biomass solutions producing heat and electricity from wood chip and wood pellets. Designed, supplied, managed and controlled by Clearpower to guarantee optimum performance of both the biomass product and the boiler system, the Heat Biomass System is a fully customisable heating solution for commercial use. The system is already in use in large applications in Ireland, including in several well-known hotels and a large interiors retailer.
One solar PV technology which caught the attention of many visitors was Unipipe’s Smartflower which won the Best Innovative Product Award. The Smartflower is the world’s first all-in-one self-contained solar PV system with a circular solar modular fan that constantly tracks the sun, sets itself at a 90-degree angle to it and as a result produces more energy output.
With electric vehicles (EVs) becoming more commonplace on Irish roads, it wasn’t surprising to see some EV technologies among the Product of Show winners. Best Product of the Future went to Zappi for their electric vehicle smart charger which enables users to charge their car using surplus energy generated through micro solar PV or wind and integrates with the energy demand of a property giving useful information on energy use.
In addition to the 150 exhibitors convened in the RDS which was recently certified to energy management standard ISO50001, the Show featured an extensive electric vehicle showcase, live best practice demonstrations, an international markets pavilion, and energy industry pavilion, multiple networking events and lots of free briefings and workshops.
SEAI also took the opportunity to launch a new report outlining the potential in the solar PV market which shows Ireland is well placed to capture over €200 million annually of this fast growing power generation sector.
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Who should attend
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has a mission to play a leading role in the transformation of Ireland to a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. SEAI is partly financed by Ireland’s EU Structural Funds Programme co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union.
The Solar PV market is beginning to grow in Ireland with over 4,000 homes already opting for solar PV as the most cost effective way to meet Building Regulations. As system costs have come down, Ireland has also seen increasing uptake of solar PV on commercial and public sector rooftops as a means of lowering energy bills.
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Ireland is well placed to capture over €200 million annually of this fast growing power generation sector.