Clean Energy Expo Asia Set to Accelerate Sustainable Development for the Region
Bangkok, 12 September - The Pew Charitable Trusts revealed earlier this year that the clean energy market in Asia/Oceania saw US$75 billion in investments1. Asia Pacific has a huge and growing demand for energy, and governments across the region are stepping up efforts to grow their renewable energy sources to reduce reliance on depleting fossil fuel sources.
To drive the momentum in clean energy adoption and policy implementation,
Clean Energy Expo Asia returns for its fourth edition this year, with a stronger
focus on renewable energy innovations and project development.
Set for the first time in Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central
World, Bangkok, Thailand, industry leaders and global energy experts will share
their expertise and insights on the latest developments in clean energy markets
around the region and beyond. The event was officially opened by Natie
Tabmanie, Deputy Director-General, Energy Policy and Planning Office,
Ministry of Energy, Thailand.
Building blocks for the future of clean energy
In his opening keynote, S. Chander, Director General, Regional and Sustainable Development Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB), will address two important issues related to economic growth and development in the region – energy security and climate change. He will discuss how to build a low carbon future in Asia and the Pacific by bridging the gaps in financing, energy regulation, tariff design and integration of renewable energy.
“ADB believes in a clean energy future for Asia and the Pacific. Clean energy
technologies can help pave the road to low carbon development. It enables
developing Asia to decouple its economic growth from increased greenhouse
gas emissions,” S. Chander, Director General, Regional and Sustainable
Development Department, ADB.
Chander will be joined by Gwen Andrews, Vice President, Environmental
Policies & Global Advocacy, Alstom, Daniel Gaefke, Managing Director, Annex
Power Ltd and Dr. Chris Hartshorn, Vice President, Lux Research, in the
opening plenary session, Shaping a Game Changing Business: The Future of Clean Energy in Asia. The session will address high-level issues affecting the future of clean energy adoption and innovation, as well as the challenges that Asia faces in developing a viable strategy to realize its sustainable energy vision.
Over the next three days, close to 100 thought leaders and game changers in
renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable mobility will share insights
with key innovators, entrepreneurs and investors on the latest developments
and issues in these sectors. Through 25 expert sessions, visitors will benefit
from the dialogs on solar, wind, hydro energy, smart grids, bio-energy,
sustainable mobility, energy efficiency, project financing and policy
Smart grid and the integration of renewables remains a highlight as Asia
devises a strategy for sustainable energy distribution. Key speakers for this
session include Dr. Eng. Bartosz Wojszczyk, Managing Director, Global
Growth & Strategy, GE Energy, who will provide insights into the evolution of
the smart grid energy landscape; and Sridhar B. Samudrala, Director for Asia, WADE, who will be speaking about Asia’s experience in smart grid models and
possible solutions for clean energy.
Project financing will also be a key topic at Clean Energy Expo Asia with
Sessions such as Solid, Sustainable Growth of Renewable Energy Projects:
Leveraging Strength through Expansion and Greenfield Projects by Edward
McCartin, Senior Development Advisor, Alterra Corporation and Scaling Up of
Financing Energy Efficiency Projects in Asian Industrial Facilities by Thomas K.
Dreessen, Chairman and CEO, Energy Efficiency Project Investment Company
With concerns over the growing car population in Asia and its impact on
greenhouse gas emissions, sessions on sustainable mobility will further delve
into actionable insights for cities to develop and integrate sustainable mobility
into their infrastructure. Thought leaders represented in these sessions include
Chuang Chih-Chao, Research Specialist, Massachusetts Institute of
Technology’s Media Lab and Nick Leach, Director Vehicle Sales Support Asia,
Scania CV AB.
Expanding business exchange and clean energy discussions
Clean Energy Expo Asia continues with its successful Business Matching
program this year. Regional buyers such as Bangkok Solar (Thailand), Du Pont
Apollo Limited (Hong Kong), Kyi Thant Trading & Mining Co Ltd (Myanmar),
Moser Baer Project (India) and Solarus Partners Inc (Philippines) will be on-site
to meet with potential business partners. In addition, industry delegations from
countries, such as Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Singapore,
will also engage in meetings to discuss the advancement of clean energy in the
Visitors and delegates who are looking to embark on new clean energy and
energy efficiency projects in Thailand can also book a meeting slot with over
20 local renewable energy experts in the inaugural Renewable Clinic.
Showcase of Asia’s leading clean energy companies and solutions
The Clean Energy Expo Asia Trade Fair 2012 continues to showcase the latest
developments in clean energy solutions, featuring close to 100 exhibitors from
16 countries. Exhibitors include country pavilions and companies from
countries such as China, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
Notable exhibitors at the Trade Fair include:
- Annex Power: A leading renewable energy group covering the Asia Pacific
region, Annex Power’s expertise lies in helping homes, businesses and
utilities generate clean energy to become energy efficient. Annex Power is
also a major distributor of high-quality system components including solar
PV modules, batteries, inverters, charge controllers and small wind turbines. Asia Biomass Co. Ltd: Based in Thailand, the nation’s biggest biomass energy company will showcase its key renewable energy solutions and how it produces alternative energy from materials such as wood chips, sawdust, paddy husks, palm kernel shells, rubber and rice, among others.
- BMH Technology Oy: The Finnish company will introduce its
Tyrannosaurus®SRF (Solid Recovered Fuel), a production plant and solid
fuel handling system for power plants and cement kilns. The technology
turns waste into high quality Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) for clean and
sustainable energy production.
- Green Mobility Innovations Ltd (GMI): The Hong Kong-based technology
company that focuses on designing, developing, manufacturing and trading electric and hybrid electric vehicles, will be showcasing its technology for electric buses, scooters and vans. The Company is seeking opportunities to expand its business across the region.
- SMA (Solar) Thailand: A global leader in the development, production and
sales of PV inverters, SMA (Solar) Thailand will introduce its newest range
of solar-powered solutions, the Sunny Boy 5000 and the Sunny Central
900CP XT, capable of powering homes, enterprises and power plants.
Clean Energy Expo Asia 2012 will also include inaugural technical site visits to
witness existing clean energy projects at Lopburi 4: Bangkok Solar Power Plant
and Dan-Chang Bio-Energy Power Plant.
"Investments in clean energy have been growing steadily in the region over the
years. As Asia’s energy demand persists, there is an urgent need for the
industry to take active steps to accelerate the progress of clean energy
innovation to ensure its place as a viable alternative energy source. At the
same time, governments need to look into sustainable policies that will
integrate renewable energy into its infrastructure,” said Mr. Michael Dreyer,
Vice President, Asia Pacific, Koelnmesse.
“Clean Energy Expo Asia, with its mix of business leaders, financiers and
policymakers, continues to provide a strong platform for industry updates and
knowledge exchange to enhance sustainable energy adoption in the region. We
are certain that participants this year will go home with renewed insights and
confidence to take their sustainable vision forward.” Dreyer concluded.
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