Intersolar Europe / Munich, June 4- 6, 2014 / RENEWABLE HEATING AT INTERSOLAR EUROPE 2014

Intersolar Europe becomes the new platform for the energy transition in the heating and electricity market

The world’s largest exhibition for the solar industry and its partners is intensifying its support of the energy transition within the heating sector by expanding its spectrum of topics. The range of information showcased at Intersolar Europe was previously divided into the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies. The field of solar heat generation is being extended from 2014 to include other renewable heating systems, such as wood-chip and pellet heating systems, mini combined heat and power plants, cogeneration systems and heat pumps. 

The new area of focus of renewable heating is set to be complemented by a three-day forum on the topic in hall C4 of the exhibition center. With its wider range of technical topics, Intersolar Europe aims to reflect market developments even more closely and highlight future trends, thus presenting complete solutions for heating, which take climate protection and the finite nature of resources more into account. In this way, Intersolar Europe mirrors visitors’ demands and the products offered by exhibitors, particularly in the areas of energy consulting, planning, installation and maintenance.

The revised version of the European Directive on Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEB) passed in May 2011 requires new buildings to have greatly reduced levels of energy consumption, which should be at “nearly zero”, from 2020. This can only be attained by combining very low demand with efficient, renewable energy generation in the buildings. From 2015, the new EU Regulation on eco-design requirements for water heaters and hot water storage tanks – in short, energy labeling – will provide additional triggers for growth in the renewable heating systems market. All products in the sector will have to fulfill the minimum requirements laid down in the Regulation and bear an energy label from 2015.

Special requirements for existing buildings

New builds only make up a small proportion of the buildings in Europe.Older buildings are constantly being refurbished, extended and renovated. In fact, new builds only accounted for 25% of all construction work in Germany in 2011. The possibilities for optimally integrating solar thermal technology into existing buildings are limited. Highly diverse combinations of solar thermal technology, wood-chip or pellet heating systems, mini combined heat and power plants, cogeneration systems and many more are therefore possible.

Organic development of the areas on show

By extending its areas of focus, Intersolar Europe aims to contribute to propelling the energy transition within the heating market. In recent years, Intersolar Europe has repeatedly pointed the way for renewable heating and showcased trends with initiatives such as the Solarhaus 50+ special exhibit or the Solar Thermal Roadmap in cooperation with the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar).

Intersolar Europe 2014 takes place from June 4-6 at Messe München.

Further information on Intersolar Europe can be found at

Partners of Intersolar Europe

Intersolar Europe is supported by the leading solar industry associations: the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar) as an exclusive partner, the German Solar Energy Society (DGS), the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF), the International
Solar Energy Society (ISES), the SEMI PV Group, and the platform for photovoltaic production equipment within the German Engineering Association (VDMA-PV). With the support of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA).

About Intersolar
Intersolar Europe takes place annually at Messe München. It is the world’s largest exhibition for the solar industry and its partners. In 2013, 1,292 international exhibitors and around 47,000 trade visitors attended Intersolar Europe.

Intersolar Europe is organized by Solar Promotion GmbH, Pforzheim and Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG.

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