Clean Energy Expo Asia 2011 Continues to Empower the Sustainable Energy Revolution [Press Releases]
Singapore, 3 November 2011 – The third Clean Energy Expo Asia (CEEA) ended today, after three days of high-level dialogue and intensive networking. Held from 1 to 3 November 2011 at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the annual sustainable energy Trade Fair and Conference successfully attracted 5,283 clean energy industry players from 62 countries, more than double the number of attendees in the inaugural edition in 2009.
As the platform of choice for industry players in the technology, services, finance and government sectors in the clean technology industry, Clean Energy Expo Asia hosted close to 170 international exhibitors and over 130 distinguished speakers. Jointly organized by Koelnmesse and the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), Clean Energy Expo Asia was held as part of the Singapore International Energy Week.
Presenting the future of energy
According to the Asian Development Bank, Asia accounts for US$100 billion of the total US$500 billion in the global clean technology market. Asia’s slice of the clean energy pie is expected to surge in the years ahead, as the region increases its commitment to sustainable development, in a bid to counter the effects of climate change, fossil fuel depletion, rapid urbanization and increasing demand for energy.
Clean Energy Expo Asia 2011 was the perfect platform for clean energy players to weigh their options in clean energy adoption. Attendees at the Clean Energy Expo Asia Trade Fair were greeted with an array of products and technology innovations from close to 170 companies. More than 26 countries were represented on the Trade Floor, with six countries hosting national/regional pavillions.
Interesting innovations showcased included H2 Clean Energy’s H2 Biomass, a carbon catalyzed liquid that allows a more efficient and environmentally friendly burning process when added to fossil fuels; and Third Wave Power’s mPowerpad, a multi-functional solar device that captures and stores energy from the sun to provide ready power wherever and whenever needed.
“Clean Energy Expo Asia 2011 attracted high quality visitors, presenting a timely and practical platform for Third Wave Power to debut its very first innovation – the mPowerpad. Throughout these busy few days, we have created awareness for our product in the cleantech world, as well as serious interest from potential business partners. Overall, Clean Energy Expo Asia proved to be a great show with good returns on investment for our company,” said VS Hariharan, Co-Founder, Third Wave Power Pte Ltd.
Sustainable mobility was once again a highlight at Clean Energy Expo Asia. Visitors were treated to displays of vehicles that promised zero emissions, including model and life-sized hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles by Horizon Fuel Cell, as well as a range of sustainable transportation options by EV World, such as the Aquawatt, the Green Fleet Solutions, SeaLegs and YikeBike.
“At Clean Energy Expo Asia, we met with many companies looking to support the expansion of hydrogen fuel cell commercialization in Asia Pacific, giving us the chance to reestablish our name as the leading fuel cell company in the region. The Trade Fair also showcased the first national finals for the Destination Zero Carbon student competition, of which Horizon Fuel Cells is a supporter of, connecting a future generation of budding scientists to the development of sustianable energy innovations,” said Taras Wankewycz, co-founder of Horizon Fuel Cell.
Engaging participants with relevant dialogue
The Clean Energy Expo Asia 2011 Conference also saw robust discussions and dialogue among attendees and experts. Reflecting the current economic uncertainty, the plenary, The Road Ahead for Clean Projects & Investments, was particularly well-attended. “With panelists from a mix of professions, spanning design, academic, business, and development, the discussions at the plenary made clear that there is tremendous potential in the region to scale up clean energy. The technologies, design tools, policy frameworks, financing, and technical know-how to implement clean energy solutions exist already, and while there may be certain areas for improvement, for example in the policy and regulatory support for some clean energy options, clean energy is not something that will happen in the future. It is happening now, and in a rapidly growing manner,” said Peter du Pont, Vice President, Clean Energy- Asia, Nexant, moderator of the session.
Another popular session was the Europe Business Forum – Energy Efficiency: Business Opportunities and Market Potential, which brought together industry leaders in the energy efficiency market from Asia Pacific in a panel discussion. Jane Lim, Divisional Director Energy Planning and Development Division, Energy Market Authority, and Klaus Landhaeusser, Regional Executive External Affairs, Robert Bosch South East Asia, shared their views and experiences in pursuing environmentally sustainable strategies for their companies, while seizing new market opportunities.
Marrying investors and sustainable energy projects
Clean Energy Expo Asia 2011 also allowed innovators of sustainable energy ideas and projects to be recognized for their creations. The SEAS-organized Sustainable Energy Investor Forum provided the platform for seven innovators from Asia to present their sustainable project plans to 30 potential investors and stakeholders, one of which is the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) & the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN). These projects include a rural solar water heating solution from Ambicales Clean Technology; a high-yielding Jatropha plantation from Biofuels Asia; and a heat recovery wind energy solution from Entec ESCO Vietnam.
The winner of the Investor Forum, EcoScience Investments Pte. Ltd. (ESI), showcased a new technology enabling the production of ethanol from agricultural waste, such as bagasse, rice straw and empty fruit bunches (EFB).
“Winning first prize in this prestigious competition is a solid confirmation that we are on the right track,” said Per Dahlen, Managing Director – Europe, who accepted the award on behalf of ESI. “The organizers have done a fantastic job in selecting and coaching all the project teams. We are thrilled that we stood out as a ready-to-go investment project with fantastic growth opportunities.”
“The Investor Forum at Clean Energy Expo Asia provided clean tech companies with the chance to share our concepts to a targeted audience. The presentations, each 10 minutes long, presented various ideas on sustainable energy, providing an entertaining and enriching experience. The Investor Forum is a program worth repeating,” said Kenneth Lee, the Founder & CEO of Green Koncepts, a manufacturer of a real-time energy management and reporting solution. Green Koncepts was the runner-up at this year’s Investor Forum.
“CTI PFAN is pleased to support the Investor Forum at Clean Energy Expo Asia as it is an innovative platform to support and promote investments in clean energy projects in the region. Without the support and advice from such initiatives, many project developers are unable to access appropriate financing for their implementation requirements. This forum coincides with CTI PFAN’s other activities in the region and we look forward to other similar events in the near future,” Peter Storey, Global Coordinator, Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) & the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN).
Additionally, Lux Research’s Technology Scout program uncovered gems that have the potential to push the industry forward. “We are thrilled to be invited to the Clean Energy Expo Asia, an event which further confirms our insights into the immense business opportunities and up-and-rising technological offerings in the energy sector of Asia Pacific,” said Will Polese, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Lux Research. “The coverage of the Technology Scout program was broad, entailing early-stage start-ups and enterprises with fresh solutions to vertically integrated corporations.”
“The need to support clean, green, sustainable energy was echoed more urgently than ever before in conversations at this year’s Trade Fair and Conference. Over the past three years, Clean Energy Expo Asia has established itself as the premier platform in Asia Pacific, gathering industry players under one roof to share the latest updates and know-how. With Asia Pacific as the springboard for current and future sustainable energy projects, Clean Energy Expo Asia expects to continue contributing significantly to climate change abatement and the future of energy,” said Mr Michael Dreyer, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Koelnmesse.
The next Clean Energy Expo Asia will be held in September 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. For more information on Clean Energy Expo Asia, please visit www.cleanenergyexpoasia.com.
Source: Clean Energy Expo Asia