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Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Energy Indaba 2011 has concluded an agreement with the EU African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Science and Technology Programme to hold a workshop on Sustainable Non-Food Sources of Bio-Fuels alongside this year’s conference and exhibition to be held in March.

The EU ACP Programme has initiated a Science and Technology project to build sustainable, non-food, renewable biofuel supply chains for providing Combined Heat and Power (CHP), or cogeneration electricity, and identify future feed stocks needed to replace fossil fuels in South Africa, Namibia and Ghana.

The programme aims to bring together academics, professionals, decision-makers and support scheme managers from these African countries and Italy and the UK in a series of workshops to build capacity and identify and stimulate funding for the biofuels industry.

Our Government’s commitment to renewable energy has facilitated several opportunities for the biofuels market in South Africa, giving the ACP
programme and interested stakeholders a strong platform for furthering developments in this industry
,” says Energy Indaba MD, Liz Hart.

The workshop will host a number of local and international industry and research experts in the field of renewable energy and non-food energy sources. The workshop will go further in identifying viable and sustainable renewable energy sources and establishing training programmes in South Africa, to provide a framework for what the organisers hope will accommodate many future projects and programmes in the growing biofuels industry in South Africa.

Non-food biofuels include those based on jatropha plants, which thrive in the African environment, as well as micro-algae and bio-gas from agro-and food wastes. ACP hopes to foster partnerships between energy businesses and farming supply chains, transferring know-how from experienced teams toothers and providing capacity-building for the ACP programme at universities that will train up a new workforce and offer technical expertise, training and research.

“One of the objectives of the programme is to address ACP in-country state-of-preparedness and the ability to respond to new technologies emerging from Europe,” says Professor Patricia Harvey. “Energy Indabais the ideal forum to raise awareness of second-generation renewable biofuels for meeting energy requirements in local communities, and to expand the renewable biofuels debate in Africa.”

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As power prices in Africa rise, grid expansion stalls and as grid power availability is constrained, consumers and communities increasingly have to take electricity production into their own hands. In the long term, this is a good thing, and having a portion of electricity coming from decentralised sources is healthy for any grid.


Thursday, January 13th, 2011


The mainstream media have confirmed what industry insiders have known for some time “ South Africa’s electricity supply is under pressure yet again, and business and consumers face another round of power cuts and further tariff hikes, necessitating the debate on the security of energy supply, a key topic to be addressed at the 2011 Energy Indaba.

An article on the front page of last week’s Business Times (SA dreads the lights going out yet again, Sunday Times, January 9 2011 at warns that mining will be one of the industries worst affected by possible power outages, while businesses that remain unprepared could face closure.

“This year’s Energy Indaba could not be more timeous,” says event MD Liz Hart. “Business urgently needs to explore solutions to the looming crisis as well as long-term solutions to bridging Africa’s energy gap.”

Energy Indaba 2011 takes place from March 1 to 3 at Sandton Convention Centre, combining both a conference and exhibition that will bring together the foremost experts in the world, as well as energy providers in both the traditional and alternative markets.

Eskom cannot prevent load shedding on its own and needs the support of all stakeholders. The Energy Indaba embraces the opportunity to identify and showcase companies and their products from the local, African and international marketplace with potential solutions to these challenges. Coupled to this is the need to understand how to become more energy efficient in today’s modern society, which is very energy reliant. Companies from China will be displaying products and services at the Energy Indaba exhibition which provide some of these answers and can assist in the reduction of energy usage. Africa needs to make energy efficiency a reality on this continent, as the investment required for the development of the energy sector is significant and as such is a challenge for many parts of Africa. Should Africa adopt an approach of becoming more energy efficient, this will reduce the investment required to power rural communities as well as keeping the lights on in other developed regions.

The Energy Indaba provides a platform to further promote energy efficiency in Africa, by increasing public awareness programmes showcasing energy efficienct technologies, exploring innovative financing mechanisms for funding energy efficiency projects and to enhance the message whereby Africans should try and entrench the principle of energy efficiency in their day-to-day activities so that energy efficiency consciousness becomes a way life.

We encourage business to participate at this forum to prepare their own organisations for the uncertainty in South Africa’s energy sector over the next few years, while contributing towards Africa realising its potential to emerge as a global player,â€? says Hart.

To secure your exhibition stand at this prestigious event and/or register as a delegate, please contact Candice Scorer on +27 11 463 9184, fax +27 11 463 8432, visit or email

January 13, 2011
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Issued by: Siyenza Management- Celine de Canha
On behalf of: Energy Indaba
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About Siyenza Management

Siyenza Management is a multi-faceted communications company, well established within the South African business community, and well placed to co-ordinate an event of this stature. We are immensely proud of both our South Africa roots and ability to provide services to global standards, in the fields of brand architecture, communication, event management, marketing and publishing. Siyenza, meaning “we do� in Nguni, provides a platform to facilitate the bringing together of people. Renowned as a world-class service provider, with strong networks across South Africa, Africa and the world, Siyenza is highly regarded in the business community and has sound track record of delivery, as one of the top 15 event management companies in Africa.

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The interest of South East Europe in Green Energy, Waste Management & Recycling is growing up

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

The South-East European Congress on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Eco Forum for Waste Management & Recycling  Save the Planet are great opportunities for the leading players in the sectors to bring modern technologies, products and services to the Region, to find new partners and clients. The events organized by Via Expo will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, in the period 13-15 April 2011.

EE & Renewable Financing, Energy Efficiency and Decentralized Energy, RES Electricity, Smart Grid Platform, Waste management and Recycling are the topics to be discussed at the three-day forums. For the fist time there will be held “Solar Business Forum for Balkans”. It will show the opportunities for investment and production of photovoltaic devices and plants in the region of South-East Europe.

Special accent will be put on the Waste-to-Energy session with 15 speakers from 10 countries: Germany, Austria, Romania, Slovenia, Japan, Canada, USA, UK, Serbia and Switzerland.

The presentaton of Barbel Birnstengel, Prognos AG, Germany, will focus on the potential of the waste it has a high material or energy value and thus could contribute to resource, environment and climate protection. How to produce useful fuels and electricity from biomass and waste resources? These questions will answer Kunio Yoshikawa from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, which is developing and commercializing total technologies to convert unutilized resources such as solid wastes and biomass into high value added energy resources.

John P. Foden president of Canadian Energy-from-Waste Coalition will speak how to get approved of w2e projects, how to manage and communicate with local communities and interest groups.

The parallel exhibitions will display state-of the-art products, solutions and services in the fields of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, waste management and recycling.

About 4 months before the events 2/3 of the area is already booked for Spanish National Participation and group participation from Austria, China, Finland, Poland, Slovenia, and the USA.
Among the exhibitors are well known names: Enercon, Global Wind Power, Fronius, Hyundai, voestalpine Krems, Phono Technologies Switzerland, Franki Grundbau, Eurosol, Siemens, Solea, PowerWind and many others.

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Via Expo Ltd.


Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

The ENERGY INDABA 2010 has proved to be a resounding success amongst conference delegates and exhibition visitors who were able to leave the event with a renewed vision of energy solutions for Africa and inspiration on how they can make a difference towards powering the continent.

A diverse range of individuals – from business executives to government officials and individuals attempting to find ways to improve energy efficiency in communities “who attended this year’s conference and exhibition, reflect the ENERGY INDABA 2010 as the place where concrete discussions and decisions can be made for the future of energy on our continent,” says Liz Hart, Managing Director of Siyenza Management, the event organisers of the ENERGY INDABA. “I believe that many of our delegates were able to leave the conference with confidence in Africa’s self-sufficiency and ability to produce energy for business and households.”

Of our host of exhibitors at the ENERGY INDABA 2010, the majority were from a range of Chinese companies in the energy sector, says Hart. “With China proving to be a major energy trading partner, we believe the ENERGY INDABA has provided the platform for greater China- African business trade.”

The Business Matchmaking Programme received 426 meeting requests with delegates, sponsors, exhibitors and speakers during the ENERGY INDABA. Offered for the first time at the ENERGY INDABA, this saw a total sum of 250 meetings take place in the Business Matchmaking Lounge,â€? says Hart. Although being our first year to host this, there have been a number of success stories that have emerged. 

Bringing an end to the final day of the two-day conference, Brian Statham, Chairman of the South African National Energy Association challenged delegates to apply the knowledge, ideas and new business contacts gained from the ENERGY INDABA to make a difference. He also requested that delegates prepare for the next ENERGY INDABA in 2011.

Some of the findings to emerge from the second-day of the conference were:

  • As Africa’s largest trading partner, the pace of investment by China in Africa has reached unprecedented levels and is set to continue with basic resources and infrastructure deals in the power and gas industry. Yet despite interest across the African continent, South Africa remains the only country where no major transactions within the country have occurred.
  • Only one of the 20 registered Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects is in Africa. However, the Copenhagen Green Climate Fund, which is currently under discussion, could help to provide financial opportunities for African countries to develop CDM projects.
  • In order to catalyse renewable energy investment, there needs to be incentives to develop smaller generation systems. There should also be jurisdiction for import tariff reductions for renewable projects, tax breaks and other manufacturing incentives.
  • A framework for private-public partnerships in energy on the continent is required to access capital markets and to attract greater private sector investment


02 March 2010

Prepared by:   Leigh-Anne Sa Joe

Siyenza Management

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On behalf of: ENERGY INDABA

 Contact:  Liz Hart

Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs confirms World Future Energy Summit attendance

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Mauri Pekkarinen, Minister of Economic Affairs, Finland will play a role in the Ministers discussion

Mauri Pekkarinen, Minister of Economic Affairs from Finland has confirmed his participation in the upcoming World Future Energy Summit 2010 in Abu Dhabi. The Finnish Minister will be a keynote speaker in the Energy Ministers panel session on the first day of the Summit next month on January 18th 2010.

Mr. Marco Steinberg, Director of Strategic Design at the Finnish Innovation Fund, will also be participating in Summit as well as Finnish energy company, METSO.

The Finnish government announced this year that it will support efforts to limit global warming by cutting greenhouse gas emissions at least by 80% percent of 1990 levels by 2050 in a report outlining its long-term climate and energy policy.

Renewable energy sources have an essential role in decreasing greenhouse gases and fighting climate change. Biomass, commonly plant matter grown to generate electricity or produce heat, is the most important renewable energy source in Finland, with its use accounting for about 20% of primary energy consumption. Solid biomass and large-scale hydropower dominate the market. Additional support in the form of feed-in tariffs is being considered for wind power. Finnish cleantech companies are not only global leaders in bio-energy, but also cutting edge solutions can be found in areas such as energy-efficiency, clean industrial processes and components for wind power.

WFES Energy Minister panel will be attended by Ministers coming from developing and developed countries, to discuss the need to secure energy, sustain an economic development and meet environmental realities. In addition to Mauri Pekkarinen, Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs, speakers taking part in the panel include, Pelosse, Interim Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); The Honourable Ed Stelmach, Premier of Alberta, Canada; H.E. Moritz Leuenberger, Swiss Federal Counselor, Head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, Switzerland; H.E. Maria van der Hoeven, Minister of Economic Affairs, The Kingdom of the Netherlands; Ola Alter, Secretary of State for Energy, Sweden; H.E. Tadahiro Matsushita, Senior Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan; H.E. Mohamed Bin Dhaen Al Hamli, UAE Minister of Energy; Kim, Young Hak, Vice Minister for Trade and Energy, South Korea; Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy, India; H.E. Jesca Eriyo, Minister of State for the Environment, Uganda; H.E.The Minister of Environment, Science and Technology of Ghana, Mrs. Sherry Ayittey

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Hayet Zenati
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2nd Algae Biofuel Summit 2009 – Discounted registration-Last date:August 102009

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009



What is the common among Tata Chemicals, Alexandria Carbon Black Company, Aditya Birla Nuvo, Hi-Tech Carbon, Gridpariti Foundation, Lanka Gasifiers, SDSU, Abellon Clean Energy, Nav Bharat Ventures Limited, K.K.Nag Limited, SJK Biotech Pharma Limited and many others?  They are all participating to Discover the greatest idea of this century How to convert CO2 emissions to Biofuels using sunlight, water and Algae at 2nd Algae Biofuel Summit 2009.

 Limited seats available (due to fixed Seating auditorium), Reserve Your Seat NOW, Discounted registration closes on 10th August 2009

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 Discover the greatest idea of this century

How to convert CO2 emissions to biofuels using sunlight, water and Algae�

Ever rising prices of liquid fuels like diesel are posing serious threat to the bottom line of large energy users. Establishing a project to create a captive source of Biodiesel using CO2 emission, sunlight & water is the wisest strategy for industries!

Algae farming for oil is the biggest opportunity of this decade

Billions of years ago the earth atmosphere was filled with CO2. Thus there was no life on earth. Life on earth started with Cyanobacterium & algae. These humble photosynthetic organisms sucked the atmospheric CO2 and started releasing oxygen. As a result, the levels of CO2 started decreasing to such an extent that life evolved on earth. Once again these smallest organisms are poised to save us from the threat of global warming.


Algae, like corn, soybeans, sugar cane, Jatropha, and other plants, use photosynthesis to convert solar energy into chemical energy. They store this energy in the form of oils, carbohydrates, and proteins. The plant oil can be converted to biodiesel; hence biodiesel is a form of solar energy. The more efficient a particular plant is at converting that solar energy into chemical energy, the better it is from a biodiesel perspective, and algae are among the most photosynthetically efficient plants on earth.


Growdiesel Consortium, is engaged in development of a technology that could allow companies to recycle emitted CO2 from flue gases to convert it to “Biofuel and also earn Carbon Credits. It is a golden opportunity for companies to kill two birds with one stone! Growdiesel technology will allow the capture and recycling of CO2 from smokestacks, fermentations and any other emission. The best part of the technology is that industrial facilities do not need large modifications to host a Growdiesel algae farm.

In order to facilitate an understanding of benefits of establishing an Algae Biofuel project, Growdiesel Climate Care Council is hosting “2 nd Algae Biofuel Summit 2009 from 8th to 10th September 2009 in India.



Key topics to be covered at 2nd Algae Biofuel Summit 2009


An introduction to Biofuels

  An introduction to First Generation Biofuels

  Current Status of global biofuel industry

An introduction to Algae Biofuel The next Generation Biofuel

Advantages of Algae over first generation biofuels

  Current status of global algae biofuel industry.

Pros & Cons sustainability factors in technological, economical , social & regulatory environments. Do Algae Biofuels provide solutions to the fuel vs. food debate?

  An introduction to An introduction to Algae Growing Systems

Studying the technological options for algae farming systems-Open Ponds or Enclosed Ponds

Enclosed Photobioreactor Systems

Hybrid systems using Enclosed Ponds & Enclosed Photobioreactor Systems

Enclosed Photobioreactors vs. open ponds – which is the right technology for commercial Algae Biofuel projects?

Studying the capacity options for energy farming systems. Small vs. large: What is the right size of an energy farm?

§  Lipid Production from microalgae, strain selection, induction of lipid synthesis and outdoor growth- Algal Strain Selection and development of Algae Mass Culture Techniques for Biofuel Production

§  Maximising solar conversion efficiency in mass culture

  Achieving both high oil content and high productivity in mass culture

Opportunities in Algae Biofuel Sector for corporate

§  Using Algae as a tool for CO2 mitigation and driving the Carbon Capture and Recycling process for reversal of global warming

  Developing a process for Production of algae from industrial plant flue gases – An approach toward Emission to Biofuel

Opportunities in Algae Biofuel Sector for SME-small & medium entrepreneurs

  Financial Modelling and feasibility assessment for decentralized Bioenergy farm Project

  Developing a process to purify, compress and bottle algae biogas as compressed methane gas for using as motor fuel and cooking gas

  Establishing a marketing network to sell environmental friendly bioenergy products

Opportunities in Algae Biofuel Sector for Rural Entrepreneurs

Sustained algae cultivation in open ponds

Developing a process for integrating Algae Biofuel projects with dairy, piggery, poultry and aquaculture farms

Developing natural milk with high percentage of good cholesterol

Developing eggs and poultry products with high percentage of good cholesterol

Opportunities in Algae Biofuel Sector for Public Bodies/ESCO companies

Developing a process to utilize Algae for treatment of liquid waste/effluent waste water & using the resultant algal biomass for Bioenergy production

§  Developing a process for extracting nutrients from municipal waste water before safe discharge in river streams & using the resultant algal biomass for Bioenergy production

  One to one meeting of Biofuel producers with biofuel product traders to discuss opportunities for mutual tie-up

Road Map to enter the trillion dollars next generation Biofuel Industry by Thinking BIG & starting small

  Developing a CDM project for obtaining Carbon credits for Algae Biofuel projects

Tapping innovative Financing options for Integrated Bioenergy Projects

Attendee Profile

A Select Gathering of Senior Level Representatives, CEO’s, Presidents/Executive Vice Presidents/Directors & Business Unit Heads


Covering Key Functional Areas
- Business Strategy and Alliance Management
- Business Development/Marketing
- Research and Development/ Product development
- Product/Project Management and Supply Chain Management


Across the Value Chain

Commercial Diesel Users, Corporate & Industrial Diesel Users

  Energy producers & oil companies

  Transport industries, including shipping, port trust and Airline representatives

Hotel & hospitality industry representatives

Educational institutes

Biofuel and Renewable energy project developers & equipment manufacturers

UN agencies, global agencies, consulates, foreign missions

Local & global government agencies

Research institutes & R&D centers

  Industrial associations, bodies, environmental support agencies, carbon mitigation and trading companies

  Angel investors, entrepreneurs, venture capital companies, private equity companies, banks, financial institutions, commodity traders,

 Partial List of major presenting & participating organizations at Algae Biofuel Summit 2009

Indian Agriculture Research Institute, Swinburne University Australia, University of Cambridge, National Centre for Aquatic Animal Health, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Centre for Algal Biotechnology, Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, University of Madras, Central Institute of Agriculture Engineering, Tamilnadu Agricultural University, The University of Georgia, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel University of Agriculture & Technology, Tata Chemicals Limited, Gridpariti Foundation, Lanka Gasifiers Pvt.Ltd., SDSU, Abellon Clean Energy Limited, Nav Bharat Ventures Limited, Alexandria Carbon Black Company, Aditya Birla Nuvo Limited, Hi-Tech Carbon, K.K.Nag Limited, SJK Biotech Pharma Limited etc..

Reserve Your Seat Today, Discounted Registration closes on 10th August 2009

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Why attend Algae Biofuel Summit 2009

  • Listen & learn from leading experts from all over the world
  • Find out what policies the government is implementing to support market growth and future industry development
  • Benefit from practical case studies
  • Learn, network and debate with industry experts
  • Be updated on advances in Biofuel farming, production and optimization technologies
  • Understand the latest developments in creating cost competitive, commercially viable algae biofuels
  • Examine the latest developments in next generation feedstocks, including algae & waste
  • Plus, learn about the tremendous opportunities for algae as a feedstock in a special three days workshop. Leading experts will provide the full feasibility of cultivation, investment, refining and other areas of this interesting project for prospective entrepreneurs


Over the past few years, 5000+ delegates have attended our biofuels programs. Here is what some of them had to say:

 Excellent program with good speakers. Prof. Mohamed Shariff, Professor & Director, Innovation & Commercialization Center, Malaysia.

 Really it’s a great effort by Growdiesel for such a successful conference in India. Mr. Shovon Mandal, Indian Institute Technology, India

 The Summit was well organized and managed & the facilities were good. Mr. Jalal Al Muhtaseb, Pertech,Jordan.

Well managed conference excellent conference/good interaction. Mr. Karl Heinz Riedel, Chief Scientist, Sasol Technology , Sasolburg.

Congratulation for organizing a wonderful biofuel summit. Ms.Noor Ezleema M.Jalal, Environmental Manager, Petronas Gas BHD. , Malaysia

 Wonderful job done good effort to put people interested in algal technology together Dr. Dolly Dhar, Head of Microbiology Department, Indian Agriculture Research Institute, India

Very useful programme. Will help me to formulate on future R&D projects, Mr. H. C. Das, Head (R&D) Oil India Limited,India

Hope with the efforts of Growdiesel, one day we will be able to provide practically viable alternative energy resource as algae & cyanobacteria. Dr.Tasneem Fatma, Professor, Jamia Milia Islamia, India

Great Program & Great Country. I have visited many countries all over the world where I met so nice people. But this in the first time for me to visit India. It is my pleasure to state that in India I met so nice, so simple and kind hearts. Dr.Mohd. I.Abdel Hamid,Professor, University of Mansoura, Egypt

An excellent effort to bring together researchers, scientist, academicians, social organizations and industrial associates together on one platform to discuss. Dr.R.B.Srivastava, Director, Defense Research Laboratory, Ministry of Defense, Govt. of India, India

Very good initiative of Growdiesel to gather worldwide experts around such a challenging and up to date topic. Ms. Marcia Leite Drachmann,Business Advisor, Petrobras, Brazil


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IDTechEx’s Energy Harvesting Awards announced

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

By Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

The IDTechEx Energy Harvesting Awards were launched at the networking dinner at Robinson College on Wednesday 3rd June. Two awards were given out, recognising achievements in Best Technology Development and Best Application of energy harvesting in a product.

With entries from companies that offer unique solutions tailored for specific applications, the INFINERGYâ„¢ Micro Power Module (MPM) from Infinite Power Solutions (IPS) was the winner in the technology development category.

One of the judges, Professor Shashank Priya of Virginia Tech said: “At this juncture, there are two important requirements for all energy harvesting devices: adaptive circuit capable of accepting input from a wide range of harvesters, and conformable energy storage media.”

IPS claims that their MPM uniquely accepts energy from “badly behaved” voltage sources such as piezoelectric elements in a random vibration environment, or photovoltaic cells under low or variable light conditions.

“This is a significant achievement,” Professor Priya added.

Together with the THINERGYâ„¢ solid-state, rechargeable, thin-film Micro-Energy Cell (MECâ„¢) that has high power density, cycle life, and service life, IPS seems to have an advantage over competitors by integrating it with the power management module. This product can be integrated with a wide range of energy harvesters eliminating the need for conditioning circuits and energy storage.

“INFINERGYâ„¢ offers a solution that cuts across multiple scenarios and has the ability to become part of varying range of devices,” Professor Priya concluded.

In the field of best application, MK Electric-Honeywell was the winner.

MK Electric’s ‘enabled by EnOcean’ Echo range of self powered switches, launched in May 2008, involves no wires, no batteries and no fuss. There are currently over 100,000 EnOcean-enabled buildings in existence today which projects large future markets for wireless switches once the transition of this technology to regular households becomes a reality.

The benefits of such technology – combined with MK Electric’s market-leading wiring devices and accessories – include almost instant switch installation; total location flexibility of light switches within buildings; and easy relocation, re-installation and considerable cost-savings when ‘churning’ commercial spaces.

The important Mond Laboratory building at Cambridge University has become the first educational establishment in the UK to feature MK Electric’s Echo range of self-powered, wireless and battery-less light switches. The constraints of working with listed buildings – such as the Mond – made MK Electric’s Echo switches an ideal solution; as they obviate the need for chasing – or any wiring in the walls.

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To find out more about the Energy Harvesting & Storage conference series please contact the Event Manager Mrs. Corinne Jennings at

IDTechEx Dates:
RFID Europe 2009 | Sep 29-30 | Cambridge, UK
Printed Electronics Asia 2009 | Sep 30-Oct 1 | Tokyo, Japan
Energy Harvesting & Storage USA | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA
RTLS & Wireless Sensor Networks Summit | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA
Printed Electronics USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA

Energy Harvesting & Storage Conference expands By Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Energy Harvesting & Storage

The conference Energy Harvesting in Cambridge UK on June 3-4 has enhanced its first and second day line up with carefully chosen speakers giving the big picture, with a particular emphasis on commercialization. Energy harvesting – making electronic and electric devices self sufficient for decades – is rapidly moving from the laboratory into a plethora of new applications. The first day of this unique conference is dedicated to uses, potential uses and market sizes – the first time an energy harvesting conference has served this aspect. Latest to join the speaker list on the first day is Lockheed Martin subsidiary Savi airing their need for energy harvesting in military and heavy logistics RFID.
The second day covers all the important technologies and what is possible when. Latest addition here is Dr Steven Novack of Idaho National Laboratory. His flexible sheets of printable nano antennas promise to harvest light – and beyond – at up to double the efficiency of the best, highly expensive, photovoltaic solar cells yet be affordable and easily applied to any structure whatever its shape.

Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman of analysts IDTechEx staging the conference says, “The first day is when we hear Rolls Royce Aeroengines and many other major users and potential users. It is now well complemented by the full range of technologies being compared on the second day – piezoelectrics, electrodynamics, photovoltaics, nantennas and thermoelectrics with an emphasis on applications. For example, three very important aspects now receiving major attention are energy harvesting tolerant electronics -where we have three speakers – and use of several energy harvesting methods together to give greater security of supply. At the event, delegates specializing in one technology will be forming partnerships with those having complementary technologies. Then there is the fact that 90% of potential wireless sensor network applications are impossible without energy harvesting. Four speakers describe exciting advances in this aspect as well as other progress.”

There is an exhibition, Masterclasses and visits to local centres of excellence.  The Masterclasses are led by world class authorities from IDTechEx and elsewhere, an example being Dr Emma Kendrick of Fife Batteries with Dr Peter Harrop and Dr Harry Zervos of IDTechEx leading the Energy Storage Masterclass on the day after the conference. The visit to see Cambridge University CAPE research on batteries, piezoelectrics and photovoltaics will be hosted by Dr Andrew Flewitt at the University.


For more information on the topic please contact the author Dr. Peter Harrop at  or to find out more about the Energy Harvesting and Storage Europe 2009 conference please contact the Event Manager Mrs. Corinne Jennings at

IDTechEx Dates:
Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe | June 3-4 | Cambridge, UK
RFID Europe 2009 | Sep 29-30 | Cambridge, UK
Printed Electronics Asia 2009 | Sep 30-Oct 1 | Tokyo, Japan
Energy Harvesting & Storage USA | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA
RTLS & Wireless Sensor Networks Summit | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA
Printed Electronics USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA

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