Solar Power International
This year the Solar Power International Conference takes place together with the Energy Storage International Conference. That means – the two largest solar and storage events at the same place at the same time!
Date and Location
24-27 September 2018
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
Ever since the humanity started to strive for a green and sustainable society, solar energy was one of the main focuses of the researches. Alongside the wind energy, it still remains one of the most promising, and therefore, most researched renewable energy sources. In the most basic terms: solar power represents the conversion of energy from the sunlight to electricity. This can be (and is mostly) done using photovoltaics. An alternative method makes use of concentrated solar power systems. Initially photovoltaics applications were relatively small: for example, a calculator with a single solar cell. The first commercial solar power plants appeared in 1980’s. Nowadays the 392 MW Ivanpah installation is the largest concentrating solar power plant in the world.
Solar Power International
The conference was created in 2004, and was previously called Solar Power Conference and Expo. The founding societies: Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), joined together to organize this annual event. The main goal of the conference is to bring together companies and professionals from all parts of the industry. Due to its size the event was named the largest solar power conference in North America in 2008. This year the organizers promise more than 20,000 solar industry professionals and 700 exhibitors.
The conference consists of two main elements:
- an exhibition hall where companies have the opportunity to promote their products and services.
- conference sessions where solar industry experts share innovative ideas and research achievements.
This year the event takes place as part of North America Smart Energy Week. You can find more information about the Energy week here.
If you are planning to attend a Solar Power/Energy Storage event – you should be aware that this particular one focuses on the latest trends and policy updates that are impacting the U.S. Therefore, it is a great networking and educational platform for a professional from the United States. If you are, however, from Europe or any other part of the world, it might make sense for you to check other more internationally-oriented events. you can find more information on various sustainability conferences in our Blog.
Energy Storage International
In 2018 this event claims to be the largest energy storage event in North America. We did not compare them all, but with over 165 exhibitors and 7,000 attendees – it might well be true! The main aim of the event is to grow the storage market. Being such a large platform, the conference also offers a unique networking opportunity. Just like the Solar Power International, the event focuses on the United States Companies and industries. Therefore, if that is not your area of interest, you might want to check elsewhere. For US professionals the organizers offer 3 full days of exhibitions and educational sessions focusing on energy storage research achievements and current state of development.