Australia’s largest clean energy and renewable energy conference and exhibition, All-Energy 2016, is set to shift its emphasis this year to focus on the game-changing aspects of the industry.

All-Energy Australia’s 2015 exhibition and conference was attended by more than 4,200 industry professionals from across Australia and overseas, making it the largest attendance on record.

Reed Exhibitions Australia Executive Director John Gorton said the event’s success was a testament to the quality of sessions, speakers and exhibitors as well as the impact of the strategic partnership with the Clean Energy Council (CEC).

“The event has a legacy of attracting impressive global talent as speakers and exhibitors, with 2015 highlights including international keynotes from Lord Deben and Volker Beckers.

“Last year’s announcements from our State and Federal Government representatives, plus government addresses from Hon. Bill Shorten and Minister Greg Hunt, also signalled a renewed focus on the clean energy sector, which was promising for industry professionals and consumers.”

Mr Gorton said the 2016 edition of All-Energy Australia, now in its eighth year, would continue this momentum and include dedicated streams for energy storage, energy efficiency and future grids.

“There was definitely an appetite last year for more on these fast moving sectors, which is why we’re working to expand these streams to keep the industry updated and inspired by the latest developments and technology,” said Mr Gorton.

Mr Gorton said their team had also fielded unprecedented demand for exhibition stands, with global information and communications technology solutions provider Huawei Technologies the latest announced new exhibitor, with many others following suit.

“It is encouraging to see a healthy mix of first time and return exhibitors, with Jinko Solar, SolarEdge, ABB, Canadian Solar and SMA Australia among the major companies on display in 2016.”

Solar installers well catered for

All-Energy Australia’s strategic partnership with the CEC will continue in 2016, with solar installers able to access expert program content and CPD sessions free of charge.

CEC Chief Executive Kane Thornton said the CEC joined forces with All-Energy Australia to ensure the renewable energy industry could access the best innovations, experts and solutions in the one place.

“All-Energy Australia 2015 was a resounding success, and we look forward to building on that success in 2016 through the CEC’s solar technical program and professional development components, which are free to attend.”

As part of the CEC’s Professional Development (PD) Day, solar installers will have access to expert advice on the crucial design and installation issues facing the industry. Designers and installers will also be able to get the latest updates on standards and compliance issues.

CEC Accreditation Manager Sandy Atkins – who is a columnist for EcoGeneration ¬- said the technical solar conference (ATRAA) and PD Day at All-Energy Australia were both first-rate in terms of the content and expert presenters.

“The CEC accredits more than 4,000 solar installers right across Australia, and the partnership with All-Energy Australia has allowed us to vastly improve the conference and professional development opportunities we deliver to them,” said Ms Atkins.

“In 2016, we will once again incorporate all the hot topics the solar industry wants to hear – including battery storage, important changes to standards and regulations, installation how-tos, and the latest exciting technologies.”

The ATRAA conference will be divided into two streams: the technical stream and the business stream.

The technical stream will focus on new technologies, battery storage issues and case studies from the CEC Industry Award winners. This year will also see an entire session dedicated to answering technical questions. The business stream will examine issues facing the industry, such as panel integrity, warranty concerns and challenges facing commercial installs.

New technology, smart grids, off-grid solutions, community energy, investment vehicles, electric cars, bioenergy and wave energy would also feature sessions in 2016, according to Mr Gorton.

“We’re expecting 2016 to be a significant and diverse year for All-Energy Australia, and look forward to releasing further program highlights in the lead up to October.”