Thursday, September 13, 2012

Clean energy expo opens in Bangkok

Thailand – Close to 100 industry leaders and global energy experts gathered yesterday at the Clean Energy Expo Asia (CEEA) being held at the Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Center at CentralWorld, Bangkok.

Event organizers led by Koelnmesse noted that renewable energy presents a viable option for Asian countries to meet ever increasing energy demand. With an abundance of natural resources, governments across Asia are putting in place strategies to decrease reliance on fossil fuel and promote the development of clean energy sources, it said.

Michael Dreyer, vice president, Asia Pacific, Koelnmesse, said: “Renewable and sustainable energy remains a key concern globally and a top priority in the region. Asia is rapidly moving to establish robust energy policies that will drive the future of clean energy in the region. This year, Clean Energy Expo Asia makes its way to Thailand, aligning itself with the flourishing clean energy landscape in the Greater Mekong subregion. ThaIland is fast emerging as a hub for clean energy project development and the growing number of clean energy projects in the neighboring ASEAN countries further underlines the nation’s role in advancing clean energy solutions. Staging Clean Energy Expo Asia in Thailand brings participants closer to rising opportunities in these markets.”

Koelnmesse is one of the world’s largest trade fair organizers and its international trade fairs are widely acknowledged as global leaders in their fields.

Supawan Teerat, exhibition director of Thailand’s Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) said: “As the government agency operating directly under the Prime Minister’s Office, TCEB is responsible for promoting meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions. Exhibitions are vital to the country’s economy and industry development. Clean Energy Expo Asia 2012 adds to TCEB’s success in attracting a major regional show to Thailand for the first time. Clean Energy Expo Asia’s show profile fits into Thailand’s national agenda in energy and it brings limitless potential to ASEAN.

As such, TCEB is working closely as a consultant and partner with the organizer, Koelnmesse to provide full event support. This includes market study support, links to private sectors and government agencies, as well as being part of the buyer appreciation program: Be My Guest. This program seeks to attract potential international buyers to CEEA 2012.”

Phichai Tinsuntisook, chairman of the Renewable Energy Industry Club, Federation of Thai Industries, said: “CEEA 2012 will further accelerate Thailand’s plans of becoming a leader in the renewable energy landscape in Asia. Our collaboration with Koelnmesse combines the expertise of a well-known organizer of global trade fairs and conferences with Thailand’s strong pipeline of renewable energy projects. The Renewable Energy Industry Club of the Federation of Thai Industries and its members strongly support CEEA 2012 through our participation in the exhibition pavilion and conference as well as through the organization of the technical visits and clinics.”

China will also be well represented on the Trade Floor this year. Among those exhibiting for the first time at Clean Energy Expo Asia is China’s Yunnan Tianda Photovoltaic Co., Ltd., one of the first and largest professional companies in China that provides solar modules and photovoltaic systems.

Dreyer said Clean Energy Expo Asia will delve into the business, finance, policy and commercialization aspects of sustainable energy. Close to 100 exhibitors from 16 countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines are participating in the CEEA.-The Philippine Star (September 13, 2012 12:00AM)

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