Post Show Report RENWEX 2021. Renewable Energy and Electric Vehicles

01 / 07 / 2021

The motto of RENWEX is Creating the Future of Renewable Energy Together! It has reflected the current trends and challenges of renewable energy development. The event aroused great interest amongst the professional community and proved to be a necessary and much sought-after event for the development of renewable energy in Russia. 

Dates: 2224 June 2021

Venue: Pavilion No.3, EXPOCENTRE Fairgrounds, Moscow, Russia

Organised by EXPOCENTRE AO

Supported by the Russian Ministry of Energy, the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Russia Renewable Energy Development Association, the EUROSOLAR Russia Non-Profit Partnership for Development of Renewable Energy, the Photovoltaic Industry Association, the Department of International Trade Russia in the British Embassy in Moscow

Under auspices of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Strategic partner the Russia Renewable Energy Development Association

Floor space: 5,800 sq m

Exhibitors: 80+ companies

Countries: Austria, China, France, Germany, Russia, Switzerland

Forum participants: 300 representatives of relevant departments and agencies, 100 experts

Attendance (incl. online): 4,400 professional visitors from 33 countries

Types of products on display: equipment and technology for wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and bioenergy; electric transport and electric cars; service providers engaged in installation, set-up and maintenance of different equipment using RES 

Vladimir Kononov, Member of the Russian State Duma, Chairman of the NTI Expo Organising Committee:

The RENWEX exhibition is part of the NTI Expo (Research-Technology-Innovations Expo) project and is the leading event for the development of advanced technology and science. RENWEX 2021 was included in the Main Plan of the Year of Science and Technology and provided an opportunity to bring together business leaders, leading experts, energy industry representatives, legislators and media to discuss cutting-edge technologies, emerging issues and to launch new ideas.    

Huawei.png         Special gratitude to Huawei Company,
         General Sponsor of the exhibition HUAWEI


Show highlights 

A number of important documents were signed at RENWEX 2021. A five-year cooperation agreement was signed by the Russian Ministry of Energy's REA and EUROSOLAR Russia Non-profit Partnership for Development of Renewable Energy. The document was signed by Alexey Kulapin, CEO of the Agency, and Georgy Kekelidze, Chairman of the Board of the Partnership. The document envisages implementation of joint analytical and pilot projects in the field of microgeneration, renewable energy sources (RES) and energy efficiency, international and scientific-technological cooperation in the field of renewable energy, as well as cooperation in the educational sphere. 

Also on the sidelines of the international exhibition RENWEX, a cooperation agreement was signed between the Distributed Power Generation Association and EUROSOLAR Russia. The parties expect that their cooperation will be aimed at stimulating development of the distributed and alternative energy industry and joint implementation of innovative energy projects in the Russian and foreign markets. 

Companies, including many newcomers, from different Russian regions have noticeably increased their presence at the show. For the first time, companies from the Republic of Tatarstan, Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar, Voronezh, Veliky Novgorod and Novosibirsk showed their developments. Interesting solutions were offered by participants from Moscow and the Moscow region, St Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Kaluga, Chelyabinsk and other cities.   

Conference programme

Within the conference programme, representatives of key ministries and agencies, industry unions and associations discussed important issues of renewable energy and electric vehicles. Participation in the 14 events of the conference programme allowed for an open dialogue with government representatives and leading experts on topical issues in the development of the green economy. 

The forum opened with the Plenary Session on Decarbonisation of the Power Industry and Development of Renewable Energy Sources: Global Trends and the Energy Strategy of Russia.  

The event was attended by Pavel Snikkars, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, and Mikhail Ivanov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. 

Pavel Snikkars, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation:

Mass transition to green energy is complicated enough and is possible when the price parameters of green energy will be comparable with price parameters of traditional generation. Our country has the potential for technological leadership in this respect, and we see great opportunities for the development of breakthrough technologies in hydrogen development, as we have the resource base and new ideas and technologies.

 Mikhail Ivanov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation:

The transition to low-carbon technologies in the fuel and energy complex and transport sector is difficult to overestimate, so the Ministry of Industry and Trade is now actively involved in building industrial competencies in these segments.

Vladimir Kononov, Member of the Russian State Duma, Chairman of the NTI Expo Organising Committee, and Alexey Zhikharev, Renewable Energy Development Association Director and Partner of VYGON Consulting, were the plenary meeting moderators.

Vladimir Kononov, Member of the Russian State Duma, Chairman of the NTI Expo Organising Committee:

The modern scientific and technological progress is more reliant on new, breakthrough technologies, rather than traditional ones. Therefore, the RENWEX 2021 international exhibition and forum are dedicated to the most progressive alternative technologies in the field of energy and transport: de-carbonization of the energy sector, development of renewable energy resources, and electric transport. 

Head of Audi Russia Lubomir Naiman familiarized meeting participants with the development of hydrogen car engines. General Director of the Regional Technological Development Agency Vadim Pavlov spoke about the development of renewable energy projects in the Ulyanovsk region.

Presentations of prominent international and Russian experts devoted to various aspects and trends in the decarbonisation of the energy sector aroused great interest. Among them were Deputy Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Gauri Singh, General Director of the Russian Energy Industry REA Federal State Unitary Enterprise Alexey Kulapin, Managing Director of the German Energy Agency (DENA)  Kristina Haverkamp, Chairman of the AEB Energy Committee and Steering Group on the AEB Green Initiative Ernesto Ferlenghi, Deputy General Director of Hevel Group Anton Usachev, and Board Chairman of the Russian Association of Wind Power Industry Igor Bryzgunov. 

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On the first day of the event the Panel Discussion on International Technological Cooperation and Development of Green Innovations also took place. It was held jointly with the Russia Renewable Energy Development Association and attended by representatives of Huawei Company (General Sponsor of the exhibition), Vestas Rus, Vershina Group, Baker McKenzie, the German Energy Agency (DENA), the Department of International Trade Russia in the British Embassy in Moscow, the Economics Division of the Economics and Science Department of the German Embassy (online).

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The legal and regulatory framework was the subject of the panel discussion moderated by Andrey Maksimov, Director of the Department of Electricity Development of the Russian Ministry of Energy, and representatives of member companies of the Russia Renewable Energy Development Association.

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The first day ended with the Panel Discussion on Digital Transformation of the Power Industry: Innovations and Energy Efficiency.

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The second day of the conference programme started with the Plenary Session on Development of Renewable Energy in Russian Regions: Economic and Technological Aspects. The moderator of the session, Georgy Kekelidze, Chairman of the Board of EUROSOLAR Russia, stressed the importance of this subject. According to him, renewable energy means not only capacity supply agreements, but also a set of social and technological matters, issues of the infrastructure development where renewable energy plays a role.

Interesting facts about the use of RES in the regions were presented by Elena Dmitrieva, Head of the Development of Energy Accumulation Systems and Renewable Energy Equipment Division of the Department of Machine-Tool Building and Investment Engineering of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade. According to her, today the renewable energy production industry is developing in more than 30 regions of Russia. The representative of the Ministry of Industry and Trade gave specific examples of renewable energy use in such regions as Kalmykia, Ulyanovsk and Astrakhan regions.

First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Energy Sergey Esyakov, Director of the Renewable Energy Development Association Alexey Zhikharev and other participants highlighted three aspects of the regional RES policy retail generation, micro-generation and isolated systems in remote areas. They also discussed other important matters having practical significance for regional renewal energy development.

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Comprehensive development of the energy infrastructure in the remote regions of the Far East and the Arctic is impossible without the combined efforts of industry associations, development institutions, and government authorities. This was the conclusion reached by the participants in a panel discussion held on June 23 within the conference programme of the RENWEX 2021 international forum in Moscow. The discussion was organised by the Distributed Power Generation Association and the Corporation for Development of the Far East and Arctic.

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On the same day the following panel discussions were held: Prospects for Hydrogen Energy in Russia and the World: the Role of Renewable Energy Sources , Renewable Energy Sources: the Power Industry of the Future, Solar Power , Wind Power: the Current Status and New Directions.

Conference on Electric Transport and New Electric Infrastructure, held jointly with the Association for Development of the Electromobile, Unmanned and Connected Transport and Infrastructure, became the main event of the third day.

According to the conference moderator, Iya Gordeeva, Chairman of the Association for the Development of Electromobile, Unmanned and Connected Transport and Infrastructure, the end of 2020 was perceived by European countries as the beginning of an electric revolution. The transition to electric vehicles in Europe is unstoppable.

Dmitry Siginevich, an expert at the Energy Centre of Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, spoke about the overall picture of the global electric vehicle market in his presentation. Sergey Klyucharyov, Deputy Head of Energy and Innovation Projects Service of Mosgortrans, elaborated on the status and prospects of electric transport in Moscow. 

The thematic panels Microgeneration. Education. Enabling PV and Financing Innovative R&D aroused great interest. They were held by experts from EUROSOLAR Russia Non-Profit Partnership for Development of Renewable Energy and attended by representatives of Russian research centres, relevant institutes, sectoral companies and organisations, heads of educational programmes, as well as their German and Swiss colleagues.

Another panel on Biofuels and Biomass was organised by specialists of the INFOBIO information and analytical agency and the National Bioenergy Union.

Feedback from RENWEX 2021 exhibitors and visitors proves the high professional level of the exhibition and forum organisation.

We look forward to seeing you at the third RENWEX 2022. Renewable Energy & Electrical Vehicles from June 21 to 23, 2022 at EXPOCENTRE Fairgrounds.

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