According to Invest Korea, the South Korean government has set a goal of becoming the world’s fifth largest renewable energy powerhouse by 2015. Photovoltaic (PV) and wind power are anticipated to be the next generation growth engines for the country with 15% global market shares by 2015.
Against this background, it is no wonder that the International Green Energy Expo & Conference is a highly anticipated event and recognized as Korea's leading platform for renewable energy. The Expo is expected to draw 45,000 visitors from Korean and Asian Renewable Energy markets.
Organized by the Korea Photovoltaic Industry Association, Korea Wind Energy Industry Association and Korea Energy News, IGEEC will feature approximately 1,000 exhibitor booths from 300 companies and 24 countries. The event leverages on the city’s long standing credentials in the field of renewal energy events – Daegu hosted the inaugural International Solar Cities Initiative (ISCI) Congress in 2004, and then in 2013, was the venue of the 22nd World Energy Congress, making it the 3rd Asian city to host this prestigious international congress in the congress’ history.
In 2013, Tobias Caspari, of Heraeus, returned to Daegu to participate in the event for the fourth time.
“It is a very good platform to have a discussion with our customers in Korea,” he said. “It was great to meet various customers and to talk about roadmap and cooperation with them, which is very important for us.”
Daegu’s sustainable venues and innovative approach have put it on the map as a MICE destination where its green convention infrastructure and a track record for hosting large-scale international events have made the city an attractive choice for business events and especially of the environmental type.
The organizer of IGEEC, Harper Lee, said the support of the municipal government of Daegu Metropolitan City and policies that encourage renewable energy have helped launch the event, transforming it into one of Asia’s leading exhibitions as well as Korea’s top exhibition.
The International Green Energy Expo & Conference is Korea’s oldest and largest international trade fair and has been certified as a professional and superior exhibition by UFI, Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, the Association of Korea Exhibition Industry. Since its launch in 2004, IGEEC has expanded its focus beyond wind and solar energy technologies to include fuel cell technology, energy storage systems, e-mobility and other areas of renewable energy.
The three-day event will be held at EXCO Daegu Exhibition and Convention Center, where state-of-the-art equipment and facilities are powered by a myriad of renewable energy sources. EXCO’s solar power system, the largest for an independent building, powers everything from the LED floor tiles to the lighting to the water heating. Geothermal energy powers the air-conditioning and heating systems. Even the street lamps are wind and solar powered. The results of these efforts include a smaller carbon footprint, a reduction in oil and coal consumption and annual energy savings. Harper Lee said these features made choosing the event’s venue an easy decision.
“EXCO represents Korean Green Growth,” he said. “It’s the first green convention center in Korea, using different kinds of new and renewable energy sources such as solar power, photovoltaic energy, geothermal heat and even rainfall.”
Visitors to Daegu will find a city that takes equal pride in preserving its past and protecting its future through green initiatives. This balance of old and new has enabled Daegu to keep an innovative edge while maintaining its cultural charm.