E-world in Essen is one of the most important rendezvous for the European energy industry. The largest companies, the most important service providers, the most renowned research institutes as well as promising, up-and-coming start-ups representing more than 20 nations all come together to exhibit at the show. One in five of the around 700 exhibitors at E-World are based abroad with visitors travelling in all the way from the US, China and the Philippines, to name but a few.
The buzz of voices is multilingual in nature, with English, in addition to German, being the principal language of choice. en:former has gone on the prowl to mingle with the show’s international audience and get a feel for the mood out there in the aisles. What do the visitors think of the new trends, what are their thoughts on smart energy solutions and what are the best pick-me-ups that make networking that little bit easier?
The Swiss division manager, responsible for battery storage systems at Axpo Grid AG, is attending E-World for the first time this year. “I am especially interested in the latest trends in energy management”, explains the Sales Manager, who was particularly impressed by the Shell stand during his first time at the trade show: “Big, colourful and spacious - that's how you do it if you want to attract visitors!”
“It’s such a shame, but we rarely see our Asian partner suppliers. All the more reason for us to look forward to catching up properly at E-World.” This year, Jonas Langwost from e.kundenservice NETZ will be using the trade show as an opportunity to hone in on all things face-to-face customer meetings and networking. He is also particularly interested in hearing more about smart metering and purchasing.
As a business consultant specialising in energy and urban planning, the Frenchwoman very much enjoyed her first time at the trade fair this year. She was most looking forward to talking to international colleagues. “Smart city, mobility, energy - I find all these areas fascinating and am looking forward to lots of exciting input when it comes to these issues.”
Dr. Worpong Sinsukthavorn's visit is proof that E-World also attracts experts from outside Europe. “I am on the lookout for new innovations and the latest trends,” explains the Vice President of Asset Management for EGCO, a Thai power producer with 28 power plants in Southeast Asia and Australia. It was his third time at the show, and the businessman was primarily interested in energy storage and management. “Our company recently opened a branch office in Amsterdam,” he continues. He found the ILOQI stand to be particularly impressive.
For the seasoned Head of Customer Management, this year's E-World will be all about digital customer service and the network business. Having been in the business for almost 30 years, he is a regular visitor of the industry meet-up. “I stopped counting after my 10th visit," says the WVV division manager with a smile. The Lower Franconian also has a clear winner in mind when it comes to this year's culinary highlight: “Oh, without a doubt: The traditional Bavarian white sausages by the smart service.”
“Coffee is the best trade fair giveaway there is,” says Svenja Weigand-Grieger. The caffeinated beverage is, of course, not the reason for her visit. She is also looking forward to some in-depth networking and face-to-face customer meetings with major energy suppliers and municipal utilities. Her company develops software solutions for the energy market and specialises in digital cloud solutions. This is her second time at E-World.
“This is the place to be” is the short and sweet answer of the two Dutch entrepreneurs when asked after their reason for being at E-World. Their company, Energy Essentials, specialises in software solutions for pricing and portfolio management in the European energy sector. The pair are particularly interested in the latest trends in automation and information technology at this year’s show.
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