Nowadays, a state-of-the-art heating installation comprises an integral energy system which is tailored to the wishes and requirements of the customer. The days of just using oil or gas as fuel are long past; concepts for renewable energy are continuing to march forward into the future.
Solar systems can be easily combined with all of the conventional technologies today. Heat pumps and wood or pellet-fired boilers can be used on their own to generate heat centrally, or in combination with other heat-producing systems. Solutions of this nature are environmentally compatible, can be adapted to the user's demands for comfort and convenience and are cost-effective when it comes to consumption. European legislation continues to support the use of renewable energies. According to information provided by the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF), 2003 saw an increase in solar heating business of around 25 percent in Europe and approximately 40 percent in Germany.
The Federal Industrial Association of German Building, Energy and Environmental Technology (BDH) and Messe Frankfurt are organising a special exhibition on "Renewables in energetic systems for houses" within the framework of the 2005 ISH fair (International Trade Fair for Building and Energy Technology, The "Bathroom Experience", Air-conditioning and Ventilation Technology), to be staged from 15 to 19 March 2005 in Frankfurt am Main. The aspects covered by this exhibition will include solar systems as integral elements of modern energy supply technology, system solutions for the use of biogenic fuels, making use of ambient heat with modern heat pumps, state-of-the-art photovoltaic systems for building services and the progress of research into the stationary fuel cell.
According to Dr. Michael Peters, Managing Director of Messe Frankfurt: "The companies leading the market in this sector have developed modern technologies which are capable of making efficient use of solar energy and renewable raw materials. ISH offers these companies optimum access to the national and international markets. The international character of this trade fair is unparalleled worldwide: 24 percent of the visitors to ISH 2003 came from abroad. The integral approach can only be presented at an event like ISH, which is unbeatable in terms of the breadth and depth of the product spectrum. In its capacity as an international trade fair for building and energy technology, ISH is the ideal platform for integral heating technology today."
Whether condensing boilers, solar systems, pellet boilers or tile stoves, the plumbing, heating and air-conditioning specialists are responsible for their installation: heating technology is supplied from a single source. As far as the plumbing, heating and air-conditioning industry is concerned, ISH is the most important trade fair and this is verified by the figures: 39 percent of the visitors to the 2003 event were plumbers and heating engineers, which in absolute terms accounts for around 72,000 trade visitors. Any manufacturer of renewable energy systems who wishes to sell his products on a full-coverage basis must address these specialists and ISH offers the ideal framework for this.
Messe Frankfurt is expecting around 2,300 exhibitors for the next ISH, including 1,000 from the building and energy technology sector. The leading international manufacturers in this field will be presenting modern system engineering, which incorporates the use of renewable energies.