The smarter E Europe Organizers

Solar Promotion GmbH

Solar Promotion GmbH and its international subsidiary, Solar Promotion International GmbH, organize conferences and exhibitions worldwide on all topics surrounding the new energy world. Our portfolio includes events on photovoltaics, solar thermal technologies, solar power plants, smart renewable energy, energy storage technologies and systems, battery production technologies, decentralized and sustainable self-supply of energy for industry and buildings, building envelopes/components, systems and equipment technology, regenerative energies, software for energy management systems, energy services, traction batteries for electric vehicles, charging infrastructure and charging stations.

Intersolar, the world’s leading exhibition series for the solar industry; ees, the global event series for electrical energy storage; Power2Drive, the exhibition for charging infrastructure and electromobility, and EM-Power, the exhibition for intelligent energy use in industry and buildings, will be taking place once again under the umbrella of The smarter E, as well as parallel conferences expanding upon the exhibition’s main topics. Alongside the exhibitions and conferences of The smarter E – represented on four continents in Munich, San Diego, Mexico City, São Paulo, Bangalore, Mumbai and Dubai – additional one-day summits in up-and-coming markets will also be taking place.

In addition, Solar Promotion GmbH is in charge of organizing the Gebäude.Energie.Technik (GETEC) exhibition, one of the leading exhibitions for energy-efficient planning, building and modernizing. Solar Promotion GmbH also publishes the English-language online magazine “ees International – The Electrical Energy Storage Magazine”.

Solar Promotion GmbH
Postfach 100 170
75101 Pforzheim

Tel.: +49 7231 58598-0
Fax: +49 7231 58598-28

FWTM GmbH & Co. KG

Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG is owned and operated by the City of Freiburg and founded with the aim of promoting international cooperatives and organizing trade exhibitions and conferences relating to the economy, tourism, the environment and international city partnerships, at the behest of the City of Freiburg. "Green City Freiburg" is marketed worldwide to describe Freiburg’s decades of expertise in solar technology, renewable energies and sustainable urban and traffic planning. FWTM’s international activities strengthen and promote Freiburg as an economic hub.

Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik
und Messe GmbH & Co. KG

Neuer Messplatz 3
79108 Freiburg i. Br.

Tel.: +49 761 3881-3700
Fax: +49 761 3881-3770

Further Content


Download the Study "Energy Transition in the Context of Nuclear and Coal Phase-Out"

To avoid a shortfall in electricity generation, photovoltaics and storage must be greatly expanded in Germany.


Dr. Rodrigo Lopes Sauaia (ABSOLAR - Associação Brasileira de Energia Solar Fotovoltaica)



Co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) at the Brazilian Photovoltaic Solar Energy Association (ABSOLAR – Associação Brasileira de Energia Solar Fotovoltaica), the national association representing companies and professionals from all segments of the solar PV value chain with operations in Brazil. Co-founder and member of the board of directors at the Global Solar Council (GSC), the global entity unifying and representing the solar power sector at the international level. <br /> <br />Leading ABSOLAR′s team since its inception and foundation, Rodrigo Sauaia serves as the main representative and champion of the solar PV sector in Brazil, directly interfacing with high-level decision makers, government officials, politicians, legislators, regulators, financial institutions, the media, NGOs, companies, and the civil society. He is an active national and international event speaker, media spokesperson, and strategic advisor to ABSOLAR′s associate members, dedicating himself to promote the development of the solar PV sector and market in Brazil. <br /> <br />His academic background includes a Ph.D. with honours in Engineering and Materials Technology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), with an international collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institut für Solare Energiesysteme (Fraunhofer ISE, Germany), a M.Sc. with honours in Renewable Energy with PV Specialisation from the EUREC Master Program, with an international collaboration with the ETH Zürich (Switzerland), and a B.Sc. with honours in Chemistry from the University of São Paulo (Brazil). <br /> <br />In 2015, he was elected by Recharge News Thought Leaders Club as one of the most influential professionals in the global scenario of renewable energy and key promoter of solar power in Brazil. Also in 2015, the Legislative Assembly of the State of Minas Gerais bestowed him with the Medal of the Order of Legislative Merit, in recognition of his valued contribution to the promotion and development of photovoltaic solar energy in the State of Minas Gerais and in Brazil. In 2017, the Government of the State of Goiás officially commended him with the Grand Officer Medal of the Order of Anhanguera Merit, in recognition of his valued contribution to the development of photovoltaic solar energy in the State of Goiás. Also in 2017, the Legislative Assembly of the State of Goiás bestowed him with the honorary citizenship of the State of Goiás, in recognition of his valued contribution to the development and establishment of the Solar Program of the State of Goiás, as well as for his outstanding contribution to the State “Permanent Forum on Subjects Related to the Energy Sector”.


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Stefan Wippich (SecondSol GmbH)





Benjamin Attia (Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables)

Research Analyst


Benjamin Attia is a Research Analyst in the Power & Renewables practice at Wood Mackenzie, a global consultancy providing data analytics, market research, and advisory services across the energy and extractives sectors (formerly GTM Research). He primarily covers downstream solar PV markets in the Middle East and Africa, and leads the firm’s emerging coverage of off-grid power markets for energy access. <br /> <br />Benjamin regularly publishes research studies and thought leadership articles on trends in the energy transition and presents his work at industry conferences around the world. His research and writing have recently been featured in such leading publications as Foreign Affairs, The Economist, FT, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, IEEE Spectrum, Bloomberg, the World Economic Forum, and Greentech Media. Benjamin also conducts affiliated research as a Non-Resident Fellow at the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines, The Energy for Growth Hub, and the Foundation for Renewable Energy & Environment, and advises off-grid energy access startups operating in Nigeria and Myanmar. He previously worked in solar asset management and commercial operations at SunEdison and on clean energy transition-focused regulatory research for utilities and policymakers at the National Regulatory Research Institute. <br /> <br />He holds a Master of Energy & Environmental Policy and a B.S. in Economics and Energy & Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware.