VIA Expo, SEEIM - issue 4, 2013


South-East Europe is on track with a sustainable development

Exhibition and Forum on Energy Efficiency, Renewables, Smart Cities, Elevators, Environment and Waste Management (5-7 March 2014, Sofia, Bulgaria)

In the context of the dynamic climate changes and the natural sources rising prices, the necessity of upgrade of the global energy and waste management systems, as well as improving the urban infrastructure comes to the fore.

The countries from South-East Europe are following these trends. They are currently updating their national legislation and investing in new environmental technologies in order to achieve energy independence, to reduce the negative impact on the human health and environment, to build a resource efficient economy.

Responding to the challenges, the Bulgarian capital Sofia will host again the 10th edition of the Exhibition and Forum for South-East Europe from 5th to 7th March 2014. Its format includes the following parallel initiatives: ‘Save the Planet‘ (waste management & recycling), ‘Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy‘, ‘Smart Cities‘ (intelligent buildings, energy storage, mobility, ICT & emergency management) and ‘LiftBalkans‘ (elevators and escalators).

The Exhibition will provide participants with a quick market entry and lucrative opportunity to showcase their advanced technologies to all the important players in the Region. Its aim is to transfer these innovations on the local market as there is still a lack of them.

Via Expo is expecting again a strong international presence. Austria is a Supporting Partner of ‘Save the Planet‘ due to its remarkable achievements. At present, the national eco-industry generates annual revenues of EUR 10.6 billion and employs a workforce of about 87 000 people. For the 5th year in a row the advanced Austrian technologies will be presented at the Austrian Pavilion. Global Hydro Energy, a provider of small hydropower plants and Polytechnik, a producer of biomass fired boilers with a thermal output ranging from 300 kW to 30,000 kW, have already joined the Pavilion. Machinery and systems for the mechanical and mechanical-biological treatment of solid waste and for the treatment of biomass as a renewable energy source will be presented by Komptech.

Costruzioni Nazzareno will participate at the Exhibition for the 2nd time. It has been specializing in the construction of complete wood pellet production systems and is by now well known throughout Europe. The pellet production plant consists of a group of machines joined together for the production cycle. It differs in every plant, since the characteristics of the product to be processed (type of wood, particle size, moisture content, initial state, etc.) are always different.

South-East Europe has a great potential for investments in smart technologies which could reshape the urban areas into more efficient resource and flexible systems.

Landis+Gyr will step on the Bulgarian market. It is a well-known provider of integrated energy management products tailored to energy company needs and unique in its ability to deliver true end-to-end advanced metering solutions.

A smart energy achievement is Exeron - a hybrid modular system for autonomous power supply. It is a top innovation developed by International Power Supply that features the capability of combined 5 energy sources in 1 system - sun, wind, batteries, diesel generator and grid, if there is one available.

Another exhibitor is Clicko - a small startup company focused on software and hardware solutions for automating routine processes. It is developing software & embedded solutions for telecommunications, telemetry and telematics. Using the smartphone any car, door, alarm or light can be triggered in an easy, safe and secure way through Bluetooth, NFC or Internet. The software is compatible with iOS, Android, Windows Phone and any computer with a web browser.

Elprom Trafo recently has launched to the market the energy-efficient transformer 100 kVA 20 / 0.4. It has low energy consumption and lightweight. Along with the full range of three-phases oil-filled distribution transformers with rated power from 25kVA up to 2500kVA, Elprom Trafo CH manufactures special types of transformers, such as: earthing transformer, transformer for wind turbines, with on load tap-changers and single phase transformers.

LED lighting equipment, materials and components will be showcased by Leader Light. The company has a great portfolio of LED lighting with different applications: in office, in park, at the street, etc.

The focus in the waste management sector in South-East Europe is moving on the prevention and recycling. This opens new investment opportunities related to renewal of collection systems, construction of sorting-, separation-, recycling- and composting installations, as well as the utilization of biogas from landfills.

EREMA is a repeated exhibitor at ‘Save the Planet‘. In its 30th anniversary year the company launches INTAREMA®, a plant system with new core technology and groundbreaking technical innovations, thus heralding a new era and a new dimension in plastic recycling systems. The EREMA technologies are considered to be the leading standard worldwide for a wide variety of recycling tasks in the in-house recycling of production waste and strongly contaminated post-consumer waste.

Brothers Pashev is a representative of MAS-Austria, Vecoplan and Kreyenborgd. It will showcase a comprehensive range of highly efficient products in the fields of shredding, conveying, screening and separating technology, as well as plastics processing machines and equipment for recycling, refinement and extrusion of plastics/composites.

Composting can divert more than 40% of household waste away from the garbage can. Composting Queen is a Bulgarian company which offers high-quality products from Joraform Kompost AB, Sweden. They have home and industrial application.

Ecorec Bulgaria is a leading manufacturer of alternative fuel produced from sorted household waste in Central and Eastern Europe. It provides natural solutions to waste petrochemical and disused tires. Only in 2012 the company produced more than 350,000 tons of alternative fuels equivalent to a column of trucks with a length of over 300 km.

An impressive speaker lineup including experts from the EU institutions and associations will acquaint the attendees with key updates on related legislative and technology issues.

Euroheat & Power will organize a special session ‘Rethinking District Heating and Cooling in Europe‘ which consider energy efficiency measures and costs, eco-efficient substations, renewables in district heating - case-studies, etc. Heating represents the largest energy end-use in Europe, being responsible for approximately 50 % of total final energy consumption. Cooling is critical for the correct functioning of computers and manufacturing equipment, and vital for industrial processes. By 2020, the District Heating and Cooling sector must accelerate the green transition and will function as the backbone of smart cities by 2030.

Dan Staniaszek, Senior Expert at the Buildings Performance Institute Europe, will speak about the EU legislation, relating to energy use in buildings, that imposed a number of requirements on Member States.

A special highlight is the European Conference Day ‘Best Practices in Waste/Resource Management among the EU 28‘, organized in collaboration with the Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+) and European Network of Environmental Professionals (ENEP).

Organizer: Via Expo Ltd.