Blog on Solar and Storage Live 2017

NEC – Wednesday 4th October

We sent our Junior Energy Consultant, Thomas Forster, to the Solar and Storage Live Exhibition held at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre to find out how the latest technology and equipment could enable SMARTech energy to hit the ground running when we branch into the solar thermal, PV, and battery storage market in the immediate future.


I started off the day with a talk on where energy storage currently is and where it’s heading over the next few years. One interesting note from this talk was the potential for farm and land owners to act as energy storage banks for renewable energy providers in the local region. This is particularly relevant as SMARTech energy is currently working with local farms within the Wiltshire area to provide them with LED lighting and to discuss possible renewable energy schemes. Following this, I signed up to a second talk on the upcoming release of the IET’s 18th edition of the wiring regulations, where I learnt about how soon the wiring of electrical installations will come with their own energy efficiency rating based on the design and layout of the circuitry.

A quick break to grab a bite to eat, I then met a few of the representatives from the 73 stalls exhibiting that day.  I started my tour around the exhibition in familiar territory by having a chat to the sole person offering LED lighting at the exhibit, where I could find out about some of the latest cutting-edge LED lights available, offering a very impressive 160 Lumens per Watt!

Being a consultancy firm, we aim to provide as much information and data to our clients as possible, which is why I headed to a stand offering solar and energy storage analytics to find out about how we could continue to offer our clients in-depth analytics enabling them a better understanding of their energy habits.

I finished my day off with a talk discussing the latest solar products and a chat with various solar inverter and energy storage providers to enquire about the different sizes and compositions available to us, ranging from battery integrated inverters to large scale shipping container storage systems.

Blog by Thomas Forster

Junior Energy Consultant

SMARTech energy