Number of Cancelled and Postponed Conferences Continue to Rise Amid Coronavirus Epidemic

PVTIME – March usually marks the start of the conference season but the spread of the coronavirus on a global scale has seriously impacted the events industry.

Organizing committees of several reoccurring alternative energy orientated events have already either rescheduled or postponed their events for a later date as fear of spread continues to loom.

Energy Storage Europe, set to take place in Düsseldorf, has been postponed to a new date yet to be determined. Thomas Geisel, Lord Mayor of the City of Düsseldorf and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH said, “This decision was not an easy one for all concerned but the postponements at the present time are necessary for Messe Düsseldorf and its customers in view of the increasingly dynamic developments.”

Solar Solutions International, the largest solar energy trade show in Northwest Europe, has been rescheduled for September 7-9. Important factors in reaching this decision were the concerns many exhibitors have expressed about the safety of their employees, and about the expected impact on visitor numbers. In neighboring countries and in the south of the Netherlands the government has already decided to cancel large-scale events.

IHS Markit has cancelled CERAWeek 2020 originally scheduled to take in Houston on account of the health and safety of its delegates, speakers, partners, colleagues and vendors.

Terrapinn has postponed The Future Energy Show Vietnam 2020 as well as The Future Energy Show Philippines 2020 given the travel restrictions placed on international travellers, particularly those from from China, and in the interest of the health and safety of attendees.

SWEET (Solar Wind Earth Energy Trade Fair) 2020 announced on Feb 12 that the event will be pushed back to June 3-5 due to the epidemic. South Korea has seen by far the highest numbers of coronavirus cases outside of China, having reported 516 new cases on Wednesday.

The 2020 Western China (Chengdu) International Solar Photovoltaic & Energy Storage Technology Exhibition has been postponed until further notice .

After constantly monitoring the coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak and scrupulously following all the directives issued by the relevant Italian Health Authorities, Reed Exhibitions Italia has decided to postpone its two upcoming events. Mostra Convegno Expocomfort, the world leading show focused on the latest energy efficient solutions in HVAC-R, Plumbing Technology and Renewable Energy, planned in conjunction with BIE – Biomass Innovation Expo– both initially scheduled from 17th to 20th March, will be postponed to 8 to 11 September 2020.