Weekly green agenda: waiting for the CES

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The Independent Online

The 44th International CES lists over 100 exhibitors under the category of Connected Home, the majority of which focus on smart grid integrated appliances and intelligent home products. With the smart grid set to become integrated into all aspects of everyday life, International CES is a chance to see what the big names in smart technology are developing and how these products can help reduce our energy consumption and environmental impact. Later in the year, Enertec in Germany and Home Eco in France give a glimpse into the household applications of the latest renewable energy technologies.



44th International CES
January 6-9, 2011
Las Vegas Convention Center/Las Vegas Hilton
Las Vegas,USA

One of the biggest consumer electronics events of the year CES, which has been running since 1967, is often used as a launching pad for the latest consumer gadgets. This year's event has a distinctively environmental angle with many companies showcasing their latest intelligent, energy saving smart grid appliances. Exhibitors of energy saving appliances at CES 2011 include, Energy Hub, Belkin and HomeGrid Forum. The event attracts over 126,600 visitors each year and is one of the most important dates on technology enthusiasts' calendars.

January 25-27
Leipzig Exhibition Center
Leipzig, Germany

An international trade fair dedicated to all aspects of energy generation and distribution and in particular renewable energies. In 2009 Enertec attracted 237 exhibitors from 11 countries and over 10,000 visitors from 49 countries around the world. One of the foremost topics at Enertec 2011 will be the role of the smart gird in energy distribution and storage with particular focus on Southeastern Europe. The fair is open to trade professionals and members of the public interested in energy distribution.

21st BioFach & Vivaness 2011
February 16-19
Exhibition Centre Nuremberg,
Nuremberg, Germany

BioFach is the oldest and largest trade fair dedicated to organic products, and will this year extend from food products into holistic health and wellness through its partnership with the Vivaness event. Key special themes include Organic Wine and Organic Olive Oil. Larger in scope and size than the other comparable European organic and natural ingredients trade fair - the Food Ingredients Europe and Natural Ingredients Expo, which is being held at the end of November in France. Last year's BioFach event attracted 2,557 exhibitors and nearly 44,000 visitors in an exhibition space of nearly more than 89,000 m2. The event has a global presence with events in Shanghai, Sao Paolo, Tokyo, Mumbai and Baltimore.

2nd Home Eco

February 18-20
Espace Encan
La Rochelle, France

Now in its second year, Home Expo is dedicated to natural living and renewable energy technologies. The event attracts around 70 exhibitors from around France. Visitors to the event primarily comprise architects, energy specialists and other industry professionals, but environmentally conscious members of the public are able to attend. This exhibition is more focused on individual actions and household technologies than Enertec, which exhibits large-scale and industry distribution of renewable energy technologies.
http://www.salon-home-eco.fr/  (website available in French only)