ENERGY STORAGE EUROPE 2018 reflects positive development in the industry

Düsseldorf, 15/03/2018 – According to the current estimate of the German Energy Storage Association (Bundesverband Energiespeicher e. V. – BVES), the energy storage industry will grow by around 11 per cent in 2018 and will generate a turnover of approximately EUR 5.1 billion. Medium-sized companies are the main driving force behind this increase. The development of ENERGY STORAGE EUROPE reflects this industry trend: With a total of 170 exhibitors and about 4.500 visitors, also this year’s energy storage trade fair and the two conferences ESE and IRES continued the positive development of the past years.

“No other trade fair in the world covers the entire spectrum of energy storage solutions. Every year, new players enter the still young market with innovative solutions – often with new technological approaches to energy storage”, says Hans Werner Reinhard, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf.

“ENERGY STORAGE EUROPE 2018 once again demonstrated the solid growth of the industry across all storage technologies and various applications. ESE is the decisive international business platform for energy storage systems and its success confirms the growing industry figures predicted by BVES”, says Urban Windelen, Executive Director BVES.

Trade fair is becoming increasingly more international

Internationalisation as a further industry trend is also apparent in the visitor structure of Energy Storage Europe and IRES: This year, the organisers welcomed delegations from Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador and other Central American countries as well as from Greece, Norway, Poland, Portugal. All in all, participants from 61 countries attended the conferences as well as the trade fair.

ENERGY STORAGE EUROPE and IRES strengthen research and development

At this year’s Energy Storage Europe Conference and the 12th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES), the discussion revolved around the considerable influence of regulatory frameworks on the development and introduction of storage technologies. Prof. Peter Droege, President of EUROSOLAR e. V., emphasised: “The decentralised energy turnaround is more urgently needed than ever. To this end, the introduction of a new energy market regulation with renewable energies and storage systems at its core is a key step. For this reason, we call on Brussels and the new government in Berlin to finally make the widespread market introduction of storage applications possible.”

“The research environment and economic strength of North Rhine-Westphalia form the ideal growth medium for a technology trade fair such as ENERGY STORAGE EUROPE. Here it is evident how scientific expertise and entrepreneurial commitment can jointly advance the energy industry”, commented Dr. Frank-Michael Baumann, Managing Director of EnergieAgentur.NRW, commenting on the mixture of science and business traditionally found in Düsseldorf.

Focus on sector coupling and system-useful stores

Further important topics at the conferences were flexible sector coupling and system-useful storage solutions that stabilise networks, for example. The IRES conference also focused on thermal energy storage and specific applications.

First study on the energy storage market published

According to BVES’ current market estimate, the capacity of large-scale battery storage facilities for grid stabilisation installed in Germany alone will increase by more than 80 percent in 2018. Detailed figures on the sector’s development can be found in the BVES study published last Tuesday.

About ENERGY STORAGE EUROPE 2018 | exhibition grounds Düsseldorf

ENERGY STORAGE EUROPE is the trade fair for the global energy storage industry and flexible sector coupling with the world’s largest conference programme on energy storage solutions and their applications. The trade fair welcomed about 4.500 visitors from 61 countries in 2018. 170 exhibitors presented themselves. The conferences included the 7th Energy Storage Europe Conference (ESE) of Messe Düsseldorf and the 12th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES) of EUROSOLAR e.V.. The thematic focal points are economy and finances (ESE) as well as science and social policy (IRES).

Energy Storage Europe 2019 will take place in Düsseldorf from the 12th to 14th of March.

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Businesses reap benefits as climate action drives global energy transition

M&S, Tesla, Good Energy and SSE among the companies joining with the solar, energy storage and efficiency sectors in Birmingham this October.

Europe’s biggest expo connecting large energy buyers and low carbon generators.

Large energy buyers across the world have woken up to the unstoppable force of the UN climate treaty and it’s not just about lowering carbon usage.  As businesses and cities explore the opportunities brought to them by innovative technology, low carbon generation and clever ways to manage their energy, they are realising savings with and without on-site solar. Clean Energy Live is a showcase for innovation, demonstrating the technology

and business models that are delivering energy at lower cost and lower carbon.

“The global energy transition, driven by the imperative to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees and powered by rapid digital and communications technology advancements, is now unstoppable,” said Giles Bristow, Director of Programmes at Forum for the Future. “Not only are businesses and industries benefitting from this revolution now, but they will also play a leading role in shaping the new energy economy.“Clean Energy Live brings together enlightened companies and organisations that wish to actively explore this,” added Bristow. “I look forward to sharing how energy users are creating the ‘living energy system’ of the future – responsive, adaptive and self-balancing, rather than cumbersome and wasteful.” Bristow will be joined by Sainsbury’s, Aggregate Industries, Tarmac and United Utilities and will give an update of their 200MW Living Grid project, a network of companies who can manage demand and offer capacity.Marks & Spencer has cuts its energy consumption by 40% as part of its Plan A programme. The firm’s head of energy Giacinto Patellaro will look at policy and the impact it’s having at encouraging companies to reduce their power usage or install their own generation.In a recent trial with Good Energy and Open Utility, the Eden Project is claimed an annual saving could reach £20,000. The service used Open Utility’s Piclo platform, matched renewable generators and business customers, enabling participating parties to both sell and purchase renewable power on the platform.The show welcomes Carbon Trust in 2016 who will focus on their work with corporates to create value with their energy. Land Securities joins a panel with Carbon Trust, SmartestEnergy and Solarcentury which will show companies how to take a science-based approach to reducing energy usage and carbon before weighing up the pros and cons of on-site generation or off-site Power Purchase Agreements.

Companies with their own installed power will show how to manage the transition from energy buyer to energy generator. Welsh Water will speak about how to manage a mixed portfolio of assets, including hydro, anaerobic digestion and solar. Arla Foods will speak about their anaerobic digestion facilities and look at how a company can assess the right sites for a project and keep the local community engaged.

The National Trust, with a commitment to invest £35 million in over 40 more renewable energy projects to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and source 50 per cent of its energy from renewable sources on land it looks after by 2020 will look at how storage can benefit landowners and the RSPB will update attendees on how they think the energy system of the future can co-exist with the UK’s wildlife.

Up to 5,000 attendees are expected to gather in Birmingham to discover new opportunities after a shift in the power market, as more clean energy moves online and ownership of utilities broadens beyond the big six. Formerly Solar Energy UK (SEUK), Clean Energy Live is the meeting place for large energy buyers, clean generators, emerging technologies, financiers and advisors. They will be able to attend four theatres focused on Solar, Storage, Clean Tech Installations, Future Utilities and Energy Management plus an exclusive EV Pavilion.

Now in its seventh year, the event will also showcase opportunities for new ground mount solar in Ireland, France, Sub-Saharan Africa and India and features case studies from Solarcentury, Actis, Dexler, Mytrah, Oreed Group, BNRG, Armstrong Energy and Amarenco.

UK Solar O&M and secondary markets will feature heavily with experts from Quintas Energy, NextEnergy Capital, Glennmont Partners, Magnetar Solar and Bluefield Partners LLP. UK- specific sessions will examine the current state of the PV market using proprietary research from Solar Media’s Head of Market Research Finlay Colville, Lightsource and Solarcentury.

Smart homes and future installer sessions will help organisations future proof their businesses and see how the clean energy residential and commercial markets will mature and benefit from presentations from Forster Group, Egnida, PA Energy, Spirit Solar, Photon, Caplor, Carbon Zero and Poweri.

The Energy Storage Theatre will examine what the addressable market for energy storage is in the UK and what the rules of play are. Starting off by investigating in more detail the role played by landowners (CLA, Crown Estate) and DNO (WPD, UKPN, Scottish Power) in the deployment of storage, the theatre will delve into detail into the results of the 200MW EFR tender and how the winners of the tender are planning to develop their projects. The second day will cover updates in regulations and policy, finance for storage (Primrose, Camborne Capital) and sessions targeted at energy buyers outline what to consider when purchasing energy storage. European case studies and lessons learnt will be the focus of the last day on the theatre.

Jerry Hamilton, Channel Manager of Tesla’s new Powerwall home battery device remarked:

“The transition from just solar to now clean energy & include solar as part of the overall energy mix is key for the evolving solar market. Tesla will not only be demonstrating its battery technology products but sharing its views and ambitions on how to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.”

The exhibition brings together the whole of the UK’s solar value chain attracting a wide selection of international companies with new investment opportunities in countries such as India, Ghana, Nigeria, Algeria and Tunisia. The event will give attendees strategic information necessary to beat the uncertainty that the UK’s policy U-turns have created and will update companies on how Europe’s tendering process will change and the impact this will have upon developers.

The four cutting-edge conferences are free to attend and allow delegates to explore storage, rooftop PV, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Middle East, India, Ireland, Europe – and of course the UK. Attendees will also hear from landowners, rooftop owners, DNOs, electric vehicle companies and energy buyers decarbonising their own operations.

To register for free and for more information visit

Date: 4-6 October 2016.
Location: The NEC, Birmingham, UK

Smart Renewable Energy Forum: Intelligently connecting renewable energies and storage systems

Munich, June 9, 2016: Lots of sunshine, strong winds: The conditions in spring are ideal for renewable energies. Almost too ideal, as the Pentecost weekend 2016 demonstrated. An oversupply in the grid feed-in from solar and wind energy led at times to negative energy prices. Situations such as this make it clear that setting up an intelligent energy system, which optimally connects and controls energy producers, storage systems, consumers and grids, is essential for the energy supply of the future.

The Smart Renewable Energy Forum at Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners, demonstrates how this can be achieved. Experts are set to present and discuss technologies and solutions from June 22-24, 2016 in hall B2, booth B2.131.

Over Pentecost, a stiff breeze was blowing on the German coast, the sun was shining in southern Germany, and industrial demand was low, as it was a public holiday. The result: For a short time, Germany initially came close to meeting its entire energy needs with energy from renewable sources. On Sunday (May, 8) between 11:00am and 12:00pm, solar and wind energy installations alone generated an output of over 48,000 megawatts (MW), equivalent to around 75% of the energy consumption. Altogether, renewable energies were able to cover 87% of the energy consumption – a milestone for the energy transition. The massive expansion of photovoltaic and wind power sites also causes problems, as many, particularly old, conventional power plants, cannot be controlled quickly enough. The consequence: At times, the price of power on the Leipzig Energy Exchange fell below zero. This means that anyone feeding electricity into the grid effectively had to pay their customers for taking the electricity off their hands.

The Mercom Capital Group (Austin, Texas, USA) is expecting a worldwide photovoltaic deployment of around 64.7 gigawatts this year, which is equivalent to an increase of just under 12% compared with the previous year. The greater the expansion of renewable energies, the more important it becomes that the market participants work together to regulate energy flows – in buildings, in cities or in power grids. Associations, companies and universities are set to present the newest technologies for intelligently connecting the energy supply at the Smart Renewable Energy Forum, taking place this year for the first time at Intersolar Europe.

Prosumer – producer and consumer in the energy supply system
Consumers and companies are increasingly turning into so-called prosumers. This means that they do not just use electricity, but also generate it themselves with solar installations, for example, and feed the excess energy into the public power grid. Find out how prosumers can regulate their power supply efficiently at the Smart Renewable Energy Forum on June 22, 2016. Experts will be introducing current prosumer solutions for private households and businesses from 10:30am to 17:30pm, for example at Prosumer Solutions – Optimization of Self-Consumption from 11:00am to 12:30pm. The focus here in on intelligent energy management – from operating a PV installation in combination with a heat pump in a single-family house, to storage system technologies for optimizing on-site consumption.

Digitalization – Intelligently connected
Because renewable energy sources such as sun and wind are not always available, it is essential to coordinate energy supply and demand intelligently using digitally connected solutions. This will make it possible in the future to draw solar power from nearby PV installations and storage devices, or to offer self-generated solar power to other consumers for storage or use. Integrating electric vehicles into the system as additional consumers and storage devices facilitates an even more efficient use of solar power. The smart grid, the intelligent power grid of the future, steers and oversees the generation, storage, distribution and consumption of electricity. In this context, smart meters take on a significant role. By capturing all the important data on electricity consumption, they become data interfaces between private households, grid operators and energy suppliers. Visitors can learn how production and consumption data are collected and exchanged in buildings to enable intelligent management of the grid and resources at the Smart Renewable Energy Forum on June 23, 2016 from 10:00am to 17:15pm. From 10:00am to 12:00pm, the focus is on the digitalization of the energy industry and the smart meter rollout.

Highlight: Model regions

At the Smart Renewable Energy Forum, visitors can find out about model regions where renewable sources already make up 100% of the energy supply, and learn how a clean and reliable energy supply works. The Smart Villages project in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate demonstrates how climate protection and adding value regionally through intelligent development in rural areas can be realized. The Technical University of Munich is set to introduce a project exploring battery storage systems in local grids. The sessions take place on June 24, 2016 from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

Wind meets Solar and Storage
Wind turbines are the ideal supplement to solar energy, as good wind conditions often prevail when the sun does not shine. Innovative energy storage systems can use this combination to bring the fluctuations in energy generation under control, leading to optimized energy systems and reduced electricity costs. The Wind meets Solar and Storage presentation series at the Smart Renewable Energy Forum on June 23 reveals how this clean and reliable energy supply can work. The session accompanies the special exhibit with the same name at ees Europe, Europe’s largest exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems, which is taking place at the same time. The future prospects and possibilities for the combination of wind, sun and energy storage are up for discussion in the session titled Integration Strategies (June 23, 2016 from 1:30pm–3:00pm). The Virtual Power Plants presentation series (Thursday, June 23, 2016, from 3:00pm–5:15pm) introduces options for digitally connecting and controlling PV installations, wind power plants, micro CHP plants and other electricity producers and consumers.

The forum is sponsored by: Siemens AG, SMA Solar Technology AG, E.ON Energie Deutschland GmbH, Fronius International GmbH and Viessmann Photovoltaik GmbH.

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New eLearning package makes quality energy training affordable for all staff

A new eLearning programme has been launched that will make it possible for even the largest organisations to involve every employee in their energy saving journey.

Most energy conscious organisations realise that training staff in energy awareness would be beneficial to the business but often cost is seen as an unbreakable barrier. Be Energy is a new affordable, high quality, user-friendly, eLearning programme that will help employees to understand what energy is, how the use of energy impacts on our environment and how they can contribute to using less energy to save costs and to create healthier businesses and a healthier planet.

Through a series of thought provoking and enlightening videos and interactive elements, participants will see how they depend on energy every day at home and at work and how they can start to use less energy through making small changes to how they think and act and through using low-energy technology. There are interactive graphics, questions and multiple-choice quizzes after each module to engage the participant in the programme and to ensure they take away the key messages. Delegates are able to download a certificate to show they have successfully completed the programme.

The one-hour programme can be branded and tailored to an organisation’s own requirements, has engaging multi-media content and is suitable for all employees, no previous knowledge or experience is required.

JRP Solutions’ Managing Director, Jes Rutter, says. “We have designed Be Energy to achieve maximum impact with minimal disruption to business at a very affordable cost so that even in very large organisations, every employee can be engaged in the energy saving journey.”
Costs vary depending on user numbers and whether bespoke elements are required, but can be as little as 90p per delegate, making it a very affordable step towards engaging all staff to safe energy.

For delegates or organisations that want to continue their energy learning journey, JRP have a range of practical classroom and workplace training programmes to suit a wide range of requirements.

JRP Solutions are energy consultants who specialise in delivering energy efficiencies across the whole asset base in commercial and industrial environments.

UK-assembled PV-heat batteries set out to ‘prove real impact on fuel poverty’

sunampSunamp, a Scottish manufacturer of heat batteries for domestic energy storage, including models designed to link with PV systems, has started serial production of its units from a base in the UK.

Company boss Andrew Bissell and his team revealed at the Solar Energy UK show yesterday that Sunamp’s assembly partner, Bay Solutions, is putting together Sunamp products at a rate of 100 cells a week, equating to 50 units. Read more