It is being billed as the biggest gathering in the industry. And with five international energy-related conferences plus an exhibition all under the one roof, the organisers of the Energy Storage Europe 2015 event can hardly be accused of boasting. The event, which will take place March 9 to 11, 2015, in Düsseldorf, Germany, will combine Energy Storage Europe with the 9th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES 2015).
But in addition, attendees will be able to dip in to three other key energy events, starting with the 2nd Financial Dialogue Europe run by VDE, the German Institute of the Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies.
On its third day, meanwhile, the venue will host the 4th Ostbayerisches Technologie-Transfer-Institut (OTTI) Power-to-Gas Conference and the German Solar Alliance’s 6th Storage Day.
Together, these annual conferences will cover the widest topical range in the international energy storage market, organisers say.
The Messe Düsseldorf trade fair is organising the event along with VDE, OTTI, the European Association for Renewable Energy (Eurosolar), the World Council for Renewable Energy and the Solar Alliance.
Three full days
Hans Werner Reinhard, managing director of Messe Düsseldorf, says: “Energy Storage Europe will provide attendees with three full days of learning, networking and deal-making.
“Each conference will feature the latest news, policy making and innovations from business and technology.”
He continues: “Networking will be well facilitated, with all five events sharing the same break times and common meeting areas, while our Networking Dinner Party will offer ample opportunities for further engagement with potential customers and partners.
“Further, more than 100 businesses, institutions and media companies will have exhibits on the show floor. Such a format is a new approach for this international event, and one that’s designed with business in mind.”
While IRES will focus on more scientific topics, Energy Storage Europe will cover business-related and technological subjects.
As part of this, the conference will provide an in-depth look at outstanding storage projects and explore their technical and economic aspects.
Bankability of storage
Financial Dialogue Europe will deal with the financing and bankability of storage solutions, while Storage Day has a special emphasis on trades people and technicians who work with storage solutions.
More than 850 industry professionals from 40 countries attended last year’s Energy Storage Europe event.
The 2015 conference and exhibition, combining five events under one roof, is expected to welcome more than 1,500 international visitors and about 100 exhibitors.
The preliminary program, which is due to be updated this month, already contains details of the Financial Dialogue Europe event.
This will feature topics such as latest developments in the sector, lucrative markets for energy storage, standardisation of lithium-ion battery systems, best practices for the sustainable development of the market and businesses cases of off-grid projects.
Energy Storage Europe has signed up 17 industry association partners, including the Alliance for Rural Electrification, the German Energy Storage Association, the British Photovoltaic Association and the California Energy Storage Alliance, among others.
Other partners include Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Deutsche Energie-Agentur, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, the Renewables Grid Initiative, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Deutsches CleanTech Institut.
Prof Dr Eicke R Weber, chairman of Energy Storage Europe’s program committee, president of the German Energy Storage Association and spokesman for the Fraunhofer Energy Alliance, says the event should have something for everyone.
“Many visitors will be attracted by the opportunity to catch up on the technical, economic and political state of affairs by participating in discussions on the storage market at all levels,” he says.
“This is the first time that this is possible in one location over a few days.
Registrations are open at www.ESEexpo.de/2130 and there are ‘attractive discounts’ if you register before the end of January 2015.
Written by Jason Deign
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