Energy Storage Europe and IRES to join forces

It has been announced that Energy Storage Europe 2016 and the International Renewable Energy Storage Conference – IRES 2016 – will merge next year. Photo credit: Messe Düsseldorf

It has been announced that Energy Storage Europe 2016 and the International Renewable Energy Storage Conference – IRES 2016 – will merge next year. Photo credit: Messe Düsseldorf

By Jason Deign

Energy storage’s evolution into a mainstream sector took a step forward this week with news of a major conference tie-up.

Messe Düsseldorf, the Düsseldorf Trade Fair, and the European Association for Renewable Energy, EUROSOLAR, signed a cooperation agreement that will see their respective flagship storage conferences running as one.

It means the organisation and programmes of the fifth European Energy Storage Conference and the 10th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES 2016) will be merged.

Organisers say the move will create additional advantages for visitors, exhibitors and speakers. For example, there will be a joint combination ticket for the key aspects of the conference.

The joint programme planning should also make it easier for visitors to acquire information on a more extensive range of topics within a single event.

Business and finance

While Energy Storage Europe focuses on business and finance, IRES is the leading conference for scientific and socio-political aspects of energy storage.

Hans Werner Reinhard, Messe Düsseldorf president and CEO, said: “Many of those who attended Energy Storage 2015 came to Düsseldorf for the trade fair and for the presentations on technological, political and market-related topics.

“It has now become much easier for them to put together, for themselves, individual visitor programmes that fit whatever they are looking for, with content from all areas.”

The move builds on a relationship dating back to 2014, when the IRES took place parallel to the Energy Storage Europe event in Düsseldorf for the first time.

Irm Scheer-Pontenagel, managing director of EUROSOLAR, said: “We are pleased about the better connection between the IRES and the ESE.

“The partnership-based conference alignment ensures mutual dialogue between researchers, scientists, representatives of industry and business and politicians.”

Participation sponsored

Also new next year will be the fact that German start-ups have the chance to have their participation in the trade fair sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy.

A ministry programme for the promotion of the participation of newly founded, innovative companies in leading international trade fairs in Germany will take care of up to 70% of the trade fair participation costs.

Exhibitor registration and stand planning have already begun, organisers said. From March 15 to 17, a total of around 125 exhibitors and 3,000 participants from more than 45 countries are expected to attend.

Exhibitor names already registered include Leclanché, ads-tec, the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology, Parker Hannifin, Younicos, RES Deutschland, Deutsche ACCUmotive and Varta Storage.

Side events include the 5th Ostbayerisches Technologie-Transfer-Institut Conference Power-to-Gas and the 9th Storage Day, which will take place at the trade fair site in Düsseldorf at the same time.

Biggest conference programme

Energy Storage Europe 2016 claims to be the trade fair with the world’s biggest conference programme on energy storage.

Attendance at Energy Storage Europe more than doubled this year, with around 100 exhibitors and some 1,800 attendees from more than 48 countries.

Dr Peter Röttgen, manager of E.ON’s Innovation Center for Energy Storage, told delegates: “All studies are in agreement: over the medium to long term, storage units for restructuring our energy system are essential.”

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