Why you should aim for an open business model

Delegates at next year's Energy Storage Europe Conference will hear a plea for open business models (Pic: Energy Storage Europe 2016).

Delegates at next year’s Energy Storage Europe Conference will hear a plea for open business models (Pic: Energy Storage Europe 2016).

Energy storage developers and asset owners should aim to be technologically neutral to make the most of global markets, experts will hear next year.

Florian Mayr, partner and storage expert of management consultancy Apricum, is due to make the case for technologically open business models at the Energy Storage Europe Conference 2017 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

These models can benefit most from the growth of international storage markets as flexibility becomes a key factor for success in the industry, he claims.

“Today storage markets are still comparatively small and characterised by individual, often geographically determined application cases,” he said. 
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Why storage is different to PV

Trends reveal the energy storage industry may not follow the growth pattern of solar, due to the need for a wider range of different technologies. Photo credit: Ads-tec

Trends reveal the energy storage industry may not follow the growth pattern of solar, due to the need for a wider range of different technologies. Photo credit: Ads-tec

By Jason Deign

Claims that energy storage is likely to evolve in the same way as solar might not be as accurate as previously thought, current trends reveal.

In particular, the move towards technology consolidation apparent in the photovoltaic (PV) sector is unlikely to materialise to the same extent in storage because of storage’s much wider range of applications.

At Energy Storage Europe this month, Ads-tec managing director Thomas Speidel is expected to say that the wide range of technologies being used for storage is a key to the success of the industry.

“We are experiencing a disruptive change to our energy economy,” he said in a press note. “That is why quickly scalable storage technologies such as battery storage, which can easily be rolled out, are beneficial.”

The need for different technologies to cater for applications as diverse as frequency regulation and time-of-use shifting marks energy storage apart from solar, despite frequent comparisons between the two.
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Islands show how energy transition works

Island renewable energy projects with battery storage, like the Younicos Graciosa Island in the Azores project, could be the model for energy storage in Europe, says Clemens Triebel. Photo: Energy Storage Europe

Island renewable energy projects with battery storage, like the Younicos Graciosa Island in the Azores project, could be the model for energy storage in Europe, says Clemens Triebel. Photo credit: Energy Storage Europe

By Jason Deign

Islands converting power supplies from diesel to renewables could be role models for the global transition to renewable energy, according to Younicos co-founder Clemens Triebel.

“If we’re aiming for a high percentage of solar and wind energy, the expansion of renewables has to be matched with sufficient storage capacity from the start,” said Triebel in an Energy Storage Europe press release.

In contrast, said Triebel, the German electricity system is still discriminating against energy storage in favour of conventional power plants.

“We still produce power according to a 19th century paradigm which holds that energy is best produced by large generators that rotate constantly,” he commented.

“If we continue to cling to this notion, the grid will continue to be taken up by coal, gas and nuclear, blocking space for solar and wind energy more and more frequently.”
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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.
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IRENA to fine-tune 160GW energy storage plan next week

The International Renewable Energy Agency is finalising its energy storage roadmap to install 160GW battery storage worldwide by 2030. Photo credit: IRENA

The International Renewable Energy Agency is finalising its energy storage roadmap to install 160GW battery storage worldwide by 2030. Photo credit: IRENA

A group of experts is next week expected to finalise details of a road map to install 160GW of battery storage worldwide in 2030. The plan, being developed by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), would see nearly four times as much battery storage being deployed in the next 15 years as all the solar power installed worldwide to date.

The road map is due to be launched this summer following feedback next week from political, industrial and scientific experts at an International Energy Storage Policy and Regulation workshop at the Energy Storage Europe 2015 Conference and Expo.

“The road map will guide IRENA’s 139 member states on the key activities needed to support energy storage for the global expansion of renewable energy,” said IRENA last week in a press release.

The need for 160GW of battery storage is based on IRENA’s REmap 2030 study of how to double the share of renewables in the global energy mix from 20% in 2010 to 40% by 2030.
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Battery boss questions current market focus

Industry focus should be on hybrid energy storage systems, says Anil Srivastava of Leclanché at Energy Storage Europe.

Industry focus should be on hybrid energy storage systems, says Anil Srivastava of Leclanché at Energy Storage Europe. Photo credit: Leclanché

Energy storage’s current focus on the advantages of different technologies is potentially wrong, according to the head of one of Europe’s top battery companies. Anil Srivastava, chief executive of Leclanché, says that instead of debating the merits of individual storage technologies the industry needs to adopt a multiple-technology approach that consolidates the strengths of different options into hybrid systems.

This plea is expected to be the centrepiece of Srivastava’s keynote speech at the Energy Storage Europe conference in Düsseldorft next month.

“Different storage applications often require different capabilities,” says Srivastava. “While some areas of application need high output and quick reaction, others demand inexpensive storage technologies with a high capacity.

“Frequently these various features need to be combined seamlessly with each other. These days, many people are on the lookout for a kind of miracle system that fulfils all their requirements equally as well.”

Until such a concept exists, Srivastava argues, batteries, for example, will continue to be used in devices to which they are not ideally suited, which will lead to oversized storage systems or reduced service lifespans.
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Five conferences at the industry’s largest gathering

With with five international energy-related conferences plus an exhibition, Energy Storage Europe 2015 looks like being an unmissable event. Photo credit: Messe Düsseldorf GmbH

With five international energy-related conferences plus an exhibition, Energy Storage Europe 2015 looks like being an unmissable event. Photo credit: Messe Düsseldorf GmbH

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.
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