Batteries for rent and other headlines from Düsseldorf’s Energy Storage Europe

This year's Energy Storage Europe has been packed with announcements (photo from last year, courtesy of Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann).

This year’s Energy Storage Europe has been packed with announcements (photo from last year, courtesy of Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann).

By Jason Deign

Younicos, the battery system developer bought by Aggreko last year, launched an energy storage rental service on the first day of Energy Storage Europe yesterday.
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Electric or hydrogen-based vehicles? Why not have both alongside each other?

The eye-catching all-electric Tesla might look great for commuting but hydrogen cars could be better for longer drives, H-Tec says.

The eye-catching all-electric Tesla might look great for commuting but hydrogen cars could be better for longer drives, H-Tec says.

By Jason Deign

The debate over whether we should drive battery or hydrogen-based cars has an easy answer, according to Heinrich Gärtner of German hydrogen electrolyser firm H-Tec Systems. We should drive both, he said.
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ITM Power: “significant commercial progress” in latest half-year results

The European Marine Energy Centre, where ITM Power is helping deliver the world's first tidal-powered hydrogen. Photo: Colin Keldie, courtesy EMEC.

The European Marine Energy Centre, where ITM Power is helping deliver the world’s first tidal-powered hydrogen. Photo: Colin Keldie, courtesy EMEC.

By Jason Deign

Hydrogen polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) technology developer ITM Power announced “significant commercial progress” in half-yearly results unveiled this week.
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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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