Energy Storage Europe trade fair grows by more than 60 per cent

Düsseldorf, 17 March 2016 – The Energy Storage Europe 2016 (ESE) trade fair and conference and the 10th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES 2016) by EUROSOLAR end today with the adoption of the “Düsseldorf Statement”. The statement focuses on the requirements for national and regional policy to continue the energy revolution and storage expansion required for this. More than 3,000 visitors from 54 countries attended this year’s trade fair. Over 650 experts gathered information at the conferences with economic and scientific focal points. That corresponds to a higher than 60 per cent increase in visitors compared to the previous year and once again confirms the position of the exhibition, of the IRES Conference and of the Energy Storage Europe Conference as globally leading specialist events for all storage technologies, from battery storage to thermal and mechanical storage right up to Power2Gas.

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Hans Werner Reinhard, Member of the Messe Düsseldorf Management Board: “Energy Storage Europe is still on a growth course. The increase in exhibitor and visitor numbers shows that the focus on the whole spectrum of storage technologies and the different conferences bundled into one event are striking a chord with the industry. That is why we will be providing additional exhibition space for next year’s Energy Storage Europe, which will take place from 14 to 16 March 2017.”

Prof. Dirk Uwe Sauer, Member of the IRES Scientific Advisory Board: “Energy Storage Europe shows that industry and research have realised the cross-sector importance of combined solutions for power, heat and gas storage and are actively preparing or already offering solutions for this. The high number of 140 exhibitors proves that there are now also opportunities on offer for companies to launch solutions on the market, which have been prepared in research and development over the last few years.”

Urban Windelen, Managing Director of the German Energy Storage Association: “Energy storage technologies have reached market maturity; this year’s Energy Storage Europe impressively proves that again. In Germany it is just the framework conditions that are lagging behind and preventing the sensible launch of storage conducive to the network.”

Innovative products were also presented at Energy Storage Europe by various companies this year. H-TEC SYSTEMS GmbH, a subsidiary of GP JOULE GmbH, showed its scalable Power2Gas PEM electrolysis stack with outputs of up to 1 MW for the first time. The stack is designed for mass production and has a high power density with compact construction. Its potential to reduce prices for hydrogen production optimises the interaction between renewable energy production, mobility and other industrial sectors.

MBS Naturstromspeicher GmbH introduced its innovative thermal natural heat accumulators in the form of pools in different shapes and sizes, fountains and natural looking ponds. With storage capacities from 5 kW to more than 300 kW and diameters from 2.4 m they enrich the areas around buildings thanks to their high-quality design. For the storage function, extremely quiet fans feed or in the winter discharge the ambient heat to or from the water. With the help of a heat pump the stored energy is then used for heating or cooling. Besides young technology companies, industrial corporations such as Siemens AG and ABB Switzerland LtD. and a new player the Daimler subsidiary Deutsche Automotive GmbH & Co. KG also showed their solutions at the trade fair.

Prof. Brian Vad Mathiesen, Member of the IRES Scientific Advisory Board: “I believe the world can go to 100% renewable energy. Scientific analyses clearly point in that direction. Understanding the roles of energy storage, flexible demands, efficient energy conversion and new energy demands is the key to understanding how a cost-efficient transition can take place. The last three conference days showed impressively, that after years of research, the industry is ready to enter the storage market. Now it’s up to the policy, to set the course in the right direction”

Dr. Andreas Hauer Head of Division “Energy Storage” at ZAE Bavaria, who is taking over the position of Prof. Eicke R. Weber as Chairman of the Energy Storage Europe in 2017: “With regards to the heat and cooling demand, which is 60% of the entire energy demand of Germany, thermal energy storage can contribute significantly to making the power market more flexible (e.g. using Power to Gas) and increasing energy efficiency (e.g. through waste heat recovery).

Summary of the Düsseldorf Statement
The Düsseldorf Statement calls for a clear, regulatory framework for the market launch of storage solutions. An important flexibility option is that storage must be able to operate on the market equally on both the network and generation side with other flexibility options. Storage solutions may provide a number of services conducive to the system – services to promote the integration of renewable energies, to increase energy efficiency and to stabilise the networks. The technologies are ready for the market. And the market is the greatest innovation driver to continue to advance the use of storage for the energy revolution.

The statement also calls for barriers to be removed between the power, heat, gas and fuel markets to allow for sectors to link up. Important future technologies such as Power to X will be severely hampered if the rigid segregation of sectors is not removed. A clear statement of belief in storage is required from politics. In order to create fair competition, storage also must not be classified as the final consumer. Germany could then keep up with other European states where no or significantly lower network charges are paid.

About the trade fair as well as the ESE and IRES conferences
Energy Storage Europe 2016 is the trade fair with the world’s largest conference programme on energy storage. The conference consists of the 5th Energy Storage Conference (ESE) and the 10th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES 2016). Focal points are economy and finance (ESE) as well as science and social policy (IRES). At the same time, the side events, the 5th OTTI-Conference Power-to-Gas and the 9th Storage Day, take place on the exhibition grounds in Düsseldorf.

The next dates for Energy Storage Europe have already been confirmed:
Energy Storage Europe 2017 – 14 March - 16 March 2017
Energy Storage Europe 2018 – 13 March - 15 March 2018

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