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12 October 2018 2018 09:30 AM GMT

EES & IBESA Summit France 2018: Storage Industry Setting A Course For The Future

The ees & IBESA Summit in Strasbourg is the main meeting point for the battery and energy storage industry in France. On October 24, 2018, European manufacturers, service providers, project developers, systems integrators and research institutes will come together in Alsace to make transnational contacts. Supported by ees Europe, the continent’s largest and most visited exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems, and the International Battery and Energy Storage Alliance (IBESA), summit participants will discuss the latest topics and trends. They will develop new business models and visions for the new energy future.

The ees & IBESA Summit France 2018 will bring the battery and energy storage system industries together in Strasbourg. The one-day conference provides an opportunity for all relevant stakeholders in the energy storage industry to exchange knowledge and ideas about crucial topics for the future. Just like the photovoltaics (PV) industry of the 1990s, the market for storage systems is now also radically changing — and it is only becoming more international. That is why it is essential for everyone involved in the industry to network via a common platform, so they can learn from each other, develop visions for the future and correct undesirable developments early. That will ensure quality and reliability for tomorrow.

The market for storage systems is booming. It has tripled in recent years in Germany alone, where already more than 100,000 solar storage systems have been installed, and there is no end in sight. The annual worldwide installation rate of stationary storage devices will increase significantly by 2030 —Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts a capacity of 125 GW with a storage volume of 305 GWh. The combination of photovoltaics and storage systems is proving to be promising, including for the French market. In France, companies which install solar systems are now using their distribution channels for storage systems, too. According to EuPD Research, 68 per cent of them were already offering battery storage systems in 2016. The trend is catching on. It is accompanied by a shift from direct to indirect purchasing, with the new target group being distributors and wholesalers.

Shining a light on the French storage market The French government plans to raise the share of renewable energies in the country’s power supply — by 2025, nuclear energy should be reduced from 75 per cent to 50 per cent of the energy mix. Massive investments are necessary for this plan to work, including in the area of smart metering as well as for efficient transmission and distribution of electricity, and electrical energy storage is crucial. Strasbourg serves as precisely the right meeting point. On October 24, the ees & IBESA Summit France will take on the challenges and opportunities existing in the French and the wider European
energy storage market. It will also put current political, technological and market-related issues in the spotlight.

Visitors can expect a high-quality program. One of many highlights is a session about the revolution in energy storage media in Europe. A range of relevant topics are on the docket here and speakers will address such topics as the underlying political conditions, the economic climate and technical advances. Another session is focused on developments in the industry and the current status of research. This includes blockchain and the question of whether virtual power plants are the future of the industry. A third session will present business models and best practices. Among other topics, it will look at how energy storage systems have changed the energy supply in stand-alone systems and what advantages energy management systems offer for residential properties.

“With falling costs and rising capacity, the range of economic applications for battery storage systems is growing. There are many opportunities for Europe to take on a leading role in this transitional period,” says Pablo Ralon, Associate Program Officer, Renewable Energy Cost Status & Outlook of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). “The summit is taking place at exactly the right time. Interest in renewable energies is now growing in France, as are investment plans for storage solutions. Balancing the public grid and connecting vehicles to the power grid are also focal points,” adds Louis-Narito Harada of Eversheds Sutherland.
Expanding the EU market and developing new business models At the ees & IBESA Summit France, the industry will not only sketch out joint visions of how the
storage market should function in the future but will also consider the expansion of the EU market and the development of new business models. Ultimately, the industry meeting point will serve to further drive the transnational discussion on the expansion of storage technologies.

The event’s organizers are Solar Promotion International GmbH, the International Battery & Energy Storage Alliance (IBESA) and Freiburg Management und Marketing International GmbH (FMMI). Trion-Climate e.V. is a co-organizer. The ees & IBESA Summit France 2018 is made possible by a range of high-profile sponsors. The organizers would like to thank Hager Electro GmbH & Co. KG, SOCOMEC and Sonnen GmbH for their support. The ees & IBESA Summit France 2018 will take place in Strasbourg on October 24, 2018.

Image source: © Solar Promotion International GmbH/LG Chem Europe GmbH

October 18th 2018
EU Parliament Aims Higher For Renewables In Its 2030 Climate And Energy Goals

The European Parliament’s Industry & Energy (ITRE) and Environment (ENVI) committees have voted their position on the Energy Union Governance Regulation, just a week after the ITRE committee called for raising the EU’s 2030 renewable energy target to 35% instead of 27%. The Governance Regulation sets out how EU Member States will deliver the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy goals including the binding EU renewables target and how they will give visibility to renewable energy investors on post-2020 deployment volumes. The IEA now says that wind will be Europe’s leading electricity source soon after 2030.

November 9th 2018
US: EIA Data Shows Renewables Outpacing Nuclear Power In Electrical Generation

The latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is showing that electrical generation by renewable sources has edged past nuclear power. Additionally, wind and solar now provide 10% of the nation’s electricity, overall; with solar alone surpassing biomass and geothermal combined. Significantly, solar now triples electrical generation by oil. In addition, the data reveals that solar and wind both showed strong growth with solar (i.e., utility-scale + distributed PV) expanding by 27.6% and wind by 11.2%. Combined, they accounted for nearly a tenth of the nation’s electrical generation.

November 8th 2018
Macquarie Capital Reach Financial Closure On Largest PPP Project In Netherlands

Ahead of speaking at the 17th annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum next month in Amsterdam, Macquarie Capital, Ballast Nedam, and DEME have recently announced that they’ve reached financial closure on the largest PPP project ever awarded in the Netherlands. The €1 billion Blankenburg Connection PPP project, which involves the construction of an immersed tunnel under the Rotterdam port waterway, a land tunnel and two junctions, aims to improve road links between Rotterdam and its port. This further establishes the Benelux PPP market as one of the most active and important regions for global infrastructure projects business.

November 2nd 2018
Ingeteam’s Indian Wind Converter Factory Achieves DNV GL Certification First

Ingeteam has announced that it received DNV GL’s “Shop Approval in Renewable Energy” certification for the wind converter manufacturing facility recently established by the company in the Tamil Nadu region. Its new facility is the first-ever wind converter factory to receive such a certification in India. DNV GL’s Shop Approval is awarded upon successful completion of a comprehensive audit and enables Ingeteam to simplify the scope of subsequent quality inspections. This next level certification guarantees that a workshop operates within a high-standard manufacturing environment and that adequate working procedures and methods are consistently deployed by qualified staff.

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