A new category for Electrical Energy Storage (EES) systems has been added to the Intersolar Awards, with the prize given at Intersolar Europe in Munich on 4 June.
This year the Electrical Energy Storage exhibition, an area dedicated to companies offering products and services in electrical storage and solar power will take place alongside the Munich show. The EES section is also expected to include a full conference programme.
According to Intersolar, the EES exhibition “is the ideal platform for the rapidly growing energy storage systems market, covering the entire supply chain of innovative battery and energy storage system technologies, from components to production to concrete examples of application”.
Electrical energy storage is a much-talked about topic in renewable energy at present, offering possibilities such as allowing higher on-site consumption of solar generated electricity, helping commercial customers to manage peak demand and providing grids and utilities with the means to accommodate electricity from variable or intermittent energy sources. A recent report by analyst firm IHS forecast the grid-connected storage industry in particular to ‘explode’ over the next few years, potentially reaching 40GW by 2017, while Eric Carlson, head of storage systems at SolarCity recently told PV Tech the company viewed electrical energy storage as an “inevitable” next step for the electricity industry and for renewable energy in particular.
International Battery and Electrical Storage Alliance (IBESA) the trade body formed by analyst Markus Hoehner of EUPD Research and Bryan Ekus of International Photovoltaic Equipment Association (IPVEA) will host the IBESA Pavilion within the storage exhibition. IBESA member organisations will be able to exhibit at the pavilion throughout the show, with Hoehner claiming every level of the alliance’s membership will be represented.
Eric Carlson of SolarCIty, Sam Wilkinson of IHS and Markus Hoehner of IBESA are among the industry figures and experts interviewed for a feature article on electrical energy storage in the forthcoming volume of Solar Business Focus magazine.