IRES and ESE Conferences: Final conclusions and political claims

(Prof. Peter Droege, President EUROSOLAR e.V. / Photo: Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann) Düsseldorf, 16 March 2017. The 11th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES 2017) of EUROSOLAR e.V. and the 6th Energy Storage Europe 2017 (ESE) trade fair from Messe Düsseldorf will end today. More than 650 experts attended the conferences and discussed the latest developments focusing on science and research (IRES) and business and finance (ESE). Over 4,200 visitors from more than 55 countries attended this year's trade fair. These figures affirm yet again the position of the IRES Conference, the Energy Storage Europe Conference and the trade fair as the world's leading platform for storage technologies – ranging from battery storage to thermal and mechanical storage up to Power2Gas and their practical applications.

The more than 260 contributions from international speakers showed impressively how far the technical development of storage solutions has already advanced and how diverse the purposes of applications are. This was also witnessed by the over 160 exhibitors, who are pushing the diverse storage solutions – prepared in research and development in recent years – to the market.

The three conference days have shown that the discussion about new business models, alternatives and additions to grid expansion, intelligently linked decentralized applications, network services and, of course, the convergence of the markets for electricity, heat and transport continue to gain relevance and depth. A general consensus among actors is that the regulatory framework conditions of this rapid development lag behind clearly or even deliberately slow it down.

Tobias Jaletzky, Managing Director of EUROSOLAR e.V., emphasizes: “The broad market roll-out of storage applications and the multiple use of already existing systems must finally be made possible at the regulatory level without discrimination and artificial barriers. The success of the energy transition is not a technological question, but rather a political one. The acceleration of the energy turnaround, the introduction of a New Energy Market Order with renewable energies and storage at its core are overdue. Only this way the economic, technical and societal potentials of a fast, price-efficient and decentralized energy supply can be achieved.”

Already last year, conclusions were drawn from the conference’s contributions. With the Düsseldorf Statement various actors from science and research, industry and associations developed demands on federal and state politics to speed up the energy turnaround and the active and intelligent use of storage technologies. Since then, a lot has happened: the state of Brandenburg has launched its own storage initiative and North Rhine-Westphalia has introduced the demand for a national storage strategy as an application in the Federal Council.

Despite these positive developments, the current regulatory framework continues to be the key obstacles to the successful and meaningful implementation of energy storage systems, so that the requirements remain up-to-date and relevant.

Against this background, EUROSOLAR will hold the 4th IRES Symposium on the political framework conditions for energy storage in the state representation of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) at the federal government in Berlin on 20 November together with the Energy Agency of NRW (EnergieAgentur.NRW)

With the conclusion of the joint conference and the trade fair, the organizers are once again drawing a positive summary. In the coming year, the 12th IRES and the 7th ESE will open their doors again from 13th till 15th March in Düsseldorf.

About the Energy Storage Event Exhibition grounds Düsseldorf
The joint storage conferences of the 11th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES 2017) of EUROSOLAR e.V. and the 6th Energy Storage Europe Conference (ESE) of Messe Düsseldorf provides the world’s largest conference program on energy storage with focus on business and finance (ESE) and on science and research (IRES). At the same time, the 6th OTTI Conference Power-to-Gas and the 11th Storage Day took place at the exhibition grounds in Düsseldorf. The Energy Storage Europe trade fair grew by about 35 percent compared to the previous year to some 4,200 visitors from over 55 countries. Over 160 exhibitors were presented.

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