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Energy Storage Awards 2023: Let’s recognise Europe’s leaders and innovators


Many readers of and attendees of the Energy Storage Summit series have shown interest in the Energy Storage Awards 2023 already.

Our first-ever awards event will reflect the enormous steps forward taken by the dynamic companies and tremendously talented people that make up this industry.

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Being featured, nominated, winning or otherwise being involved will be a strong boost to your company’s standing among its peers and help you stand out against competitors.

Many of you are mission-driven to further the vital role of energy storage as a tool of decarbonisation and reliable energy access, and others are drawn to it because of the exciting technologies.

Whichever you are (or perhaps a bit of both), it’s fair to say you’ve all worked enormously hard over the past few years to get energy storage to where it is: a multi-gigawatt global market continuing to grow.

Therefore, we think it’s the right time for the Energy Storage Awards 2023.

Let’s take a moment to celebrate the incredible efforts of the industry, learn from its leading lights and innovators, and recognise excellence where we see it.

Who should enter the Energy Storage Awards, and why?

Good question! Basically, the Awards are open to a very broad range of entrants, because we want to include as many types of companies, technologies, projects and of course people, as we can.

There are 12 categories, and while our coverage on naturally tends to skew towards the utility-scale segment, we certainly do not want to exclude more distributed scales of energy storage.

The same goes for technologies. While the industry of course is today largely lithium battery-based, that’s not to say that’s all we want to see.

We’ve made the entry criteria as broad as possible and kept the entry process simple because we want to hear from you all!  

At the end of the day, our panel of incredible expert judges (more on them later), will assess entries based on merit, without bias to technologies or particular companies.

One thing to remember though, is that the Energy Storage Awards 2023 will be judging activities and projects based in Europe, so please do bear that in mind.

Your company does not have to be European, or Europe-headquartered, but we are looking for Europe-based project execution, product development etc. Perhaps we will revisit this in future years to go more ‘global’, as well as adding further specific tech-based categories.

Who will be judging the awards?

This is perhaps the aspect that I, as editor of, am most excited about when it comes to this year’s inaugural awards.

Our team was asked who we’d like to see on the judging panel, and then the fantastic event production team at Solar Media approached our list of top names…

Incredibly – and perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised, but I was – we got them all!

Take a look at the ‘Judges’ page on the event website: we think we’ve done a pretty good job of selecting a truly stellar expert panel, with some familiar names from industry, and highly-respected names from academia.

Battery expert and guru Billy Wu from Imperial College London, analysts from BloombergNEF, S&P Global and Clean Horizon, key decision-makers from LightsourceBP and Eku Energy join the likes of European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) secretary general Patrick Clerens and noted financier-turned-podcast host Gerard Reid of Alexa Capital and other industry leaders on the judging panel this year.

Rest assured judges are required to declare conflicts of interest and recuse themselves from any categories it would not be appropriate for them to assess, and the judging process, taking place this summer, will be fair and transparent.

I’m really looking forward to hearing what our judges have to say about the nominations, even if some of it will have to stay off-the-record!

Thanks and we look forward to receiving your nominations,

Learn more about the Energy Storage Awards at the official website here, or send enquiries to: [email protected]

Andy Colthorpe


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