The Energy Storage Awards 2023 ceremony takes place in just over a month’s time in London, UK, with winners selected by a panel of leading judges.
When we launched the awards earlier this year at the Energy Storage Summit EU, our motivation was to take some time to celebrate the best and most dedicated in the European industry, recognising the amazing work being done at the leading edge of the energy transition.
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In order to do that in the right way, having a team of judges with credibility and established standing within the energy storage industry was absolutely vital for the Solar Media events team and the editorial staff here at Energy-Storage.news.
We are so proud to be presenting awards to Europe’s leading innovators, thinkers and doers, that will be chosen by our hand-picked judges, from academia and industry.
The deadline for submitting nominations has now passed and our expert judges are in the process of making their selections, ahead of the ceremony, which takes place on 28 September 2023 at Park Plaza London Riverbank.
“Energy storage systems are essential for achieving a net-zero future, and it’s exciting to see so many innovative approaches to tackling this problem,” says Billy Wu, senior lecturer at Imperial College London’s Dyson School of Design Engineering.
As someone that looks at the point at which practical engineering and fundamental science intersect, working on everything from fuel cells and supercapacitors, to, of course, lithium-ion batteries, Wu is well-placed to understand the industry ecosystem and what needs to happen for energy storage technologies to become a mainstream enabler of renewable energy adoption.
“Highlighting and recognising the efforts of these breakthroughs, hopefully will give greater visibility to these fantastic efforts.”
Wu is also an industrial fellow at the Faraday Institution, which is the UK’s independent research institute for research, skills development, early stage commercialisation and market analysis for energy storage.
‘It’s certainly an exciting space to be in’
“It’s really rewarding to see how energy storage has evolved from a nascent technology to something that’s now widely accepted and absolutely crucial for integrating renewable energy,” says another of our judges, Susan Taylor, senior analyst for batteries and energy storage at S&P Global Commodity Insights.
Readers may remember Taylor from her previous role as an energy storage analyst for the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE). She is another judge with a strong scientific background, having previously worked as a researcher for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs) and a development scientist for graphene supercapacitors.
Storage markets continue to grow across all sectors – it’s certainly an exciting space to be in at the moment and I look forward to seeing more positive growth and progress in the future!Susan Taylor, S&P Global Commodity Insights
The great progress being achieved in the energy storage industry needs to be rewarded, and that is why Corentin Baschet, head of market analysis at consultancy Clean Horizon, says he is glad to be among the judges for this year’s inaugural awards.
Baschet, who has been part of the industry for over seven years, says the energy storage sector is evolving so quickly that he is always learning new things: “Each day brings new challenges and opportunities with new players no one could have expected the day before,” Baschet says.
“Energy storage systems are complex systems with a lot of applications and use cases which make building business cases a very exciting exercise,” according to Baschet.
Also on the judging panel are:
Gerard Reid, co-founder of Alexa Capital
Patrick Clerens, secretary general of EASE
Nelson Nsitem, energy storage associate at BloombergNEF
Louise Dalton, partner, CMS
Mollie McCorkindale, energy storage analyst, Solar Media Market Research
Chris Morrison, head of energy technology Europe, Green Investment Group
Rachel Hayes, associate director, Regen
Jan Libicek, investment director, Triple Point
Andy Colthorpe, editor, Energy-Storage.news
Florian Mayr, partner, Apricum – the Cleantech Advisory
We’ll leave the final word to another of our judges, Apricum partner and energy transition finance expert Florian Mayr:
“I am a full-blood energy storage aficionado. It’s the most versatile and often most economic solution to provide flexibility to the power system – flexibility that is urgently needed to meet the ambitious targets for renewables deployments and to make the energy transition happen.”
Learn more about the Energy Storage Awards at the official website here, or send enquiries to: [email protected].