ICYMI: This year's Intersolar Europe was accompanied by the biggest energy storage show to take place at the Munich industry bonanza. For those of you that couldn't be there, or were perhaps too busy with meetings to take in the whole show, here are some pictorial highlights and some quick commentary. All pics by Andy Colthorpe.
Solarwatt has gone full circle from PV module and equipment production, to energy storage, to holistic solutions including EVs and now, seemingly, making carports for Bond Villains.
‘Hybrid’ was a key word in almost every conversation and in differing contexts. International players in inverters and other PV power equipment are adding products to their ranges that see energy storage as a key part of enabling more flexible, distributed energy solutions both on and off-grid.
A rare European trade show appearance for Tesla, bringing its residential, grid and commercial-scale storage systems as well as the long, long, long-awaited Model 3.
We’ve already gone ‘back to the future’ with the electric DeLorean! It wasn’t cheap to do but ecap mobility claims it’s got a 200km range and 200kmph top speed, using a 42kWh battery.
Flow batteries appear to be a niche that manufacturing and engineering company Schmid wants to explore along with its PV business.
Many of the big PV players in fact had integrated and separate offerings for battery (and/or heat) storage and electric vehicle charging, with SMA and SolarEdge pitted directly opposite one another at the show.
Recently acquired by Shell, Sonnen was tight-lipped on news this time out but showed off its range including the SonnenCharger for EVs.
The synergies between clean energy and clean transport should be obvious, but much remains to be done in bringing the message to the masses. Power 2 Drive, also held in Munich, was a big part of the whole experience this year.
One of the ‘early adopters’ of the concept that Big Data will be huge for solar energy systems, Enphase returns with its own ‘all-in-one’ offerings.
Spanish battery storage start-up Ampere brought its eye-catching spherical designs and the promise of virtual power plant aggregation to the Munich show.