BYD, DNV GL, Tesla, Schneider Electric and SMA Solar are among the names confirmed to attend Solar Media’s Energy Storage 100, a networking event in London celebrating the nascent energy storage industry.
Energy Storage 100 is an evening reception to follow the close of the Energy Storage Summit which takes place on 28 April during the day at Twickenham, England’s national rugby stadium. Taking advantage of its illustrious location, ES100 will be held overlooking the stadium’s pitch.
Former professional rugby player, actor and noted after-dinner speaker Martin Bayfield will be the evening’s host. Keen Harry Potter fans may recognise Bayfield’s name – he was stunt double to the actor Robbie Coltrane who played Harry’s mentor, Hagrid, in the film adaptations of the books.
The day’s activity at the summit will concentrate on energy storage in the UK and beyond, with diverse stakeholders including network operators, regulators and policymakers expected to be in attendance to engage with manufacturers, system integrators, solar project developers, installers and others in or around the industry such as demand side management providers.
After a couple of years of discussion and growing expectation, punctuated by all-too-familiar policy uncertainty in the energy space in Britain, the likes of Tesla and Sonnen have established bases here to offer battery systems to some 750,000 homes with existing solar PV installations, expected to be among the early adopters of storage, alongside clean energy and tech enthusiasts.
At grid scale, the country is hosting its first tender for Enhanced Frequency Response this year, presenting a 200MW opportunity, which could be followed by 600MW of further procurements in coming years. At macroeconomic level, there have been good indications that energy storage is being strongly considered by policymakers as a vital resource to provide network flexibility and accommodate higher penetration of renewables.
The case for commercial scale storage is also quietly growing. Large users of power in the UK tend to be located on private electricity networks, meaning that they do not face the same queues for interconnection to the grid as renewables and battery developers. Perhaps spurred on by announcements from Unilever and other major corporations in the wake of COP21, many large companies are exploring their options to increase revenue using self-consumed solar with storage and other technologies.
As well as welcoming players from overseas, the UK also has strong brands for export, some of which like flow battery maker RedT have already gone international, others are eyeing opportunities.
We have selected 100 top companies to be invited to the ES100 event, while there are still a limited number of tickets available for the reception itself for the chance to meet and network with the selected 100. Please register your interest as soon as possible.
For enquiries regarding Energy Storage 100, email Liam Callaghan: ES100@solarmedia.co.uk
Solar Media is hosting the Energy Storage Summit at Twickenham Rugby Stadium, London on 28 April as part of the UK Clean Energy Summit.