Energy Storage India 2017
The event brought global industry leaders in energy storage and micro-grids to India.
The fourth edition of a specialised international conference and expo on energy storage and micro-grids with over 250 delegates and 1000+ visitors - Energy Storage India conference and expo - was held at the Nehru Convention Centre in Mumbai, organised by Customized Energy Solutions and Messe Dusseldorf India and powered by India Energy Storage Alliance.
The event was also supported by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), US Commercial Services and IIT Bombay. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu was the keynote speaker with focus on Make in India and E-Mobility. He reaffirmed the government’s commitment to add 175 GW of renewable energy (RE) to the grid by 2022 and also emphasised the need for storage to augment integration of RE. John Zahurancik, President – AES Energy Storage delivered a keynote address highlighting drivers for energy storage in India based on AES’s global experience.
He announced a joint partnership agreement between AES and Mitsubishi Corporation to deliver India’s first grid-scale energy storage array (10 MW) to Tata Power DDL. Brett Galura of AES also invited Indian manufacturers to supply components for AES’s Advancion system.
The focus of ESI 2017 was ‘Moving from vision to national energy storage mission’. During the conference, Dalip Sharma, MD, Delta Power Solutions India announced expansion of Delta’s manufacturing facility in India to include production of Lithium ion batteries. John Wood, CEO – Ecoult announced a strategic partnership with Exide industries to launch its UltraBattery in India with a plan to set up manufacturing in 2017. IESA and UL jointly invited nominations from the industry for IESA-UL energy storage standards task force to formalise India-based standards on energy storage modules and packs. Sunil Misra, Director General – Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers’ Association (IEEMA) and Dr Rahul Walawalkar, Executive Director – IESA signed an MoU to facilitate capacity building in energy storage manufacturing, policy frameworks and human resource development.
A key invite-only CXO round-table with key policy-makers was attended by CEOs of IESA member companies to bridge the existing policy and regulatory gap in the sector and press for a national energy storage policy.
The participants benefited from knowledge sharing by various international speakers covering USA, Canada, Europe, Russia, China, Australia and Japan.
IESA announced its first Industrial Awards for 2016-17 at the conference.
A special issue of Emerging Technology News (ETN) was also released at this occasion, which honours business leaders, researchers and policy-makers of Indian origin who have made an impact in the global energy storage and micro-grid sector. The issue will be available at www.indiaesa.info.
This year, the conference featured a dedicated track on e-mobility applications and e-transportation with panelists representing Mahindra Electric, GoGreenBOV, Axiom Energy and other industry stakeholders. Advanced energy storage technologies such as Ultra Capacitors, Lithium Sulphur and flow batteries as well as emerging applications including thermal storage and fuel cells were highlighted during the conference.
As estimated by IESA, the Indian energy storage market is expected to grow to 70 GW by 2022.
“Renewable Energy integration with storage will be part of the wider picture in realising India’s commitments towards climate change mitigation in its INDC”. - Suresh Prabhu, Minister, Ministry of Railways