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Energy storage is entering a new phase of growth as regulatory forces and technology developments attempt to establish it as an important element of the low-carbon energy future. Governments are more willing to offer financial and policy support and regulators have begun to mandate storage in the utility planning process. Several technology firms have been able to achieve the price and performance targets needed to be competitive. Storage projects have begun the transition from demonstration to commercialisation.

These developments have the potential to rev up the entire energy storage space. As a result, the debate on energy storage is moving away from technology to how best to integrate storage and capture new business opportunities offered by the emerging industry. Project developers have to now cope with new information and communication technology requirements to integrate their facilities into the grid. They also have to build an understanding of the legal issues and challenges involved and find solutions to make their projects bankable.

In response to these developments, Global Transmission Research will host its fourth annual conference on “Grid-Scale Energy Storage” on July 1–2, 2014 at Steigenberger Grandhotel, Brussels, Belgium. The objective of the conference is to learn how to best capture business opportunities in the emerging energy storage space.

The one-and-a-half day conference will have focused sessions and discussions featuring speakers representing a wide spectrum of experience, expertise and perspectives. The first day will be dedicated to analysing the developments that have taken place on the policy, regulatory, market and financing fronts. It will also have a special session dedicated to understanding the legal obligations that may need to be fulfilled in building energy storage projects.

The second day will feature key market-ready technologies as well as emerging technologies. It will also feature the information and communication technology requirements for integrating storage into the grid. There is also a dedicated session on project case studies to learn from the experiences in deploying energy storage solutions and understand the challenges involved.

The conference will provide an opportunity to interact with regulators, transmission system operators (TSOs), utilities, technology providers, researchers and project developers, and learn about the future prospects of grid-scale energy storage.

Key benefits to participants

The conference will have focused sessions to:

    • Review new regulations, legislations and approaches to support energy storage in Europe, USA, China, Japan, etc.
    • Discuss innovative rules and regulations to open up markets and create business opportunities for effective storage technologies and applications
    • Understand the role that utilities and technology developers can play in shaping policy to boost energy storage
    • Examine the drivers for utilities to build and own energy storage facilities
    • Comprehend energy storage’s multiple applications and value streams to capture new revenue and cost-saving opportunities
    • Assess the impact of energy storage on grids and network operations and understand the technical requirements
    • Evaluate the work done so far to design optimal network solutions
    • Discuss the legal challenges in deploying energy storage projects and find solutions
    • Understand contractual arrangements for energy storage
    • Learn from the experience of utilities in building storage systems for renewable energy in Europe, USA and elsewhere
    • Understand the lenders’ perspectives and criteria for funding the development and commercialisation of energy storage solutions
    • Analyse returns on investments from an energy storage project
    • Explore the solutions ready for commercial applications and the next generation of energy storage technologies under development
    • Discuss the challenges and learnings for utilities and TSOs.