CNESA’s 6th Annual Energy Storage International Conference & Expo ESIE was held May 22-24, 2017 at the China National Convention Center. Our biggest event to date included 2000+ representatives hailing from 20 countries convening in Beijing for three full days of expo hall activities, conference forums, and business networking.
This year’s event was guided by the National Energy Administration and supported by the Zhongguancun Park and China Energy Research Society.
Day 1 Pre-Conference Events
Pre-conference events included the culminating workshop of CNESA-organized APEC-sponsored research project, “Research on Energy Storage Technologies to Build Sustainable Energy Systems in the APEC Region.” Expert speakers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Asia Development Bank, World Energy Council, China’s Development Reform Commission, and ABB all presented on the status of energy storage development, policies, and recommendations for implementing Energy Storage technology in the APEC region. Government representatives from Chile, Malaysia, and Thailand were also present.
Monday’s events also included the CNESA annual member’s meeting where alliance leadership briefed members on the accomplishments to date set the strategic development plan for the upcoming year.
Day 2 Events
The opening ceremony with an attendance exceeding 2,000 included keynotes from government leaders from the National Energy Administration, Chinese Academy of Sciences and National Center for Climate Strategy. CNESA Secretary General Tina Zhang also announced the publication of the 2017 Energy Storage Industry White Paper along with the report’s key findings, including the CNESA forecast for 44 GW of energy storage across all technologies by 2020.
It was also during the opening ceremony where results from the 1st Annual Energy Storage Innovation Competition were announced.
Meanwhile on the expo floor, team of government representatives from regulatory and rule-making bodies made an official tour, connecting with industry players to better understand the promises energy storage technology can offer China’s power system.
Afternoon sessions included break-out forums on solar + storage and the analysis of global markets and policies. The international forum, drawing from CNESA’s vast international network of association partners included speakers from the US Department of Energy (USA), Asia Development Bank (Korea), the European Association for the Storage of Energy (Belgium), CSIRO (Australia), Germany Trade & Invest, and the India Energy Storage Alliance.
Day 3 Events
The culminating conference day was organized around parallel discussion tracks covering technology frontiers, grid-side applications, the “Internet of Energy,” and the economics of storage.
Next year's event is scheduled for April, 2018 in Beijing, China. We hope to see you there!