The 7th Annual Energy Storage International Conference and Expo (ESIE 2018) opening ceremony on April 3 began with a speech by National Energy Administration Vice Director Liu Yafang emphasizing energy storage industry and technology development as key to the energy revolution. Her speech suggested four ways to advance the industry: promotion of government policies and mechanisms, increased technological innovation, launching of new demonstrations, and strengthening of industry management and services. Vice Chairman of the China Energy Research Society Shi Yubo presented four main points of focus for the development of the energy storage industry, including the building of a policy mechanism for energy storage, increasing the participation of energy storage in the electricity market, increasing innovations in energy storage technology, and increases in project demonstrations and dissemination of information on energy storage. Tsinghua University Professor and former State Council Member Wu Zongxin, Chinese Academy of Sciences International Cooperation Department Director Cao Jinghua, and CNESA Chairman and China Energy Research Society Committee Chair Chen Haisheng also delivered welcome addresses. Chinese Academy of Sciences Scholar and China Electric Power Research Institute Honorary President Zhou Xiaoxin delivered a keynote speech entitled “Development Prospects for China’s New Generation of Energy Systems.” Chinese Academy of Engineering Scholar and Chemical Defense Research Institute Researcher Yang Yusheng followed with a keynote entitled, “System Safety Issues in Large-Scale Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems.” CCTV-Finance reporter Ping Fan served as host for the first half of the opening ceremony.
“Build a Market Mechanism for Energy Storage, Create a Blueprint for Industry Development” served as the theme for this year's conference. Over 120 domestic and international speakers and over 60 exhibitors were in attendance. The conference focused on three main events—the exhibition hall, innovation competition, and conference forums. The variety of events and programs provided a platform for communication between policymakers, planners, grid managers, power companies, energy service providers, and numerous other businesses and organizations involved in energy storage.
The opening ceremony was followed by the International Innovation Competition Awards Ceremony, industry expert dialogues, and the release of CNESA’s 2018 industry white paper. The April 3 events drew over 3000 industry guests from China, the United States, Germany, Australia, Korea, Japan, and more.
2018 International Energy Storage Innovation Competition Awards Ceremony
Following the opening ceremony speeches came the exciting announcement of the winners of the second International Energy Storage Innovation Competition. This year’s five categories included the “2018 Top 10 Technology Innovations Prize,” “The 2018 Top 10 Applications Innovation Prize,” the “2018 Energy Storage Distinguished Individuals Award,” the “Jury Grand Prize,” and the “Team Participants Award.” The awards honored those companies and individuals who made outstanding contributions to energy storage in 2017. The Jury Grand Prize was awarded to BYD Motor’s 31.5MW/12.06MWh Beech Ridge frequency regulation project in West Virginia.
Five industry leaders were awarded the 2018 Energy Storage Distinguished Individual Award, including Birmingham University Professor and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Energy Storage Science and Technology magazine Ding Yulong, Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Thermophysics Researcher Huang Xuejie, BYD Electric Power Institute Chief Engineer Zhang Zifeng, Beijing Puneng Energy President Huang Mianyan, and Beijing Ray Power CEO Mou Liufeng.
Energy Storage Industry White Paper 2018 Officially Released
The opening ceremony featured the release of CNESA’s Energy Storage Industry White Paper 2018, announced by CNESA chief supervisor Zhang Jing. Included in the white paper is a list of the companies with the highest operational energy storage capacity for 2017. Of these companies, Narada Power topped all lists. According to white paper statistics, the top five technology providers for newly installed electrochemical energy storage capacity included (from highest to lowest capacity) Narada Power, Shuangdeng, Sacred Sun, ZTT, and Samsung SDI. In terms of MW capacity, the top five energy storage system integrators (from highest to lowest capacity) included Narada Power, Sungrow-Samsung, CLOU, Shuangdeng, and ZTT. In terms of MWh generation, the top five energy storage system integrators (from highest to lowest) included Narada Power, Shuangdeng, ZTT, Sungrow-Samsung and CLOU.
Industry Leader Dialogues: New Coordinates for the Development of the Energy Storage Industry
Tsinghua University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Deputy Committee Chair of the China Energy Research Society Expert’s Committee Xia Qing hosted the “New Coordinates for the Development of China’s Energy Storage Industry” dialogue. Distinguished industry leaders such as State Grid Electric Vehicle Service Co. Vice General Manager Que Shifeng, National Energy Administration Division of Technology Director Qi Zhixin, Beijing Power Exchange Vice Director Xie Kai, State Grid Energy Research Institute Vice Dean Jiang Liping, Sungrow Power General Manager Wu Jiamao, Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Physics Researcher Huang Xuejie, Narada Power President Chen Bo, and Beijing Soaring Electric Technology Co. Chairman Wang Shicheng attended the panel discussion, sharing thoughts on technological development, market needs, and policy mechanisms for the energy storage industry. The discussion provided those in attendance with an insider look at the state of energy storage development, how market mechanisms can be created, and how local markets are expected to develop in the future.
ESIE 2018 Expo: An Exhibition of the Top Names in Energy Storage
ESIE’s three-day energy storage expo officially opened on April 2. This year’s exhibitors included displays from upstream energy storage equipment manufacturers, systems integrators from a variety of applications, power grid representatives, testing organizations, and energy storage research institutions. Leading energy storage enterprises domestic and international set up booths, including domestic enterprises such as State Grid Electric Vehicle Co., Sungrow, Shuangdeng Group, Dynapower, Narada, Tianjin Lishen, Soaring, CLOU, BYD, ZTT, Hyperstrong, Today Energy, and more. International enterprises and organizations such as NEC, ABB, TÜV SÜD, NGK, the India Energy Storage Alliance, and Primus Power also brought their technologies, products, and services to the expo hall.
Thank you to all the exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees who helped make ESIE 2018 a success! We will see you again next year at ESIE 2019!