Messe Düsseldorf to launch energy storage event in India



Messe Düsseldorf recently added another energy storage conference and exposition to its product family: the first staging of Energy Storage India (ESI) will take place from December 4 - 6, 2013 in Mumbai. Messe Düsseldorf has thus added a fourth event to its successful concept, complementing Energy Storage in Düsseldorf, Germany, Energy Storage North America in the U.S. and Energy Storage China in Beijing. For Energy Storage India 2013, Messe Düsseldorf has partnered with the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) to bring this conference and exposition to India. The inaugural event will bring together global leaders in energy storage and microgrid solutions with leading solution providers and stake holders in India. At the accompanying expo, renowned global companies will showcase marketable applications and new concepts in the field of energy storage. Hans Werner Reinhard, Deputy Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf, sees great opportunities in Energy Storage India: "The market in India is in its infancy but shows huge potential. Cities in India where the population exceeds a million have no reliable central power supply which means decentralized solutions for energy generation and storage are the future. During the conference, international energy experts will be able to meet leading Indian energy providers and network operators with the aim of achieving secure supplies and keeping the costs to industry and consumers as low as possible. The main partners, who have supported the event from the start, embody the highest skill-level and influence." The event has strong international partners through the strategic partnerships developed by IESA over the years, including international associations such as the Electricity Storage Association (ESA), the European Energy Storage Association (EASE), the China Energy Storage Alliance (CNESA), the National Alliance for Advance Battery Technologies (NAATBatt), the United States India Business Council (USIBC), the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) and the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NYBEST) as well as support from leading Indian national associations such as the Alliance for Energy Efficient Economy in India (AEEE) and the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (MCCIA). India offers tremendous market potential for the energy storage sector. As of January 2013, India's total installed electricity generation capacity was ~212 GW, the majority of which comes from conventional thermal power, most of which (~65%) is coal and gas power. Acute shortage in peak demand and energy shortage despite planned and unplanned load - shedding/load regulation resulted in peak shortage of 14,403 MW (11.1%) in 2011 and 2012. To overcome these shortages, the Indian government has been promoting integration of renewable resources with primary focus on wind and solar in recent years. India is expected to add 35 GW of wind to the grid in the next five years and 20 GW of solar by 2020. This is part of the anticipated capacity additions needed in India in the range of 250 - 400 GW by 2030 to enable continued economic growth at 8% GDP growth. The advanced energy storage market in India is in its early years but has significant market opportunities. Potential drivers for energy storage in India include: Growing supply demand deficit due to delays in large centralized generation projects, arbitrage opportunity between off peak grid electricity (or renewable resources) and diesel generation cost, requirements of commercial and industrial customers for power quality and reliability, increasing share of variable renewable resources in the supply mix, congestion in interstate transmission network and introduction of ancillary services fuelled by the reliability concerns on the grid as well as increasing cost of ownership of traditional lead acid based backup solutions due to frequent replacement needs. The India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) was launched by Customized Energy Solutions in 2012 as a platform to promote energy storage and microgrid technologies and their applications in India. IESA does this by creating awareness among various stakeholders to make the Indian industry and power sector more competitive and efficient and by promoting information exchange between technology providers, project developers and the end users to assist with more informed decision making. "A preliminary analysis conducted by IESA suggests a technical market potential of over 20 GW during 2013 - 2017 in India," stated Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, Executive Director of IESA. Messe Düsseldorf North America