Intersolar Europe takes place annually at Messe München. It is the world’s largest exhibition for the solar industry and its partners. In 2013, 1,330 international exhibitors and round 50,000 trade visitors attended Intersolar Europe. The exhibition focuses on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies. Since its founding, it has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the solar industry. The accompanying Intersolar Europe Conference consolidates the topics of the exhibition. In 2013, more than 400 speakers and around 2,000 attendees discussed current industry topics and shed light on the background of technological, market and political developments.

Analysts are predicting that the market for energy storage solutions to accompany solar photovoltaic (PV) generation will reach almost USD 2 billion in revenues by 2018. Lead-acid batteries are forecasted to remain the most popular technology, accounting for more than USD 950 million in 2018 revenues. However, market researchers are anticipating an increased interest in lithium-ion batteries, with sales expected to reach USD 235 million by 2018. 

During this session delegates will learn about both the recent and anticipated development in global key markets. Industry insiders will introduce the legislative regulatory landscapes, the prevailing business environment, opportunities in various storage market segments, and the impact of high storage system penetration to the local grid infrastructure. In addition, estimated expansion of global production capacities will be shown from a supply side perspective.

June 17, 2013
2:15pm - 2:20pm Welcome and Introduction
Alfons Westgeest, Executive Director, EUROBAT Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers, Belgium
2:20pm - 2:45pm The Potential for Energy Storage in the PV Industry – Drivers, Forecasts and Opportunities
Sam Wilkinson, Research Manager, IHS, U.K.
2:45pm - 3:10pm The Role of Batteries in the Storage Market
Alfons Westgeest, Executive Director, EUROBAT Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers, Belgium
3:10pm - 3:35pm How California is Developing the Model for Grid Storage Implementation Worldwide
Chris Edgette, Senior Director, Strategen Consulting, LLC, U.S.
3:35pm - 4:00pm Energy Storage Applications in the Indian Market
Dr. Rahul S. Walawalkar, Vice President Emerging Technologies and Markets, Customized Energy Solutions & Executive Director, India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA), India
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