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March 2017

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This year’s Energy Storage Europe trade fair and conference in Düsseldorf, Germany concluded with records results: 160 exhibitors and more than 4,200 visitors (35% increase) from over 55 countries participated in the event. This was the first time that Energy Storage Europe was held in one of the exhibition halls (formerly held in the Congress Center), allowing an exhibit space increase to over 21,500 square feet. The further increase of professional visitors confirmed the interest of the industry in an event for professionals from the energy sector as well as industry and trade.

Hannelore Kraft, Premier of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia, stated: “North Rhine-Westphalia is a strong advocate for the development of a storage strategy at the federal level to ensure rapid and harmonized expansion of storage plants, renewables and grids. Our goal must be to integrate a storage strategy into the highly complex system that is composed of electricity market design, the Renewable Energy Sources Act, grid reserves and grid charges.”

Hans Werner Reinhard, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf, added: “The Energy Storage Europe event has ultimately changed from being a specialist conference to the leading cross-sector trade fair. This year we have achieved a new record in terms of the exhibitors, visitors and international participants while at the same staying loyal to our B2B focus. With this, Energy Storage Europe remains the leading trade fair for exhibitors when it comes to deal-making.”

A unique feature of the trade fair is the wide range of storage technology represented - from battery storage systems, thermal and mechanical storage units to power-to-x. “A few years ago, the stands focusing on hydrogen were still the exception – this year, there were more than 10 exhibitors focusing on power-to-gas solutions at Energy Storage Europe. The presence of companies like Nel Hydrogen from Norway also demonstrates that the trade fair is of international importance,” commented Dr. Johannes Töpler, Deputy Chairman of the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association.

“The atmosphere at this year’s Energy Storage Europe reflects the professional and dynamic nature of the energy storage sector. Exhibitors are in continuous discussions with the customers from all over the world. In order to enter the market, the only thing lacking is the rapid implementation of the signals given by the German and European political levels,” explained Urban Windelen, Director of the German Energy Storage Association (BVES).

The conferences including the 6th Energy Storage Conference (ESE) of Messe Düsseldorf and the 11th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES 2017) of EUROSOLAR e.V. also recorded an increase in participation. Prof. Dirk Uwe Sauer, ISEA RWTH Aachen and Chairman of the IRES conference, said: “The participants at IRES value the fact that with more than 200 contributions, the conference provides unique insights into both the range of the technologies as well as the scientific depth in every area of energy storage. The scientific variety and quality of IRES is complemented perfectly by the practical examples at the trade fair, which demonstrate how research and development are transferred to the market.”

About Energy Storage Europe 2017

Energy Storage Europe 2017 is the trade fair with the world’s largest conference program on energy storage. The conferences include the 6th Energy Storage Conference (ESE) of Messe Düsseldorf and the 11th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES 2017) of EUROSOLAR e.V. The focal points are economy and finance (ESE) as well as science and social policy (IRES).Two additional events - the 6th OTTI Conference Power-to-Gas and the 11th Storage Day – also took place at the exhibition grounds in Düsseldorf.

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The next staging of Energy Storage Europe is scheduled for March 13 – 15, 2018 in Düsseldorf, Germany. For further information on visiting or exhibiting at Energy Storage Europe 2018, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail:; Visit our web site; Subscribe to our blog; Follow us on twitter at

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