05 Mar BSEF around the world: BSEF at the Energy Storage India – Conference and Expo
Avalon Consulting, BSEF’s consulting partner in India attended the 6th Energy Storage India – Conference and Expo from 9th – 11th January in New Delhi. This is a flagship, annual event jointly organized by IESA (India Energy Storage Alliance), an industry organization that is taking the lead in driving India’s energy storage outlook.
About the conference
The conference (focused on Energy Storage, EV and Microgrids ecosystem in India) was attended by more than 1000 delegates from 25 countries. The event also saw participation of key policy makers and government bodies including Ministry of Power, NITI Aayog, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), Ministry of Commerce & Industry as well as representatives from key Industry Players. The National energy storage mission which is intended to create a framework for accelerated energy storage adoption was among the key points discussed during the conference.
Highlights, trends and discussions
On day 1 at the pre-conference workshop, the discussion revolved around the technical aspects of energy storage as well as manufacturing and testing processes. While speaking about the relative potential of different energy storage technologies, experts opined that flow batteries have considerably longer life compared to other chemistries due to relative cycle times, and while Zinc Bromine is the most commonly known bromine-based flow battery solution, there are other bromine solutions like Hydrogen bromide and Polysulphide Bromine that are also being explored.
During the 2 days of the conference, the discussion revolved around the rapid urbanization in India which necessitates the need for energy storage solutions to ensure sustainable growth. It was concluded that the regulatory standards as well as economics are expected to be the key to drive the adoption of energy storage.
The conference also had sessions on energy storage applications for renewable integration, rural & campus microgrids and smart grids which included discussions on flow batteries and their suitability towards large scale grid storage applications as they provide high capacity and long discharge times compared to Li-ion based battery solutions.
An international session was held as well, which had representatives from the US, China, Europe, Japan and Australia who shared their experiences on how global learnings could be leveraged in the Indian context. An expo was held as part of the proceedings where around 20 companies exhibited their battery and energy storage-related solutions. On each day of the event, BSEF shared live updates of the proceedings through its social media channels
With India’s immense energy needs and a thrust towards renewable energy sources, energy storage solutions like Bromine-based flow batteries can play a vital role in driving sustainable growth of India’s ecosystem.
For more information about bromine-based flow batteries read our blog post and watch the video with expert Wiebrand Kout: