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 Author  Alan Ruddell
STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
 Last Updated  29 July 2020
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Table 7.1: Networks

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE), Institute of Physics (IOP), and the Energy Institute (EI), include storage in their energy agenda, and provide networking opportunities, information and events on energy storage.

The EPSRC-funded Energy Storage Research Network was set up in October 2012, bringing together researchers from academic, industrial and policy domains with an interest in energy storage and its application to future low carbon energy systems.

The UK Electricity Storage Network was formed in 2008 and is now managed by Regen, and complements the activities of the main trade association, theElectricity Storage Association which is mainly focussed on the USA but has an increasing international scope.

Other networks include the STFC Global Challenge Network in Batteries and Electrochemical Energy Devices (founded in 2013).

Conferences addressing mainly commercial and business aspects of electricity storage include the Energy Storage World Forum which is held annually in Europe and Asia. IQPC organised the Pan European Energy Storage Forum in London in 2010.  A forum for flow battery developers, suppliers and users is provided by the International Flow Battery Forum, which holds annual conferences at international venues, including past conferences in the UK at Edinburgh in 2011, and in Ireland in Dublin in 2013.

EUROSOLAR, the European Association for Renewable Energy International, has organised a Renewable Energy Storage conference for eleven years.

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Table 7.1: Networks

 Network  Date Established  Description  Membership Profile  Activities
Supergen Storage Network Plus 2019 July 2019 The aim of the ES-Network+ is to connect and serve the whole Energy Storage (ES) community including industry, academia and policymakers, and will complement existing activities (e.g. Faraday Institution, UKERC, Energy Systems Catapult, Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS), and other Supergen Hubs). The Network will create, exchange and disseminate energy storage knowledge and will support early career researchers.

The project is led by University of Birmingham, and includes Supergen Storage investigators and 32 commercial organisations
  • Researchers
  • Industry
  • Policymakers
The ES-Network+ project will develop an ES database and an authoritative ES whitepaper through ES network mapping, data gathering, and feasibility studies. The database and the whitepaper will benefit a large number of stakeholders.

Academic and industrial stakeholders will develop pathways for future collaborative research programmes.

Policymakers and public sector stakeholders will have access to ES experts for advice, thus shaping local and national energy policy in the longer term.
Energy Storage Research Network (ESRN) Started in October 2012, and run by the Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College, the network was initially funded for a period of 3 years. The network has successfully to provide a focal point for news, events and opportunities for networking. The Energy Storage Research Network brings together researchers from academic, industrial and policy domains with an interest in energy storage and its application to future low carbon energy systems.
  • Researchers
  • Industry
  • Other stakeholders
Organising events, workshops and seminars on energy storage research and policy.

Support and events with the aim of promoting UK energy storage research in both academia and industry.
Electricity Storage Network The Electricity Storage Network was established in 2008 as an industry group dedicated to electricity storage. Regen took over management of The Electricity Storage Network in 2018. The group is examining the issues for the greater deployment of electrical energy storage and provide a network for discussion of key issues.

  • To demonstrate the social, technical and economic benefits of electrical energy storage
  • To inform and educate
  • To present electrical energy storage as an integral part of the power network
  • Policy makers
  • Developers
  • Researchers
  • Users
  • Other interested organisations
Activities include organising annual conferences organised jointly with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

The network expects to cover the following activities over the next year:
  • Workshop meetings / seminars on key policy points
  • Further development of the strong interaction with policy makers
  • Dissemination of relevant news to members
  • Establishment and reinforcement of links with related organisations
  • Responses to other significant consultations
Electricity Storage Association (ESA) Established by more than 30 utilities in 1991 as the Utility Battery Group (UBG).

In May 1996, the scope was broadened to all energy storage technologies, and the name was changed to the Energy Storage Association.

In April 2001, the name was changed to the Electricity Storage Association.
The Electricity Storage Association is an international trade association established to foster development and commercialization of energy storage technologies.

The mission is to promote the development and commercialization of competitive and reliable energy storage delivery systems for use by electricity suppliers and their customers.
  • Electricity utilities
  • Technology developers involved with advanced batteries, flywheels, CAES, pumped hydro, supercapacitors and component suppliers, such as power conversion systems
  • Researchers advancing the state of the art in energy storage solutions
ESA Goals:
  • Promote the commercial application of energy storage technologies as solutions to power and energy problems
  • Coordinate and attract international interest and involvement in energy storage.
  • Provide a forum for technical and commercial information exchange between suppliers, customers, and researchers.
Energy Storage Council Established in USA The ESC was founded to promote the research, development and deployment of storage technologies and to raise awareness of the importance of storage for the future of electricity supply and energy security in the USA.

The mission is to ensure that the benefits of energy storage are fully realized by identifying, creating and executing programs that integrate energy storage into the national and state legislative agendas for energy production and delivery, environmental management, infrastructure, commerce, and national security.
  • Technology providers
  • Policy makers
  • develops policies on key legislative and regulatory issues affecting the energy storage industry
  • acts as a central source of information and media contact
  • provides research and analysis of current market factors and developments in energy storage technologies
  • provides information about energy storage
  • maintains an online library of energy storage white papers
STFC Global Challenge Network in Batteries and Electrochemical Energy Devices June 2013 The objectives of the network are to:
  • Bring together an international community of researchers with an interest in battery and electrochemical energy device research.
  • Encourage collaborations between researchers using large-scale facilities to promote standardisation of techniques and best-practice methodologies.
The Network will fund activities to promote the use of large scale facilities to explore batteries and electrochemical devices- for example, by supporting researcher mobility through the STFC Futures Early Career Award Scheme.
  • industry
  • academia
  • national laboratories
  • and all stakeholders with an interest in the application of large scale facilities
  • networking events
  • best practice workshops
  • grants to ensure mobility of students and early-career researchers
IRES International Renewable Energy Storage Conference August 1988 (Eurosolar) EUROSOLAR, the European Association for Renewable Energy International, has organised a International Renewable Energy Storage Conference for eleven years.

Electrochemical storage is one of the six technology sectors.
  • Academia
  • Research institutes
Conference and networking publication of Open Access Conference Proceedings

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