Since 2006 The European Association for Renewable Energy EUROSOLAR and the World Council for Renewable Energy WCRE have successfully organized the annual scientific IRES-conference on International Renewable Energy Storage.

In cooperation with Energy Storage Europe the conference will be organized again in Düsseldorf in March 2017. Building on a global network of scientists, renowned research institutes and leading corporations, the organizers will bring together scientific, economic, legal and political experts to present their newest insights into the usage of storage for renewable energy. In the vicinity of Messe Düsseldorf one of the largest gatherings in energy storage will take place.

The scientific conference program is put together based on the submissions to a Call for Abstracts.

We are looking forward to receiving your abstract on one of the following topics until 15 September:

GLOBAL APPROACHES incl. overview or review presentations on certain storage technologies used in your country; chances and barriers of using renewable energy in your country; discussion of current use and kind of storage technologies, including an evaluation of the problems and opportunities arising from this technology; evaluation of involved actors (government, (multinational) companies, non-profit organizations) and their input on the introduction and sustainable use of storage technology; grid-scale energy storage solutions.

MUNICIPAL ENERGY SUPPLY SYSTEMS incl. local initiatives for energy supply including storage technologies of any kind; discussions about chances and barriers of existing initiatives in cities and local communities who take the energy supply in their own hands; share experience from local energy supply communities from all over the word; appreciated aspects: marketing, involvement of people, financing, technical concepts, barriers, best practice, future plans, etc.

POLITICS, POLICIES, LAW, FINANCES AND MARKET incl. legal, political, social, national economic and market economic aspects of integrating energy storage into the energy supply system; market entry strategies and the associated business and cost models for the operation of storage systems and hybrid and combined renewable energy power plants/virtual power plants under different economic and technological frameworks (developed countries, developing countries, emerging economies); renewable energy f inance and energy economics: market strategies, computability of economic growth and the energy transition, (financial) strategies for the development of renewable energy systems in countries of the global south; and in particular: realized systems and operational experience.

TECHNOLOGIES, SYSTEMS, PLANTS AND SCENARIOS incl. storage technology for electrical energy, heat and mobility (electrochemical, electrostatic, electromechanical, electro-dynamic, chemical, thermal and thermo-chemical); the need for storage capacity: scenarios and assessment studies for all applications and energy sectors, strategies for systems with a high share of renewable energy and 100% renewable energy systems – focus on the use of storage, connecting electric-drive vehicles and the electric grid (vehicle to grid); smart grid concepts and hybrid and combined renewable energy power plants/virtual power plants with renewable energy; heat storage for buildings and industrial applications; compact thermal energy storage: design of reactors, heat exchanger development, optimization of heat and mass transport as well as simulations of all these aspects; high temperature storage for Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technologies; products, management strategies and field experience with storage systems to increase self-consumption of photovoltaic energy from owned facilities as well as off-grid and micro-grid systems.

NETWORKS incl. electric grids and storage – supplements and competition; distributed and decentralized electricity storage as virtual large-scale storage facility; CHP and heating networks, use of new or existing thermal storage in the power grids; high temperature storage for solar thermal power plants (CSP) or compressed air energy storage; interaction of the energy networks for power, gas and heat; cross-sectoral use of energy storage systems: Power-to-Gas, Power-to-Heat, Power-to-Mobility, Power-to-Chemicals.

ENERGY STORAGE IN EMERGING COUNTRIES incl. status of the market, projects already deployed, technologies adopted, microgrid interaction with the national grid, echnical regulatory framework in the region: status quo, story, evolution.

The full text and further information about the conference is available on For your convenience the Call for Abstracts is also attached to this e-mail. Please feel free to distribute the call in your networks.

Abstracts can be submitted here.