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The fifth edition of the Energy Storage Global Conference (ESGC) was held on 11 – 13 October 2022 and was organised by EASE – The European Association for Storage of Energy, in collaboration with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, as a hybrid event at Hotel Le Plaza in Brussels, as well as online.
This edition gathered over 365 onsite and online participants representing EU and national policymakers, utilities, manufacturers, suppliers, consultancies, the research community, DSOs, TSOs, and National Regulatory Authorities. Participants had the chance to hear insight from over 85 speakers on how the energy storage sector is evolving and must evolve. The ESGC 2022 gained support from 8 sponsors – EDF, Enel X, , Intilion, LDES Council, Saft and
The conference kicked off with a keynote speech by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission, in charge of Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight. The Commissioner stated that the “deployment of energy storage solutions in Europe must accelerate” acknowledging that energy storage “…will help facilitate the integration of renewables and the electrification of the economy, while increasing the flexibility and security of the energy system.”
The first day, dedicated to policy, included presentations delivered by sector experts and panel discussions, focused on topics such as the political support required for energy storage uptake, energy market design, energy storage policy implementation and the decarbonisation of the energy system.
The second day, dedicated to market, looked at the economic viability of energy storage technologies, the types of funding available, the challenges and opportunities for investments in both mature and maturing markets around the world, as well as the role of TSOs and DSOs in ensuring a functioning market for energy storage.
Finally, the third day, dedicated to technologies, provided insight on the JRC’s vision for energy storage as well as addressed topics such as optimising infrastructure, combined energy storage technologies, long duration energy storage, raw materials, modelling frameworks, minimising the environmental footprint, interoperability and digitalisation.