The Energy Storage Innovations 2019: Disruptive technologies, forms and applications on 10-11 April 2019 in Berlin brings together various stakeholders from the energy storage ecosystem, covering key topics from materials trends and technology innovations, to manufacturing breakthroughs, to end-of-life value extraction. In the keynote session, you will hear IDTechEx's insights on the battle between different energy storage technologies - batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells. [Mr Fabrice Roudet, the Head of Energy Storage EMEA at Eaton will use real cases to illustrate how to create value across the energy storage value chain. You will also hear presentations from UL to introduce the world's first second life battery safety standard, UL 1974 to help you understand and evaluate the potential of the batteries in various second-life applications after 8-10 years in an electric vehicle.
Global sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) hit 2 million units in 2018 and the total PEVs on the road reached 5.3 million by the end of 2018. It took 5 years to see the first million electric vehicles while in 2018, it took only 6 months. The rapid deployment of PEVs will lead to a further reduction in Li-ion battery cost, which will spill over to stationary energy storage systems at household, commercial and industrial, as well as grid levels. According to IDTechEx, the annual demand for battery storage in e-mobility and stationary storage will grow to around 3.2TWh by 2029.
At this event, you will learn about the latest innovations on Li-ion and beyond Li-ion batteries as well as their main competitors such as supercapacitors and fuel cells. In the session on Li-ion battery breakthroughs, you will hear from companies presenting their latest technologies on innovative Li-ion battery anodes or cathodes and fast-charging batteries. You will also learn from companies developing so-called 'beyond Li-ion batteries' such as solid-state batteries and flow batteries which will significantly boost the energy density compared with existing battery technologies. In the meanwhile, you will hear presentations on the competing energy storage technologies to Li-ion batteries - supercapacitors and fuel cells. Companies will share their latest development and how their technologies will disrupt the energy storage market.
The phenomenal growth in EVs has attracted increasing attention on the end-of-life issues of EV batteries. According to IDTechEx, available second-life batteries will reach 108 GWh per year by 2029. Recycling the batteries to recover the raw materials seems to be the default solution. However, after their first life as powertrain for electric cars, the batteries could still hold 70-80% of their initial capacity which can be further utilised in second-life applications such as stationary energy storage before being recycled. More and more companies across the automotive and energy sectors are now seeking solutions to unlock more value within second-life EV batteries.
Given the increasing importance on the topic, this year we will, for the first time, host a session specifically on the circular economy in energy storage: Battery Second-life and Recycling. Experts and 'first-goers' around the world will share their experience and insights on how to extract value from those retired but still capable batteries.
If you would like to learn more about the latest technology innovations and market trends in energy storage, be sure not to miss our next leading event: Energy Storage Innovations 2019: Disruptive technologies, forms and applications on 10-11 April 2019 at Estrel Convention Center, Berlin, Germany, hosted by IDTechEx.