CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- With significant growth in the industry, energy storage professionals traveled to Charlotte, NC today to attend the Energy Storage Association (ESA) 26th Annual Conference and Expo. As the industry's fastest growing event, the ESA conference - #ESACon16 - is bringing together senior leadership from utilities, suppliers, project developers, financiers, and customers for three days of world-class speakers and workshops covering energy storage technology, policy, trends and market growth.
"Much like the energy storage industry as a whole, our annual conference has also continued to grow year after year, and 2016 is no different. We've seen more than 50 percent increase in attendance over our successful 2015 show," said Matt Roberts, Executive Director of ESA. "With expanding value for multiple grid applications, larger utility procurements and plummeting system costs, the global market for energy storage is set to nearly double in the year ahead."
The ESA Annual Conference and Expo began today with a keynote panel featuring executives from across the energy storage industry. Moderated by Forbes contributor Peter Kelly Detwiler, the panel consisted of Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of AES Energy Storage, Chris Shelton; Chief Technology Officer of Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Dr. Andrew Oliver; President of Alevo Energy, Chris Christiansen; and Chief Platforms and Operating Officer of GE Current, Eric Gebhardt.
Panelists covered growth in the industry, advances in technology, partnering with local communities to conserve energy and use energy storage to improve the generation and distribution of energy throughout markets across the United States.
"Energy storage has caught everyone's attention from investors to utility executives. Now we must seize the opportunity, including making our voices heard in the regulatory changes occurring, so that we can be part of accelerating the grid to its inevitable renewable future," said Dr. Andrew Oliver, Chief Technology Officer, Renewable Energy Systems.
"Storage is a wonderful and flexible tool. As policies are put in place to let the market compete and eliminate barriers, we'll see an increase of storage deployments," said Chris Christiansen, President, Alevo Energy.
Video from the event will be available at www.worldenergytv.org/ESA2016.
The ESA Conference and Expo is being held in Charlotte, NC from April 25-27, 2016.
To learn more about the Energy Storage Association 26th Annual Conference and Expo, visit www.energystorage.org/conference.
About Energy Storage Association
The Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for the energy storage industry, is the leading voice for companies that develop and deploy the energy storage technologies we rely on every day. ESA's mission is to promote, develop and commercialize competitive and reliable energy storage delivery systems for use by electricity suppliers and their customers. With more than 200 member organizations, ESA members represent a diverse group of entities, including electric utilities, energy service companies, independent power producers, technology developers deploying advanced batteries, flywheels, compressed air energy storage, thermal storage, pumped hydropower, supercapacitors, and component suppliers, such as power conversion systems.
The ESA Annual Conference and Expo is the industry's largest and fastest growing conference. To learn more about ESA or to register for the 2016 Conference in Charlotte, NC, from April 25-27 visit www.energystorage.org. Stay connected with ESA on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
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