On May 10 & 11, 2017, the annual IDTechEx Europe event was held in Berlin, Germany, where the latest emerging technologies in various technology fields were presented. The event, attended by over 3,000 visitors, brings together different players in the value chain, from material & technology developers to integrators to end-users, providing insights on forthcoming technologies, material selection, market trends and latest products.
The event offered a combination of Masterclasses, Conference and Exhibition. One of this year’s conference topics was Energy Storage, assessing the most exciting battery technology developments from world-leading companies, start-ups and research institutes. A unique selection of the main available battery chemistries being investigated and deployed were showcased. Elestor was invited to present on the subject ‘Cost Leadership with HBr Flow Battery Technology’.
During the award ceremony on Wednesday night, Elestor’s CEO, Guido Dalessi, received from Dr. Fanny Barde (Toyota Motor Europe) the prestigious IDTechEx award for the ‘Best Technical Development in Energy Storage’. Dalessi: “After receiving several Dutch awards in 2016, we are very pleased to be recognized internationally by winning this important award in Energy Storage. It’s a great achievement and compliment for the Elestor team!”
The jury was formed by Jonas Deitschun MSc (Fraunhofer IFAM), Dr. Fanny Barde (Toyota Motor Europe), and Dr. Giuseppe Antonio Elia (TU Berlin), commenting: “This company is betting on a utility-scale stationary storage system that does not require a hydrogen compressor, thereby enabling lower LCoS than its competition.”
On Monday, October 4 2016, Kiemt foundation held the annual autumn conference. With its network of innovative enterprises, Kiemt focuses on accelerating the Energy Transition and Circular Economy, and works as such closely together with companies, government, researchers and institutes in the eastern part of the Netherlands, in order to concretely realize innovations.
The Jan Terlouw Award ceremony is traditionally on the agenda of the annual Kiemt conferences. The jury consists of 4 industry experts from the Kiemt network and is presided by Dutch politician, physicist and author Dr. Jan Terlouw. “The award is granted to the company that has introduced the most promising innovative solution in the field of Energy and Climate, having a high market potential. The purpose of the Award is to support its commercialization, to help the winner in making further steps, and to put the innovation on the map”, says Dr. Jan Terlouw.
The potential economic impact forms the central point for the selection of the winner. As one of the 3 finalists for this award the jury decided to grant Elestor BV, founded by Wiebrand Kout, the ‘Jan Terlouw Ambition Award 2016’. With 58,8% of the audience’s votes – a marked majority – also the ‘Public Award’ went to Elestor.
On 20 August, 2015, KIC InnoEnergy Benelux invited all its partners and colleagues for an inspiring Business Community Day, followed by dinner and a ceremony on the “Belem”, a sailing ship at the nautical event ‘SAIL’ in Amsterdam.
Facilitated by Frank Steggink, the day was kicked off by KIC InnoEnergy Benelux’ CEO Klaas Schuring who explained about the common ground for the current activities of KIC InnoEnergy. The roughly ninetish crowd gathered at Park Plaza Airport Hotel saw a mix of policy insights and a look into the strategy of the Benelux office, with Javier Castillejos-Alsina (EU Commission) and Ed Buddenbaum (Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs) addressing the former and our own Guy Vekemans and Johan Driesen providing an overview of the latter. As such, the conference part of the event was an excellent opportunity for the Benelux sustainable energy community to catch up with current and future affairs influencing the field.
Apart from these speaker sessions, some of the attendees were invited to pitch their products, for which KIC InnoEnergy Benelux introduced a Challenge Trophy. Each member of the audience had a hundred thousand KIC InnoEnergy Coins to distribute as investments among the presenting teams. As a result, the competition was fierce with quite a few solid performances both in terms of the project content as well as presentation quality. However, in the end there could be only one winner. The one to emerge on top of the others was the venture Elestor BV, presented by Wiebrand Kout.
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency RVO has awarded a R&D grant to Elestor under its MIT feasibility programme.
The GROVE project (Dutch: Goedkope, Robuuste Opslag Van Elektriciteit) will investigate the technical and economic opportunities for large scale implementation of Megawatt-scale Elestor flow batteries in smart grids. A second research topic is the possible integration with thermal storage.
The project will be completed before May 2015.