Intersolar - INTERNATIONAL MEETING POINT FOR THE ENERGY STORAGE INDUSTRY: EES EUROPE 2016 OPENS ITS DOORS

This year, ees Europe is taking place in parallel with Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners.

Munich, June 22, 2016 - Today marks the start of ees Europe 2016. At Europe's largest exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems, exhibitors from all around the world are set to showcase the most up-to-date products, services and solutions in renewable energy storage until June 24, 2016. This year, ees Europe is taking place in parallel with Intersolar Europe, the world's leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners.

Replacing large-scale nuclear and fossil fuel power stations, power is increasingly being supplied by decentralized, regenerative energy producers. Working in combination with these different forms of electricity generation, intelligent storage solutions play a crucial role in guaranteeing supply safety. No wonder then, that the energy storage industry is booming. This growth is also fueled by falling prices in the industry. According to a recent survey conducted by ees and Intersolar Europe together with the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar), the purchasing costs for turnkey solar storage systems for private homes have fallen by over 30% in the last 24 months, due to economies of scale and technical developments. The consequence: Domestic storage systems for solar power in particular are becoming increasingly cost-efficient, which is leading to greater investment in these technologies. Numerous companies are taking advantage of the considerable momentum in the market to expand their business - or to enter the market for the first time, such as Daimler AG for example, who announced the foundation of the Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH at the start of June 2016. Nissan has reported entering a partnership with Eaton this year to capture the domestic storage system market, and Tesla Energy and the BMW Group have also moved into the market.

E-mobility is another important factor driving the energy storage market forward. Electric cars are not just a low-emission form of transport: As mobile energy storage units, they are one of the mainstays in the grid of the future. A few weeks ago, Norway took a pioneering step in this direction and is aiming to rely entirely on electric cars by 2025. Germany is also advocating e-mobility. The German government has set itself the target of bringing one million electric cars onto the country's roads by 2020 and has set up an incentive program in order to achieve this. The conditions are therefore extremely favorable for ees Europe, which opens its doors today for the third time. Exhibitors are presenting their innovations, solutions and services in the area of efficient and sustainable energy storage from June 22-24.

ees Europe's success story
ees Europe has developed impressively since 2014: Even after the exhibition recorded significant growth in 2015, the exhibition space increased again by 40% to over 12,000 sqm in 2016. Here, 213 battery and energy storage manufacturers are set to showcase their products and services - representing an increase of 35% compared with last year. Together with Intersolar Europe, which takes place at the same time, 369 of the total 1,077 exhibitors are presenting energy storage solutions. Many exhibitors have expanded their exhibition segment and are displaying an even broader range of new products, in comparison with previous years. In a remarkably short period of time, the event has established itself as a leading exhibition in Europe.

Special exhibits: Wind meets Solar and Storage and E-Mobility & Renewable Energy
Visitors can find out about the current trends in the industry at two special exhibits. At the exhibition space Wind meets Solar and Storage (hall B2, booth B2.290), researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will be demonstrating how different technologies for power generation and energy storage are connected to consumers in a smart energy system that utilizes the most up-to-date information technologies. One of the centerpieces of the special exhibit is the prototype of an energy storage device measuring almost 100 cubic meters. The exhibition demonstrates how batteries can work in combination with a PV installation and a wind turbine to guarantee the optimal supply safety and grid stability. Along these lines, sessions titled Integration Strategies and Virtual Power Plants are taking place at the Smart Renewable Energy Forum on Thursday, June 23, starting at 1:00pm (hall B2, booth B2.131).
The special exhibit E-Mobility & Renewable Energy showcases intelligent solutions for integrating electric vehicles and presents new vehicle concepts and innovative charging technologies in hall B1, booth B1.190. It plays host to innovations from companies such as Tesla, Nissan, GridSense and Parkstrom until June 24.

The ees AWARD, ees Forum and ees Conference
For the third time in a row, the ees AWARD is set to pay tribute to outstanding innovations in energy storage on the first day of the exhibition. All companies who exhibited at an ees or Intersolar event around the world in 2016 were able to make a submission. The winners will be announced at an official award ceremony today at the Innovation and Application Forum (4:30pm, hall A2, booth A2.530). Another important feature of the exhibition's accompanying program: the ees Forum. In hall B1, booth B1.151 on all three exhibition days, industry experts will be speaking about their experiences in the manufacturing, sales, installation and application of batteries and energy storage systems.
Following the successful premiere last year, the ees Conference is taking place again in 2016. From June 21-22, 2016, the presentations held by expert panels at ICM - Internationales Congress Center München - offer visitors the opportunity to find out about the latest advancements in the field of storage devices and storage management, as well as how to use storage systems economically. They will be discussing topical issues in the industry, ranging from political conditions and financ-ing, to new technical accomplishments.

ees Europe 2016 takes place alongside Intersolar Europe at Messe München from June 22-24, 2016.

Further information on ees Europe 2016 can be found at www.ees-europe.com

About ees
The global ees exhibition series is the industry meeting point, bringing together manufacturers, distributors, users and suppliers of stationary and mobile electricity storage systems. The ees exhibitions are co-organized with Intersolar, the leading exhibition series for the solar industry.
The ees exhibitions and accompanying ees Conferences are dedicated to renewable energy storage solutions, from residential and commercial applications to large-scale storage systems for stabilizing the grid. Other focal points are products and solutions for smart renewable energy, energy management, e-mobility and uninter-ruptible power supply (UPS).

With ees Europe in Munich, ees North America in San Francisco and ees India in Mumbai, ees is represented on three continents. ees Europe is the continent's largest exhibition with the greatest number of visitors for the battery and energy storage industry. More than 158 exhibitors took part in ees Europe 2015 (326 companies together with energy storage exhibitors at Intersolar Europe) and approx. 38,000 visitors from 165 countries flocked to Munich.

Partners of ees Europe
ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association), EUROBAT (the Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers), Naatbatt (the National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries), and BSW-Solar (German Solar Association).

For more information on ees Europe, please visit: www.ees-europe.com

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