SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 18, 2016) - Energy Storage North America (ESNA), the largest gathering of policy, technology and market leaders in energy storage, concluded its fourth annual event last week in San Diego. Mirroring the growth and maturation of the storage industry at large, ESNA grew in its attendee numbers, expo floor space, and the number of organizations represented at its conference and expo.
More than 1,900 industry professionals attended ESNA, held October 4-6, hailing from over 1,000 different organizations and 25 countries. The nearly 15,000-square-foot expo floor, the largest ever for Energy Storage North America, provided over 100 exhibitors with an opportunity to showcase the latest software and hardware storage technologies, systems and services.
Senior executives from utilities, grid operators, investors and storage developers took part in panel sessions alongside elected officials and regulators to discuss the changing regulatory landscape, the process of valuing benefits of storage and the latest system deployments and assets, among other trending industry topics. In total, the ESNA conference featured nearly 150 speakers on 21 different panel sessions, 6 keynote addresses and 8 in-depth workshops.
"The optimism, excitement and innovation that underscored ESNA's program, expo and networking events all point to the tremendous growth of energy storage over the past year," said Janice Lin, Chair of Energy Storage North America. "By bringing utilities, policymakers, storage developers and financiers into the same room to break down barriers and share successes, we can leverage the potential of storage even further to modernize and strengthen our electric power system."
Special events at ESNA also highlighted important sectors and stakeholders in energy storage. The annual ESNA Awards Ceremony recognized innovative storage projects in the centralized, distributed and mobility sectors, as well as policy and utility champions who have advanced storage through their work. ESNA hosted its first annual Women in Energy Storage networking event to foster connections among women in the storage industry, and continued its tradition of hosting a utility-only networking reception to encourage dialogue among utility professionals. In 2016, the number of utility employees who attended ESNA doubled compared to 2015, reflecting the increasing utility focus on and investments in energy storage.
ESNA is grateful to its many sponsors, including Platinum sponsors AES Energy Storage, Alevo and Current by GE; Gold sponsors East Penn, Green Charge, Johnson Controls, Mercedes-Benz Energy, RES, S&C Electric, Samsung SDI, Schneider Electric, Sonnen and Stem; Silver Sponsors K&L Gates, Nidec ASI, Northern Power Systems, PG&E, Parker, SDG&E, Southern California Edison and Wells Fargo; and Networking Sponsors Constellation, Leclanché and NextEra Energy Resources.
Next year's event will take place August 8-10 at the San Diego Convention Center.
About Energy Storage North America
Energy Storage North America is the largest conference, exhibition and networking event for the North American energy storage industry. ESNA connects developers, energy users, utilities and policymakers to advance understanding and deployment of energy storage and ultimately build a cleaner, more affordable, and more resilient grid. More information is available at www.esnaexpo.com.