By Nick Gilbert
Popular solar industry exhibition, Intersolar North America will be held in San Francisco from July 9 to 12, 2012. The conference provides an excellent platform for solar professionals to share information and develop business prospects in the American solar market. The exhibition, which is in its fifth year, will be co-located with SEMICON West. About 900 exhibitors and over 22,000 visitors from more than 80 countries are expected to grace the event.
The event will include a special exhibit that will promote advanced energy storage technologies. Presentations on grid integration and energy storage will be offered by PV Energy World. Unique display boards and exhibits will be an added attraction for visitors.
In the present scenario, energy storage allows more flexibility for the power grid and offers a low-cost solar energy solution, thus energy storage has become an essential technology for optimum renewable energy production. Innovative energy storage technologies can increase the capacity of solar projects, reduce problems related to grid strain and promote more number of huge-scale plants online.
Intersolar will partner with the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA), which is committed to promoting energy storage to boost the use of renewable energy. CESA includes members like renewable energy component manufacturers, storage technology manufacturers, and system integrators and developers.
Intersolar will include conference sessions, wherein technical experts will discuss about energy storage and provide the latest information on the energy storage industry. An overview of the latest storage technologies, changing regulatory landscape, and opportunities in smart grid technology will be discussed by the speakers.
The topic on energy storage will be presented by Janice Lin, from CESA; Hiroshi Hanafusa from Panasonic; Matthias Vetter from Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy ISE; John Wood from Ecoult; Rudy Wodrich from Schneider Electric; Matsukawa Hiroshi from RTS; Jarl Pedersen from Xtreme Power; and Andy Tayler from Energy and Environmental Economics.