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International Battery & Energy Storage Alliance Established

A newly formed alliance, the International Battery and Energy Storage Alliance (IBESA), has been created to help facilitate collaboration between solar, electrical energy storage, and smart grid technologies companies.

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IBESA was formed by the International PV Equipment Association (IPVEA) and solar research group EuPD to represent the emerging solar storage sector.

The IBESA will help give access to market intelligence, new networks, professional resources, and emerging markets. More than 70 IPVEA members will benefit from this partnership.

Markus Hoehner, chief executive of EuPD said in the press release:

A strong, industry-wide alliance of global players like the IBESA is crucial in order to unify the fragmented electrical energy storage and smart grid markets, as well as to prepare and position them sustainably for the future.

Bryan Ekus, managing director of IPVEA, added:

Our goal is to promote photovoltaics and the electrical energy storage market and provide real benefits for our member companies.

Having a cost-effective storage technology for solar is imperative for the ongoing roll-out of renewable energy.

IBESA aims to promote both PV and its associated storage market to provide benefits to member companies. IPVEA’s Ekus added:

The international alliance is based on cooperation between various branches and the exchange between IPVEA and new IBESA members.

The PV storage market is projected to hit $19 million in 2017, as other countries follow the lead being shown by Germany in adopting storage technologies.

Germany has already formed a national energy storage trade body and, starting this month, it is offering a subsidy for PV storage systems.

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