Trip Report – Energy Storage Association Conference, April 18 to 20, 2017

The Energy Storage Association 2017 Annual Conference, held from April 18 through 20 in Denver, Colorado, was the largest ever with more than 150 speakers in 40 education sessions, and approximately 1,700 attendees from over 30 countries. For Energy Storage Canada, it was the first time that the association was exhibiting at this conference (and any conference globally) as a national organization.

The ESA conference is the most relevant industry gathering for the Canadian energy storage industry. This is driven by the quality/depth/range of the attendees from around the world and the relative proximity of the U.S. market and conference to Canadian attendees.  There were Canadian participants from across the country – members and non-members who engaged with us during the conference.

Most notable was the range of global (but largely U.S.) attendees who visited the Energy Storage Canada booth and were interested in what was happening in Canada with respect to energy storage Over one evening and two days, the Energy Storage team spoke to more than 350 conference attendees. We made introductions to representatives of various Canadian companies to interested parties. As an example, we introduced the CEO of Temporal Power to a senior executive of Nuvation who was looking to solve a specific technical challenge. While Nuvation is a Canadian-founded company, it has significant operations in California. 

A total of 13 Canadian energy storage companies either exhibited or attended the ESA conference, including:

1.     Ameresco

2.     NRStor

3.     SNC Lavalin

4.     NBF Group

5.     RES (Canada)

6.     Hydrogenics

7.     Hydrostor

8.     CES

9.     NextEra

10.  S&C Electric

11.  Temporal Power

12.  ABB 

13.  Stantec

We also took the opportunity to promote our Energy Storage in Canada conference to people who visited the booth as a way to further engage them with the Canadian energy storage companies and the broader industry.

In addition, Energy Storage Canada Executive Director, Patricia Phillips, spoke on a panel that covered global markets in Europe and Canada. This was an opportunity to highlight the broad range of technology companies, developers, consultants and EPC companies in Canada.

We will be sharing this trip report with companies via our website and in a future webinar to be held in November 2017 as part of our export support to member companies. 

ESC has benefited greatly from the financial and organizational support of the Canadian government through Global Affairs Canada specifically by its Global Opportunities for Associations program.

Donald Cudmore