On the 26th of April, the Stockholm CommUnity organized a panel discussion linked to the “Energy Policy” initiative on the theme of battery storage regulations. The title itself represents the core of the discussion, whether energy policies in Europe serve as a stimulation or an obstacle for the players involved in the sector. For this reason, we invited Bo Nomark, InnoEnergy thematic leader for Smart Electric Grids and Energy Storage, Martin Anderlin, Head of Business development at Northvolt, and Alexandra Andersson, Project Manager in Power Circle. The event took place at Norrsken House in the center of Stockholm and was welcomed by an enthusiastic audience of 50+ attendees composed of young professionals, InnoEnergy alumni and students.
The event was kick-started by our local CommUnity manager, Laura Perez, that introduced the CommUnity by InnoEnergy and the Energy Policy Events initiative to the audience. This initiative started in 2016 with the aim to educate professionals and students on the latest European energy policies. As a result the program, two masterclasses were created in Bruxelles as well as related CommUnity events in Lisbon, Barcelona, and now Stockholm.
Bo Normark, InnoEnergy thematic leader for smart grids and storage
Laura's introduction was followed by Bo Normark, the event moderator, that explained what InnoEnergy represents in Europe in terms of innovation, education and business creation. The presentation continued introducing the latest storage trends worldwide, energy policies in Europe and their different interpretation throughout European countries. During his presentation, Bo explained that InnoEnergy in February 2017 was given the task by the European Union to develop a European strategy for battery storage starting from raw materials all the way up to recycling--or ‘cradle to cradle’. Followed by InnoEnergy document, was created the European Battery Alliance that is currently composed of 100+ industrial stakeholders with the common goal of developing a European battery storage market.
Martin Anderlin, Head of Business development at Northvolt
After this detailed introduction, the main portion of the event began with the presentation of the two panelists. Martin Anderlin introduced Northvolt's ambition to become the first European battery cell manufacturer and the producers of the cleanest battery storage solution in the world. Then, Alexandra Andersson talked about her work in Power Circle, which is a public interest organization dealing with electrification and storage solutions for sustainable energy. Power Circle gathers a network of 60 energy companies with the aim of investigating and demonstrating the role of electricity in creating a sustainable energy system.
Alexandra Andersson, Project Manager in Power Circle
The panel discussion started questioning which are the main obstacles hindering storage development, knowledge or regulations and followed analyzing the reaction to new technologies of traditional electricity companies compared to startups and entrepreneurs. Significant obstacles were identified in regulations regarding ‘grey areas’ and taxing systems. Additionally, the speakers highlighted the role that new startups with entrepreneurial mindset could play in the future electricity system. The speakers identified different sectors where energy storage could have the biggest impact (from mining to the electricity grid) and outlined a potential future roadmap for the European market. Throughout the whole event, the discussion was dynamic thanks to the juxtaposition of the two different points of view brought by our speakers: Martin was more business oriented and Alexandra had closer contact with public institutions, regulations and big electricity companies. The panel discussion was followed by a rich Q&A session where the speakers answered the numerous questions from the audience ranging from technological specifications to market structure.
The atmosphere during the networking session that followed the event was particularly active with various groups discussing the takeaways of the panel together with the professionals that were attending the event. The final impression is that battery storage will affect every sector that is dealing with energy and it will create numerous opportunities for innovative companies and startups thanks to the support of the ambitions of the European Commision.
For additional information the link to the livestream of the event is available here: EIT InnoEnergy - Energy Storage Policy – Stimulation or Obstacle?
By Lorenzo Sani
In Collaboration with The CommUnity Post