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On March 28, the ‘Energy Storage Forum,’ a three-day activity-packed event aimed at exploring the potential role of grid-scale energy in ongoing efforts to enable optimal use of renewable energy resources, began in Dubai.
The event is coordinated by the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) in collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the world’s preeminent independent, non-profit energy research and development organization.
The forum brings together some of the world’s leading names in power and electricity to confront major challenges that the industry is currently experiencing, such as issues in planning, deployment, and energy storage.
Eng Ahmed Al Ebrahim, CEO of the GCCIA stated that “The GCCIA understands the immensely crucial role played by energy storage, which is a fast-changing asset class in the world’s electric power networks,”
According to GCCIA authorities, the ‘Energy Storage Forum’ provides a five-pronged set of issues that must be addressed. These include the potential of energy storage in the energy transformation, the existence of advantages and threats in key areas across the Middle East and North African (Mena) region, the present state of the global energy storage market, the sharing of knowledge and experiences garnered in energy storage, and the advancement of a strategic roadmap for the development and further expansion of the energy storage segment.
The schedule for the event is packed with significant activities designed specifically for attendees from the energy industry. The event began with a keynote talk by Al Ebrahim, followed by the first session, which focused on presenting an overview of energy storage technologies.
The second day of the event featured an overview of the worldwide energy storage industry, as well as case studies on the region’s implementation and asset management of energy storage.
Finally, on the third day, there will be a discussion about the development of power system planning as well as upcoming energy storage technologies and drivers.
“As the energy industry continues to decarbonize, it will increasingly rely on variable renewable energy supplies to assist meet climate objectives,” said Arshad Mansoor, CEO of EPRI.
He continued, saying, “Energy storage over timescales ranging from seconds to seasons will be required to offer grid stability services such as energy balancing when the sun does not shine and the wind does not blow.”