International Renewable Energy Storage Web Summit – IRES 2020

Special times require special measures. As organizers of the annual IRES conference, we were obliged to think of a new concept to keep all our participants safe and sound while creating a space for scientific exchange and discussion. Therefore, for the first time in its history, the traditional International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES) took place online as a web summit. Nearly 50 scientists from all over the world presented their latest research results on the storage of renewable energies. This event also marked EUROSOLARs preparations for its next twin conference: the IRES 2021 in partnership with Energy Storage Europe at Messe Düsseldorf, 16-18 March 2021.

In this year’s keynote speech, Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), ISC Chairman from 2021, called for a radical rethink: „The transformation of the energy system towards a complete reduction of greenhouse gas emissions will only succeed if we understand the fundamentally new character of the new system,“ said Henning. „Fossil energy sources must be completely replaced. This means that their inherent storage capacity must also be replaced. Variable, renewable energy will become the main primary energy source in the future, making not only demand but also supply time-dependent.“

You’ll find the entire talk here as video recording.