On May 18, Chinese and international industry experts, certification and standardization institutes and representatives from academia met at the "Energy Storage International Conference and Expo" (ESIE) in Beijing to discuss energy storage spanning topics such as flywheels, batteries in electric vehicles or large-scale storage for providing ancillary services.
At the invitation of the Sino-German Energy Partnership, Mr. Alexander Nollau, Head of Energy at the German VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information technologies, contributed to the forum "Global Energy Storage System Safety & Standardization".
Within his presentation on "Energy Storage – Player in the Future Energy Eco-System", Mr. Nollau discussed how energy storage plays an increasingly important role in Germany’s Energiewende – on all levels of the power generation value chain, from balancing intermittent renewables on the generation side to time shifting on the level of electricity consumers.
Mr. Nollau then stressed the importance of national and international standardization for enabling the safe and reliable functioning of energy storage technologies and power markets as well as how standards and norms are necessary to facilitate the digitization of the energy landscape. He explained that international standardization cooperation plays a dominant role in the VDE’s standardization work. Already today, more than 80 % of all standards introduced by VDE in Germany were international standards mirrored to the national level.
Mr. Nollau concluded his presentation with a case study on the standardization of automotive batteries.