March 12, 2020: As the spring conference season approaches for the battery and energy storage industry, hosts and organizers are struggling to decide whether to go ahead with events that have been in the diary for months, if not years.
As this bulletin was released, and with the situation changing on an hourly basis, a variety of energy conferences and meetings had been postponed. These include:
- The Advanced Battery Power Conference, listed for March 23 – 25 has been rescheduled for April 28-29, 2021;
- The International Battery Seminar, scheduled for March 30-April 2, has been rescheduled to July 27-30;
- The Energy Storage Association show, listed for April 8-10 in Arizona, US and rescheduled for August 26-28;
- Energy Storage Europe, which would have been March 10-12, in Düsseldorf, Germany, rescheduled for March 16 – 18, 2021;
- the Battery Show Europe 2020 set for April 28-30; and reset for October 15-17;
- The 6th Residential Energy Storage Forum in Munich, Germany rescheduled from March 31-April 2 to November 16-20, and will now be held back to back with the 13th Energy Storage World Forum (large-scale applications).
- Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition has been postponed. New date is to be confirmed;
- The ILA’s DCA & Heat meeting has been postponed until October 7-8. The related CBI technical workshop will be postponed until October 8-9. The schedule for meetings will remain the same and the location for both is still the Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh, Scotland.
- BuildingEnergy Boston on March 23-24 has been cancelled with the intention of rescheduling in the summer
- IHS Markit, the conference organizer and market analyst, cancelled its CERAWeek, which should have begun on March 9 in Houston, Texas, and is one of the largest energy industry gatherings in the world.
- ees South America, part of the Smarter E, South America has been postponed from August 25 – 27 to November 16 – 18;
- Other postponements or cancellations include Power Utility Conference, Large-Scale Solar Europe and PV India.
- For the lead battery industry, the two most important events of the year — the BCI meetings at the end of April near Las Vegas has been cancelled, and ELBC, in Milan in September — is still going ahead.
- The International Flow Battery Forum will continue as planned from June 30 to July 2 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The organizers said: “We believe this is a sensible decision based on current advice and projections, but we will continue to monitor the situation.”
Many other events have warnings on their websites that they may have to change their dates because of the virus.