December 14, 2023: The Consortium for Battery Innovation has confirmed it has acquired the annual US stationary battery conference, Battcon — as revealed exclusively by Batteries International in October — with Vertiv set to be a platinum sponsor for next year’s event.
CBI said on December 11 it had been appointed to run this long-standing industry event but the global research body — which is supported by the International Lead Association — did not disclose further details of the acquisition.
It is not known why Battcon, set up by the then established battery testing pioneer Glenn Alber, in 1998 and run up until now by technology company Vertiv, should seek such a deal.
A Vertiv spokesperson told Batteries International: “After more than 25 years of hosting Battcon, Vertiv is stepping aside as organizer of the popular event.
“The ILA and its subsidiary CBI will be hosting upcoming events and will be providing knowledge about battery trends, safety information and regulations that are important to stationary battery users in our industry.
“Vertiv looks forward to joining the upcoming event as a platinum sponsor.”
However Curtis Ashton, chair of Battcon’s 11-member technical committee, said: “Battcon is a popular, user-focused conference and as a technical committee we were keen that an organization committed to battery energy storage should take on its management and future development.
“The committee felt CBI would be the best option. Its expertise and enthusiasm means that we can look to the event’s continued growth and focus on the rapidly evolving stationary battery industry.”
Battcon’s Florida conferences have served as a showcase for all battery chemistry developments for more than 25 years.
The event regularly attracts more than 400 delegates plus exhibitors. CBI said it is also a professional development and networking event for the design, selection, and application of stationary, utility and energy storage battery systems.
CBI has already issued a call for papers inviting speakers to submit abstracts on potential topics demonstrating new technical enhancements for all battery chemistries for Battcon 2024, which will be held in Miami, May 14-17.
Alistair Davidson, CBI director, said: “Given the exciting opportunities for stationary storage across many applications this conference will remain at the forefront of the green energy transition.”
Battcon 2024 will be held at the Hyatt Regency Miami, with pre-conference workshops starting on Tuesday May 14 followed by the full conference and trade show. Click here for details.