The Solar & Storage Live 2023 exhibition took place from October 17th to 19th at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, United Kingdom. This event drew more than 400 exhibitors from around the world, showcasing new ways of thinking and innovative partnerships that provide solutions for the energy transition.
Bringing together the entire energy value chain, the focus of this event revolved around crucial supporting technologies for achieving net-zero emissions. This encompassed solar energy, energy storage, electric vehicles, and related technologies. Among the highlights of the event was Lithium Valley, with a specific focus on residential and commercial energy storage solutions. They showcased a range of home energy storage systems and outdoor battery storage cabinets for small to medium-sized commercial applications.
Lithium Valley’s energy storage solutions are designed to address various applications, including backup power, demand response, frequency regulation, grid efficiency enhancement, and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) services. Their products utilize in-house developed Battery Management Systems (BMS) and employ advanced networked distributed topologies for precise monitoring and protection of battery operation, including measurements of voltage, current, temperature, and more. Additionally, they offer state-of-charge (SOC) estimation, fault diagnosis, and balance management features. Several of their products have received certifications according to UL1973 and UL9540A standards.
The United Kingdom has been a leader in enacting net-zero legislation, with the UK being the first country to establish net-zero laws in its domestic legislation, further strengthening them in 2019. The country has also excelled in providing financial support for renewable energy projects, such as Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) and Contracts for Difference (CfD) Scheme. Even without government support, the UK’s public utility-scale energy storage capacity has already reached 3 GW.
However, infrastructure remains one of the primary obstacles to the widespread adoption of large-scale solar projects in the UK. Graham Stuart, the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, launched this year’s Solar & Storage Live event at the NEC Birmingham and outlined the government’s support for solar installations in the UK.
The UK has the potential to become a leader in the field of green technology, but government support and regulations are essential for this to materialize. The Labour Party plans to drive the growth of the solar industry, tripling solar capacity and quadrupling offshore wind capacity upon taking office. They will also focus on large-scale solar farms for energy storage development.
During the Solar & Storage Live conference, the Solar Sustainability Initiative (SSI) discussed the increasing importance of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) compliance, as well as supply chain traceability in the solar industry. Manufacturers need to undergo scrutiny to enter the largest markets. The demand for traceable modules is growing as customers and policymakers seek to ensure ethical standards are met. SSI aims to establish transparency standards for the solar supply chain and act as a third party to determine industry standards. However, balancing ethical requirements with the need for rapid solar deployment remains a challenge.
In the pursuit of international commitments to a sustainable future, clean energy and advanced storage solutions play a crucial role. Lithium Valley is committed to further penetrating the European market, focusing on technological upgrades and innovative system integration, providing customers and the energy storage industry with comprehensive, end-to-end solutions.
Dongguan Lithium Valley Smart Energy Co., Ltd., established in 2013, is a subsidiary of Zongshen Power (001696.SZ). The company focuses on residential and commercial energy storage applications with a vision to contribute “Lithium Valley Power for a Green World.” They offer customized energy storage products and comprehensive energy storage solutions. The company is headquartered in Dongguan and has branch offices in Shenzhen, Wuhan, Nanjing, Germany, the United States, Hungary, and South Africa. Their high and low-voltage residential energy storage product series and related products have obtained international certifications such as CB, CE (EMC & LVD), UL1973, UL9540A, BIS, ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO14064, and ISO14067.