Call for papers - 8th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition (IRES 2013)

Start/Stop Date:
15 May 2013
Bonn, Germany
Focus Areas:
Renewable energy, energy storage
Type of Event:

The IRES conference series has become the leading place for discussion on the solutions to the pressing issues facing energy storage by drawing together one of largest gatherings of scientific and economic experts worldwide with over 600 participants every year – around one-third of them from abroad. Industry experts acknowledge IRES as having become the central platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas on one of the key issues for the future of energy supply. The conference will be held in English language.

Summary of important dates:
May 15, 2013 – Deadline for submission of abstracts
June 30, 2013 – End of cursory review (abstracts)
September 15, 2013 – Deadline for submission of fullpapers
October 15, 2013 – End of cursory review (fullpapers)

Speakers (giving lectures and poster presentations) participate in discounted event registration.

Abstracts of papers and presentations:

You are invited to submit abstracts of projects addressing the following topics:

Technologies, systems, plants & scenarios

  • Storage technology for electrical energy, heat and mobility (electrochemical, electrostatic, electromechanical, electro-dynamic, chemical, thermal and thermo-chemical)
  • The need for storage capacity: scenarios and assessment studies for all applications and energy sectors
  • Strategies for systems with a high share of Renewable Energy and 100% Renewable Energy systems – focus on the use of storage
  • Connecting electric-drive vehicles and the electric grid (vehicle to grid)
  • Smart grid concepts and hybrid and combined Renewable Energy power plants/virtual power plants with Renewable Energy
  • Heat storage for buildings and industrial applications
  • Compact thermal energy storage: design of reactors, heat exchanger development, optimization of heat and mass transport as well as simulations of all these aspects
  • High temperature storage for Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technologies
  • Products, management strategies and field experience with storage systems to increase self-consumption of photovoltaic energy from owned facilities as well as off-grid and micro-grid systems


  • Electric grids and storage – supplements and competition
  • Distributed and decentralized electricity storage as virtual large-scale storage facility
  • CHP and heating networks, use of new or existing thermal storage in the power grids
  • High temperature storage for solar thermal power plants (CSP) or compressed air energy storage
  • Interaction of the energy networks for power, gas and heat
  • Cross-sectoral use of energy storage systems: Power-to-Gas, Power-to-Heat, Power-to-Mobility, Power-to-Chemicals

Politics, Policies, Law and Market

  • The legal, political, social, national economic and market economic aspects of integrating energy storage into the energy supply system
  • Market entry strategies and the associated business and cost models for the operation of storage systems and hybrid and combined Renewable Energy power plants/virtual power plants under different economic and technological frameworks (developed countries, developing countries, emerging economies)
  • And in particular: realized systems and operational experience
  • All topics can be considered from a technical, an economic as well as from an ecological point of view.

Paper presentation or poster exhibition:

Submissions will be presented as paper or poster presentations. A0 size poster walls will be available. As part of the conference, posters will be presented in prime space where the attendees can view them also during breaks. Furthermore, additional time slots –during which no parallel presentations or lectures are taking place –will be reserved for discussion and presentation of the posters.

Please send the abstract of your paper or poster concept (300 words maximum plus two optional pages maximum, including charts or diagrams with captions and explanatory remarks) in German or English, by May 15, 2013 to:, or to: EUROSOLAR e.V., Kaiser-Friedrich-Str. 11, 53113 Bonn, Germany. Phone: +49 (0) 228-2891446, Fax: +49 (0) 228-361279

For submission, please download, fill out and use the form ‘abstracts’.
After the conference, the best and most interesting papers will be published in the ‘Solarzeitalter’ magazine.

• Font: Times New Roman, 12 pt, Title in capital letters
• Single line spacing
• Word document or PDF file

For the accepted papers, power point and poster presentations additional graphic requirements will be made available.

Assessment of abstracts:
When the deadline for submissions has past the abstracts will be evaluated by the steering committee based on content, form, and suitability for the event. The steering committee is fully authorized to reject contributions. The decision by the steering committee is final.
Speakers (giving lectures and poster presentations) participate in discounted event registration.