Hard Shell, Smart Core: Why Inner Values Count in Industrial Energy Storage Systems

The smarter E Podcast Episode 115 | November 17, 2022 | Language: English

The market for battery storage, which is connected to the power grids and stabilizes the volatile power generation of renewable energies, will grow very quickly. In the next five years, it will increase approximately eightfold. Demand will grow particularly strongly in Europe. What role does grid storage play in the current energy crisis? What hurdles and obstacles do we currently see in the area of grid infrastructure? Julian Jansen, Director of Growth and Market Development (EMEA) at Fluence, provides us with the answers and other exciting insights.


  • 01.42: Can storage facilities alleviate the current energy crisis?
  • 05.10: What is the fastest and cheapest way to prevent renewable energies from being shut down in times of energy crisis?
  • 07.01: Fluence is currently building the world's largest energy storage system for the specific use case of improving transmission infrastructure in Germany. Why in Germany?
  • 12.56: Gas-fired power plants were supposed to serve as a bridging technology in the energy transition to flexibly generate electricity when there is not enough PV or wind power available. The war in Ukraine has called this strategy into question. Can battery storage be an alternative? And how?

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About Julian Jansen and Fluence

Julian Jansen is the Growth & Market Development Director at Fluence. He is responsible for regional strategy, as well as market expansion in the EMEA region working with customers and industry stakeholders to enable the growth of energy storage. As part of his responsibilities, he also leads the regional policy, early business development and marketing teams. Julian has been working in the clean energy sector his whole career. Most recently he was an Associate Director at IHS Markit leading the group's consulting activities on clean energy technologies, having previously managed IHS Markit's global energy storage team and establishing the energy storage research area at specialist consultancy Delta-ee.

Fluence is the result of two industry powerhouses and pioneers in energy storage joining together to form a new company dedicated to innovating modern electric infrastructure. In January 2018, Siemens and AES launched Fluence, uniting the scale, experience, breadth, and financial backing of the two most experienced icons in energy storage. The Fluence team encompasses more than 14 years of experience deploying and operating energy storage. Fluence is driving change by opening new markets to storage around the world, and has the largest deployed fleet of energy storage projects of any company.

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