June 30, 2023: Flow batteries champion Anthony Price is teaming up with European consultancy Clerens NV as the International Flow Battery Forum (IFBF) heads toward its 15th year. Talk of Price moving into retirement is ill-founded.
Price (pictured) told the IFBF’s conference in Prague on June 27 that the partnership would help to expand the breadth of coverage, networking and showcasing opportunities for the flow batteries sector and that he would continue to be a key player in proceedings.
The partnership announcement was made by Patrick Clerens, managing director of Clerens NV, who said the organization would take over the “heavy lifting” needed behind the scenes in running future IFBF events.
Clerens, who is also a partner in the IFBF with Price, said the flow batteries stalwart would continue to be “around for decades to come”.
Sources close to Price said he would “never really retire” — indeed there was no sign of him even attempting to take it easy as he declared at the conference opening session: “It’s time to make some noise for our industry.”
Price was trumpeting increasing advances being made by flow batteries, including last February’s announcement that the technology had been included in the EU’s upcoming Battery Passport scheme.
IFBF attendees probably know Price best as being a stickler for time-keeping and ensuring conference presenters don’t overrun their allotted slots.
He can always be spotted keeping a discreet eye on proceedings and is unafraid to ring the IFBF bell to alert presenters who risk straying beyond their time.
When not on ‘bell duty’, Price can be found on stage as a shrewd moderator and accomplished interviewer who puts probing questions to speakers on behalf of delegates.
Price’s work on behalf of the energy storage industry stems from his founding in 2003 of consultancy services firm Swanbarton.
His career has spanned business and market analysis for power and network companies, project development and commercialization plans, regulatory advice and due diligence.
Price received an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the UK’s honours list in 2021 in recognition of his services to the energy storage industry.
Price told Batteries International the IFBF had grown because the flow battery community needed to ensure flow batteries were on the electrical energy storage map.
“Look at the growth in the sector — we have heard project reports from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and America that show how better batteries are meeting market needs.
“Patrick’s knowledge and experience of policy, regulation and advocacy is going to be a great asset in supporting the growth of the IFBF.”