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Hybrid EGT allows more effective use of renewables

Reduces environmental impact and operating cost, increases equipment lifetime

The LM6000 Hybrid Electric Gas Turbine integrates a 10 MW/ 4.3 MWh energy storage battery system and a ground-breaking control system capable of providing quick start and fast ramping to balance variable energy supply.

Variable energy supply happens when renewable production falls following weather conditions or the time of the day. The system provides enough time coverage to allow the gas turbine to start and reach its designated power output. It does not need to burn fuel and consume water in stand-by mode, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution by 60 percent and water consumption by approximately 45 percent. In 2017, the Hybrid EGT received Edison Electric Institute and ESNA innovation awards.

The LM6000 Hybrid Electric Gas Turbine is located in US but has similar use-cases in Europe in optimizing the operational profile and the related emissions of fossil fired power plants. Frequency regulation and primary control reserve are already services marketed in Europe and could benefit from the presented hybrid approach.

Emergency black start capability: GE’s energy storage battery system

Providing grid stability & smoothing renewable output

Located in California, this 33MW / 20MWh battery system complements the integration of renewable resources and will increase grid flexibility and reliability by providing solar ramping, frequency regulation, power balancing and black start capability for an adjacent gas turbine.

The black start capability was activated on May 10, 2017, when the newly installed energy storage battery system successfully supplied the electricity needed to start a 44-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas turbine without relying on the external transmission network. To stabilize the power plant, the energy storage battery system was then converted, by design, to become an energy load consumer. Although it is implemented in the US, it has similar use-cases in Europe in optimizing the operational profile and the related emissions of fossil fired power plants. Frequency regulation and primary control reserve are already services marketed in Europe and could benefit from the presented hybrid approach.

Tallaght Smart Grid – Maxwell Ultracapacitors’ Frequency Response

Tallaght Smart Grid – Maxwell Ultracapacitors Providing Fast Frequency Response

Ireland intends to achieve 40 percent renewable energy by 2020. Most of this electricity comes from large-scale wind farms with only limited connection to the UK. FREQCON deployed Ireland's first combined ultracapacitor & energy storage facility for the Tallaght Smart Grid Testbed in South Dublin County. The 300 kW / 150 kWh system was developed to demonstrate that a combination of lithium-ion batteries, Maxwell Technologies ultracapacitors, and FREQCON power converters can provide fast frequency response to enable high renewables penetration.

Battery storage for the energy transition in Aachen, Germany

Battery storage for the energy transition

As the share of renewable energies in the electricity mix increases, so does volatility. Therefore, it is becoming increasingly important to be able to store energy on a large scale.

Battery storage technologies are a sensible option. They can help to integrate renewables into the energy system by offsetting their fluctuating, difficult-to-predict generation capacity in the short term. The modular battery storage M5BAT in Aachen, Germany is ideally suited to test the technical and economic suitability of large-scale battery storage systems. The project has started in July 2013 and will be executed until December 2018. As part of this joint project, Uniper and its partners have installed a stationary battery system in a specially converted building.

The battery system has a storage capacity of 5 MWh and bundles various battery storage technologies. We are currently testing the application possibilities and economic viability of the different battery technologies. The knowledge gained from this project will help us design future strategies for the use of battery storage, deploying the battery technology best suited to meet the local requirements. M5BAT is located next to a transformer and RWTH Aachen University research centres. The battery storage system will be used in various markets for research purposes, for example to provide primary control power. This energy storage system project provides important insights for the entire energy industry and contributes to making battery technologies usable for the energy transition. This is underlined by the partial funding of the project by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).

World’s First Grid-scale Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) Plant Online

LAES plant demonstrates how true long-duration energy storage will help balance the grid

On 5 June 2018, Highview Power launched the world’s first grid-scale LAES plant. The 5MW plant at project partner, Viridor’s, Pilsworth land site in Greater Manchester, UK, is capable of powering ~5000 homes for several hours and will demonstrate how LAES can provide a number of reserves, grid balancing and regulation services. In addition, the plant will convert waste heat to power from the onsite landfill gas engines. LAES technology can be scaled up to hundreds of megawatts which would provide enough electricity to power urban areas the size of small towns to large cities.

WindGas for the energy transition with Uniper’s Power-to-Gas plant

Horizon2020 project STORE&GO helps exploring innovative storage technologies

For a successful energy transition, we will need large scale energy storage, in order to ensure the security of supply. Uniper therefore operates the pilot plant WindGas Falkenhagen, Germany, where we have been demonstrating how renewable electricity can be used for the production of hydrogen by electrolysis, since August 2013. This “green hydrogen” is then fed into the natural gas network effectively storing the excess power produced from renewable electricity generation. The Falkenhagen power-to-gas plant has an output of 2 MW and generates 360 cubic meters of hydrogen per hour. Falkenhagen in Brandenburg is an ideal location, due to its high wind generating capacity and the well-developed power and gas infrastructure already in place.

In May 2018 the power-to-gas site has been expanded by a methanation plant to offer even more possibilities of storage for renewable energies. The new methanation plant provides for the generation of “green” methane. In this second stage, hydrogen from regenerative energy sources is converted into methane (CH4), i.e. synthetic natural gas (SNG), using CO2 from a bio-ethanol plant. This constitutes an important contribution to the success of the energy transition, because green methane in contrast to green hydrogen can be used in a wider variety of ways. It can be made available to a variety of markets, such as the manufacturing sector, the electricity and heating market as well as the mobility sector. Moreover, it provides for unrestricted use of the natural gas infrastructure, including for transport and storage. This stored energy is then available as backup whenever there is an insufficient supply of solar and wind power.

The new methanation plant was built right next to the PtG pilot plant and consists of several components. A prototype honeycomb catalytic reactor for methanation is installed and is being tested during the project. The methanation plant produces up to 57 m³/h of SNG (at normal pressure and temperature), which equates to an output of 600 kWh/h. By comparison: The same amount of energy could heat a 50-m² apartment for a month. Moreover, the heat generated by the process is used by a nearby veneer plant.

WindGas Falkenhagen is part of the Horizon 2020 project STORE&GO, which aims to bring the technology to a level to be integrated in the daily operation of European energy grids. Uniper Energy Storage GmbH builds and operates the new plant together with thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG, the research centre of the DVGW (German Association for Gas and Water) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). thyssenkrupp and KIT designed the reactors for methanation and KIT is also providing scientific assistance to the project.

Interview with Rowena McCappin – Glen Dimplex Project Director

RealValue: Realising Value from Electricity Markets with Local Smart Electric Thermal Storage Technology.

Project Director Rowena McCappin shares insights from the RealValue Horizon 2020 project

Q. What did the RealValue project involve and what was Glen Dimplex’s role?

A. Glen Dimplex was the coordinator of RealValue, a three-year research and innovation project which received €12.5M through Horizon 2020, involving 13 partners across five member states, representing the entire electricity value chain.Our ‘Quantum’ Smart Electric Thermal Storage space and water heating appliances, known as ‘SETS’, were installed in 750 properties across Ireland, Germany and Latvia and connected to each country’s power grids. The project has delivered a huge leap forward in learning around how small-scale energy storage systems, when aggregated together, can help bring maximum value from clean energy in a more environmentally conscious world.

Q. What were the outcomes of RealValue and the added value for energy storage?

A. RealValue has demonstrated the role that Quantum SETS can play as thermal storage devices for energy balancing, grid security and supply, decarbonisation and integration of RES, network congestion and demand-side management, whilst simultaneously offering enhanced end-user experience in terms of increased comfort and control, and greater energy-efficiency.

As well as proving the effectiveness of the technical solution, within the project building and energy system modelling was carried out to assess the relative suitability of European countries for SETS into the future. Regulatory analysis assessed the market readiness for the RealValue solution and identified the most interesting business cases. We were also highly involved in BRIDGE, the European Commission Initiative for knowledge sharing between Horizon 2020 Smart Grid and Energy Storage projects. This provided unrivalled opportunity to share experiences from RealValue, and learn from other like-minded organisations, which is a crucial aspect of any R&D process.

Q. Where next for Glen Dimplex?

A. We believe that the home of the future will be all-electric and fully connected; Glen Dimplex’s future direction will be defined by this vision. Everyone will be able to become an active player in the energy world, but in a simple way. It will all add up to more energy efficiency, more control, more comfort – and the potential for new revenue streams and lower bills.

The Photon Farmer’s bromine battery technology

How Zinc Bromine Flow Batteries Make Grid Independent Farming Possible

Renewable, low-carbon energy systems are part of the strategy to address global climate change while meeting our energy needs but we are not there yet with these climate friendly systems. Lots of electricity is not consumed at the time it is produced. More energy storage is needed so that it is not wasted and it can be provided continuously. Clever energy storage strategies and systems are needed. One such example is the Photon Farmer. A farmer cannot depend on when the sun shines or when the wind blows to milk his cows.

Farms, the ideal locations for solar and wind energy storage

To run a farm, a lot of energy is needed. Our traditional energy system is based on large, central production facilities and many small users. The production of energy is then in line with the demand. Optimally matching supply and demand is not that self-evident with renewable energy. Here is where bromine-based flow battery technologies can help. The Photon Farmer – a dairy farm located in Vierakker in the Eastern Netherlands – is now testing this revolutionary energy storage system. The 57.5-hectare family-owned sustainable and highly automated farm houses 100 cows, and has a large shed roof with a 50kW rooftop solar system. Just as most farms, there’s even paddock space for windmills if needed. The aim of this project is to make this farm become completely grid independent, and to explore the best business model for storage of locally produced renewable energy. Positive results should serve as an example for other projects inside and outside the agricultural business. With this goal in mind, the Photon Farmer has obtained financial backing from the European Union.

Bromine-based flow batteries are making it happen

The Photon Farmer is the first project in its region to test the Redflow ZBM2 intelligent battery management system, and to profit by it. The Redflow ZBM2 battery is a bromine-based flow battery. It is the ultimate renewable solution for smart grid energy management. The advantages of this energy storage system are notable. Decreasing power demand at peak hours lowers the electricity usage. By deploying power when it is needed the most, energy waste is minimized. And users are assured that operations can continue in the event of power outage. Redflow’s unique battery is fire safe and non-flammable – because of both its design and the used bromine electrolyte – and can operate at high ambient temperatures. With the 100% daily depth of discharge and the delivery of 10 kWh of sustained storage (warranted for 10 years), the flow battery delivers superior energy storage performance. On top of that, there is no loss of energy storage capacity over time. The reduction of the impact of energy consumption through improved efficiency, and successful deployment of renewable sources, present both financial growth and environmental benefits. That is why – in 2016 – the unique storage design was nominated for the Responsible Care Award by the VNCI, and why BSEF supports this innovation in energy storage.

NGK Launches A Large-Scale Lithium-ion and NAS® Hybrid Battery System Demonstration Project

Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO); the Ministry for Economics, Labour and Transport of Niedersachsen of the Federal Republic of Germany; EWE-Verband, an association managing the electric power supply to 17 districts and four cities in Niedersachsen; and EEW Holding have agreed to jointly implement a demonstration project on a large-scale hybrid battery system.

On 19 March 2017, Mr. Furukawa, Chairman of NEDO, Mr. Lies, Minister for Economics, Labor and Transport of Niedersachsen, Mr. Schönecke, Association Director of EWE-Verband, Mr. Bramlage, Deputy Association Director of EWE-Verband, and Mr. Röhler, Managing Director of EEW Holding signed a memorandum of understanding. At the same time, Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.; Hitachi Power Solutions Co., Ltd.; and NGK Insulators, Ltd., Japanese companies commissioned by NEDO to implement the project, and EWE AG, an energy provider in Germany, have agreed to collaborate in the project and concluded an implementation document.

The demonstration project is carried out over a three-year period from April 2017 to March 2020 and was launched in Varel, Niedersachsen, which has been actively introducing renewable energy, particularly large-scale wind power, in recent years. The project aims to build a large-scale hybrid battery system using lithium-ion batteries and NAS® batteries that can stabilize the distribution grid, and thereby control the electric power supply and demand balance, by charging and discharging storage batteries. Another aim is to establish an innovative business model for electricity trading using the system, in collaboration with Germany’s enera project. The large-scale hybrid battery system was built using lithium-ion batteries from Hitachi Chemical, NAS® batteries from NGK Insulators, and a power grid information and battery control system from Hitachi Power Solutions.

It was designed by taking advantage of the features of lithium-ion batteries with a high power charge/discharge output and of durable, large capacity NAS batteries, combined with a power grid information and battery control system that communicates information in and outside of balancing groups in cooperation with EWE AG’s electricity trading system. Through this system, the four functions of primary control reserve supply, secondary control reserve supply, balancing within a balancing group, and reactive power supply that stabilize local power voltage will be realized to replace the functions of conventional power plants. Electricity trading will be executed in line with the EWE Group’s electricity trading system. The demonstration project also aims to establish business models so as to make the system attractive to power generation and electricity trading companies in and outside of Germany, thereby expanding the hybrid battery system in the future.

EDF Inaugurates One of The Most Powerful Battery System in Europe

“Change” is probably the best word that qualifies the UK energy landscape of the last decade. Through bold decisions and strong commitment on climate, the UK is changing its energy system and paving the way towards a new secure, affordable and low carbon energy future.

When National Grid, the GB system operator, launched its first consultation on Enhanced Frequency Response back in 2016, EDF through its affiliates, engineering teams and R&D arm was among the first to welcome this announcement and put forward its expertise in order to design, build and now operate the largest project awarded at the end of the competitive process. Enhanced Frequency Response is a new dynamic service set by National Grid, where active power must change rapidly (sub 1 second) as a function of the system frequency.

Batteries are of course technically well placed to provide this service due to their fast response to a given power request. Moreover, the technology neutral call for tender issued by National Grid also confirmed that they are cost-competitive for such needs, as winners of the call for tenders were finally all battery storage projects. West Burton B is a CCGT gas power station situated in the county of Nottinghamshire in England, approximately 250km north of London. Commissioned in 2013, it comprises 3 units and has a total capacity of about 1.3 GW. By taking the audacious decision to use spare land and integrate the project within the complex electrical network of the station, EDF Energy Renewables and EDF Energy Generation demonstrated that merging new technologies with the historical Group’s DNA could lead to significant cost savings and allow to build highly competitive projects.

EDF Ingeum’s engineering skills enabled this pioneering step for EDF to deploy a large battery energy storage asset within a conventional plant to create such an innovative “energy park”. This project also leveraged 25 years of experience in energy storage at EDF’s R&D. Such long term commitment in this field has enabled the development of key skills and tools among which expertisein electrochemistry to support technology selection, in-house cell/module testing capability to confirm key performance indicators such as lifetime, battery plant modelling and simulation to support asset sizing and business model optimization, development and industrialisation of innovative control solutions by EDF Store and Forecast, fast prototyping andvalidation of integrated solutions in a representative environment at EDF’s Concept Grid laboratory, etc. In a changing energy landscape, EDF is ramping up its efforts to develop electricity storage solutions and become the European leader in this field. Within the framework of its ambitious electricity storage plant, EDF’s goal is to develop 10 GW of additional storage around the world by 2035 (€8 billion investment), on top of the 5 GW already operated by the Group.

Highview Power Launches LAES Plant in the UK

True long-duration energy storage addresses challenges of rising energy demand and balancing the grid

On 5 June 2018, the world’s first grid-scale Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) plant was officially launched by Highview Power, the world leaders in LAES technology. The 5MW plant at the Viridor Pilsworth site in Greater Manchester, UK, was opened by Professor John Loughhead OBE FREng FTSE, Chief Scientific Adviser at the UK Government Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The plant was developed in partnership with recycling and renewable energy company, Viridor, and enabled in part by over £8m of funding from BEIS. The LAES plant, which can provide enough power for about 5,000 average-sized homes for several hours, will undergo a full testing programme during its first year of operation.

Operated remotely, by demand response aggregator KiWi Power, the plant will demonstrate how LAES can provide a number of reserve, grid balancing and regulation services. Yet the opportunity is far greater; true long-duration energy storage is critical to enable the broader deployment of renewable energy; overcome the intermittency of solar and wind energy; help smooth peaks and troughs in demand; and provide the UK with a stable and secure source of home-grown energy.LAES technology can scale to hundreds of Megawatts, meeting the peak energy demand of urban areas from small towns to large cities. LAES plants could easily store enough clean electricity generated by a local windfarm to power a town of around 100,000 homes for many days, not just a few hours. And with the demonstration of LAES technology at the 5MW scale, the plant paves the way for the wider adoption of LAES technology globally.

LAES technology makes use of a freely available resource, the air, which is stored as a liquid and then converted back to a gas, involving an expansion process that releases stored energy, and this drives a turbine to generate electricity. In addition to providing energy storage, the LAES plant at Pilsworth converts waste heat to power using heat from the on-site landfill gas engines. LAES plants use no exotic metals or harmful chemicals; the plant comprises mostly of steel, and the components have a design life of between 30 to 40 years. At the end of life, a LAES plant can be decommissioned and the steel recycled. LAES plants can be located at the point of demand which makes them highly flexible and able to supply energy to help urban areas keep the lights on.

EDF builds the energy transition in the French Island of Sein

Less than 2 km long and 500m large: Sein Island is a small territory totally disconnected from the mainland. With its own electrical system, the island was totally powered by diesel generators until the beginning of 2017.

Faster than anywhere else, the islanders became aware of the consequences of climate change, especially the rising water that could flood this piece of land if nothing changes. The need for a radical energy transition is obvious. Therefore the local communities were eager to take up the challenge early, more than ten years ago, with energy efficiency measures led together with EDF. Sein Island was the first French municipality to be fully equipped with LED public lighting, resulting in an 80% decrease in public lighting consumption.

A first PV rooftop and a self-consumption building kicked off the development of renewables in the island in 2016. Since then, very ambitious objectives have been set: renewables shall cover 50% of the electrical needs by 2023, and get close to 100% in 2030, making this territory a pioneer and a reference for the rest of the French electrical system. Currently, around 130kW of photovoltaic rooftops are connected to the grid, and a 250kW wind turbine is expected in the next two years. However, the equation is not so simple. The population in the island fluctuates as much as the tides: 120 inhabitants in winter, up to 1500 in the summer holiday. The electrical system will have to cope with a combination of renewable energy intermittency and rapid load fluctuation. With its expertise on micro-grids, EDF SEI helps Sein island to take up this challenge.

An innovative architecture, developed in collaboration with EDF R&D, enables the insertion of renewables in the grid with the help of a storage system to adapt, offer, demand and ensure the security of power supply. The solution is based on a centralized storage system installed together with an intelligent control system, developed by EDF’s affiliate EDF Store & Forecast. A first 200kW/180kWh li-ion battery was installed in May 2017, enough to enable the target of 50% renewables when the wind turbine will be connected.
The energy optimisation software (Energy Management System) monitors and controls in real time the generation and storage units, and can control other flexibility resources as well, such as demand management. The solutions of this unique project in France could afterwards apply to other micro-grids or non-interconnected areas.

Ensuring grid stability with Europe’s largest variable speed pumped storage plant

Solar and wind power make a significant contribution to Portugal’s electricity generation capacity and, because these technologies are weather dependent, the grid is vulnerable to fluctuations in supply.

This makes it the perfect place to build a pumped storage plant powered by a state-of-the art technology that helps ensure grid stability. Technology Group Voith supplied the plant with two variable speed pump turbines each with a rated output of 390 MW, two asynchronous motor-generators with a rated output of 440 MVA each, the frequency converter and control systems as well as the hydraulic steel components. The generator sets are the largest and most powerful of their kind in Europe. The plant operator is the Portuguese utility company Energias de Portugal (EDP).

Variable speed, constant reliability

Thomas König, Electrical Balance of Plant at Voith Hydro explaining how the technology works in more detail, adds “A conventional synchronous machine turns at a fixed speed in time with the 50 Hz grid frequency. In contrast, the mechanical rotation speed of the DFIM machines can vary, which has two main advantages. Firstly, the new systems allow a fast and flexible response to active and reactive demand from the power grid – supply can be varied to meet demand. Secondly, they offer additional stability in cases of a voltage drop, reducing the likelihood of a blackout and enabling the system to resume operation much faster if one occurs. That’s because when the voltage drops by significantly more than 5% below normal, the turbines and DFIM motor-generators at Frades II can retain stability for up to 600 milliseconds – four times longer than a fixed-speed power unit.

This can mean the difference between normal operation and a widespread power outage.” Ultimately, DFIM technology delivers optimal operation in both turbine and pump modes, while fulfilling TSO (role assumed in Portugal by REN) requirements for grid fault behaviour by injecting fast active and reactive power when it is needed in both modes. Another key aspect of this technology (and perhaps the most relevant in terms of value creation) is the ability to provide power variation in pump mode, which can deliver the grid’s needed teleregulation during off-peak hours, making Frades II the only plant in Iberia to do so without having to generate surplus power.

A model for the future

Since the Frades II plant entered commercial operation, it bears Europe’s largest variable-speed units. And because grid stability and ensuring energy supply reliability are becoming more important everywhere, Frades II has provided a template that will be replicated around the world.

EDF stores renewables with batteries and hydrogen to make an isolated village energy autonomous

The cirque of Mafate (700 inhabitants) is located in the center of the Reunion island, France (Indian Ocean). Due to its morphological features, this magnificent classified UNESCO World Heritage site cannot be connected to the electric grid and was energized with diesel gensets.

EDF (Electricité de France), with the cooperation of POWIDIAN (a French SME), designed an installation that provides an electricity produced by 100% renewable sources. This is achieved by using hydrogen-batteries technology, previously tested in mountain refuges, which provides very long term storage capacity. Called SAGES (Smart Autonomous Green Energy System), this installation is made of photovoltaic panels, lithium-ion batteries assuring a short term energy storage (1 or 2 days), and a whole hydrogen system (with a water electrolyser, a hydrogen storage system and a fuel cell) for long term energy storage (almost 5 days). In order to satisfy the user power demand, first, the power produced by the photovoltaic panels is used. When this power is not sufficient, the complementary part is supplied by the batteries. When their state of charge decreases below 30%, the remaining needed power is produced by the fuel cell, using the stored hydrogen.

On the contrary, if the photovoltaic panels produce an excess of power, this excess is used to charge the batteries or is used to produce hydrogen by the electrolysers. The storage system is currently servicing a school, a medical office and an office of the “Office National des Forêts”. Commissioned in 2017, it successfully guarantees continuous and carbon-free electricity supply since then. The advantages of this technology are many: it allows 100% renewable energy generation, with no pollutants and zero carbon emission, in a landscape where diesel gensets were previously polluting the site. It guarantees a supply security for the inhabitants and especially for public services as school and medical office. The economics of this system are also positive, because of the very high supply costs of the fossil fuel previously used in the gensets (due to the specific geographical location of Mafate). Energy storage is one of the key elements of microgrid systems.

It is the reason why EDF has developed specific expertise in microgrid systems and several EDF business units are already developing microgrid projects and solutions in various geographies. For instance, in the US, EDF Renewables work to tailor the wide range of microgrid solutions. In a changing energy landscape, EDF is ramping up its efforts to develop electricity storage solutions and become the European leader in this field. Within the framework of its ambitious electricity storage plant, EDF’s goal is to develop 10 GW of additional storage around the world by 2035 (€8 billion investment), on top of the 5 GW already operated by the Group.

Saft Li-ion energy storage optimizes wind power for the Faroe Islands

SEV, the Faroe Islands utility, has commissioned Europe’s first fully commercial Li-ion energy storage system (ESS) operating in combination with a wind farm. Saft’s containerized solution is helping to maintain grid stability so that the islanders can capture the full potential of their new 12 MW Húsahagi wind farm.

SEV has a green vision for 100 percent renewable electricity production by 2030 by making full use of the Faroe Islands’ abundant wind and hydro energy resources, together with emerging technologies like photovoltaics and tidal energy. By 2030, SEV will double its current 314 GWh annual demand for electricity.
 
Overcoming the variability of wind power

The latest step in SEV’s renewable energy program is a new 12 MW wind farm located in Húsahagi, on the island Streymoy. Since coming on line in 2014, the wind farm has increased the islands’ wind share to 26 percent of total electricity production.
To overcome short-term variations linked to the variable nature of wind, lasting from seconds to minutes, a 2.3 MW Li-ion ESS has been deployed. It provides ramp control to smooth out sharp increases and decreases in power, as well as frequency response and voltage control services. The use of energy storage thereby helps to minimize curtailment of wind generators during periods of high wind and low consumption.

Saft Intensium® Max solution

The 2.3 MW ESS at the Húsahagi wind farm comprises two Saft Intensium® Max High Power containerized Li-ion batteries. They were delivered in standardized 20-foot containers for ease of transportation and installation. Along with the battery modules, they integrate the communications interface, battery management and cooling and fire prevention equipment. The batteries are combined with ENERCON’s power conversion and control equipment. The ESS is designed to limit short term power variations of the wind farm in order to maintain grid stability. Due to the high power capability of the ESS, only 700 kWh of storage capacity are needed for this operation which requires the equivalent of several full discharge cycles per day over an estimated life time exceeding 10 years.

Successfully enhancing grid stability for SEV

The Húsahagi ESS was commissioned in December 2015.

Since then, it has reduced the variability of power flows at the grid connection point (up to 5MW/min) by a factor of 15 to 20. As a result, the standard deviation of the grid frequency is reduced by about 50%. Furthermore, curtailment is reduced as SEV can operate the plant in period of strong wind variations, which increases the energy production by 5GWh per year and saves 1000t of fuel.

With SEV’s operational expertise in renewable energy allied to Saft’s leading-edge energy storage technology it is already making a significant contribution to enhancing grid stability.

Saft ESS solution- key benefits

  • Enhanced grid stability
  • Increased wind energy harvesting, reduced fuel consumption and CO2 footprint
  • Providing ancillary services such as frequency control
  • Reduced Capex and short payback period of the ESS, which enables multiple high power discharges per day over its long life time

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European Electrical Storage Market Grows by 49% in 2017 to 589 MWh

Press release
N° 02-2018
07/2018

On 2 July 2018 the European Energy Storage Association (EASE) and Delta-ee (Delta Energy and Environment) have published EMMES 2.0 – the definitive guide for the European Energy Storage market published every 6 months.

Read now the EMMES 2nd Edition Press Release

EASE Study on Storage Demand

Press release
N° 01-2018
06/2018

On 5 June 2018, the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) published a study estimating the energy storage capacity that would be needed in order for Europe to achieve its decarbonisation targets.

Read now the full press release!

EASE Student Award 2018

The European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) is proud to announce the launch of its third annual Student Award, recognising outstanding graduate student research in the field of energy storage.

Prize

The winning student will be a guest at the EASE-organised Energy Storage Global Conference, which will take place in Brussels on 24-26 October 2018. He or she will be recognised during the opening day of the conference and will be invited to attend all conference events free of charge.

Selection Procedure

The selection of the winning student will be done by the EASE Secretariat and a selected committee of members. The selection procedure is based on the abstracts provided by students in the application form. Students will be judged on the quality of the responses, the research design, and on the relevance of the research topic to the Energy Storage industry. The winner will be informed by mid-September 2018.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must either currently be enrolled as a student or have completed an MSc or PhD programme at an accredited EU university between July 2017 and June 2018. The thesis which is the basis for the application must focus on an energy storage-related topic. Eligible papers are BSc or MSc theses submitted during the above mentioned period. EASE will be able to evaluate abstracts written in English, but the thesis papers could also be in German or French. For papers written in other languages, applicants are asked to contact the EASE Secretariat prior to submitting their application to verify whether the Secretariat has the requisite language skills.

Applicants must be available to attend Energy Storage Global Conference on 24-26 October 2018. Applicants from outside the EU should already be in possession of a valid visa allowing them to travel to Belgium in October 2018. EASE will only cover basic travel and accommodation costs for the event from locations within the EU or candidate countries. By submitting their application, candidates agree to allow their personal data, including the completed thesis, to be shared with EASE members.

Instructions

Please complete the application form in full (personal information, abstract), attach your (draft) thesis, and return both documents to info@ease-storage.eu no later than Tuesday, 24.07.2018. Candidates who do not comply with the eligibility criteria will be disqualified.

If you have any questions, please contact: Ms Brittney Elzarei, EASE Senior Policy Officer, at +32 2 7432982.

 

Apply now!

 

 

Welcome on board BSEF

We would like to extend a warm welcome to EASE newest member BSEF- The International Bromine Council!

The International Bromine Council is the voice of the bromine industry. BSEF fosters technologies & innovation for the changing needs of society globally.

Thanks to the International Bromine Council for joining EASE in 2018! Discover more about EASE membership

Welcome on board NGK Europe

 

Welcome on board NGK Europe!

 

Thanks for joining EASE in 2018 we look forward for a great collaboration! Discover more about EASE membership

First edition of the European Market Monitor on Energy Storage released

Press release
N° 09-2017
12/2017

On 12 December 2017, the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) and Delta-ee released the first edition of the European Market Monitor on Energy Storage (EMMES).

Published twice per year, the report offers a comprehensive geographical coverage of energy storage installations in Europe, broken down into 8 regions: Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Iberia, Nordics, Central/Eastern Europe and rest of Europe. Each edition includes an overview of EU policy and future changes, a forecast of the European storage market in 2018 and an overview of the thermal storage market.

Read now the full press release: Press Release EMMES

Ms Eva Chamizo Llatas takes over EASE presidency on 1 January 2018

Press release
N° 08-2017
11/2017

On 22 November 2017, the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) General Assembly, representing 38 companies across the energy storage value chain, elected Ms Eva Chamizo Llatas, Director of European Affairs and Head of the Iberdrola Brussels Office, to serve as the new EASE President. Ms Chamizo Llatas is an expert in European Union Law and served as Head of the Legal Service of the Spanish Permanent Representation to the European Union from 2001 until 2015.

Read now the full press release: Ms Eva Chamizo Llatas takes over EASE presidency on 1 January 2018

Financing energy storage will be key to the efficiency of the energy transition

Press release
N° 07-2017
11/2017

On 8 November 2017 the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) organised in Brussels its first Energy Storage Investor Workshop. More than 50 delegates from all across Europe and worldwide attended the workshop, where 13 speakers from financial institutions, industry and representatives of the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and the European Parliament presented.

Read now the full press release on the EASE Investor Workshop

EASE-EERA Energy Storage Technology Development Roadmap presented to European Commission

Press release
N° 06-2017
10/2017

On 18 October 2017, the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) and the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) presented the updated EASE-EERA Energy Storage Technology Development Roadmap to the European Commission at a launch event attended by key stakeholders from across the energy sector.

Patrick Clerens, EASE Secretary General, and Mathias Noe, Coordinator at the EERA Joint Programme Energy Storage, officially presented the document to Mr Jose Cotta, Head of Unit for Advanced Energy production at the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, and Mr Dimitrios Sofianopoulos from the New Energy Technologies, Innovation and Clean Coal Unit at the Directorate for Energy.

 

Read now the full press release: EASE-EERA Energy Storage Technology Development Roadmap presented to European Commission

EASE Student Award Winner 2017

EASE is happy to announce the winner of the second edition of the EASE Student Award contest: Oliver Schmidt!

The EASE Student Award recognizes outstanding graduate student research in the field of energy storage. It is awarded every year to one student who has completed a thesis on energy storage at an accredited EU university. Oliver presented his work on the 18th October 2017 during the EASE-EERA Energy Storage Roadmap Launch Event and had the opportunity to meet with members from the various EASE bodies.

In his paper “The future cost of electrical energy storage based on experience rates” Oliver and his co-authors derive a new dataset of experience curves that enables researchers, policymakers and industry to make future cost projections by including their own assumptions and engage in evidence-based discussions on how the energy storage industry as a whole might evolve.

This research is a first-of-its-kind compilation of data on price and cumulative installation development for the most promising electricity storage technologies.

Oliver is a PhD Researcher in Energy Storage at the Imperial College London and holds an MSc degrees in Sustainable Energy Futures. During his studies, he developed a strong interest in energy storage focusing on the future costs of energy storage and its value in low-carbon energy systems.

“EASE is always willing to promote additional research and development done by young graduates in the field of energy storage” said Patrick Clerens, EASE Secretary General. EASE believes that there is no transformation of the energy industry without energy storage.

Renewing the congratulations to Oliver from all EASE members, EASE would also like to thank all students who applied to the contest.

The The future cost of electrical energy storage based on experience rates paper is published in Nature Energy and it is available for download here.

ETIP SNET Implementation Plan: Setting Europe’s research priorities for a smarter Energy Transition

ETIP SNET presented its Implementation Plan (IP) 2017-2020 on 5th October 2017 during European Utility Week 2017 in Amsterdam. The IP is the result of a long and wide-ranging consultation process.

Over the last year, more than 200 ETIP SNET members, through various working groups, took part in the IP’s elaboration. In a second review phase, the paper also gathered nearly 70 responses from all stakeholders of the energy system via an online public consultation. This makes it a widely recognised report by all the actors of the energy transition.

The following four key priorities, which R&I projects, should focus on in the future are identified via 39 different “topics”:

  1. High-Renewable Energy Sources (RES) And Empowered End-User Energy System: Governance and Market Design.
  2. Digitalisation of the Energy System
  3. Integrated Grid with improved interfaces between Energy System Components
  4. Improved components of the Energy System.

The Implementation Plan can be downloaded HERE

More information:  www.etip-snet.eu

EASE’s 3 Key Actions to Boost Thermal Energy Storage

Press release
N° 05-2017
09/2017

EASE has published its Position Paper on Thermal Energy Storage (TES), which highlights the role of TES in supporting the energy transition. The paper outlines the applications and key features of TES systems and explains how the heating and cooling sector is important for the transition to a low-carbon energy system. Smart heat concepts, including thermal storage concepts, have the potential to provide the needed flexibility options – storage, demand response, and smart operation – on the short term and at a relatively low cost.

EASE proposes three concrete short-term actions that can further leverage the actions proposed by the Commission in the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” Package:

  • Assess the benefits and (market) potential of thermal energy storage options for prosumers, industry, and communities, among other flexibility solutions; improve efforts to communicate the role and benefits of thermal storage.
  • Implement non-discriminatory market incentives and regulatory frameworks across the EU for flexibility solutions.
  • Support demonstration and deployment projects for (new) integrated solutions which incorporate pre-commercial thermal energy storage options in smart energy systems to reach the required flexibility at lowest system costs.

These proposals would support the EU’s goals to empower consumers, improve energy efficiency, and decarbonise the energy sector, including the often underexposed heating and cooling sector, in a cost-effective way.

To read the full press release, please click here

 

Highview awarded £1.5 million for new Hybrid LAES system to respond to frequency response market

EASE member Highview Power Storage has been awarded funding of £1.5 million for a new hybrid configuration of its existing Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) system from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.

  • Supercapacitors and flywheels will be added to the existing 5MW LAES Pre-Commercial Demonstrator
  • New Hybrid LAES system will be able to respond to National Grid’s EFR and FFR service requirements
  • Faster response times of less than a second will make a hybrid LAES system competitive with batteries

For more information, click here.

EASE Student Award 2017 – Apply Here

The European Association for Storage of Energy is proud to announce the launch of its second annual Student Award, recognising outstanding graduate student research in the field of energy storage.

The winning student will be recognised publicly on the EASE website and social media and will be a guest at the EASE-organised Annual Event, which will take place in Brussels on Wednesday, 22.11.2017. EASE will cover transportation to and from Brussels as well as accommodation for the winning student. Additionally, the winner will have the opportunity to present his/her thesis at the EASE General Assembly taking place on 23.11.2017. Both are valuable opportunities to network with industry leaders in the energy storage sector and to learn about the latest policy and research developments in the field.

For more information on the selection procedure, the eligibility criteria and to apply, please click here.

Deadline to apply: Friday, 18.08.2017

Ignoring energy storage was a big mistake in the past

EASE published an article in the summer edition of the European Energy Innovation magazine.

To read it, click here.

Tender invitation: elaboration of a CBA method to evaluate the impact of 15 vs 30 min activation period for ES providing FCR

The European Association for Storage of Energy – EASE is planning to award a contract for the elaboration of a Cost-Benefit Analysis method to evaluate the impact of 15 vs 30 minutes activation period for energy storage providing Frequency. Containment Reserve (FCR).

The procurement documents consist of :

Deadline: Wednesday,  12 June 2017

EASE Recommendations on Sectoral Integration Through Power-to-Gas/Power-to-Liquid

Press release
N° 04-2017
06/2017

EASE has published its position paper “EASE Recommendations on Sectoral Integration Through Power-to-Gas/Power-to-Liquid

By using electricity generated from renewable energy sources (RES) to produce Green Hydrogen and other energy carriers, PtG and PtL belong to the few energy storage technologies available to store large amounts of energy seasonally and provide it on-demand to different sectors and applications. They have the potential to contribute significantly to the integration of renewable electricity into various sectors of the energy system, hence to support the objectives of the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” Package and the long-term vision of the Energy Union.

However, some key regulatory barriers are still blocking developments in the PtG and PtL sectors. To overcome these hurdles, EASE recommends some measures.

To read the full press release, please click here

EASE newest members: Voith Hydro and CEA

We would like to extend a warm welcome to EASE newest members: Voith Hydro and CEA!

To learn more about them and their involvement in storage, please visit www.voith.com and www.cea.fr

EASE Calls for Coordinated Approach to Defining Grid Tariffs for Energy Storage

Press release
N° 03-2017
05/2017

EASE has published its position paper “Energy Storage Deployment Hampered by Grid Charges” calling for a coordinated approach to defining grid tariffs for storage that recognises its alleviative effects on grid constraints and grid extension costs, while contributing to reduced curtailment of CO2 free electricity generation.

To read the full press release, please click here

Tender invitation: CBA Modelling within the project TSO 2020 (CEF 2017-2020 – Synergy Call for proposal 2016-1)

The European Association for Storage of Energy – EASE is planning to award the contract for the Cost Benefit Analysis Modelling within the project “TSO 2020: Electric “Transmission and Storage Options” along TEN-E and TEN T corridor for 2020 – Framework of the Connecting Europe Facility 2017-2020 – Synergy Call for proposal 2016-1 .

The procurement documents consist of :

Deadline: Wednesday,  7 June 2017

Energy storage to play key role in the biggest project funded by the CEF fund 2016

Press release
N° 02-2017
05/2017

EASE is pleased to announce that the project “TSO 2020: Electric “Transmission and Storage Options” along TEN E and TEN T corridors for 2020” has been selected for funding through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funding instrument.

Under the coordination of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, EASE – in partnership with TenneT TSO, Nederlandse Gasunie, Green Planet Real Estate, TU Delft, and Stichting Energy Valley – will assess and value the key role of energy storage in the electricity transmission system by exploiting synergies between energy storage solutions and alternative transport infrastructure needs.

To read the full press release, please click here

What’s in store for the future of energy?

EASE is glad to have contributed to the May 2017 highlight on the energy transition of the Brussels Airlines magazine b.inspired!

Energy storage has the potential to play a vital role has the world transitions from traditional energy to renewable, sustainable energy sources…

To read the full article, click here.

 

 

EASE newest member: EXIDE Technologies

We would like to extend a warm welcome to EASE newest member: EXIDE Technologies!

To learn more about them and their involvement in storage, please visit www.exide.com

EU Commission Outlines Four Principles on the Way Forward for Energy Storage

Press release
N° 01-2017
02/2017

EASE welcomes the Commission Staff Working Document on Energy Storage, which complements the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” Package issued in end-November 2016 and provides a valuable contribution to the policy debate. The European Commission recognises the value of energy storage as a source of system flexibility, and the subsequent need for a wide range of energy storage technologies capable of providing multiple services to the energy system.The document also outlines four principles on the way forward for energy storage.

To read the full press release, please click here…

EASE newest member: SEAS-NVE

We would like to extend a warm welcome to EASE newest member: SEAS-NVE!

To learn more about them and their involvement in storage, please visit www.seas-nve.dk

Final 10-year ETIP SNET R&I Roadmap 2017-26

The new 10 year ETIP SNET Research & Innovation (R&I) Roadmap 2017-26 provides the system view to the entire energy transition by addressing a scope larger than smart electricity grids: it also encompasses interactions with the gas and heat networks and focuses on integration of all flexibility solutions into the power system, including energy storage technologies.

“For Europe to integrate over 50% of variable renewable energy such as wind or solar efficiently and reliably into its power system in the future, the electricity networks will need to be able to utilise all kinds of flexibility. They will be the heart of the overall climate-friendly energy system through smart interactions with gas networks and heating and transport systems,” says Konstantin Staschus, Chairman of the ETIP SNET.

The R&I activities for the decade to come, as described in the Roadmap, synthesize consolidated and balanced stakeholder views and rely on systematic monitoring and reviews of national, European and international projects.

The full implementation of all R&I activities is estimated at 2.5 billion euros needed to finance innovation over the next decade both for transmission and distribution systems, and to be co-financed from the public and private sector. The RD&I priorities defined in the Roadmap are organised in clusters and functional objectives. The clusters give an indication of the prioritised topics: modernisation of the network; integration of smart customers and buildings; security and system stability; power system flexibility from generation, storage, demand and network; integration of decentralized resources of these kinds; economic efficiency and digitalization of the power system; network operations; and planning and asset management.

The ETIP SNET Roadmap is available for download here, it is an update and significant extension of the previous EEGI roadmap 2013-2022.

More information about the ETIP SNET can be found on www.etip-snet.eu

Public Consultation: EASE and EERA Energy Storage Roadmap

The European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) and the Joint Programme on Energy Storage under the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) have come together to draft an updated Energy Storage Technology Development Roadmap.

The roadmap provides a comprehensive overview of the energy storage technologies being developed in Europe today and identifies the RD&D needs in the coming decades. On this basis, the roadmap provides recommendations for R&D policies and regulatory changes needed to support the development and large-scale deployment of energy storage technologies. The aim is to inform policymakers for research, innovation, and demonstration in the energy storage sector in order to further strengthen Europe’s research and industrial competitiveness in the energy storage industry. This updated roadmap comes four years after the publication of the first joint EASE-EERA technology development roadmap on energy storage.

Public Consultation

EASE and EERA are pleased to launch a public consultation on the draft Energy Storage Technology Development Roadmap. We wish to include a wide range of views from stakeholders, as this is an important element to ensure a comprehensive and constructive document. All interested stakeholders with a stake in the development of the European energy storage industry are therefore welcome to participate in this public consultation.

The documents for consultation are available below. You may download and provide feedback on the entire roadmap, or you may choose to review only certain chapters.

We kindly ask you to provide clear, detailed feedback on the draft roadmap by proposing modifications to the text using track changes.
More general feedback can also be provided via e-mail. However, please keep in mind that specific, concrete feedback will be easier for EASE and EERA to integrate into the roadmap text.

Please send the documents containing your comments and modifications to Brittney Becker (EASE Policy Officer) at b.becker@ease-storage.eu no later than Friday, 17 February 2017 (EOB).

Following the public consultation, a one-day workshop is foreseen on Wednesday, 15 March 2017, in Brussels. To register, please click here.
The workshop will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to learn more about the roadmap effort, to provide and discuss feedback, and to agree on any open questions brought up in the course of the public consultation. The public consultation document with the merged comments and changes will be distributed to workshop participants prior to the workshop.

Consultation Documents

Full EASE/EERA Roadmap (click here to download the full roadmap)

  1. Summary (click here to download)
  2. Methodology and Overview (click here to download)
  3. Mission and Objectives of the Roadmap (click here to download)
  4. European and Global Policy as a Driver for Energy Storage Demand (click here to download)
  5. The Need for Energy Storage, Applications, and Potentials in Europe (click here to download)
  6. Energy Storage Technologies
    1. Chemical Energy Storage (click here to download)
    2. Electrochemical Energy Storage (click here to download)
    3. Electrical Energy Storage (click here to download)
    4. Mechanical Energy Storage (click here to download)
    5. Thermal Energy Storage (click here to download)
  7. Market Design and Policy Recommendations (click here to download)
  8. Recommendations and Proposed Timeline for Activities (click here to download)

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Brittney Becker via e-mail (b.becker@ease-storage.eu) or by phone (+32 2 743 29 82).

Call for ETIPSNET Working Groups candidates

The new European Technology and Innovation Platform Smart Networks for Energy Transition (ETIP SNET) just launched its activities last week and is seeking experts to take an active part in five Working Groups. The Working Groups (WGs) will address matters such as: the reliability and efficiency of the smart grid system, storage and interface to other energy networks, flexibility of generation, digitalisation of the energy system and exploitation of research results.

The ETIP Working Groups are to ensure the involvement and contribution of all the stakeholders of the energy system as a whole, providing vision, inputs, guidance and continuous feedback for the development of the integrated R&I Roadmap. The WGs gather experts representing the widest community of stakeholders related to their area of expertise. Experts acting in the Working Groups aim at providing strategic guidance about RD&I priorities and activities, ensuring the interaction and involvement of the entire expertise needs raised by the integration issues of the electricity system into the wider European energy system. Experts contribute to the WG on a voluntary basis and no reimbursement of expenses is foreseen.

The 5 active working groups of the ETIP SNET are:

  • WG1: Reliable, economic and efficient smart grid systems
  • WG2: Storage technologies and sector interfaces
  • WG3: Flexible generation
  • WG4: Digitisation of the electricity system and customer participation
  • WG5: Innovation implementation in the business environment

More information on the working groups and their Terms of Reference are available here.

If you are an expert in this field and you are willing to contribute in setting this vision, please send you candidature through this link.
(Important: candidatures received through other channels will not be considered)

Deadline: Friday, 20.01.2017 at 17:00 (CET)

ETIP SNET designates WGs Chairs & Co-Chairs

The new European Technology and Innovation Platform Smart Networks for Energy Transition (ETIP SNET), created in the framework of the EU’s new Integrated Roadmap of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (the SET Plan), has the aim to guide research, development and innovation to support Europe’s energy transition with innovation for the transmission and distribution systems. These systems form the technical and market platforms where clean electricity generation, empowered customers, storage technologies, smarter grids and interfaces to gas, heat and transport networks make the energy transition happen in secure and affordable ways.

During its 4th Governing Board meeting on 09.12.2016, the ETIP SNET designated the chairs and co-chairs of 5 working groups. We are glad to announce that for the WG2: Storage technologies and sector interfaces the following people have been appointed:

Chair: Cristina La Marca, ENEL (DSOs, Storage, Flexible and RES Generation)
Co-chairs: Carlos Arsuaga, CIRCE (Research and Academia) and Mathilde Bieber, G.E (Equipment suppliers)

Additionally, EASE also welcomes the nomination of Dr Emmanouil Kakaras, MHPSE on behalf of EPPSA and EASE (Equipment suppliers, Storage and Sector Interface) as Chair of  WG5: Innovation implementation in the business environment.

For more information, you can read the press release here or visit www.etip-snet.eu

EASE’s 2016 Overview

We have come to the end of the year, making this the time to reflect on what we have achieved and also to thank our members, team and colleagues who have contributed to spreading EASE messages in support of energy storage throughout 2016.

Here are some of our 2016 highlights:

  • Welcoming the Clean Energy for All Europeans package, published by the European Commission in end-November, with three main goals: putting energy efficiency first, achieving global leadership in renewable energies, and providing a fair deal for consumers. The recast of the Electricity Directive (to read EASE’s press release, please click here), a key element of the package, establishes a legal definition for energy storage. The package also includes a Communication on Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation (to read EASE’s press release, please click here), which lays out a framework for action to increase public and private investments in low-carbon technologies and pushes for the development of clean energy business models. The Communication recognises the importance of energy storage by designating it as a priority area for clean energy research and innovation, alongside electro-mobility, decarbonisation of the building stock, and the integration of renewables.
  • Energy Storage Global Conference 2016: on 27-29.09.2016, EASE organised in Brussels the second Energy Storage Global Conference in Brussels. More than 220 delegates attended the Conference, which saw 49 speakers from the industry, research centres and international bodies from the electricity, renewables and storage sectors, as well as representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament and national administrations.
  • End of the Grid+Storage project: EASE was part of a consortium supporting the European Commission in defining an integrated R&D strategy in smart grids and energy storage. The roadmap was approved by the ETIP SNET on 9 December 2016.
  • European Technology and Innovation Platform for Smart Networks for the Energy Transition (ETIP SNET): EASE was nominated Vice-Chair of the ETIP SNET Governing Board and will play an active role in the Working Group on energy storage. EASE is also a member of the INTESYS4EU consortium, which will manage the ETIP SNET activities.
  • EASE Members and team had the chance to visit Terna’s Storage Lab in Sardinia, a unique project that is designed to analyse the performance of selected battery technologies when used to provide essential grid services such as frequency regulation, secondary regulation, and voltage regulation. In addition to testing various services, the Lab is tasked with putting the most popular energy storage technology providers (e.g., Samsung, LG, BYD, SAFT, Toshiba, GE and FIAMM) through their paces in order to prove their performance when working in real case scenarios.

Additionally, if you would like further information on…

…our members, please click here
…our publications, please click here
…our news, please click here
…our events, please click here

Lastly, for the latest news and updates on EASE and energy storage, you can also follow us on Twitter (@EASE_ES).

Thank you again to all those who contributed to our activities this year. We are excited to see what 2017 will bring for EASE and for the larger energy storage community!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us at info[@]ease-storage.eu 

EASE welcomes the Communication on “Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation”

Press release
N° 07-2016
11/2016

 

EASE is very pleased that the European Commission has published its Communication on Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation which lays out a framework for action to increase public and private investments in low-carbon technologies and pushes for the development of clean energy business models. The Communication recognises the importance of energy storage by designating it as a priority area for clean energy research and innovation, alongside electro-mobility, decarbonisation of the building stock, and the integration of renewables.

Read the full press release here

Publication of Electricity New Market Design Package

Press release
N° 06-2016
11/2016

EASE compliments the European Commission on the Electricity New Market Design Package that was just released.

The proposed regulation is quite comprehensive and a very good start. EASE welcomes the definition of energy storage included in the revised Electricity Directive, supporting investment certainty. It foresees technology and application evolution and does not limit energy storage to electricity-in/electricity-out; rather, it encompasses ‘power-to-x’ and thermal heat energy storage systems.

Read the full press release here

Successful Closing of Second Energy Storage Global Conference

Press release
N° 05-2016
10/2016

“Energy Storage is a prerequisite for more renewables”
Vice-President Šefčovič at the closing day of the successful Second Energy Storage Global Conference

From the 27th to the 29th of September 2016, the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) organised in Brussels the second Energy Storage Global Conference.

More than 220 delegates attended the Conference, which saw 49 speakers from the industry, research centres and international bodies from the electricity, renewables and storage sectors, as well as representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament and national administrations.

Read the full press release here…

 

EASE Recommendations for the Ownership of Energy Storage

Press release
N° 04-2016
19/09/2016

EASE is glad to announce its five recommendations concerning the Ownership of Energy Storage.

The European Union should provide a clear legislative framework on ownership for the Energy Storage industry in order to support investment in the sector. Therefore, EASE is calling upon the EU institutions to take these recommendations into account in the upcoming revision of the Renewable Energy Directive, the Energy Efficiency Directive, and especially the New Energy Market Design legislation (“Winter Package”).

Read the full press release here…

Towards a New Energy Market Design: the European Parliament supports energy storage

Press release
N° 03-2016
13/09/2016

EASE welcomes the adoption of the ITRE Report “Towards a New Energy Market Design”, proposed by MEP Werner Langen (EPP, DE). It was approved today by the European Parliament in its plenary session in Strasbourg with 454 votes in favour and can be seen as a clear sign that energy storage should play a major role in this new framework.

Read the full press release here…

EASE new member: LGChem

We would like to extend a warm welcome to EASE newest member: LGChem!

LGChem_Logo

To learn more about them and their involvement in storage, please visit www.lgchem.com

EASE Student Award Winner

EASE is pleased to announce its Student Award Winner!

EASE is happy to announce the winner of the first edition of the EASE Student Award contest: Eduard Ignatev! He will now have the opportunity to attend the second edition of the Energy Storage Global Conference, which will take place in Brussels on 27-29.2016, as well as to collaborate with some of the EASE bodies.

His thesis on Performance Degradation Modelling and Techno-Economic Analysis of Lithium-Ion Battery Energy Storage Systems was selected because of his innovative and highly topical research on the application of lithium-ion batteries to provide primary frequency regulation.

Eduard holds MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland) and Moscow Power Engineering Institute. During his studies, he developed a strong interest in energy storage as part of the smart grids and sustainable infrastructure development. In the future he hopes to specialise in designing and engineering power systems while promoting trendsetting technology solutions such as energy storage.

“EASE is dedicated to promoting young talents in the field and will continue to support students who are keen to contribute to the development and research of energy storage”, said Patrick Clerens, EASE Secretary General. “We look forward to welcoming Eduard to our Global Conference and to involving him in the work of EASE bodies.”

Renewing the congratulations to Eduard from all EASE members, EASE would also like to thank all students who applied to the contest.

EASE Vice-President elected Vice Chairman of EU Research Platform for Smart Networks

Press release
N° 02-2016
12/07/2016

EASE is happy to announce that the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Smart Networks for the Energy Transition (ETIP SNET) nominated Mr Thierry Le Boucher, EASE Vice President, EDF, as one of its two Vice Chairmen.

July 2016

Read the full press release here

PUBLIC CONSULTATION on the draft Grid+Storage 10-year roadmap

June 2016

The Grid+Storage consortium is glad to announce the publication of their draft research and innovation (R&I) roadmap 2016-2025, integrating for the first time energy storage issues into electricity network activities.

The development of this integrated roadmap has been based on a thorough monitoring of past and ongoing research projects and on the gathering of research and innovation needs identified by European stakeholders during 9 regional workshops.

All stakeholders of the electricity value chain and of other energy networks are invited to provide feedback about the detailed activities foreseen in the roadmap which should drive the energy storage and smart grids R&I strategy at European level for the next decade.

The public consultation is running up to 5 July 2016. Online questionnaires are available on Grid+Storage website

For websites other than Grid+Storage:

About Grid+Storage: Complementing the activities performed so far by the European Electricity Grid Initiative (EEGI) and the Grid+ project, a consortium formed by TECHNOFIEASEEDSOENTSO-ERSE and VITO has been selected by the European Commission to support DG Energy and the Member States in defining a European R&D roadmap integrating energy storage into grid research and innovation activities, both at electricity transmission and distribution levels. More information at http://www.gridplusstorage.eu/.

 

Energy Storage: a Decarbonisation Enabler

Press release
N° 04-2015
04/12/2015

In the framework of the COP21, EASE would like to present a paper to highlight the importance of Energy Storage as a Decarbonisation Enabler as well as the challenges ahead of us.

December 2015

Read the full paper here

Towards a Fair Market Design for Energy Storage and a New Deal for Energy Consumers

Press release
N° 03-2015
15/07/2015
 

EASE supports the Market Reforms proposed by the European Commission

July 2015.

Download full version here.

Grid+Storage

Press release
N° 02-2015
11/02/2015
 

EASE is part of a consortium supporting the European Commission in defining an integrated R&D strategy in smart grids and energy storage

February 2015.

Download full version here.

For more information, please check out the project website.

Dr Klaus Peter Röttgen (E.ON) takes over EASE presidency on January 1st 2015

Press release
N° 01-2015
01/01/2015
 

Three years after the creation of the European Association for Storage of Energy, the presidency is renewed for the first time.

January 2015.

Download full version here.

Successful closing of First Energy Storage Global Conference

Press release
N° 03-2014
16/12/2014

 

From the 19th to the 21st of November, EASE, the European Association for Storage of Energy, organised the first Energy Storage Global Conference in the Cercle National des Armées in Paris, together with ESA and ATEE-CSE (respectively the American and French Energy Storage Association), DG Joint Research Centre and DG Energy of the European Commission and Sandia National Laboratories.
More than 150 delegates attended this first conference, which saw 40 speakers from the European Commission, the National Administrations, Industry, Research Centres and other National & International bodies.

December 2014

Download full version here.

EASE welcomes the creation of GESA

Press release
N° 02-2014
04/08/2014

 

The European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) welcomes the creation of GESA, the Global Energy Storage Alliance.

On April 1st,2014 GESA was jointly founded by the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA), the German Energy Storage Association (BVES), the China Energy Storage Alliance (CNESA), the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA), the US Energy Storage Association (ESA), and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE). The main aim of this international body is to advance education, collaboration, knowledge and proven frameworks about the benefits of energy storage globally.

EASE, as the voice of the energy storage community, actively promoting the use of energy storage in Europe and worldwide, supports the vision and aims of the Global Energy Storage Alliance and looks forward to a fruitful cooperation of both associations in the future.

August 2014

European Association for Storage of Energy launches website

Press release
N° 01-12
10/08/2012

European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) unveils www.ease-storage.eu as a tool to help develop and promote the use of energy storage in Europe and worldwide.

August 2012

Download full version here.

Creation of EASE: European Association for Storage of Energy

Press release
N° 01-11
28/09/2011

A group of Europe’s leading players in the energy sector, including manufacturers, utilities and academic bodies, came together in Brussels on September 27 to sign the formal constitution for the creation of the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE). This international non-profit association is focused on acting as a coherent voice to promote the roles of energy storage as key enabling technologies for Europe’s transition towards a sustainable, flexible and stable energy system.

September 2011

Download full version here.

Contribution of EASE to ENTSO-E’s Cost- Benefit Analysis methodology for Energy Storage

EASE presented its contribution to ENTSO-E’s Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) Methodology for Energy Storage projects in the context of the EUropean energy infrasturcture priorities and ENTSO-E’s Ten Year Development Plan (TYNDP) at today’s Stakeholders Workshop.

ENTSO-E’s CBA methodology of Drid Development Projects

The new European Regulation on guidelines for the implementation of European energy infrastructure priorities came into force on 15 May 2013.
In this context, ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity, is developing a CBA methodology with the purpose of:

  • Producing a system-wide CBA, allowing the assessment of all TYNDP projects in a homogeneous way;
  • Producing the basis for the assessment of all the electricity projects of common interest (PCIs);
  • If required, provide information for cost allocation and incentive/grants for the PCIs.

EASE Contribution

ENTSO-E has asked EASE to provide insights on a CBA for energy storage projects, an assessment to be used for the evaluation of storage devices on transmission systems.

EASE delivered the requested input commenting on the validity and suitableness of the proposed indicators for energy storage projects, and developing a specific environmental indicator “social and environmental sensibility” for energy storage technologies.
In this context, EASE favours a CBA method for energy storage as close as possible to the CBA method for interconnections.

Overall, EASE welcomes this initiative and recognises the usefulness of elaborating a CBA method in order to assess the importance of storage for the electrical system, within the European energy infrastructure priorities and the TYNDP framework.
Finally, EASE looks forward to closely collaborating with ENTSO-E in the 2016 TYNDP.

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EASE and EURELECTRIC sign MoU

EASE and EURELECTRIC sign Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation to promote energy storage

Last Tuesday in Malta, on the occasion of EURELECTRIC’s Annual Convention & Conference, EASE’s Secretary General, Patrick Clerens, and EURELECTRIC’s Secretary General, Hans ten Berge, signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning collaborative work between the two associations on topics of mutual interest.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalises the terms and conditions for the exchange of information between the two organisations, ensuring proper legal protection and balanced cooperation on a series of topics of common interest in the field of energy storage. It also foresees the possibility of cross-party participation in specific reviews or working groups and joint events.

Both EASE and EURELECTRIC look forward to utilising this new framework to achieve an even more fruitful dialogue between the two organisations.

EASE and ESA sign MoU

EASE and ESA sign Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation to promote energy storage

Last Thursday in Washington DC, on the occasion of ESA’s 22nd Annual Meeting, EASE’s Secretary General, Patrick Clerens, and ESA’s Executive Director, Brad Roberts, signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning collaborative work between the two associations on the relevant issues regarding energy storage and its development and integration.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalises the terms and conditions for the exchange of information between the two organisations, ensuring proper legal protection and balanced cooperation on a series of topics of common interest in the field of energy storage. It also foresees the possibility of cross-party participation in specific reviews or working groups and joint studies.

Both EASE and ESA look forward to utilising this new framework to achieve an even more fruitful dialogue between the two organisations.

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