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

TIME 12:09|DATE: 01 - Aug - 2017|

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

TIME 11:44|DATE: 06 - Jul - 2017|

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

TIME 11:22|DATE: 01 - Jun - 2017|

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

TIME 10:39|DATE: 12 - Jun - 2017|

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 newest members: Voith Hydro and CEA

TIME 14:31|DATE: 31 - May - 2017|

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

TIME 11:12|DATE: 30 - May - 2017|

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)

TIME 16:37|DATE: 24 - May - 2017|

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

TIME 16:59|DATE: 11 - May - 2017|

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?

TIME 11:50|DATE: 03 - May - 2017|

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

TIME 16:23|DATE: 03 - Mar - 2017|

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

EASE newest member: SEAS-NVE

TIME 16:44|DATE: 26 - Jan - 2017|

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

TIME 11:38|DATE: 19 - Jan - 2017|

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

TIME 11:43|DATE: 19 - Jan - 2017|

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

TIME 16:38|DATE: 21 - Dec - 2016|

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

TIME 15:49|DATE: 15 - Dec - 2016|

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

TIME 16:58|DATE: 13 - Dec - 2016|

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 new member: LGChem

TIME 12:46|DATE: 25 - Aug - 2016|

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

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

EASE Student Award Winner

TIME 14:32|DATE: 08 - Aug - 2016|

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.

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

TIME 15:00|DATE: 24 - Jun - 2013|

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.

To read EASE’s contritution click here

EASE and EURELECTRIC sign MoU

TIME 14:01|DATE: 05 - Jun - 0012|

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

TIME 14:01|DATE: 03 - May - 2012|

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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