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 Ownership points agreed by the EASE members
- 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.
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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!
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