Welcome on Board Elpedison
The European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) is glad to extend a warm welcome to its newest member Elpedison who joined EASE in February 2023. Mrs Katerina Karali Regulatory and Business Development Director at Elpedison, accepted to discuss with us the expertise of Elpedison, in energy storage and expectations from this collaboration with EASE.
EASE: Mrs Katerina Karali, thank you very much for accepting this interview. We are very really happy to have Elpedison among our members and we would like to know more about your activities in the sector. Could you summarise the most interesting insights from the work of your company for energy storage?
I would like to thank you for the warm welcome and for giving us this opportunity to speak about our activities in the sector. We are very pleased to join EASE and we look forward to working with you to promote energy storage and support your mission. ELPEDISON is the result of the joint venture between HELLENiQ ENERGY, one of the largest commercial and industrial energy Groups in South-East Europe and Edison, the longest-running electricity production utility in Europe and one of the largest in Italy. We are a leading energy company in the production & supply of electricity and the supply of natural gas.
We have a storage license for a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) to be located in Central Greece and we are actively seeking to expand our portfolio. We are also exploring the potential of other storage technologies focusing especially in long duration options, finding suitable partners and pilot projects to participate in.
EASE: We look forward to a very fruitful collaboration with you and to receive Elpedison inputs for our Working Groups and Task Forces. What created the interest from your company to join EASE?
EASE is the leading member – supported energy storage association in Europe representing companies and organisations across the sector’s entire value chain. We believe that EASE is an excellent vehicle to support the deployment of energy storage in Europe and we wanted to be part of this effort. EASE provides a great communication and learning platform that allows members exchange experiences, insights and ideas. Working together with all the leading energy storage companies in Europe is definitely beneficial, while we can contribute in shaping the sector’s future. EASE also provides a variety of services and tools, such as advocacy, market intelligence, the latest policy regulations and information sharing which are very useful and tailor made to our needs.
EASE: What is your vision for how energy storage can contribute to the energy transition?
Energy storage is expected to play a key role in the transition towards carbon neutrality by supporting the deployment of higher shares of renewables to the grid. This though needs to be done in a reliable manner which requires both technological evolution and regulatory framework adaptation. Energy storage has the capability to provide a variety of grid services such as flexibility, fast-response ancillary services and grid congestion management. Using energy storage to balance power grids through the provision of ancillary services increases the flexibility of the power system and helps integrate more renewables especially storage of long duration type. Deploying energy storage can defer the need for new investments in grid infrastructure by meeting peak demand with stored energy, reduce grid congestion and improve the utilization of the assets.
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