EASE – European Association for Storage of Energy

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1. What is EASE?
The creation of EASE results from an initiative of the European Commission, looking for a consensual vision of the roles, technologies and potential applications of energy storage within the frame of EU Energy and Climate policy. Following on from an Energy Storage Task Force launched by the European Commission in 2009 and the results of the final workshop,a group of European leading players in the energy sector, including manufacturers, utilities and academic bodies, founded the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) in Brussels in September 2011.

The European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) is the voice of the energy storage community, actively promoting energy storage in Europe and worldwide.

EASE actively supports the deployment of energy storage as an indispensable instrument to improve the flexibility of and deliver services to the energy system with respect to European energy and climate policy.

EASE seeks to build a European platform for sharing and disseminating energy storage-related information. EASE ultimately aims to support the transition towards a sustainable, flexible and stable energy system in Europe.

2. Who are EASE Members?

The 13 founding members of EASE are Alstom, DONG Energy A/S, EDF SA, EnBW AG, Enel S.p.A., E.ON AG, GDF SUEZ SA, Hitachi Power Europe GmbH, KEMA BV, RISØ DTU, RWE AG, SAFT SAS, Siemens AG.

In the past few months, EASE has doubled its membership portfolio. New members are ABB, Bosch, CENER, CIRCE, Elia, FIAMM, Fraunhofer Umsicht, Gaelectric Energy Storage, Gas Natural Fenosa, GL Garrad Hassan, Glen Dimplex, Hydrogenics, IK4-CEDETEC, Isentropic, Kolibri, Panasonic, Saint-Gobain, TDK and Tecnalia.

New members are in the process of joining…

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The association keeps looking for new members and hopes that many European industrial or institutional organisations interested in actively promoting energy storage will join in the near future.

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3. What are the goals of EASE?

EASE has been created to provide a single, coherent body of competence and guidance that brings together numerous different groups currently working in the energy storage field.

The main goal is to build a platform for sharing and disseminating knowledge and information in order to provide a reference frame for state-of-the-art technologies, applications and know-how, available to internal and external stakeholders.

Through such a platform EASE would further aim to:

• Increase awareness and knowledge of European industry, academics and EU officials regarding the need for energy storage technologies and applications;

• Stimulate the development of innovative energy storage technologies and energy storage uses;

• Foster the European implementation of energy storage technologies in the Energy & Climate policy context.

4. How does EASE operate?

The founding members have designed EASE as a truly European actor, complementary to the existing European Industrial Initiatives (EIIs) in the frame of the Strategic Energy Technology-Plan (SET-Plan1) and some Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). EASE represents the most innovative and active European participants in the energy storage arena. It promotes and supports analysis and evaluation of the benefits of utilising energy storage in the broader energy system.

It also cooperates with other national and international energy storage organisations, including the US Electricity Storage Association (ESA) among others.

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EASE works on technology – and application – related aspects of energy storage and has set-up a working group structure:

TVA structure

1 The SET-Plan covers a number of relevant areas especially Wind, Solar Energy, Smart Grids, Green Cars, Smart Cities and Efficient Buildings initiatives.

EASE intends to work with all relevant groups to discuss and ‘ease’ the optimal integration of all components into validation projects and business models for a successful transition to a low carbon, safe and sustainable energy system, and to help establish a coherent master plan for the introduction of energy storage worldwide.

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