The fifth StoRIES project meeting took place on December 5, 2023, at TU Wien in Vienna, attracting over 70 participants both physically and virtually. This gathering was integrated into the three-day event "Hybrid Energy Storage Days," a collaborative effort between EERA JP ES and the StoRIES project, spanning from December 4 to 6, 2023.
Kicking off the meeting, Myriam E. Gil Bardají, the project's Deputy Coordinator, provided updates on the project's advancements. The leaders of various work packages then shared progress reports, including WP1 - Set-up a research and industrial hybrid energy storage ecosystem, presented by Spyridon Pantelis (EERA), WP2 - Transnational and virtual access to world-class research infrastructures, led by Olga Sumińska-Ebersoldt (KIT), WP3 - Enabling breakthrough research and innovation across the whole value chain led by Roberto Scipioni (SINTEF EN), WP4 - Supporting the transition towards a climate neutral continent presented by work package leader Marco Ferraro (CNR), WP5 - Dissemination and exploitation led by Adeola Adeoti (CLERENS), and WP6 - Project coordination and management presented by Myriam E. Gil Bardají (KIT).
The remainder of the meeting delved into forthcoming activities within the StoRIES project framework. Discussions included the Exploitation Strategy Plan, the Report on the Identification of the needs of Energy Storage (ES) actors, and the second draft of the Roadmap & SRIA for Hybrid Energy Storage.
Mark Kozdras (NRC), a member of the Advisory Board, offered valuable feedback on the project's progress over its initial 18 months, stating that the management and governance implemented through WP6 are notably effective, ensuring that deliverables and milestones meet expectations. He applauded WP5's commendable efforts in publicity and communication, particularly on platforms like LinkedIn, offering valuable insights for future enhancements. The observed coordination across work packages attests to a well-organised project structure. Additionally, the StoRIES website is well-structured, offering clear information on TNA and IREP programs, showcasing positive progress in unit weeks, and expressing anticipation for future evaluations.
Stefano Passerini (Sapienza University of Rome/KIT), the coordinator of the StoRIES project, concluded the meeting with encouraging remarks, highlighting the collaborative efforts and achievements of the team.