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StoRIES holds its sixth project meeting on 6 June 2024 in Rome, Italy

The sixth StoRIES project meeting took place at the Complesso Eni Gazometro di Roma in Rome on Thursday 6 June 2024. It was held in the scope of the StoRIES Summer School 2024, focused on “Hybrid Energy Storage & Application-Oriented Solutions in Europe”, run from 3 June to 6 June 2024.

Stefano Passerini (KIT), the project coordinator, welcomed attendees and presented the agenda. He outlined the main objectives of the meeting and emphasised the importance of reaching the goals of all the working packages. Following him, deputy coordinator Myriam Gil Barjadi (KIT) provided a comprehensive overview of the project’s progress, highlighting the main achievements since the last meeting, held in December 2023. She also addressed the challenges faced and proposed potential solutions for them.

The leaders of the Work Packages then shared their latest advances and key milestones. Spyridon Pantelis (EERA), leader of the WP1, detailed the efforts to establish a hybrid energy storage ecosystems integrating research and industrial applications. WP2 was represented by Olga Sumińska-Ebersoldt (KIT), who highlighted advancements in providing transnational and virtual access to top-tier research infrastructures. Roberto Scipioni described the efforts of WP3 in driving research and innovation across the energy storage value chain, including breakthroughs in materials, technologies, and system integration. Marco Ferraro (CNR) from WP4 discussed initiatives aimed at supporting Europe’s transition to climate neutrality, which included policy recommendations, pilot projects, and collaboration with governmental bodies. Fatima Ahmed (CLERENS), leader of WP5, presented the dissemination strategies to maximise the project’s impact and detailed the exploitation plans aimed at ensuring sustainable outcomes and commercial uptake of project results. Finally, Pinar Arpaçay (KIT) provided insights into the coordination efforts ensuring smooth project execution, including administrative support, communication management, and risk mitigation strategies.

During the Working Group and Special Presentations section, Silvia Leonardi (Eni) presented the initial findings from Working Group 3, focusing on specific research outcomes and their implications for the project’s overall activities. Pinar Arpaçay (KIT) and Hüseyin Ersoy (KIT) detailed the outcomes of the 2nd Summer School, highlighting key learning points, attendee feedback, and future plans for educational outreach. Maria Mazuera (EASE) outlined the innovation and exploitation plan, emphasising strategies to translate research findings into market-ready solutions and maximise the economic impact. Massimo Celino (ENEA) and Kourosh Malek (FZJ) discussed the implementation of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) data principles within the project, ensuring data quality and accessibility.

Stefano Passerini (KIT) concluded by outlining the next steps for the project and the activities planned for the next six months, including finalising research and innovation activities, preparing for the project’s final review, enhancing dissemination and exploitation efforts, strengthening partnerships and collaborations and continuing to support policy development for climate neutrality.

The session concluded with a networking dinner, bringing all the participants together for the evening.

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