Since December 2022, the work within the StoRIES project has progressed notably in all of its Work Packages. Here is a summary of what has been achieved since the last update:
Within WP1, the KIT coordination team organised with EERA and in cooperation with WP3 the StoRIES – FLORES – EERA JP ES Workshop on “Applications for Hybrid Energy Storage”. The workshop was held on March 23, 2023, at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe as part of the 3-day “Energy Conversion and Storage Days” event. More than 100 participants from 14 countries came to Karlsruhe to follow interesting talks from academia, industry, the European Commission, and the European Innovation Council. An industry podium discussion, involving EnBW, Eni, Voith Group, CellCube/Enerox, FZ Jülich and Skeleton, took also place. In the afternoon two hybrid storage demonstrators (STAGE76/BiFlow project and HyFlow demonstrator at Fraunhofer ICT, Pfinztal) were visited before the workshop ended with group work on different application fields for hybrid energy storage systems. This workshop was the first opportunity for partners from EU-funded projects (StoRIES, HyFlow, Hybris, DualFlow) and initiatives (EERA JP ES, FLORES) to exchange ideas on hybrid energy storage.
In WP2, the applications submitted within the second Transnational Access (TNA) call were evaluated by the experts of the Selection Panel and 10 user projects from University of Barcelona (ES), Corvinus University of Budapest (HU), Helwan University (EG), University of Nottingham (UK), National Technical University of Athens (EL), National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (EL), National Research Council (CNR, IT), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, DE)/ Électricité de France (EDF, FR), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, ES), and University of Manchester (UK) were granted. The visited StoRIES infrastructures are BCES, University of Birmingham (UoB, UK), PROTEAS, Cyprus Institute (CyI, CY), Energy Lab 2.0, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, DE), Concept Grid, Électricité de France (EDF, FR), CUTT-e MAT, Hellenic Mediterranean University (HMU, EL) and KTH ESRI, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, SE).
On 22 March 2023, two StoRIES workshops “Succeeding with Scale-up of Energy Materials” and “Energy System Benchmarking for Hybrid Storage: Performance Indicators and Application Areas“ were held in the frame of the “Energy Conversion and Storage Days” in Karlsruhe as part of WP3 activities. Work on the roadmap for the hybridization of energy storage is in the focus of this work package for a few months. Input for the roadmap was developed within the “StoRIES – FLORES – EERA JP ES Workshop on Applications for Hybrid Energy Storage” where use cases for the application of hybrid energy storage systems were discussed during the group work in the afternoon. On May 19, 2023, the first draft of the roadmap was presented to WG1 and the experts were asked for their input. The first version of the roadmap will be finalized in June 2023 as an internal milestone. The 1st StoRIES Summer School entitled “REPowerEU and the need for energy storage in Europe” was held at the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia (Athalassa Campus) and at the Platform for Research, Observation and Technological Applications in Solar Energy (PROTEAS) of the Cyprus Institute from May 29 to June 1, 2023, with the attendance of 19 young scientists from and beyond the StoRIES consortium. Experts from the StoRIES consortium shared their knowledge on the issues related to energy storage, including needs, existing and future technologies, hybridization, sustainability, legal issues, and economics with the students.
The work on deliverable D4.2 “Provision of a common base for environmental, techno-economic and socio-economic assessment to unlock the potential applications for hybrid energy storage systems”, which is due in M30, was the main activity in WP4. During the workshop “Energy System Benchmarking for Hybrid Storage: Performance Indicators and Application Areas” on 22 March 2023, in the frame of the “Energy Conversion and Storage Days” in Karlsruhe an interactive group work to shape 3 off-grid use cases and a small mentimeter were carried out to define KPIs for hybrid energy storage also beyond technical ones. On December 6, 2023, after the 5th StoRIES project meeting, the 2nd workshop on sustainable energy storage “Setting up a common base for environmental, techno-economic and socio-economic assessment to unlock the potential applications for hybrid ES systems” will be held in Vienna to further discuss criteria/KPIs for hybrid energy storage.
Next to dissemination activities on the StoRIES webpage and social media accounts the first “Exploitation Strategy and Plan” was developed within WP5 and submitted as deliverable D 5.6.
Within WP6, the 3-days event “Energy Conversion and Storage Days” was organized by KIT on 21 – 23 March 2023 in Karlsruhe. The first two days were dedicated to networking between the energy storage and photovoltaic solar power communities, with many opportunities for exchange during the SUPEERA and VIPERLAB workshops. During the StoRIES workshops “Succeeding with Scale-up of Energy Materials” and “Energy System Benchmarking for Hybrid Storage: Performance Indicators and Application Areas” topics relevant to WP3 and WP4 were addressed and discussed. The StoRIES – FLORES – EERA JP ES Workshop on Applications for Hybrid Energy Storage was the first platform for EU-funded projects and initiatives to exchange ideas and knowledge on hybrid energy storage and a perfect opportunity to present the structure of the StoRIES roadmap to a broad audience and to generate input for the roadmap from experts from different sectors and research background. The KIT coordination team presented the StoRIES project in May 2023 at the Energiecamp Murau in Murau (AT), and in June at the Helmholtz Energy Conference „Tackling the Challenges of the Energy Transition” in Koblenz (DE) and the 1st Symposium of the Research Networks in Berlin (DE).
In WP7 deliverable D7.2 GEN – Requirement No. 2 on personal data was set up and submitted.