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Workshop on FAIR and open data for environmental, techno-economic and socio-economic assessment

On 26 October 2022, as part of the StoRIES project Work Package 4, an online workshop titled “FAIR and open data for environmental, techno-economic and socio-economic assessments” took place.

The workshop’s main goal was to gather best practices and methodological approaches for collecting and sharing open data for the HES sustainability assessment.

45 participants from 19 countries, including 9 speakers, participated in the workshop. The speakers shared their work experience on such topics as:

  • Implementing FAIR data principles;

  • Tackling the challenges of the energy storage sustainability assessment, such as primary and secondary data collection and processing;

  • Applying environmental and social impact assessments of energy storage technologies;

  • Including Product Environmental Footprint and prospective LCA methods for energy storage technologies.

Work Package 4 of the StoRIES project “Supporting the transition towards a climate-neutral continent” deals with sustainability aspects of hybrid energy storage (HES), focussing on aspects of a fair transition towards climate neutrality through:

  1. Supporting the product development process, particularly in the early-stage design of the HES solutions, aiming to optimize the raw material use, increase the circularity, reduce the environmental impact, and maximize the social benefits.

  2. Unlocking the potential of the HES by identifying bottlenecks and suggesting solutions that would add to the environmental, economic and social sustainability of the HES.

  3. Setting up a common, shared, recognized and open-access primary data to support LCA, LCC, s-LCA and MRIO assessment of HES solutions.

  4. Building up a network of competence, exchange of know-how and shared data related to modelling of techno-economics, socio-economic and socio-technical aspects of HES.

  5. Establishing a series of workshops on HES sustainability.

This series of workshops is driven by several pressing needs in the HES research, including:

  • a need for a better understanding of the optimal storage portfolio;

  • a need for a better understanding of the operating environment and the incentives for companies to invest in energy storage;

  • a need for comprehensive modelling of multi-scale energy storage technologies to bring an understanding of the value of storage technologies in achieving carbon-free or high renewable power systems and addressing interdisciplinary aspects;

  • a need for harmonization of the different methodologies and tools to assess the technical and socio-economic performance as well as environmental impacts of the energy storage technologies;

  • a need for robust and accessible primary data for technical, socio-economic, and environmental aspects of energy storage technology assessment procedures (e.g. LCA, LCC and s-LCA).

This workshop was the first in a series of workshops dedicated to the Sustainability assessment of storage technologies. Three more workshops will take place until the end of the StoRIES project in 2025. At a later stage of the StoRIES project, there will be guidelines produced on (1) how to identify primary data requirements for sustainability assessment and (2) how to generate FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable) primary data useful for the sustainability assessments (e.g. LCA, LCC, s-LCA, MRIO) of energy storage technologies at each stage of a production cycle.

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