There is a New Emphasis on Energy Storage Research in Europe

The European Union’s (EU) member states intend to attain climate neutrality by 2050. This will necessitate investments in energy storage devices as well as increased usage of renewable energy sources. StoRIES, a new European research cooperative, has been formed to help them progress faster. Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU), which was formed by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Ulm University, is in charge of it.

The European Commission unveiled the “European Green Deal” in December 2019 to achieve its climate targets. The focus is on the energy sector, which is being modernized to allow for the production of electricity from renewable sources. This, however, will not be sufficient. The EU will require energy storage devices to utilize the fluctuating renewable energy sources like wind and solar electricity on a massive scale.

As a result, the “Green Deal” involves coordinated research and development efforts in Europe, such as those undertaken by the new research consortium StoRIES (Storage Research Infrastructure Eco-System). It will allow experts from all over Europe who specialize in diverse sectors to pool their knowledge and collaborate on hybrid energy storage solutions with the industry.

The development of future energy storage systems of all types is the most significant technical goal of StoRIES. The focus of the research consortium will be hybrid storage systems. The EU will require strong, long-term, sustainable, and low-cost solutions. However, no energy storage technology is currently flexible enough to suit all of these conditions. As a result, it will be required to mix technologies. As a result, we will profit from advantages while compensating for disadvantages.

Access to world-class research infrastructure and services will remove research roadblocks and encourage innovation. The goal of the research is to improve material qualities for current and future uses, as well as to optimize hybrid energy storage systems.

The new research-industry partnership will also be in charge of training the next generation of researchers, engineers, and professionals. Training on the ecological, legal, economic, and social elements of energy storage systems will be offered in addition to courses for enterprises, colleges, and young scientists. Even after StoRIES ends, the transdisciplinary approach to the development of energy storage technologies will live on through the education of tomorrow’s specialists.

The new cooperation of technology institutes, universities, and industrial firms includes 17 partner institutions and 31 associated partners from 17 countries, all of whom have extensive knowledge of energy storage technologies (electrochemical, chemical, thermal, mechanical, and superconducting magnetic storage systems). The new ecosystem is built on members of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) and the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE). StoRIES is supported by the European Commission with around EUR 7 million over four years as part of the Horizon 2020 initiative.