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14 July 2023

2nd Stakeholders Workshop “Cost-effective technological developments to accelerate clean energy transition”

The 2nd Stakeholders Online Workshop took place on the 7th of June 2023. This workshop was aimed to show how in the context of the energy sector transition, the TALENT project could impact the changes by developing a software tool able to manage a set of heterogeneous generation sources, loads and batteries according to different criteria of stability, efficiency, cost, maintenance, environmental and power flows requirements, accessing the state of all the energy sources, both RES and non-RES, and the batteries.

Marian Gallego, the coordinator of TALENT, from CARTIF, talked about context, solutions and developed solutions within the project.

What is the context?

  • Need to integrate new, small and decentralised Renewable Energy Systems (RES) into power grids;
  • Grids must be flexible, resilient and carefully managed;
  • Electronic storage batteries need to be integrated into the grid to handle the variability in energy generation and end-user demand

What are the solutions?

  • TALENT aimed at promoting a cost-effective integration of batteries in the grid to address these needs;
  • New technological developments based on scalable and modular power electronics topologies for different voltage levels;
  • iSaaS for energy resources management

What are the challenges?

  • Battery-related technology needs to be improved by increasing capabilities and efficiencies (e.g. frequency and voltage stabilization)
  • Trust worthy and interoperable communication involving all players, from producers and consumers to DSOs, TSOs, addressing market needs
  • Further to technological needs, cost must also be accounted for.

How TALENT overcame it?

  • Development of new power electronics schemes to efficiently manage and transform electric energy.
  • Development of DHEMS to properly address data exchange and provide operation commands.
  • A cost reduction is achieved by means of new designs and architectures (HW side) and the iSaaS (SW side).

During the Work Shop Jesús García from EU Energy Solutions provided recommendations on energy storage at the EU level and key actions to perform.

The EU needs a strong, sustainable, and resilient industrial value chain for energy-storage technologies. There is an increasing demand for data transparency and availability, and greater data granularity, including network congestion, renewable energy curtailment, market prices, renewable energy, greenhouse gas emissions content and installed energy-storage facilities. This need becomes more important for decisions about investing in, choosing a location for, and evaluating new energy-storage facilities.

After the keynote speech, the event was divided into three modules:

  • MODULE 1 “Exploitation potential of storage solutions”
  • MODULE 2 “Exploitation potential of converter solutions”
  • MODULE 3 “Exploitation potential of energy control architecture

Each module included two presentations of the partners.

After the presentations, Marian Gallego, the coordinator of the project summarised the event by providing closing remarks.

  1. Energy storage is critical to ensure the transition to decarbonisation since it helps to integrate Renewable Energy Storage, providing grid flexibility, stability and reliability.
  2. The EU is developing a regulatory framework to ease the integration of energy storage in the energy system.
  3. Since RES is growing, flexibility needs are increasing and European energy-storage markets are adapting to cover these needs.
  4. Efforts are underway to harmonize and standardize technical and safety requirements for energy storage systems.

The recording of the workshop can be found here: Recording of 2nd Stakeholders workshop.

The PowerPoint presentations can be found here:  TALENT workshop presentation - 07 June 2023.

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