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Breakfast Briefing on EASAC Report on Energy Storage in Electricity Grids

07 September 2017


PDF icon Valuing Dedicated Storage in Electricity Grids

The Royal Irish Academy today hosted a breakfast briefing on the latest report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council on Valuing Energy Storage in Electricity Grids.

Large scale electricity storage

Large scale electricity storage is making a comeback because it can contribute to the flexibility which is needed by system operators to manage the increasing penetration of variable renewable electricity generation on the grid. At the same time the interest of householders in small scale storage for self-consumption has already led to more that 40,000 small PV battery systems being installed in Europe since 2013, mainly in Germany.

A full capacity for the breakfast briefing

'Valuing Dedicated Storage in Electricity Grids'

The report 'Valuing Dedicated Storage in Electricity Grids', was developed by a high-level EASAC working group led by the RIA. This report provides an independent perspective, for EU policy makers on the value of dedicated storage in electricity grids from a scientific perspective.

The report concludes that the value of storage is system dependent and that it can contributing to balancing, reserves, capacity and generation adequacy as well as congestion management. However, in electricity markets, it must compete with flexible generation, demand response, interconnections and curtailment.

The Panel

The breakfast briefing was delivered by Professor Mark O'Malley, MRIA (UCD), who is the Royal Irish Academy expert nominee and chair of the EASAC Energy Storage Working Group. The briefing also included contributions from Dr William Gillett, the EASAC Energy Programme Director, and from Dr Paul Denholm from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Programme and presentations for downloading

08:45 Registration and Tea and Coffee
09:15 Welcome and Introductions
09:20 Introduction to EASAC and The Energy Storage Project (Dr William Gillett, EASAC Energy Programme)
09:30 The Working Process and Scientific Findings of the Report (Professor Mark O'Malley, UCD)
09:50 The Role of Energy Storage in Future Grids (Mr Paul Denholm, National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
10:10 Questions and Roundtable Discussion
11:00 Close

The panel

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