Energy Security and Sustainability represent the key priorities in the process of transforming the energy systems across the EU with a view to creating a competitive internal energy market. New market designs required by an increased need for flexibility and adaptability will have to reflect the contribution of strengthened interconnections, of smarter energy grids, demand management and energy storage to this objective.
Storage will be a key component of the energy markets, supporting supply in matching the demand and modulating the demand in order to make optimal use of generation and grid assets at any moment in time. Storage becomes today a more prominent determinant of the characteristics of the new energy system, ensuring the balance between centralized and distributed power generation as well supporting the increasing need for flexibility. It will play this function complementing demand management, flexible generation, and smart grids. To enable storage playing its role in a cost-effective way there is a need to balance technological and regulatory developments.
On March 8, 2017, CEN/CENELEC Sector Forum Energy Management organised its annual seminar in Brussels, at CEN/CENELEC Management Center, on Energy storage.
The seminar was well attended with more than 100 people registered representing many different companies and organisations, the civil society, research bodies and policy makers, including the European Commission.
All participants agreed that the role of energy storage will be very important in the future electricity system in Europe with a large portion of variable electricity production from wind and solar. Therefore it is a topic of major importance with a need for a rapid and good development of the energy storage technology and reduced costs. For this development different kind of standards can be important, and during the seminar, there were several proposals about relevant standards to create.
But, energy storage does not limit to technology challenges and opportunities. Integration of storage capacities, including conversion to another energy carrier on the grids, needs indeed a dedicated and advanced management approach at a system level. For instance, connecting e-vehicles on the grid, in buildings, in offices will bring new opportunities and capacities for properly balancing the grids, but will require a consistent legislative, legal and technical framework, where standards will be major enablers.
In order to investigate the need for standards regarding energy storage, it has been proposed to create a dedicated Working Group.
During its plenary meeting held on March 29, 2017 in Brussels, the CEN/CENELEC SFEM has decided to create a special WG on Energy Storage, with the aim to map existing initiatives and gaps, and identify further needs for RD&I work, pre-normative research and standardization development.
A call for experts and convenor for this WG group has been launched. The objective of the Working Group is to deliver a final report within a year to CEN/CENELEC SFEM with recommendations for further development and specific actions. This report will be shared with the European Commission and major actors/players concerned/experts in energy storage related issues.
It is expected to organize a kickoff meeting of this Working Group on Energy Storage by October this year, with a final report to be delivered by the end of 2018.
By Bernard Gindroz, Chairman ISO TC 268 “sustainable cities and communities” – Chairman CEN/CENELEC SFEM
Bernard Gindroz is the owner of BMGI Consulting – Chairman ISO TC 268 “sustainable cities and communities”. He is the Chairman of CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Smart Cities and Communities et Chair of joint CEN/CENELEC TC on hydrogen in the energy system. MCI Senior Advisor Energy Technologies & Standardization Energy, Transport, Smart Cities, Climate Change.