Large scale storage

Electricity storage can smooth out fluctuations in supply and can overcome mismatches between supply and demand of electricity. All storage of electricity involves: the transformation of electrical energy into another form of energy, the storage of energy over time, and the reconversion of that stored energy back into electricity. A wide range of technologies is available, including those based on mechanical, chemical and electrochemical processes.

Power storage technologies include hydropower, compressed air energy storage (CAES), flywheel storage systems, chemical storage and super capacitors. Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) is a relatively new power storage technology that stores energy in a magnetic field created by a direct current (DC). Large scale storage for electricity can be combined with photovoltaic plants and managed due to smart grid capabilities. Large scale storage also applies to thermal storage which is a part of district heating and cooling networks powered by biomass boilers with co-generation (CHP) functionalities. 

List of projects where this technology is being implemented.

NEXT-BUILDINGS

The NEXT-Buildings project focuses of low energy buildings also called active houses, which are not only buildings, but active components in the overall integrated energy systems. The target is to demonstrate affordable solutions for social housing and revitalisation of town areas. The solutions...

GrowSmarter

GrowSmarter aims to stimulate city uptake of smart solutions by using the three Lighthouse cities Stockholm (Sweden), Cologne (Germany) and Barcelona (Spain) as a way to showcase 12 Smart City solutions: from advanced information and communication technology and better connected urban mobility, to...
List of demo sites where this technology is being implemented.

GrowSmarter Site Barcelona

Voted European Capital of Innovation 2014, Barcelona is a vast metropolitan hub with a long tradition of industry and entrepreneurship. Barcelona City Council encourages strategic initiatives aimed at generating international collaboration and promoting a global and forward-looking vision to...

NEXT-BUILDINGS Site Amsterdam

Local policy of the city of Amsterdam is that all new developments should be carbon neutral by 2015. The Houthaven in Amsterdam West (‘Stadsdeel West’) is one of the pilot projects having already the objective to build carbon neutral and set the standard for cost effective carbon neutral...

NEXT-BUILDINGS Site Lyon

The goal of the demonstration project was to build a 12 000 m2 zero energy building in the Lyon-Confluence area in Lyon (France). After an international design competition, SPL Lyon-Confluence selected a group of real estate developers, Bouygues Immobilier and SLC associated with the Japanese...