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Large scale storage

List of projects where this technology is being implemented.


The NEXT-Buildings project focuses on 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... Continue reading
Funding programme: FP7, Topic EeB.ENERGY.2011.8.1-1: Demonstration of very low energy new buildings
SCIS Clusters: Demonstration projects, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, New Buildings


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... Continue reading
Funding programme: H2020, SCC 1 - 2014 Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport, ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration - first of the kind) projects
SCIS Clusters: Demonstration projects, Smart Cities and Communities, Integration of energy systems, ICT and transport in cities

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.