Focus Topic 3

Focus Topic 3: Energy storage systems

Focus Topic Chair:
Focus Topic Co-Chair:

Benoît ROBYNS, L2EP Junia
Jing DAI, GeePS CentraleSupelec

Energy storage systems (ESS) are becoming increasingly important in the present and future of energy infrastructure for several reasons:

  1. Integration of renewable energy: ESS play a vital role in the integration of renewable energy sources like solar and wind into the grid. These sources are intermittent, meaning they generate power only when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing. Energy storage systems can store excess energy generated during peak production moments and release it during periods of high demand or when renewable sources are not producing.
  2. Grid stability and reliability: Energy storage systems contribute to grid stability and reliability by providing backup power during outages and fluctuations in energy demand. They can also help regulate frequency and voltage, ensuring a consistent supply of electricity.
  3. Peak shaving and load management: ESS can help utilities manage peak demand periods by storing energy during off-peak hours when electricity is cheaper and releasing it during peak hours when prices are higher. This reduces strain on the grid and can lower overall energy costs for consumers.
  4. Electrification of transportation: With the rise of electric vehicles (EVs), there is a growing need for ESS to support charging infrastructure and manage the increased demand on the grid. Energy storage systems can also be integrated into EVs themselves, which improve vehicle performance and range.
  5. Resilience and emergency preparedness: ESS provide resilience against natural disasters and other emergencies by providing backup power to critical infrastructure such as hospitals, emergency shelters, and communication networks. They can also enable communities to disconnect from the main grid and operate independently during emergencies.
  6. Energy market opportunities: The growth of ESS creates new opportunities in energy markets, including frequency regulation, capacity markets, and ancillary services. These markets reward providers for maintaining grid stability and reliability, incentivizing investment in energy storage technologies.
  7. Technological advancements: Advances in battery technology, such as the development of lithium-ion batteries with higher energy densities and longer lifespans, are making energy storage systems more cost-effective and efficient. Other emerging technologies, such as flow batteries and compressed air energy storage, also show promise for future applications.

Overall, energy storage systems are essential for transitioning to a more sustainable and resilient energy future, enabling the integration of renewable energy sources, improving grid stability, and supporting the electrification of transportation. As technology continues to advance and the need for clean energy grows, the importance of energy storage systems will only continue to increase.


3.a)  Energy Storage and Management Systems
3.b)  Battery Aging, Reliability, and Safety
3.c)  Smart Charging, V2G, V2H, Charging Infrastructure and Grid Integration for Electromobility
3.d)  Energy Storage for Grid Applications including Industrial Solutions
3.e)  Fuel Cells and Stacks, Electrolyzer Cells and Stacks and Associated Power Electronics
3.f)  Hybridization of Energy-Storage Units for Energy-Transition Applications