What role for energy storage systems in the EU energy transition?

Speakers: Strachinescu Andreea, Granström Per-Olof, Clerens Patrick, Bart Jean-Baptiste
Moderator: Matheu Michel

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on the role of energy storage systems in the EU energy transition with our distinguished speakers:

  • Ms Andreea Strachinescu, Head of Unit, New energy technologies, innovation and clean coal, DG Energy, European Commission;
  •  Mr Per-Olof Granström Director, Energy, Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE);
  •  Mr Patrick ClerensSecretary General, European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE);
  • Mr Jean-Baptiste BartDeputy Head, Economic and Technical Analysis of Energy Systems Department, EDF R&D.

Mr Michel Matheu, Head of EU Strategy & Stakeholder Relations, EDF, will hold an introductory speech.

The debate will be moderated by Hughes Belin, freelance journalist.

This event will be held under the Chatham House Rule

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About the debate

Both in Europe and around the world, the question of climate change has urged all the concerned stakeholders to scale up efforts in finding innovative and efficient long-term solutions to facilitate a fast-paced transition to sustainable forms of energy production and consumption. The EU has achieved considerable progress by reducing nearly a quarter of its emissions since 1990, while its GDP has more than doubled in the same period. Furthermore, as the European Commission stated in the 2017 and 2018 “State of the Energy Union” reports, new jobs, growth and opportunities for innovation and investments have been created. Nevertheless, both the efforts and positive results achieved this far need to continue for the EU to play the role of a global leader in de-carbonised smart energy systems.

More flexibility is needed in the electricity systems of the energy transition, in particular as a consequence of the variability of renewable energies. The development of many different uses of storage is therefore going to be encouraged. Storage is expected to bring value at different geographical and time scales, ranging from home and building scale so as to favour self-consumption, to regional one, storage being used for grid stability (short-term) and seasonal adaptation (mid-term).

Which value is expected to be created and how will it be shared between stakeholders? Which technologies can address which markets and when will they be mature?

The event will commence with a welcome drink at 7h00 pm, followed by a panel debate at 7.30 pm. After the panel debate there will be an opportunity for questions and discussions.

We look forward to seeing you at 7h00 pm on the 22nd of May at The Office,*rue d’Arlon, 80, Brussels.


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