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Recording of Tuesday, June 18, 2024 | The smarter E Europe Conferences 2024 | Conference Program | Language: English | Duration: 27:08 .

Experts Debate Investment Priorities Between Grid Extension and Storage Solutions in Energy Systems Session.

The session focuses on the debate between investing in grid extension versus storage solutions to alleviate grid stress. Participants were asked to vote on which option they would personally invest in, with a majority favoring non-wired alternatives like storage. The discussion highlighted that significant work has already been done on grids and pointed out that implementing non-wired alternatives could take about 14-16 months. Bernardo Mejoso from InterEnergy raised questions about the challenges of finding power applications for fast frequency response services using battery systems, particularly at higher current rates (2C). Mr. Sankara responded by discussing how manufacturers and technical constraints impact these applications, noting examples from Australia where batteries are providing inertia services. Further discussions addressed the demand for specific functions like synthetic inertia from Transmission System Operators (TSOs) and competition among technologies due to TSO service auctions. Concerns about economic viability, resource availability (like lithium), and production capacity of batteries were also mentioned but generally dismissed as immediate threats by experts who believe alternative energy storage methods will fill gaps if needed.

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Speakers

Sankara Subramanian
ESS- Utility Market Leader
Saft Batteries
France

Rimvydas Stilinis
CEO
Energy cells JSC
Lithuania

Marcel Schepers
Product Manager Flexibility Marketing
EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG
Germany

Patrick Clerens
Secretary General
EASE - The European Association for Storage of Energy
Belgium

Talk of session: Large, Grid-Scale Storage for More Supply- and Demand-Flexibility

As the world embraces renewables, and particularly large-scale, variable solar and wind power, grid-scale storage, especially batteries, become key. This session will provide insights into improved network development plans and flexibility strategies, address grid congestion and effective capacity management. Delve into case studies of successful deployment strategies and business models for the seamless integration of storage, enhanced grid stability and optimized energy management. Join us for insightful discussions on the future of energy storage, system costs, integration timelines, and the dynamic landscape of large, grid-scale storage.

Further Talks of this session:

Welcome and Introduction

Speaker

Patrick Clerens
Secretary General
EASE - The European Association for Storage of Energy
Belgium

To Talk

Co-Located Renewables & Battery Storage - The System Combination of the Future

Speaker

Marcel Schepers
Product Manager Flexibility Marketing
EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG
Germany

To Talk

Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) for Large Scale Power Storage - Developments in Germany and Europe

To Talk

The Success Story of Energy Cells Lithuania: The Biggest Battery Energy Storage System in Europe

Speaker

Vitalijus Baranskas
Chief Technical Officer
Energy cells JSC
Lithuania

To Talk

Role of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) in the Grid of the Future

Speaker

Sankara Subramanian
ESS- Utility Market Leader
Saft Batteries
France

To Talk

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