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Session B4 2017-09-05T22:32:57+00:00


Enabling Technologies: The role of storage

Day: 13th September, 2017

Time: 12:00 – 13:30

Room: WIND

Short Description:

Energy storage has a long history in supporting power system security and reliability, providing back-up reserves in case of power shortages or black-outs, or powering smaller devices. Energy storage technologies can also contribute to system flexibility by bridging temporal and spatial disparities of demand and supply, improving resource use efficiency.

Questions to be addressed by the session:

  1. What is your perspective on the future of storage, comparing scenarios that feature many small customer-sited distributed storage units vs. central large-scale storage systems which today make up the majority of installed capacity?
  2. What is the outlook on the battery front? In the news one is regularly confronted with new developments. Are flow batteries promising technologies that will finally overtake lithium-based technologies or will other technologies such as the production of hydrogen prevail? How can the average reader/consumer/investor judge that the usefulness and realistic potential of storage innovations?
  3. For grid-based systems with high shares of VRE, how do you see the role of storage for system flexibility compared to other options such as more dispatchable generation, interconnections/power trade, or demand management? And how do you put into perspective that in most countries that already have a share higher than 20% of intermittent renewables, electricity storage does not feature very prominently?
  4. Do you consider inter-seasonal storage a particular challenge given current technologies?
  5. How can policy-makers make sure that non-monetised benefits of energy storage, such as increased system reliability, fewer incidences of service interruption, T&D network support and increased efficiency, are being recognised appropriately?
  6. What energy storage options are beneficial from an environmental perspective?  With respect to batteries, what end-of-life management strategies could remedy environmental concerns?

Session composition:

The keynote speaker gives a 15 min overview of the thematic context of this session. In the remaining time, the panelist’s respond to the questions posed by the moderator as well as discussion points from the audience.

Keynote: Mrs. Abigail Rolón, Associate, ARUP

Moderator: Mr. Héctor Beltrán, Director de Estudios Eléctricos, CRE 


Other Panelists TBC

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