The 28th June, the EDP NEW R&D organized in Lisbon an international workshop on distributed energy storage, with the title “Small scale storage – From technology to stakeholders’ engagement.” This workshop was organized within the SENSIBLE project – Storage-Enabled Sustainable Energy for Buildings and Communities, funded by H2020 EU program and aimed to promote the debate on the distributed energy storage, based on the vision and perspective of the various electric sector stakeholders.
Comprising two parts, the first part of the workshop was devoted to addressing issues such as the importance of energy storage for the future of intelligent networks (Siemens, Germany), the status of the SENSIBLE project with a special focus on the Portuguese demonstrator in Valverde (Évora) (EDP NEW R&D, Portugal), a status and return of experience on the energy storage project in Medium Voltage – Évora MV storage – (EDP Distribuição, Portugal) presenting the synergies between this and the SENSIBLE project. In the second part was addressed the importance of participation and engagement of the customers for energy management and energy storage issues (MOZES, UK), the high-level software tools for energy storage management (INESC TEC, Portugal) ending with the delivery of new services to end customers, including energy storage (by EDP Comercial, Portugal).
The workshop was a success both by the 108 participants from 29 organizations and 4 countries (coming from the EDP group, industry, academia, regulatory authority and non-governmental organizations) and the quality of interventions from the participants and the presentations from the invited speakers. The main conclusions focused on the need to continue sharing experiences between the various stakeholders in the electrical system, the need for technological and regulatory standardization for the storage systems in order to facilitate their development and use; the need to create business models to support their applications and finally the importance of the involvement of end customers for efficient energy management.