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transport and industry sectors. Hydrogen     we can look at battery performance            Distribution and Markets Unit at
can enable long term storage of energy       and safety under a range of simulated         the JRC.
in underground caverns. It can be used       environmental conditions”, explains
as a fuel or feedstock, or converted into    Lois Boon-Brett, project leader working       The JRC’s research findings support
chemicals for industrial use”, said Marc     in the Energy Storage Unit.                   the work of the European Commission
Steen, Senior Expert in energy storage                                                     and feed into the policies and decision-
at the JRC.                                  ENERGY STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES                   making at EU level. Ultimately, the
                                             ENABLE SMART GRIDS                            JRC’s pre-normative research supports
With its pre-normative research,             The smart grid offers many advantages         the deployment of energy storage
the JRC aims to enable the                   in terms of sustainability, increased         technologies to achieve the European
commercialisation of hydrogen                energy efficiency and enhanced energy         Union policy goals pertaining to
in a number of technologies and              security. Smart grids can help integrate      transitioning to a low-carbon, safe,
applications. The research outputs feed      more renewables in the energy system,         secure and sustainable EU overall
into fit-for-purpose performance-based       accommodate electric vehicles, give           energy system.
European and international standards         more control to consumers over their
and regulations for hydrogen storage,        energy consumption, avoid blackouts           The Strategic Energy Technology
detection and safety.                        and restore power quickly when                Plan (SET Plan) plays a key role in the
                                             outages occur.                                European energy policy.
BATTERY RUNS OUT?                            Energy storage is a key element for the       The SET Plan is one of the core
The use of rechargeable battery              success of smart grids. Storage offers        initiatives of the Research, Innovation
technologies for energy storage in           flexibility in the demand and supply          and Competitiveness dimension of the
utility-scale applications is a rapidly      phases and contributes to the resilience      Energy Union strategy. It responds to
developing area, but also the electric       and adequacy of the system.                   new challenges needed for accelerating
vehicle industry is heavily dependent                                                      the European energy system’s
on safe and high performance                 At the JRC, scientists have created           transformation towards a competitive
batteries.                                   models to simulate the future prospects       low-carbon economy, and places
                                             of low-carbon technologies and energy         consumers at the heart of the system.
Anticipating the growing need for            storage options. On the basis of these
robust and impartial research on             models, they are able to analyse              The SET Plan helps to coordinate
rechargeable energy storage systems,         the interaction between policies,             national research and innovation
the JRC has established state of the         economics, resources, infrastructures         activities by promoting cooperation
art experimental facilities in Petten        and the market uptake of these                among European countries, industrial
dedicated to batteries. The facilities       technologies.                                 companies, research institutions, and
are used to evaluate the safety and                                                        the European Commission itself. It also
performance of batteries as well as          “We have created very detailed                supports the most impactful low-carbon
emerging battery materials, their            models of the European power system,          technologies and facilitates the funding
ageing and performance                       covering the continental scale (EU            of projects. The JRC’s work in the field
degradation. The research is done in         Member States and beyond), the                of energy storage is brought together
collaboration with European industry         regional scale (e.g. Baltics, Cyprus) and     in the SET Plan within the Temporary
representatives and with trusted             the local scale (e.g. distribution grids      Working Groups (TWG). The JRC
international partners.                      for smart cities and rural electrification).  coordinates the TWG on Batteries and
                                             These models are used to perform              E-mobility and participates in the TWG
“We test electric vehicle battery            analyses supporting policies on energy        on Optimised EU Power grid. l
materials, cells, modules and packs          security, Projects of Common Interest,
to support technology innovation             generation adequacy, renewable                  Contact details:
and international e-mobility safety          energy and demand response
legislation. Our facilities are equipped     integration at the EU, national and             Email:
with thermal, electrical, mechanical and     local level”, explains Gianluca Fulli,
analytical experimental facilities, so that  Deputy Head of the Energy Security,
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