Creation of EASE
29 September 2011
The European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) brings together the diverse players currently investigating the role of energy storage in the future evolution of Europe’s electricity grids within a single, coherent body of competence and influence.
The European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) brings together the diverse players currently investigating the role of energy storage in the future evolution of Europe’s electricity grids within a single, body of competence and influence
Europe’s leading players in the energy sector, including manufacturers, utilities and academic bodies, came together in Brussels this week to sign the formal constitution for the creation of the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE).
This international non-profit association is focused on acting as a coherent voice to promote the roles of energy storage as key enabling technologies for Europe’s transition towards a sustainable, flexible and stable energy system.
Patterns of energy supply and consumption are changing rapidly, especially with the large increasing penetration of renewable energy sources and distributed generation. In addition, the sustained increases in fossil fuel prices, changing market regulations and stringent environmental targets means that there is a considerable pressure on stakeholders to evolve to meet these new demands.
Effective energy storage can deliver a number of strategic services both on the regulated and deregulated side of the power business, addressing three major challenges: balancing demand and supply, management of transmission and distribution grids, and energy efficiency.
The main aims of EASE are to stimulate the development of innovative energy storage technologies and applications through building a platform for the sharing and dissemination of knowledge and information, and to co-ordinate national activities. Consequently EASE will act as a sound and visible advocate of energy storage in Europe.
EASE represents all European participants active in the energy storage arena. It will promote and support analysis and evaluation of the benefits of utilising energy storage in the broader energy grid. It will also co-operate with other national and international energy storage organisations, including Electricity Storage Association (ESA) in the USA.
The 13 founding members of EASE are Alstom, DONG Energy A/S, EDF SA, EnBW AG, Enel S.p.A., E.ON AG, GDF SUEZ SA, Hitachi Power Europe GmbH, KEMA BV, RISØ DTU, RWE AG, Saft SAS, and Siemens AG.
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