ELSA aims at implementing and demonstrating innovative solutions for energy storage integrating low-cost second-life electric vehicle Lithium-ion batteries and other direct and indirect storage options, including heat storage, thus facilitating the local energy management of buildings, districts, and industrial complexes, as well as the direct local use of electricity generated from intermittent renewable energy sources.
The project Energy Local Storage Advanced system (ELSA) aims at bringing distributed storage solutions from technology readiness level (TRL) 5/6 to TRL 9. Its objective is to enable the integration of distributed storage into the energy system and to pave the way to commercial use. ELSA is addressing existing energy storage development needs by combining 2nd life batteries with an innovative local ICT-based energy management system in order to develop a low-cost, scalable and easy-to-deploy battery energy storage system. These storage solutions are deployed as energy services. Existing legal and regulatory barriers are analysed and international standards are pushed forward. At the same time, ELSA is developing innovative service-oriented business models. Sustainability and social acceptance are taken into account through comprehensive life-cycle and socio-economic impact assessments as well as the involvement of citizens and stakeholder groups.
ELSA’s mission is to further develop technology that is already close to maturity. ELSA storage systems will be applied in six demonstration sites representing several application contexts, covering services such as local grid balancing, peak shaving, load shifting, reactive power compensation, voltage support and regulation. Several feedback loops and the constant involvement of relevant stakeholders will support the optimal implementation at all pilot sites, while an evaluation will ensure scalability and proof of feasibility beyond the project.
The demonstration sites include buildings, districts and grids: the Skills Academy for Manufacturing and Innovation facility at Gateshead College (building), United Kingdom, the Ampere Building (offices) at La Défense, France, the Battery Plant at Nissan’s Barcelona Factory (manufacturing), Spain, the E.ON Energy Research Centre at RWTH Aachen University (R&D district), Germany, the City of Terni (grid), Italy, and a residential district in the city of Kempten, Germany.
The ELSA consortium
This multi-disciplinary consortium brings together industry players with extensive experience in Electric Vehicle battery storage systems (Renault and Nissan), as well as in sustainable development, digital and energy networks infrastructure, and building and district management (Bouygues). Research institutes specialising in the design and manufacturing of components and systems for buildings and industrial applications (United Technologies Research Centre Ireland, Limited), in the energy sector including ICT for energy (RWTH Aachen) and in the area of smart homes and energy management options (Gateshead College) are also involved as are companies with experience and knowledge in IT-solutions for Energy and Utilities (ENGINEERING), in consultancy and training on sustainable development (BAUM), and in the management of electrical distribution systems as well as electricity supplier (ASM and AÜW / egrid).
The ELSA advisory board
ELSA’s work is supported by an Advisory Board tasked with providing valuable advice. The Board is also responsible for advising ELSA‘s Technical Committee to assure consistency in outcomes in accordance with market expectations. The Advisory Board is composed of key players of the European energy sector as well as key users of future storage solutions.
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