European smart grid projects pool expertise under BRIDGE initiative

The project – “BRIDGE” – is a European Commission initiative which unites Horizon 2020 smart grid and energy storage projects to create a structured view of
cross-cutting issues which are encountered in the demonstration projects and may constitute an obstacle to innovation.

An Energy Storage News release explains that the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, “looks at the transport and energy sectors” and the BRIDGE initiative, “has been started up to link together all the applicable smart grid and energy storage projects.”

The initiative is aimed at “adding value to projects by encouraging teams to share field experiences, feedback and the lessons they have learned, to band together to
make collective requests and recommendations to policymakers and regulators and to establish contacts and networks among themselves that may benefit their future business.”

As an outcome of the initiative, it is hoped that policymakers will see BRIDGE as a more “coherent and coordinated approach when talking to industry, especially where it comes to identifying non-technical barriers to deployment, such as legal issues or electricity market regulation.”

Smart grid projects

Thirty-two projects have signed up to the programme, including the TILOS (Technology Innovation for the Local Scale Optimum Integration of Battery Energy Storage) renewable energy microgrid-forming project on the Greek Island of Tilos, WiseGRID (Wide scale demonstration of Integrated Solutions and business models for European smartGRID) which looks to develop a more modern framework for European grids, including energy storage and better able to accommodate higher volumes of electric vehicles.

Other projects include CryoHUB, which looks at cryogenic energy storage, Elsa (Energy Local Storage Advanced system) which looks to combine energy storage with
cutting edge information technology (IT) solutions and InteGRIDy, which looks to develop platforms for integrating multiple energy resources with an emphasis on
virtual power plants (VPPs) and energy storage.

Energy Storage News adds that Horizon 2020 is currently seeking projects for its ‘Competitive low carbon energy” strand – technologies which assist the integration of renewable energy – with nine separate areas open for application. Applicants must meet a deadline of 7 September, with up to EUR105 million up for grabs.