STORY 7th General Meeting

On the 17th of April 2018, the STORY consortium got together in Finland for the 7th General Meeting of the project. These General Meetings are a very important part of every research projects, they offer the opportunity for all projects partners who are based all over Europe to get in the same room and discuss the progress of the project.

The three days meeting allowed partners to get a head start on designing business models as well as getting updates on the progress of the demonstration sites. Partners also got the opportunity of visiting VTT’s battery testing facility and taste some Finish salmon.

STORY Second Advisory Board Meeting in Leuven

On the 27th and the 28th of April 2017, the STORY project hosted its second Advisory Board Meeting.

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20 participants from across Europe convened in Leuven to engage with the STORY team, to make sure that critical players can clearly articulate their interests and needs for storage and, at the same time, help guide STORY in addressing challenges and hurdles around adoption. The advisory board plays a strong role in integrating knowledge and innovation, picking up on the outcomes of the demonstrations and contributing to the market, policy and regulatory framework analysis.

The Advisory Board meeting gave the opportunity to all participants to get input and guidance on the ongoing work of STORY, especially about demonstration sites, business preconditions and how to better reach STORY’s target audiences with key messages.

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Furthermore, Mr. Ivan Pearson of DG Energy gave a keynote presentation on the Winter Package. This led to a facilitated, interactive and multifaceted discussion with the Advisory Board Members on customer issues.

The meeting was also combined with a field trip to the STORY industrial demo site in Olen.

Prospex Institute and STORY Partners design and facilitate workshops on Microgrids

PI, together with STORY-partners Think-E and Vlerick Business School, designed and facilitated the brainstorm workshops on microgrids. Some 40 participants worked hard on identifying barriers and opportunities in separate breakout groups, where they envisioned the future roll-out of these grids. Exploring topics such as energy management, pricing and supply, participants voiced their ideas, concerns and suggestions as to what the energy future might keep in store.

Innovative energy storage business models

28 participants from across Europe convened in Brussels to engage with the STORY team, to discuss the project’s preliminary analysis on innovative energy storage business models, explore the potential of three cases (UK Power Network, Sonnen, and the STORY residential demo site in Belgium), test their sensitivity to future evolutions in the energy market, and what would be needed to make them more future-proof.

The workshop, hosted by the Liaison Agency Flanders-Europe and run by a team of Prospex Institute facilitators, was preceded by a visit to the STORY demonstration site in Oud-Heverlee in the morning: this residential demonstration site connects 8 buildings, integrating lead-acid batteries, thermal energy storage, PV panels, as well as other technologies including electric vehicles and smart home applications, into a micro-grid.

In the afternoon, the participants, including representatives from major industry associations, utility companies and start-ups, from across the energy value chain, analysed the above three cases and their business models through interactive discussions guided by facilitators. The contributions and statements produced by the participants during the workshop were collected by the STORY team and will be a crucial input for the project’s further work on energy markets, regulation & policy.

First STORY Advisory Board Meeting: Demonstrating and enabling multi-modal energy storage solutions

On Monday 6 June 2016, STORY hosted its first Advisory Board meeting in Helsinki, designed and facilitated by Prospex Institute. The Advisory Board Meeting brought together 17 high-level participants from across the energy value chain, from generation to end-users, representing businesses (e.g. DSOs, renewable energy companies, start-ups, aggregators, etc.), civil society (consumer organisations), and public institutions. In an intense two-day workshop process, AB Members engaged with the STORY team in an open dialogue, guided by facilitators, to discuss the opportunities and obstacles related to energy storage. The central themes that emerged from these discussions included market design, network management, and regulations.

After a field trip to VTT’s battery testing facilities, the focus turned to how the STORY project could address the identified opportunities and obstacles in its work, including through STORY’s different demo-sites across Europe, and its Work Packages related to simulations, business models, markets, and regulation & policy.

Over the course of the next few months, the STORY team will be compiling and analysing the rich input the Advisory Board provided and continue to engage with the Members on this exciting project. As recommended by the Board, STORY will have to continuously contribute to decision-making processes, including through the BRIDGE project collaboration mechanism, in a quickly-changing and complex energy landscape in order to have a real impact. Moreover, as a central goal, STORY should aim to demonstrate multi-modal energy storage solutions and their value, ultimately enabling a flexible market that allows for the inclusion of energy prosumers, consumers, communities, or in any form, into an overarching energy market model.

STORY | Rolling out microgrids: PI facilitates interactive seminar

On 7 December 2015, Prospex Institute moderated an interactive seminar on microgrids, as part of a larger conference hosted by Smart Grid Flanders.

PI, together with STORY-partners Think-E and Vlerick Business School, designed and facilitated the brainstorm workshops on microgrids. Some 40 participants worked hard on identifying barriers and opportunities in separate breakout groups, where they envisioned the future roll-out of these grids. Exploring topics such as energy management, pricing and supply, participants voiced their ideas, concerns and suggestions as to what the energy future might keep in store.

The seminar was organised by Smart Grid Flanders, the Flemish branch of the Global Smart Grid Federation, which gathers key players from academia, private companies and competent authorities that are involved in, or advocate for, smart grid deployment. The network offers opportunities for knowledge-sharing, capacity-building and partnerships across multiple sectors and backgrounds.