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Energy Storage Area develops activities related to the study and integration of energy storage systems as a fundamental solution for energy management permitting a larger integration of renewable energies difficult to manage, into the grid.

The main activities are:

  • Study of different Energy Storage Systems:
    • Electrochemical systems: Hydrogen technologies, Flow batteries, Conventional and Advanced batteries.
    • Others: Flywheel, supercapacitors, etc.
  • Technical-economical feasibility studies of Energy Storage Systems and Renewable Energies integration. Project preliminary designs development:
    • Analysis of Energy Storage Systems adequacy.
    • ESS sizing and economical analysis in different applications and Management strategies.
  • Experimental Studies in renewable plants (wind farms and photovoltaic energy) with ESSs.
  • Virtual Energy Storage and Energy Management: Energy storage in Cold warehouses, Desalinization, Electric Vehicles, electrolysers, etc.
  • Study of energetic scenarios in the medium-long term.
  • Modelling and Simulation of RES and ESSs.

IRE Department has modern facilities to study and characterize electrochemical systems and components in the Electrochemistry and Integration Labs and wind turbines in the Power Electronics Lab.

Recently a micro-grid of more than 100 kW including conventional and renewable generation and energy storage systems, has been installed.

IRE has participated in several national and European projects as NightWind (FPVI, total budget 1.35 M€) to store wind power in cold stores, mainly during the night, RES-FC Market (Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE)- ALTENER 2004) to develop a market for Fuel Cells in residential applications in Europe, REVE (Spanish Ministry of Industry) to study the integration of wind power with electric vehicles, the national project Cenit EOLIA (total budget 34 M€) to study the effect of the wind power off-shore linked to desalination systems on the electrical grid in Spain or the Cenit Sphera (total budget 31 M€) to study the production, including wind power as resource, and applications of hydrogen in the energy market in Spain.


Present projects

stoRE

stoRE aims to facilitate the realization of the ambitious objectives for renewable energy by unblocking the potential for energy storage infrastructure. Energy storage, as part of an integrated approach including grid reinforcement and demand management helps accommodate higher percentages of intermittent renewable energy by balancing the supply and demand and improving the power quality.

OptimaGrid

The project aims to define, design, develop and implement intelligent control systems of energy that facilitate the real-time management of a microgrid of electric energy applied to an industrial area with high penetration rate of renewable energy, in order to change the concept ‘pollutant’ associated to industrial areas, by another different: “ecological industrial areas capable of developing its own technology”.

BATTERIE

BATTERIE will look at innovative ways to integrate alternative fuels and smart technology into international air, road, rail and sea transport networks. With rising utility prices and energy security issues topping national and regional agendas, BATTERIE will focus on providing answers to the most pressing issues affecting member states. This will include hot topics such as the future impact of rising fuel costs and fuel shortages, and identifying how smart technologies and alternative fuel use can rise to meet future challenges.

  • The main tasks of CENER within the project are the following:
    • To carry out the studies planned in the project for the Navarre region
    • To organize a pilot journey through the region of Navarre
    • To coordinate a regional stakeholder group with the aim of putting into practice the results of the project

 

 

 

 

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