Breakfast Briefing on EASAC Report on Energy Storage in Electricity Grids: 7 Sept 2017

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Date(s) - 07/09/2017
8:45 am - 11:00 am

Royal Irish Academy

Royal Irish Academy Breakfast Briefing on Latest EASAC Report: Valuing Dedicated Storage in Electricity Grids.

Large scale electricity storage is making a comeback because it can contribute to the flexibility which is needed by system operators to manage the increasing penetration of variable renewable electricity generation on the grid. At the same time, the interest of householders in small scale storage for self-consumption has already led to more than 40,000 small household PV plus battery systems being installed in Europe since 2013, mainly in Germany.

Lead by the Royal Irish Academy, a high-level EASAC working group has developed an independent report for EU policy makers on the value of dedicated storage in electricity grids from a scientific perspective. The report concludes that the value of storage is system dependent and that it can contribute to balancing, reserves, capacity and generation adequacy as well as congestion management.However, in electricity markets, it must compete with flexible generation, demand response, interconnections and curtailment.

The full report is available to download here.

The briefing will be delivered by Professor Mark, O’Malley (UCD), who was the Royal Irish Academy expert nominee and Chair of the EASAC Energy Storage Working Group.

Booking  – This event is free, but spaces are limited and booking is essential. To reserve a place please email



08:45 Registration and Tea and Coffee
09:15 Welcome and Introductions
09:20 Introduction to EASAC and The Energy Storage Project (Dr William Gillett, EASAC Energy Programme)
09:30 The Working Process and Scientific Findings of the Report (Professor Mark O’Malley, UCD)
09:50 The Role of Energy Storage in Future Grids (Mr Paul Denholm, National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
10:10 Questions and Roundtable Discussion
11:00 Close