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Article | Energy storage
By effectively “disconnecting” supply from demand, energy storage will play a crucial role in tomorrow’s grids. CEA Tech is developing a variety of technologies—from battery-based and thermal storage to hydrogen systems—to respond to a range of needs, regulatory and budgetary requirements, and environmental concerns. Stationary storage is emerging as a crucial factor in driving the growth of intermittent renewable energy. One of the biggest challenges facing energy storage is finding a viable business model, one that will require lower costs and enable the delivery of additional services.
CEA Tech is also focusing on storage technologies for mobile applications like vehicle batteries and telephones. These technologies include micro fuel cells and micro-batteries.
The French National Solar Energy Institute (INES) developed and tested an energy management system coupled with battery-based energy storage. The solution is currently being rolled out at the Sainte Rose wind farm in Guadeloupe.
The first-ever tool to study the pressure exerted by granular material on the walls of the tank containing the material was developed by Liten. The tool will be used to dimension and make improvements to dual-media thermocline-type thermal energy storage systems.
The first power-to-gas demonstrator unit built on technology developed by the CEA was commissioned a few months ago. The early results are very encouraging for the future of the technology, which could play a major role in facilitating the integration of renewable energy into our grids.
A new hybrid polymer electrolyte technology with the capacity to enhance battery safety was developed for Solvay. The company has begun presenting the new technology to battery manufacturers.
A heating-network substation was commissioned in the lab for testing, and then upgraded to a more advanced version. Two testing platforms at solar energy research center INES were connected for the first time ever for the tests.
How to collaborate with CEA Tech teams ?
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.