Ecosystem

BRIDGE Initiative

BRIDGE is a European Commission initiative which unites Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe Smart Grid, Energy Storage, Islands, and Digitalisation Projects to create a structured view of cross-cutting issues which are encountered in the demonstration projects and may constitute an obstacle to innovation.

By participating in the different Working Groups,
i-STENTORE is actively contributing to BRIDGE activities.

EU ENERGY STORAGE INNOVATORS

i-STENTORE was funded under the Horizon Europe Cluster 5, Destination 3 Call HORIZON-CL5-2022-D3-01-11 – Demonstration of innovative forms of storage and their successful operation and integration into innovative energy systems and grid architectures, alongside with AGISTIN, SINNOGENES and 2LIPP.

These projects focus on demonstrating innovative storage solutions and their successful integration into advanced energy systems and grid architectures.

AGISTIN

Advanced Grid Interface for Innovative Storage Integration

AGISTIN will design advanced grid interface for energy storage solutions that minimise the impact of new, large demands on the grid and reduce costs for large grid users through innovative storage integration. The project will carry out two demonstrations and three test activities on renewable hydrogen electrolysis, irrigation pumping and fast electric vehicle charging.

SINNOGENES

Storage INNOvations for Green ENErgy Systems

SINNOGENES project aims to develop the Storage INNOvations (SINNO) energy toolkit, a complete framework of methodologies, tools and technologies that will enable the grid integration of innovative storage solutions beyond the state-of-the art, while demonstrating sustainability, technical performance, lifetime, non-dependency on location geographical particularities and cost. It will develop successful energy storage business cases and systems and deploy them in innovative and ‘green’ energy systems at different scales and timeframes. 

2Lipp

2nd Life to Power Plants

In the 2LIPP project on the Energy Island of Bornholm, cutting-edge energy storage technologies and an innovative energy management system will be demonstrated side-by-side inside an operating combined heat and power plant. The purpose is to showcase a scalable, hybrid energy storage solution utilizing existing plant infrastructure, thereby achieving lower cost to deploy energy storage.

COLLABORATIVE INITIATIVES

i-STENTORE, AGISTIN, SINNOGENES and 2LIPP have joined forces to launch a series of collaborative Energy Talks, poised to revolutionise knowledge exchange and networking within the energy landscape.

Through these joint Energy Talks, they aim to create dynamic platforms for stakeholders to engage, interact, and share insights, thereby fostering a culture of collaboration and cross-pollination of ideas.

  • Energy Talk #1: Unlocking the potential of innovative energy storage solutions
  • Energy Talk #2: Innovative storage integration: bridging the gap between industrial needs and grid codes
  • Energy Talk #3: Advancing Energy Resilience: The Critical Role of Battery Storage in Modern Grids

Energy Talk #4 is on the way!

Watch the 1st Energy Talk!

OTHER COMMUNITY PROJECTS

WeForming
Buildings as Efficient Interoperable Formers of Clean Energy Ecosystems WeForming is a EU project that aims to revolutionize energy management and transform buildings from passive consumers into strategic players in forming the energy networks of the future, putting them at the forefront of Europe’s decarbonization journey. The pioneering approach focuses on Intelligent Grid-Forming Buildings (iGFBs), structures equipped with smart technologies and designed to actively contribute to an interoperable greener energy ecosystem, encompassing networks and markets. WeForming’s methodology and digital solutions will be validated in six real-life demos, targeting different systems, building types, consumer needs, economic conditions and climates: Luxembourg, Portugal, Croatia, Belgium, Spain and Germany.
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6G-PATH
6G-PATH will build an extensive B5G/6G infrastructure where a set of core architectures and domain-specific capabilities will be brought together and made available for integration of applications and use cases of relevance within the four addressed verticals, to conduct large-scale pilots and trials. The results of these pilots and trials will be collected and analysed in detail, to generate appropriate lessons and requirements for future 6G communications, as well as to identify, characterize and refine leading-edge business models towards the commercialisations and exploitation of 6G use cases and technologies.
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EXIGENCE
EXIGENCE is committed to reducing ICT service delivery's overall energy consumption and carbon footprint. The project will conceive a system and define suitable metrics and interdomain data exposure means for assessing end-to-end ICT service delivery. The insights from this work will be formulated as pivotal sustainability requirements and brought into authoritative standardization bodies (3GPP and ETSI) to shape the emerging next-generation mobile system (6G). We conceive a functional architecture encompassing all stakeholders and translate this into suitable interfaces, metrics and mechanisms to enable energy metering during service delivery at each tenant level and aggregate these readings into an overall ICT service energy metric, which we make available to all participants. We provide suitable optimisation techniques for each individual tenant. To further improve energy efficiency during the end-to-end ICT service delivery, we devise incentive-compatible user involvement mechanisms. Overall, EXIGENCE commits to reducing the energy consumption/carbon footprint of ICT services by a factor of three for typical services (e.g., video streaming), by a factor of five for challenging services (e.g., NPN), and bringing the CO2e to Zero for some realistic use cases that will be studied in the project. With a prototype of the conceived system, we validate the developed solutions to demonstrate the achieved improvements. The outcomes and insights derived from the project will be disseminated at suitable venues and further used to influence the burgeon of the 6G system with participation in relevant standardisation efforts.
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INFERNO
INFERNO aims to develop a system to turn industrial waste heat into electricity. This system will use three advanced technologies: thermophotovoltaics (TPV), metasurface collector (a heat-capturing surface), and thermoelectrics generators (TEG). With an innovative design strategy, these components will be integrated to develop a modular hybrid energy harvesting system that can be easily integrated into the production lines for converting industrial waste heat into usable electricity. The project's ultimate goal is to create an efficient and easy-to-install system that helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To help accomplish this goal, expertise in materials research, modelling, cell fabrication, thermoelectricity, and electronics is merged on a pan-European scale, and INFERNO's integrated hybrid system and its components will be tested in 3 pilot demonstrations in 3 countries (France, Germany and Ireland).
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