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The Future of Local Energy Storage in Europe

The large-scale implementation of local energy storage solutions is still in its infancy and faces several practical and legal barriers, for which both technical solutions and far-reaching agreements among stakeholders are needed. The major issues today are: interoperability, customer engagement and DSO involvement.


This online event was split in 8 short interactive sessions, spread over 3 days, between 20-22 October 2020. All sessions had a different focus (see below). We were thrilled to welcome a variety of stakeholder insights and expertise.


All sessions are part of the final stakeholder workshop and closing event of the STORY project (2015-2020). STORY focuses on the added value of local energy storage in distribution systems and is funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. Every session was moderated by a STORY partner and representatives of other H2020 projects (through BRIDGE). Please go to the STORY website for more information about the project.


Opening Plenary Session 20th October 2020 – 11:00 to 13:00

Speakers for this session include:

Mia Ala-Juusela, VTT > to download the slides, please click here Andreas Tuerk, Joanneum Research > to download the slides, please click here Andrej Gubina, University Ljubljana > to download the slides, please click here Ariana Ramos, Vlerick Business School > to download the slides, please click here Steven Libbrecht, Prospex Institute > to download the slides, please click here Moderated by Martin Watson, Prospex Institute

Interoperability Session 20th October 2020 – 14:00 to 15:00

Speakers for this session include: Andreas Tuerk, Joanneum Research Paul Valckenaers, UCLeuven > to download the slides, please click here Takis Ktenidis, Tilos Project > to download the slides, please click here

Topi Mikkola, BaseN Moderated by Martin Watson, Prospex Institute

Customer Engagement Session 20th October 2020 – 16:00 to 17:00

Speakers for this session include: Leen Peeters, TH!NK E > to download the slides, please click here Achille Hannoset, University of Ghent Moderated by Martin Watson, Prospex Institute

DSOs Involvement in Storage Session 21st October 2020 – 10:00 to 12:00

Speakers for this session include: Andrej Gubina, University Ljubljana Marjan Jerele, Elektro Gorenjska > to download the slides, please click here Lola Alacreu, X-Flex Project > to download the slides, please click here Cedric Weyns, Flexcity Borut Jereb, Petrol Moderated by Martin Watson, Prospex Institute

Market Enablers Session 21st October 2020 – 14:00 to 15:00

Speakers for this session include: Ariana Ramos, Vlerick Business School > to download the slides, please click here Arnout Aertgeerts, Flexcity > to download the slides, please click here Moderated by Martin Watson, Prospex Institute

Cost Benefits and Demand Response Session 21st October 2020 – 16:00 to 17:00

Speakers for this session include: Ariana Ramos, Vlerick Business School > to download the slides, please click here Marionel Estévez, CENER > to download the slides, please click here Clemente Gilardi, EXCAL Moderated by Martin Watson, Prospex Institute

The STORY Product Showcase 22nd October – 10:20 to 13:00

Speakers for this session include: Topi Mikkola, BaseN > to download the slides, please click here Faisal Bouchotrouch, CENER > to download the slides, please click here Marjan Jerele, Elektro Gorenjska > to download the slides, please click here Maxime Bousseaud, Hitachi ABB > to download the slides, please click here Arnout Aertgeerts, Flexicity > to download the slides, please click here Adrian Topol, Lopta Film > to download the slides, please click here Jan Diriken, VITO > to download the slides, please click here Rinat Abdurafikov and Hassam ur Rehman, VTT > to download the slides, please click here David Surplus, B9 Moderated by Martin Watson, Prospex Institute

The Future of Storage Session 22nd October 2020 – 15:00 to 16:30

Speakers for this session include: Andrej Gubina, University Ljubljana Andreas Tuerk , Joanneum Research Ariana Ramos, Vlerick Business School Brittney Elzarei, EASE > to download the slides, please click here Mia Ala-Juusela, VTT Moderated by Martin Watson, Prospex Institute

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