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Projects: Electricity Storage: Batteries and Flywheels

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Project Ttitle:

Development of Test Procedures for Benchmarking Components in Renewable Energy Systems, in Particular Energy Storage Systems (BENCHMARKING)

Project Description: The BENCHMARKING ProjectThe BENCHMARKING project developed test procedures for benchmarking tests for energy storage systems and other components in renewable energy systems (RES). The project results enabled users to select the most suitable energy storage product for their specific application, and enabled manufacturers to define the category of RES for which their product is most suited, and to estimate the expected lifetime for a well defined category of use. The project provided a framework for defining more detailed technical standards which are appropriate for a maturing industry.
Further information is available on the BENCHMARKING project web site.
ERU Contact: Dr Alan Ruddell
Duration: Jan 2002 - Dec 2004 (36 months)
Partners: FhG-ISE, BBE, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Australian Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE), CEA-GENEC, RISOE, ZSW, CRES, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, CEC, LNETI
Funding Body: European Commission (project no: ENK6-CT-2001-80576)

Project Ttitle: Investigation on Storage Technologies for Intermittent Renewable Energies: Evaluation and Recommended R&D Strategy (INVESTIRE)
Project Description: The main objectives of the INVESTIRE network were to review and assess existing storage technologies in the context of renewable energy applications, to facilitate exchange of information between the main players, and to propose appropriate R&D actions for the future. The project reviewed available storage technologies and storage requirements of renewable energy systems. The technical, environmental, and economic suitability of each storage technology were assessed, and the gap between conventional lead-acid batteries and emerging technologies evaluated. The project disseminated results, and compiled a strategy document for future R&D.
Further information is available on the INVESTIRE project web site.
ERU Contact: Dr Alan Ruddell
Duration: May 2001 - Oct 2003 (30 months)
Partners: CEA GENEC, CEAC-EXIDE, ZSW, Tadiran, ISET, Catella Generics, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, SORAPEC, CMR, ChemTEK, FhG-ISE, CRES, ECN Solar Energy, Utrecht University, CENERG, EPIA European Photovoltaic Industry Association, IT Power, Bollore Technologies, Dynatex SA, FKA, GERMANOS SA, ICPE-NESL, UPM-IES, IFEU, JRC-ISPRA, Hawker Batteries, RBC, RISOE, SAFT, Sonnenschein, Technicatom, TNO-MEP, SEA-TUDOR, WIP.
Funding Body: European Commission (project no: NNE5-2000-00481)

Project Title: High Performance Power Conditioner for Electricity Storage: Optimised Control of Charge and Discharge Currents in Batteries for Renewable Energy Systems
Project Description: Development of a new generation of power electronics converters to modify battery charge and discharge currents in renewable energy systems, and to extend the life-time of batteries. Increase in battery output due to microcycles
ERU Contact: Dr Alan Ruddell
Duration: Sept 1998 - Aug 2001
Partners: Technical University of Clausthal, Fraunhofer Institut Solare Energiesysteme (FhISE), STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, AMSET, Vergnet, Trama TechnoAmbiental (TTA), Bread Industry Elite
Funding Body: European Commission

Project Title: Battery Charge Management for Minimum Cost PV Systems
Project Description: Development of adaptive charge control techniques, together with improved methods of sizing the system components, to reduce the overall lifetime cost of standalone PV systems
ERU Contact: Dr Alan Ruddell
Duration: Nov 1998 - Oct 2000
Partners: STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, University of Southampton
Funding Body: EPSRC [GR/M15095/01 and GR/M15088/01]

Project Title:

Valve-Regulated Battery with Improved Separators avoiding Electrolyte Stratification and Charge Controller for Low Cost Photovoltaic and Wind Installations

Project Description: Development and testing of a new battery with improved cycle life, and a charge regulator incorporating adaptive battery recharge features, enabling cost reductions in standalone PV/wind power systems PV/wind at RAL
ERU Contact: Dr Alan Ruddell
Duration: Apr 1997 - Mar 2000
Partners: S.E.Acumulador Tudor, Bernard Dumas SA, Atersa, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Funding Body: European Commission [JOR3-CT97-0131]

Project Title: Power Converters for Flywheel Energy Storage Systems
Project Description: Development and testing of power electronic and mechanical variable speed drives for flywheel energy storage systems, to provide short term energy storage with rapid charge/discharge cycling in renewable energy systems. Diesel Generator Set
ERU Contact: Dr Alan Ruddell
Duration: Jan 1996 - Oct 1998
Partners: STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, P.I.V. Antrieb Werner Reimers, Cegelec Industrial Controls, University of Leicester
Funding Body: European Commission [JOR3-CT98-0070]

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