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Advanced Flow Battery Energy Storage Systems in a Microgrid Network

Objective

The GREENERNET project will develop a new highly innovative organic redox flow battery, integrated in an optimized microgrid infrastructure operated by an intelligent Energy Management System.
The redox flow battery is a promising technology for both medium and large-scale renewable and grid energy storage, but is limited by its high price, low energy density and poor stability of the electrolyte solutions (e.g. vanadium, zinc).
Starting form an internally developed prototype of an energy storage system (ESS) of 1kW based on new organic AQDS (anthraquinone di-sulphonate), we will enhance and scale up this prototype flow battery into an innovative cheap (< €150 / kWh) and safe 10 kW ESS, integrated in a smart microgrid for distributed energy applications, with a significant improvement over the existing technology.
We are focusing on the distributed storage and renewables integration for residential and communities’ microgrids that represent a large market in Europe, that is estimated to grow with a CAGR of 35% from $ 0.7 billion in 2014 to $ 4.2 billion in 2020.
The innovation of this action is twofold:
• Develop and commercialize a storage system module of 10 kW, 40 kWh based on a breakthrough technology, originally developed by Harvard University and implemented in the 1kW battery prototype by GES and UTV, that relies on the electrochemistry of naturally abundant, inexpensive, small organic (carbon-based) molecules called quinones, which are similar to molecules that store energy in plants and animals.
• Develop an innovative Microgrid Management Platform to optimize the use of the AQDS flow battery, able to monitor microgrid components (loads, energy sources, storage) and to continuously perform a multi-objective optimisation of the energy flows between them and the Power Distribution Grid whose requests will be taken into account by dynamically adhering to Demand Response programs.
The Consortium revenue target is to reach € 70m by 2020 with a market share of 2%

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/automation and control systems
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

Call for proposal

H2020-FTIPilot-2015-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

GREEN ENERGY STORAGE SRL
Address
Via Sommarive 18
38123 Trento Tn
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 719 950,35

Participants (4)

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 189 062,50
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 420 525,35
Address
Piazzale Dell'agricoltura 24
00144 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 266 625
Address
Via Cracovia 50
00133 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EVOPRO INNOVATION KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 423 718,75
Address
Hauszmann Alajos Utca 2
1116 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)