Energy local storage advanced system

PROJECT VALUE: €9.86 million – funded through the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme


Bouygues Energies & Services, Renault SAS, Nissan West Europe, RWTH Aachen University, United Technologies Research Centre, Engineering – Ingeneria Informatica SPA, B.A.U.M. Consult GmbH, ASM Terni SPA, Allgäuer Überlandwerk – AÜW, Gateshead College

Challenge: To integrate second life batteries with an innovative local ICT-based Energy Management System in order to develop a low-cost, scalable and easy-to-deploy battery energy storage system as part of the European Energy Storage Advanced System (ELSA) project.

What we are doing: Zero Carbon Futures, through our parent company Gateshead College, is  focussing activity on the site of the Skills Academy for Sustainable Manufacturing (SASMI) in Sunderland. Our role in the project is to pilot the integration of battery storage at a live site and evaluate its use.  Optimized energy management will be performed, monitored and validated at the location.

Gateshead College’s SASMI is a training college for sustainable manufacturing within the low-carbon vehicle industry to prepare workers for new jobs in the green industry. The project will also look at skills and training needed for future implementation of such systems.

Within the framework of ELSA the SASMI facility will be equipped with:

  • a PV system with 50 kWp,
  • an electrical storage unit utilising three 2nd life Leaf batteries with a total capacity of 48 kWh,
  • an ICT system.

ELSA’s aim is to connect the new and existing equipment with the existing building management system optimising the building’s energy consumption and managing the intermittent PV electricity generation. Its objective is to enable the integration of 2nd life battery technology into the energy system to investigate commercial use. Existing legal and regulatory barriers are analysed, comprehensive life-cycle and socio-economic impact assessments will be carried out and international standards will be developed. The project is also investigating feasible business models for the technology.

Alongside the Skills Academy for Sustainable Manufacturing and Innovation facility in the UK, demonstration sites also include the Ampere Building (offices) at La Defense, France; the Battery Plant and the Autonomous Guided Vehicles at Nissan’s Barcelona Factory, Spain; the E.ON Research Centre at RWTH Aachen University (R&D district), Germany; the City of Terni (grid), Italy, and a residential district in the city of Kempten, Germany.

Planned activities: The project is ongoing with PV and ELSA B4B system installed at SASMI in Summer 2016.

For further information visit the project website.

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