Alstom, Siemens and utilities among founder members of new energy storage association

World-leading OEMs have joined forces with Europe's largest utilities to promote energy storage at a European level. Image courtesy Saft

The world’s largest power equipment OEMs and Europe’s leading utilities have joined forces to establish the Brussels-based European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE).

EASE is focused on acting as a coherent voice to promote the role of energy storage as key enabling technologies for Europe’s transition towards a sustainable, flexible and stable energy system. The 13 founding members of EASE are Alstom, DONG Energy, EDF, EnBW, Enel, E.ON, GDF Suez, Hitachi Power Europe, KEMA, RISØ DTU, RWE, Saft and Siemens.

In a statement the new association said: “EASE will act as a sound and visible advocate of energy storage in Europe. Its main aims are to achieve to stimulate the development of innovative energy storage technologies and applications through building a platform for the sharing and dissemination of knowledge and information and coordinating national activities.”

The creation of EASE results from the European Commission’s Energy Storage Task Force launched in 2009.  The founding members have designed EASE as complementary to existing European Industrial Initiatives (EIIs) in the frame of SET-Plan and to some public private partnerships (PPPs). The SET-Plan covers a number of relevant areas including wind, solar, Smart Grids, electric vehicles, Smart Cities and the built environment.

EASE represents all European participants active in the energy storage arena and will also cooperate with other national and international energy storage organizations, including ESA (Electricity Storage Association) in the USA.

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