Energy storage has been part of the energy system for decades, but it is with the emergence of new storage technologies and the need to integrate more renewable energy sources into the power system that the sector is faced with new challenges – and opportunities. Research and technological development and innovation are needed to anticipate future trends and to enable the wider application of energy storage technologies. Scientists at the JRC are determined to support these developments to facilitate the transition towards a low-carbon energy system.
The share of renewable energy in the European electricity sector is expected to increase from 27% today to close to 50% in 2030. Large quantities of renewable energy of fluctuating and intermittent nature – like wind and solar power – will need to be produced if Europe is to reach its energy and climate commitments. Energy storage presents one of the solutions to managing the excess energy, making it possible to store electricity during low electricity.
Energy Storage Laboratories
Battery Energy Storage Testing for Safe Electric Transport
The Battery Testing Laboratory features state-of-the-art equipped facilities for analysing performance of battery materials and cells.
Fuel Cells And Electrolyser Testing Facilities
We support technology assessment and progress monitoring as well as developments in harmonisation and standardisation through the validation of testing protocols, test procedures and measurement methods for the performance assessment of fuel cells and electrolysers.
High Pressure Gas Testing Facility
The JRC's High Pressure Gas Testing Facility carries out research and testing on high pressure vehicle tanks for hydrogen (H2) or natural gas (CH4).