East Netherlands


What : Event energy storage and management solutions
When : Wednesday 9 th October, 9.00-13.30
Where : Dutch Permanent Representation, Brussels

During the European Week of Regions and Cities, the East Netherlands Region is organising an event on Energy storage and management solution. The event will take place on Wednesday 9 October in the Dutch Permanent Representation.

Energy storage will play an increasingly important role in the transformation to a fully sustainable and clean supply of energy. This seminar intends to bring together regional and national stakeholders and EU officials to share views, policy and innovations with regard to energy storage and management.

Background information

European Industry

In light of the preparation of the New Strategic Agenda of the EU the new European Commission will publish an outlook on European Industry in 2030 by the end of 2019. Part of the European Industry Policy are the European Strategic Value Chains of which two are Batteries and Hydrogen.

The EU has adopted legislation designed to facilitate the participation of storage in the electricity markets and is supporting the development of battery and hydrogen production through research and industrial policy.

The new rules for the EU electricity market, adopted in March 2019, facilitate the integration of storage within the electricity system. The Electricity Directive gives customers the right to participate in the electricity market. Customers that own storage facilities can buy and sell electricity from the grid and offer services such as flexible demand and frequency control. The Electricity Regulation sets out the market design, which puts storage on an equal footing with generation and demand response. It restricts the ownership and operation of storage facilities to transmission and distribution system operators. The European Parliament supported the reform of the electricity market on a technology-neutral basis, in order to facilitate the integration of renewables, storage and demand response.

Recently adopted EU legislation (CO2 emission standards for cars and vans and for heavy-duty vehicles and public procurement of clean vehicles) is expected to boost the share of battery-electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles. The revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) extends guarantees of origin to renewable gases and counts ‘renewable liquid and gaseous transport fuels of non-biological-origin’ towardsfulfilling the 14 % renewable energy target for the transport sector.

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Strategic Value Chain Batteries 

In the field of industrial policy, the European Commission launched the European Battery Alliance in October 2017. The strategic action plan on batteries, published by the European Commission in May 2018 as part of the ‘Europe on the move’ package, is geared towards creating a competitive and sustainable battery manufacturing industry in Europe. The European Technology and Innovation Platform on Batteries was launched in February 2019. In April 2019, the Commission published a report on the implementation of the strategic action plan on batteries and an evaluation of the Batteries Directive.

In April 2019 the European Court of Auditors published a briefing paperon EU support for energy storage. With regard to battery manufacturing, it warns that the EU is behind its competitors and may not achieve its strategic objectives for clean energy under the current strategic framework. It identifies seven main challenges: a coherent EU strategy, stakeholder support, complexity of EU research funding, support for research and innovation in energy storage, deployment of energy storage technologies, obstacles facing investors, and alternative fuel infrastructures.

In June 2019, the Commission launched a public consultation on EU requirements for sustainable batteries.

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Strategic Value Chain Hydrogen

An action plan for hydrogen is under construction. For more information, see also:

The focus of the seminar will be on:

1 : mobility-related solutions;
2 : hydrogen;
3 : batteries;

Energy Storage and Management Solutions – 9th October 2019

9:00 - 9:30 Registration
1) Plenary opening session
09:30 - 10:30 Welcome by a representative of the Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of The Netherlands to the European Union.

Introduction of the East Netherlands Region by Mr Jan van Dellen, vice mayor of the City of Arnhem

Speech by :
  • Mr Mark van Stiphout, Deputy Head of Unit, New energy technologies, innovation and clean coal, DG ENER, European Commission
  • Mr Tom Berendsen, MEP, member of the ITRE Committee (tbc)
  • Ms Els Sweeney-Bindels, European Investment Bank.
10:30 - 11:00 Question and answer session with the participants
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
2) Parallel working group sessions
11:30 - 12:30

Mobile energy solutions
Pitches by energy storage companies from East Netherlands:

Allego : charging infrastructure for electric vehicles
Hedgehog : generating energy from breaks in trains
BCTN : batteries and infrastructure for zero emission electric and/or hydrogen ships
Other participants : European Commission representatives, European Investment Bank, Polis network, Innoenergy
11:30 - 12:30

Pitches by energy storage companies from East Netherlands:

MTSA : making green hydrogen from windpower
Release consortium : Engineering Agency Witteveen & Bos and Saxion University of Applied Sciences
Other participants : European Commission representatives, European Investment Bank, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, Hyer network
11:30 - 12:30

Pitches by energy storage companies from East Netherlands:

Bredenoord (Big battery box)
Other participants : European Commission representatives, European
Investment Bank, European Association for Storage of Energy (tbc)
12:30 - 13:00
3) Report back and plenary discussion
13:30 - 13:30 Network lunch

Energy Storage & Management Solutions
(free seminar and network lunch) at Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU

Kortenberglaan 4, 1040, Brussel (Belgium)

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