i-STENTORE: innovation for energy storage

I-STENTORE: innovative energy storage technologies
Fernando Rubio, Smart Energy Engineer en Cuerva
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i-STENTORE: innovative Storage Technologies on ENergy TOwards Renewables and Energy efficiency

DatesJanuary 2023 - December 2025
Project's websiteAvailable soon
LeaderEuropean Dynamics Luxembourg SA
Reference101096787
Financing entity

i-Stentore has received funding from the European Union's Horizon Europe research and innovation program under grant agreement no 101096787.

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Context

i-STENTORE will examine the integration of various storage solutions and their hybridization through digital solutions. Innovative storage systems will be showcased and their co-operation with the integrated assets will be co-optimized, placing the reliability, the power quality, the cost efficient operation and the maximization of the assets’ lifetime as end-goals.

iSTENTORE will introduce an umbrella framework aiming to showcase stand-alone and hybrid storage solutions highlighting the multi-purpose use of storage, not only as an energy buffer, but also as an active grid component capable of providing services and contributing to grid resilience, stability and efficient operation.

Objetives

i-STENTORE will examine the integration of diverse storage solutions and their combinations.

The proposed i-STENTORE framework will examine the applicability of versatile storage solutions in various applications covering the mobility, agricultural, industry, household, heating and other sectors, and in different timeframes, creating what-if scenarios for the selection of the optimal storage solutions to serve each individual application in the most effective way, promoting purpose-specific Hybrid Energy Storage Systems (HESS).

To achieve this and to ensure a seamless integration in a technology-agnostic and interoperable manner, iSTENTORE will design a Reference Architecture towards an open and flexible storage enabling European energy system leveraging storage-induced flexibility and facilitating the increased integration of renewable energy sources (RES).

i-STENTORE will embrace the introduction of novel business models, towards building positive and attractive business cases for storage, identifying new revenue streams for storage operators, and promoting storage systems as a facilitator of the energy transition. This approach will develop and validate the enhanced connectivity of multiple systems at different levels of the energy value chain, incorporating both front-of-the-meter and behind-the-meter solutions, targeting the essential empowerment of new actors and the strategic shift of the role of storage.

Cuerva's role

Cuerva's role as a distributor (DSO) and partner of the consortium, is to act as a Spanish demonstrator for the i-STENTORE project, implementing a Virtual Energy Storage System (VESS) in Escúzar's  (Granada) network consisting of two energy storage systems and a hydroelectric plant. The network infrastructure's will be made available to coordinate said systems with various renewable generation plants located in its vicinity and to provide auxiliary and flexibility services to its network.

About the author

Fernando Rubio, Smart Energy Engineer en Cuerva
Fernando Rubio joined Cuerva to work in the technical and management part of the national and international R+D+i projects, focused on Smart Energy and Smart Grids. He studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Malaga and has a postgraduate degree in Home Automation, Energy Efficiency and Technical Building Management. Before joining Cuerva, he has developed his professional career in the renewable energy sector, especially in photovoltaic, wind power and its integration into SCADA control and management systems.
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