Article about the LIFE ZAESS project published in Solar News magazine

The article “Proyecto LIFE ZAESS – Demostración de una batería de flujo Zinc-Aire para el almacenamiento de energía renovable” was published in the 58th number of Solar News magazine, corresponding to May-June. Along the article, the key facts of the zinc-air battery technology are explained, as well as the possibility of scaling this solution for the bulk storage of energy produced by renewables, and the possible applications for the grid.

Solar News is a magazine specialised in solar energy, both thermal and photovoltaic.ón-digital/

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TR participates in the IV Smart Grids Workshop 2015

The IV Smart Grids Workshop 2015 was held on July 7 at the facilities of IMDEA Energy Institute in Madrid under the title “Energy Storage in the Smart Grids”. After visiting the institute laboratories, participants discussed in roundtables different aspects of energy storage in power grids.
The topics discussed included the commercial maturity of current technologies, business models and R&D challenges. Técnicas Reunidas attended the workshop and took the opportunity to disseminate the LIFE ZAESS project, which aims to demonstrate rechargeable zinc-air flow battery technology.

The conclusions of the workshop will help shape the agenda of the III Smart Grids Conference to be held in 2016.

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Demonstration of a low cost and environmentally friendly zinc air energy storage system for renewable energy integration

• The most important result of the project will be the techno-economic validation of Zinc-Air technology for grid-scale renewable energy storage and associated reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
• The project partners are Técnicas Reunidas, as the coordinator, and CENER.

LIFE ZAESS project, of 40 months duration, is coordinated by the Proprietary Technology Division of Técnicas Reunidas, with the collaboration of the Grid Integration Department of CENER (National Renewable Energy Centre). The project, with a budget of 1,175,000 €, is partly financed by EU’s LIFE programme.

The burning of fossil fuels to supply electricity is one of the greatest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Increasing the share of clean, renewable sources in the energy mix is a clear European priority. However, two of the major sources of renewable energy – wind and solar – are intermittent by nature and integration in very large quantities requires some means of energy storage to prevent energy curtailments and to guarantee system stability. Thus, the LIFE ZAESS project aims to demonstrate an energy storage technology for increasing the share of intermittent renewable energies in the European energy mix and reducing CO2 emissions thereby.

The most important result of the project will be the techno-economic validation of Zinc-Air technology, developed by Técnicas Reunidas, for grid-scale renewable energy storage and associated reductions in GHG emissions. Facing to overcome those existing technical barriers, Técnicas Reunidas will design and install a demonstrative pilot plant to operate for a 12 month period at the premises of its Technological Center José Lladó located in Madrid, along with the recording of all the necessary data for its analysis.

CENER will carry out a complete environmental impact assessment along the whole life cycle of a MW scale zinc-air energy storage plant, including detailed environmental and carbon footprint analysis. Additionally, CENER will study the legal and regulatory aspects conditioning the development of renewable energy storage across Europe, as well as the incentives for a large scale use of these systems in the European electricity market.

It is also foreseen the dissemination of the results of the project to all the interested entities, such as regulators, system operators, utilities and in general all the stakeholders of the electric sector, like companies, academia and technological centers. For this, in the framework of the LIFE ZAESS project, the partners will develop a project website, but also technical seminars and workshops will be scheduled and technical articles and presentations will be delivered in different conferences, detailing the main outcomes of the project.

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Environment and Climate: European Commission provides €282.6 million for 225 new environment and climate projects.

The European Commission has today approved funding for 225 new projects under the LIFE+ programme, the European Union’s environment fund. The projects selected were submitted by beneficiaries in all 28 Member States and cover actions in the fields of nature conservation, climate change, environmental policy and information and communication on environmental issues across the EU. Overall, they represent a total investment of some €589.3 million, of which the EU will provide €282.6 million.

Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “In the final year of the current programming period, the LIFE+ programme once again demonstrates its ability to deliver essential financial support for environmental and nature conservation projects with significant added value for the EU. These latest projects will make a vital contribution to the preservation, conservation and enhancement of Europe’s natural capital, as well as helping to achieve sustainable growth through investment in a low carbon and resource efficient economy. The widely acknowledged success of LIFE+ and its projects has ensured the recent adoption of a new LIFE Regulation for Environment and Climate Action, with an increased budget, for the period 2014-2020

Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard said: “I am happy to see so many innovative projects also this year. And to make them happen, we will contribute with more than €41.2 million, with a total budget of €109.4 million. An ever rising share of LIFE projects is contributing to climate action. And we want to improve this even more: The new LIFE programme from 2014 to 2020 will foresee over 850 million Euros dedicated to climate action. This will roughly triple the amount which is spent on climate action.

The Commission received 1 468 applications in response to its latest call for proposals, which closed in June 2013. Of these, 225 were selected for co-funding through the programme’s three components: LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity, LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance and LIFE+ Information and Communication.

LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance.

Source: European Commission press release

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