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RWE AG is founding member of the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE)

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- Alliance of prominent energy-industry companies

- Energy storage to be established as key theme for the future

- RWE helping to develop storage technologies

The integration of renewable energies into the grid will be one of the central challenges faced in the next five to ten years. RWE AG has now joined forces with twelve other European energy and research enterprises to form the new European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE). The goal is to promote the development and deployment of the energy storage required by the future energy system. For this purpose, EASE will address the technical, economic and regulatory issues surrounding energy storage and act as a platform for knowledge exchange amongst the relevant European initiatives on electricity generation, grids and energy use. The founding members of EASE are, in addition to RWE: Alstom, DONG Energy, EDF, EnBW, Enel, E.ON, GDF SUEZ, HITACHI Power Europe, KEMA, RISØ, Saft and Siemens.

Targeted research and development work, as well as testing storage technologies in practice, are the main focuses in this field, with corresponding funding programmes on the EU level to be aligned along these themes. Bernard Delpech has been appointed founding president of EASE by the French energy group EDF. The Brussels-based organisation officially took up its work on 27 September.

"RWE is one of the leading companies in Germany when it comes to the practical development of energy storage. We would therefore like to bring our experiences to bear in working with EASE to develop potential uses for energy storage technology on the European level. The exchange of experience in the area of grid integration will allow us to achieve further progress in this field", explained Friedrich Schulte, Senior Manager Technologies for RWE Corporate Research and Development. The spectrum of RWE activities in this area ranges from operating modern pumped storage hydropower plants, to innovative projects such as eco-friendly heating elements, all the way to new technologies for heat and compressed-air storage. Research is also being conducted on using electric cars to store energy that can then be fed into the supply grid.

Due to the increasing feed-in of strongly fluctuating wind and solar energy, the electricity grids are reaching the limits of their capacity. In future we will have to steer energy generation, transport and consumption efficiently, systematically integrating storage options into the system. This is the only way for a large proportion of electricity from regenerative sources to be incorporated safely into the energy system. EASE will take on a coordinating role, helping Europe to achieve this goal by exploiting available storage options. Member companies and European interest groups will now have a platform for knowledge transfer at their disposal and can hence harness synergy potentials more quickly.

RWE Research and Development is taking responsibility for energy storage:

Friedrich Schulte has assumed the role of Director of Technology on the board of the new association. Dr. Erik Hauptmeier was in turn chosen as chair of the EASE Committee on Technology and Strategy, commenting: "Energy storage can fulfil versatile functions in the energy system. I am pleased to see RWE making a lasting contribution to developing the potential of this technology in Europe."