The European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) located in Brussels, Belgium, is the leading member-supported association representing organisations active across the entire energy storage value chain. EASE supports the deployment of energy storage to support the cost-effective transition to a resilient, climate-neutral, and secure energy system.
EASE was established in 2011 and currently represents almost 50 members including utilities, technology suppliers, research institutes, distribution system operators, and transmission system operators. Together, EASE members have significant expertise across all major storage technologies and applications. This allows us to generate new ideas and policy recommendations that are essential to build a regulatory framework that is supportive of storage.
- Stimulate the development and deployment of innovative & cost-effective energy storage technologies
- Promote a fair and future oriented energy market design that recognises storage as an indispensable element of the energy system
- Establish a platform for information-sharing on energy storage technologies and applications
Our mission is to support the development and deployment of innovative storage technologies, to advocate for a fair and future-oriented market design that creates a level playing field for energy storage, and to facilitate information-sharing on energy storage technologies and applications.
EASE is technology neutral and supports all storage technologies, as a range of solutions will be needed to provide flexibility at different timescales across the energy system.
Why Energy Storage?
Energy storage is an essential enabler of the energy transition. In the past decades, Europe has shifted from an energy system dominated by centralised fossil fuel generation that can be dispatched to match energy consumption at all times, to a system with more and more renewables. Energy storage supports Europe in this transition.
Operating in a system with an increasing share of renewables
Energy storage technologies allow us to store excess energy and discharge it when there is too little generation or too much demand. They provide flexibility at different time-scales – seconds/minutes, hours, weeks and even months.
Storage can help consumers increase self-consumption of solar electricity, or to generate value by providing flexibility to the system.
Industrial consumers can install storage to reduce consumption peaks, and to provide back-up power if there is a black-out. In addition, storage at any level can offer system services, safeguarding the secure and efficient operation of the electricity system.
Storage can help defer costly investments in transmission and distribution infrastructure, extending the lifetime of existing assets and helping grids function more efficiently.
Energy storage deployment could facilitate the electrification heating, and cooling sectors and support the roll-out of very fast charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, particularly in areas with weak grids.