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eStorage, a consortium of European stakeholders from the entire electric power value chain, has been awarded a €13.3 million grant by the European Commission (EC) to develop a solution for cost-effective integration of intermittent renewable energy generation.

In addition to Alstom, eStorage includes Elia, EDF, Imperial College, DNV KEMA and Algoé. The cornerstone of the eStorage project will be upgrading EDF's Le Cheylas fixed speed Pumped Storage hydroelectric Plant (PSP) to a variable speed PSP. Once completed, Le Cheylas will provide 70MW of additional night time regulation capability which will allow the integration of several hundred MW of intermittent renewable generation. The consortium will also develop and demonstrate solutions for coupling the dispatch of storage plants with renewable generation using energy and market management systems. This will enable PSPs to maximise their value in the balancing markets. From simulation studies, demonstration results and storage potential analysis, the eStorage consortium will evaluate the system-level benefits of storage and identify development barriers in order to draw recommendations for an efficient market and regulatory framework to maximise the impact of projects.
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