Bridge was established in November 2015 as a cooperation group for all LCE Smart-Grid and Storage projects funded under Horizon 2020. It is composed of four Working Groups: Business Models, Consumer Engagement, Data Management and Regulation. The coordination team consists of the chairs and rapporteurs of these four working groups. Bridge meetings take place every six months. The aim of Bridge is to share knowledge, experience and best practice, and to enable projects to speak to the European Commission with one voice. Participation in Bridge increases the profile of projects and provides additional dissemination opportunities. Since 2016 Bridge has grown from 17 projects, involving 242 individual organisations in 23 countries, to 29 projects involving 332 organisations in 29 countries (five outside of the EU). The total EC contribution to all Bridge projects is €237 million.

 

The CryoHub project participates in most of the Bridge Working Groups. Several CryoHub representatives attended the recent Bridge WG Meetings held at DG Energy in Brussels on 17-18 January 2017. In particular, Dr. Jonathan Radcliffe (University of Birmingham, UK, leader of the CryoHub ‘policy’ Work Package) took part in the Bridge Regulations WG Meeting, while Prof. Kostadin Fikiin (Technical University Sofia, Bulgaria, leader of the CryoHub ‘energy mapping’ Work Package) attended the Customer Engagement WG Meeting. Both of them delivered short presentations on the CryoHub project, its objectives and challenges faced. The aims of the Regulations WG are to:

(i) identify the main current regulation issues hampering innovative projects’ use cases and suggest future regulations to facilitate their deployment; and

(ii) elaborate a set of experience-based recommendations for regulatory issues with regards to the efficient integration of Storage and Smart Grids in Europe.

 

Simultaneously, the Customer Engagement WG aims to:

(i) deliver a ‘White Book’ as a structured review over customer engagement;

(ii) identify and discuss best practice;

(iii) deliver key messages to policy makers;

(iv) raise awareness about critical issues and possible consequences of not addressing them; and (v) disseminate findings to different audiences via workshops.

 

Kostadin Fikiin highlighted the Customer Engagement issues faced within the CryoHub project, originating from the strong conservatism in the food refrigeration sector and initial reluctance of many cold chain operators to play a new role of active actors on the energy market. In that context, CryoHub expects to (i) learn from the experience of other projects and organisations across Europe; and (ii) develop common strategies to prepare and engage EU costumers and stakeholders for uptake of energy storage innovations, with a focus on Cryogenic Energy Storage. Furthermore, J. Radcliffe was asked to act as a rapporteur for his WG, as it plays a key role in the Commission's “Clean Energy for All Europeans” proposal. A number of the proposed measures relate directly to how energy storage could be treated in energy markets, and the role for innovation as part of the transition to a low-carbon economy. Lessons learnt from H2020 projects will inform the public opinion as the package is currently considered by the EU Parliament and Member States.

 

To find out more about Bridge activity see http://horizon2020-story.eu/bridge/ 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 691761.

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