On Monday 1 April 2019, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a briefing paper on EU support for energy storage.
The ECA reviewed the EU support to the storage of electricity for the grid and vehicles. The auditors analysed public documents and previous audit results, visited energy storage research projects, interviewed the European Commission and consulted stakeholders and experts. They focused on the EU's strategic and legislative frameworks, and EU support to research and innovation in energy storage.
The briefing paper is expected to outline the challenges the EU faces in ensuring its support to energy storage effectively contributes to energy and climate goals. The auditors are expected to highlight specific challenges to the deployment of energy storage technologies and draw attention to the development of EU battery manufacturing capacity.
The energy and transport sectors must increasingly use renewable energies and new technologies to reach the greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and objectives. Integrating variable renewable energy sources into the power grid presents significant challenges. Improved energy storage technologies are needed to support the market uptake of low-carbon vehicles.
EU support for energy storage is based on strategic initiatives such as the European Battery Alliance, support for research and innovation in energy storage technologies, and legislation covering the electricity markets and low-carbon transport.
The briefing paper will be published on the ECA website eca.europa.eu on Monday 1 April 2019 at 15.30 a.m. in English, French and German; other EU languages will be added shortly.
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