STEPS - STorage of Energy & Power Systems in NWE


Project Summary

STEPS will strengthen the competitiveness of NWE innovative storage providers by using a user-centric, demand-driven approach to bring products closer to market. STEPS will drive down the time energy storage SMEs typically spend on technology demonstration before reaching market maturity from an average of 5 years to 1-2, while maintaining maximum commercial usability. 

Tailored energy
As the NWE is increasingly investing in distributed renewable energies (e.g. roof-mounted solar PV), the need for medium capacity energy storage solutions becomes apparent, with a market potential reaching €250bn by 2025.  Heavily subsidized batteries from the US and Asia outpace EU suppliers through price-competition, and currently supply 80% of the storage market in NWE. Many of these mass-produced solutions are not tailored to the needs of local market segments including, e.g. housing providers, energy cooperatives and business parks. These use cases could benefit from tailored storage technologies, new technologies or adapted business models (e.g.Storage-as-a-Service).

Innovative NWE storage products are currently stuck at TRL5/6 and face significant barriers, ranging from fragmented regulations & funding sources, limited testing abilities and unawareness of final consumers.

STEPS activities
In STEPS, business support and knowledge partners from IE, NL, BE, FR and UK will strengthen the competitiveness of NWE innovative storage providers by using a user-centric, demand-driven approach to bring products closer to market through tailored testing. Specific activities include:
1) Advising >200 e-storage local SMEs on entering new markets in NWE
2) Create market pull effects in NWE for new e-storage solutions by engaging with potential end-users needs and increase awareness of solution providers
3) Implementing a Support Programm that connects end-users with 20 providers of new e-storage solutions to increase their technological readiness level (TRL5/6 to 7) through real-life testing.

 

Expectations
More than 50 future end-user of storage will be trained on using a new tool to model their e-storage need with direct links to a portfolio of 250-300 solution providers from NWE. On the long-term, this will position NWE as a leading storage player, gaining up to the 30% of the market with more than 120 new e-storage solutions commercialised and leading to the generation of >1100 new jobs.


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STEPS Business Support Programme

Project Partners

  • Flux50

    144 Koningsstraat
    Brussels
    1000
    Belgium

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  • National University of Ireland Galway

    The DERI Building IDA Business Park, Lower Dangan
    Galway
    H91 TK33
    Ireland

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  • Provinciale ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost-Vlaanderen

    2 Woodrow Wilsonplein
    Gent
    9000
    Belgium

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  • Universiteit Twente

    5 Drienerlolaan
    Enschede
    7522
    Netherlands

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  • Universiteit Gent

    5 Campus Ufo, Rectoraat, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat
    Gent
    9000
    Belgium

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  • House of Energy e.V.

    12 Universitätsplatz
    Kassel
    34127
    Germany

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  • 3 Counties Energy Agency (3cea)

    Kilkenny Research and Innovation Centre, Burrell Hall
    Kilkenny
    R95 TP64
    Ireland

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  • Cambridge Cleantech

    Future Business Centre, Kings Hedges Rd
    Cambridge
    CB4 2QZ
    United Kingdom

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  • The Faraday Institution

    Quad One, Becquerel Avenue, Harwell Campus
    Didcot
    OX11 0RA
    United Kingdom

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  • Galway Energy Co-operative

    New Line
    Oranmore
    H91 WC8A
    Ireland

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  • Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost-Nederland NV

    1026 P.O. Box
    Apeldoorn
    NL-7301BG
    Netherlands

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Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost-Nederland NV 1026 P.O. Box
Apeldoorn
NL-7301BG
Netherlands
wieteke.meijer@oostnl.nl www.oostnl.nl
Name Contact Name Email Country
Flux50 Frederik Loeckx Frederik.loeckx@flux50.com Belgium
National University of Ireland Galway Niall Ó Brolcháin niall.obrolchain@insight-centre.org Ireland
Provinciale ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost-Vlaanderen Gieles Kinget gieles.kinget@pomov.be Belgium
Universiteit Twente Braham Ferreira j.a.ferreira@utwente.nl Netherlands
Universiteit Gent Jan Desmet JanJ.Desmet@UGent.be Belgium
House of Energy e.V. Christian Engers c.engers@house-of-energy.org Germany
3 Counties Energy Agency (3cea) Paddy Phelan pphelan@3cea.ie Ireland
Cambridge Cleantech Sam Goodall sam.goodall@cambridgecleantech.org.uk United Kingdom
The Faraday Institution Ian Ellerington ian.ellerington@faraday.ac.uk United Kingdom
Galway Energy Co-operative Vincent Carragher vincentcarragher@gmail.com Ireland

A new Business Support Programme for energy storage companies within North-West Europe launched in January 2021. The STorage of Energy and Power Systems (STEPS) Business Support Programme will support small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in bringing their energy storage solutions to the market.

As part of the Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) programme, the STEPS project aims to strengthen the collaboration and competitiveness of businesses in the region and lead NWE to the forefront of energy storage innovation. 

From January 11th the first voucher call in the STEPS business support program is open.

Are you an energy storage solution provider in North-West Europe (NWE) and do you want to bring your product to the market? STEPS can provide support from knowledge partners in NWE and connect you with end-users and demonstrate your technology at their testbed. For more information, please go here.

 

 


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STEPS Business Support Programme

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Accelerating innovative e-storage solutions with the STEPS Business Support Programme

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A new business support programme for energy storage companies within North-West Europe launches next month. The STorage of Energy and Power Systems (STEPS) Business Support Programme will support small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in bringing their energy storage solutions to the market. As part of the Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) programme, the STEPS project aims to strengthen the collaboration and competitiveness of businesses in the region and lead NWE to the forefront of energy storage innovation. Applications for SMEs to receive knowledge and business support will open on 11th January 2021. Read More


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