WG Energy

Renewable power generation
Fuel Cell prototype
Home wall lithium batteries for energy storage
Hydrogen energy vector
Distributed generation approach



Distributed energy generation using renewable power sources and energy storage technologies are of significant importance for the future energy system. Energy storage is considered the key technology in transitioning the global energy economy away from fossil fuels to renewables. An efficient storage is necessary to increase the use of renewables and can contribute to reduce the carbon footprint of the electricity grid. Energy storage technologies can overcome the temporal mismatch between energy supply and demand and avoid that excess of renewable energy is curtailed by the grid operators. In general, the storage technologies contribute to improving the overall efficiency of the energy system.  However, in order to effect this transition in applications such as distributed generation, electric power grid and  transportation, leading energy storage technologies must be economically competitive, reduce the use of critical raw materials and achieve substantial increases in both efficiency and  longevity relative to today’s performance. The mission of the Foresight WG “Energy Storage” is to address  the challenges of the energy storage sector and related environmental  issues in particular  the identification and setting of priorities for the topics of future research programmes.


An explorative workshop on “Next Generation Energy Storage Technologies: Challenges and Opportunities” was held in Taormina (Italy), on 2nd and 3rd of December 2015.
The scope of the workshop was the identification and setting of priorities for the topics of future research programmes by involving scientists and experts from academia, policy makers and industry representative to identify appropriate research directions for energy storage technologies.  
The results of the explorative workshop are summarised in a Background Document that includes recommendations for promoting breakthrough research with long-term objectives. Among the research areas that need to be prioritised, specific efforts should be addressed to smart functional materials which combine properties of energy conversion and storage on a micro scale as key enablers to drive the transformation of the energy system. Other important areas regard renewable fuels, CO2 valorisation and management and decarbonisation of the energy system.

WG COORDINATOR: Antonino Salvatore Aricò
E-Mail: antoninosalvatore.arico@cnr.it
TEL: +39 090 624237