Storage and Cross-linked Infrastructures (SCI)

EERA - European Energy Research Alliance

The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) is the largest energy research community in Europe. Organised in 17 Joint Research Programmes, EERA coordinates energy research to achieving more efficient and cheaper low carbon energy technologies.

The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) is an alliance of European public research centres and universities. It is one of the cornerstones of the European Integrated Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan).

EERA brings together around 250 research centres and universities across 30 countries. Actively working together in 17 joint research programmes (the EERA Joint Programmes), they build on national research initiatives and work on shared priorities and research projects. The EERA Joint Programmes are aligned with the priorities for low carbon technologies defined in the EU SET-Plan.

EERA works together with industry stakeholders to coordinate research and innovation priorities. This collaboration aims to foster world-class technology and innovation in Europe’s energy sector, and to reduce the time-to-market for technologies.

The EERA Joint Programmes are important points of contact for collaboration outside Europe. EERA members regularly represent the European scientific community globally, collaborating with international partners worldwide.

EERA has fostered the creation of national energy research alliances in many countries, including the UK, The Netherlands, Spain and Belgium. These national alliances help coordinating activities at national level and within EERA.

EASE - European Association for Storage of Energy

EASE actively supports the deployment of energy storage as an indispensable instrument in order to improve the flexibility of and to deliver services to the energy system with respect to EU energy and climate policy.

The European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) is the voice of the energy storage community, actively promoting the use of energy storage in Europe and worldwide.

EASE actively supports the deployment of energy storage as an indispensable instrument within the framework of the European energy and climate policy to deliver services to, and improve the flexibility of, the European energy system.

EASE seeks to build a European platform for sharing and disseminating energy storage-related information.
EASE supports the transition towards a sustainable, flexible and stable energy system in Europe.

ESIG - Energy Systems Integration Group


The Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG), previously known as the Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG), was established in 1989 to provide a forum for the critical analysis of wind for utility applications.  Initially focused on wind power, UWIG expanded its focus to include solar power and distributed generation and become known as the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group in 2011. In 2018, driven by the economics and growth of renewable energy and the interdependent nature of the global energy industry, the association expanded its focus beyond the electricity system of today. These expanding perspectives around energy, and the growing need for coordination across the ways that we produce, convert, deliver and use energy, are the reasons we have become the Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG). This new positioning fulfills ESIG’s commitment to create a vibrant, compelling, and sustainable professional association that provides our members with the timely sharing and distribution of  information, research, analysis, operations knowledge and peer-to-peer networking required by the changing global energy industry and the future industry landscape.  ESIG does this by providing:

  •     Collaborative thought leadership at the forefront of energy systems integration and operations.
  •     Technically-grounded information and education without lobbying, selling or advocating.
  •     Timely review and distribution of research on emerging technologies and practices.
  •     Solutions that maximize asset utilization and optimize profits.


DERlab - European Distributed Energy Resources Laboratories


DERlab is an association of leading laboratories and research institutes in the field of distributed energy resources equipment and systems.

The association develops joint requirements and quality criteria for the connection and operation of distributed energy resources (DER) and strongly supports the consistent development of DER technologies.

DERlab offers testing and consulting services for distributed generation (DG) to support the transition towards more decentralised power systems.



The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Ulm University (UUlm) and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) Baden-Württemberg aim at widening and strengthening their collaboration in the area of Electrochemical Energy Storage. The three institutions will co-operate on interdisciplinary research & development in this field ranging from basic research to technical applications and on the qualification of students. Founded on Jan 1, 2018, the Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage Ulm-Karlsruhe (CELEST) will plan, prepare and organize new joint endeavors in research, teaching, development and technology transfer. CELEST shall act as a platform to improve communication, and to co-ordinate and further develop joint activities with other universities and research institutions as well as the industry, at home and abroad.
The three research areas of CELEST are

  • Lithium-ion batteries
  • Post-lithium batteries
  • Alternative electrochemical storage and conversion devices