Project Title

Research on Energy Storage Technologies to Build Sustainable Energy Systems in the APEC Region 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

EWG 04 2016A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

EWG 04 2016A 

Project Title

Research on Energy Storage Technologies to Build Sustainable Energy Systems in the APEC Region 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Energy Efficiency 

Project Year

2016 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

142,000 

Co-funding Amount

136,750 

Total Project Value

278,750 

Sponsoring Forum

Energy Working Group (EWG) 

Topics

Energy 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

China 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Japan; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/07/2016 

Expected Completion Date

30/06/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Zhang Jing 

Job Title 1

General Secretary/Research Director 

Organization 1

China Energy Storage Alliance 

Postal Address 1

2610, Tower A, No.6 Jianhua’nan Rd, Chaoyang District, Beijing China, 100022 

Telephone 1

86-10 65667066 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

jing.zhang@cnesa.org 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Zhang Jing 

Project Summary

This project seeks to demonstrate how energy storage technology can be used in APEC economies to build sustainable energy systems, address energy insecurity, and improve the integration of renewable energy sources.

Through desk research, interviews, site visits, and stakeholder input from a workshop scheduled for July 2016 to June 2017 in Beijing, the project will result in a final report describing suitable technology solutions, outlining business models, and drafting policy recommendations.

The project aims to inform stakeholders about the potential benefits of energy storage, and facilitate connections between policymakers, industry leaders, and researchers to promote understanding and deployment of energy storage systems that provide energy resilience and sustainable development in the APEC region.

Relevance

As more and more demonstration projects are developed all over the globe, the realizable capabilities of energy storage are gradually becoming clearer. The functionality and effects of energy storage are also becoming recognized to energy industry. Energy storage are key supporting technologies in application scenarios like frequency regulation, distributed generation and micro-grid, renewable energy integration, demand response etc. Energy storage has been proven to improve energy resilience and support sustainable energy development by providing services to ensure grid stability, by facilitating local energy self-supply, and by increasing the share of renewables in the energy mix.

In the 2015 APEC Energy Ministerial meeting, APEC energy leaders reaffirmed the importance of energy resilience and of reducing aggregate energy intensity. Energy storage will play more important role in building sustainable energy systems in the APEC region.

This project seeks to produce research and policy recommendations that enable APEC member economies to learn about the value of energy storage, and encourage them to use energy storage technologies to build sustainable and efficient energy systems, and help them to overcome the difficulties remain before energy storage can truly be considered commercialized. It has the added benefits of supporting innovation, human capacity, cooperation, and trade in energy technologies.

This project will fall under Rank 2 – Sustainable Growth, Innovative Growth, Secure Growth. Energy storage technologies have been found to be crucial to the improvement of energy resiliency. By integrating energy storage into their energy structures, member economies can build more secure and more stable energy systems, promote the commercialization of leading technologies, and transition to energy systems that reduce urban pollutants that harm human health and cause climate change.

Objectives

The proposed research project will deliver key findings and recommendations regarding the utilization of energy storage in building sustainable energy systems in the APEC region, and the key objectives include:

1) To outline the essential research results involving energy storage technologies, applications, policies, business models and case studies. The project will indicate the key value of energy storage to regional energy security and economic growth.

2) To run a workshop to share the research results and experiences and to enhance understanding the value and prospect of energy storage in building sustainable energy systems in the APEC region.

3) To strengthen industry exchange and bring a higher level of attention to the value of energy storage as well as accelerate the development of industrial policies and jointly promote the application of energy storage to build sustainable energy systems in the APEC region.

Alignment

At the 2015 APEC Energy Ministerial Meeting in Cebu, the energy ministers of the APEC member economies urged the EWG to consider the use of “energy storage as an adaptive mitigating response to disasters.” The Ministers also recognized that “significant potential exists to provide energy access to rural communities through the up-take of micro grids, energy storage and their integration with renewable energy resources.” This project will produce systematic research on energy storage and its value in building sustainable energy systems which will help address energy insecurity and support renewable energy integration in APEC communities. 

The project supports the EWG Strategic Plan for 2014-2018 by helping the EWG achieve key objectives, including: 1) to “facilitate improved reliability and stability in the provision of clean energy supply to meet demand,” by undertaking “work on the integration of renewables into the grid and grid-related energy storage,” and; 2) by engaging “in clean energy technology assessment and related activities to demonstrate the cost effectiveness of clean energy applications.”

TILF/ASF Justification

The project will have explicit linkage to the needs of capacity building in developing economy members. This will be achieved through:

1) Engaging APEC developing economies in research and workshop.   APEC developing economies, such as Indonesia, Thailand will be invited to the workshop to exchange their project experience, be shared with final report, and be connected with the expert network.

2) Sharing sustainable information and expertise resources for developing APEC economies.  Energy storage market dynamics and industry research findings will be continuously shared through the identified resources, such as professional journals, expert network, and workshop.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs:  

1) Workshop: A workshop will be held between March 2017 and May 2017. A wide range of experts, officials and professionals will be invited to attend the workshop, including energy related officials from APEC and non-APEC economies (e.g. Japan, China, Chinese Taipei, Australia, United States etc); power and grid companies (e.g, State Grid, China Southern Power Grid, China Huaneng, China Guodian); energy storage technology companies (e.g. BYD, CATL, RONGKE Power, NGK, Yinlong Energy, Sumsang SDI, LG Chem, etc); system integrators (e.g. ABB, RayPower, SiFang Automation, Hanergy Holding Group, Sungrow Power, etc); investors and financiers (e.g. banks, institutional investors); research institutes (e.g. ARENA, CAS-IET, CESA, NEDO).

·  The workshop will bring together experts in the energy storage field from across the APEC region for experience exchange, information sharing and information collection. Participants from APEC economies will learn about the current status of energy storage technologies and market, get insight of the value of energy storage to build sustainable energy system, and evaluate the potential of energy storage applications.

·  The final research report will be released, key research finding and recommendation will be presented, and advices from experts will be collected for improvement. In order to enlarge the influence of the proposed APEC project, this workshop will be undertaken as a sub-forum of Energy Storage China, a big event of energy storage industry in China.

2) Research Report: A final research report will be finished before June 2017 and distributed to APEC economies.

The energy storage industry is in the process of making progress in technologies, markets and policies. Worldwide, electric power companies, high-tech companies, governments and electricity customers are beginning to pay attention to the potential of electrical energy storage technology in the power system. In this type of situation, the research report is intended to provide accurate information and objective analysis for APEC economies about the technologies, applications and market opportunities of energy storage in the APEC region.

Information and one-hand data collected from expert interviews and site visits will be summarized and displayed, opinions and suggestions fed back from the workshop will be embodied in the final report. A systematic policy study from the perspectives of electricity system and the development of energy storage industry will be included, in the hope of making a modest contribution in promoting energy storage industry policy and market environment design.

Overall, in the research report, we look at the current industrial layout from an energy storage technology perspective, share our research results promoting unceasing technological and systemic transformation and reflect the value and potential of energy storage technologies to build sustainable energy systems in the APEC region. 

Outcomes:  

1) Participants apply workshop knowledge to their jobs: A wide range of experts, energy related officials, entrepreneur and technician of energy storage industry will be invited to attend the workshop from APEC and non-APEC economies. In the open exchange platform created by the workshop, energy storage companies have access to get first-hand information about the current market situation, share project experience and find opportunities for further cooperation. The workshop will help utilities and power users to increase knowledge about energy storage, promote their plan of energy storage projects and deepen their connection with energy storage companies. The brainstorm of participants and the views from the workshop are expected to create new development opportunities for energy storage. As to policy makers, they can collect good recommendation involving triggering a modernization of the electric transmission and distribution system (especially for grid-connected wind and solar energy systems) and an overall boom in energy technology innovation.

2) Research report used as basis for policy recommendations: Energy storage applications focusing on smart grid, grid integration of renewable energy, distributed generation and micro grids, rural grid improvement, electric vehicles, and other areas, will guarantee energy security in the APEC region and will offer the prospects of greatly increased flexibility, reliability and efficiency in the delivery of power to consumers. As storage technology evolves and costs decline, the potential for storage technology in the APEC region is massive. The key points and main finding of the proposed research will be taken as the basis for policy recommendations to APEC economies.

The policy recommendations embodied in the research report will bring certain opportunities for energy storage by calling for strategic planning, scientific and technological innovation, demonstration projects, international cooperation, effective regulations to support the uptake of energy storage technologies and unlocking the full value of storage. Considering the importance of market environment, the practical implementation of the electricity industry's concrete duties and their influence to energy storage will also be analysed, which involve the grid modernization, developing distributed renewable energy, solving the unelectrified population problem, electric tariff structure, and others. 

Beneficiaries: The direct participants and beneficiaries will be government organizations, renewable energy and energy storage industries, research institutions and universities from APEC economies.

·  Government organizations: The project will provide first-hand data, case studies, in-depth industry analysis and policy recommendations to government organizations of APEC economies,such as National Energy Administration, National Development and Reform Commission, State Electricity Regulatory Commission, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, Ministry Of Economy Trade And Industry etc. Government organizations will get a systematic understanding of energy storage and its value in building sustainable energy systems, and can exchange experiences from other APEC economies to develop policy actions to improve energy resilience.

·  Renewable energy and energy storage industries:  Wind power (e.g. GAMESA,GE,Goldwind etc.) and solar PV manufacturers (Yingli Solar, Trina Solar etc), energy storage providers (BYD, CATL, RONGKE Power, NGK) and distributed generation systems integrators (e.g. ABB, RayPower, SiFang Automation etc.) will be invited to attend workshop to share technical knowledge, learn about conditions in potential APEC markets, and receive valuable information for the planning and management of energy storage demonstration projects. They will have accesses to the final research results and the APEC energy storage expert networks.

Research institutions and universities: Operational data from energy storage demonstration projects and final report results will be shared with academic and researchers from research institutions and universities,like ARENA, CAS-IET, CESA, The National Development and Reform Commission Energy Research Institute, Tsinghua University, North China Electric Power University etc. The workshop is a good opportunity for academics to share their research findings with experts from the APEC region, to provide insight for advancing the launch of energy storage related policies, and to lay foundation for further studies of energy storage technologies and economics in the APEC region.

Dissemination

1) The target audience: The target audience of the proposed project includes government officials, researchers, energy storage technology companies and system integrators, energy enterprises, electricity users, and investors and financiers, who are involved the business cycle of energy storage in the APEC region.

2) The channels of dissemination: To benefit all stakeholders and maximize the influence of the project, we will apply various communication tools and media to effectively communicate the project’s outcomes and achievements.

·  Outreach via workshop:  A workshop will be organized as a part of the proposed project. In order to enlarge the influence and participation, it will be disseminated and prepared in combination with Energy Storage China, a large annual conference of energy storage industry in China.

·  Publicity via official publications and websites: The project data and report will be published via publications including professional journals of CNESA Industry Trends, CNESA Industry Observer, Energy Storage Industry White Paper 2017 etc. Websites such as APEC official website, CNESA websites, APSEC websites will have links to download the final report. Besides, the final project report will also be distributed to APEC officials and experts, participants of workshop.

·  Media: Major events during the project will be reported via newspapers, TV, radio and experts interviews. The project will open a Weibo/Wechat/Twitter account focusing on energy storage to create and increase interest and engagement of the target audience with the project. The estimated outreach of the above mentioned media could reach 20 million people.

Network of the experts of energy storage: An energy storage expert network covering APEC economies will be established at the end of the project. The project outcomes will be shared within the network and future continuous influence of the project can be enhanced via this network.

Gender

Women’s engagement and participation in economic activity is critical to sustainable economic development in the APEC region.  Women are increasingly active in energy and power industry, including the areas of energy consulting, engineering, and political decision making processes. The project recognizes the value and contribution of women. Women will have equal opportunities to join the project to contribute to the research, site visits and workshop. They will also be invited to participate in project planning and execution.

·  Research team: The research team will be composed of qualified female and male experts who are qualified for research and report writing.  There will be no discrimination in the choice of research staff between male and female. The core research team would include approximately five females and four males.

·  Consultants:  Several experts in the energy field with outstanding achievements and senior positions are female, such as Professor Jiang Liping, Professor Xu Yujie, Professor Li Qionghui and Professor Cao Gaoping. The project will equally choose female and male consultants for specific expertise the project requires. The project will ensure that at least three women will serve as senior, expert consultants during the research.

·  Participants/speakers at the Workshop:  The project will target 30%-40% of the participants and speakers at the Workshop being female. 

. Execution:  The execution team will have more females than males, counting above 60%. The overseers of this project are all females.

Work Plan

1) Planning --July 2016

Research team will be set up. Experts from CNESA, APSEC, CAS-IET will be involved in project planning and design.

Outputs: Planning meetings with project partners;

Detailed work plan;

Contracts signed for workshop organization, data collection, and site visit.

2) Information collection and Interviews --August 2016 - November 2016

Research will be carried out as planned. Information collection, desk study will be undertaken to investigate the current state of energy storage industry. 10-15 experts and government officials from energy storage companies, research institutions, universities, government agencies, and renewable energy enterprises will be invited for interviews. Their opinions and recommendations will be gathered and summarized on how to use energy storage to build sustainable energy system in APEC region.

Outputs: 10-15 interviews;

Interview reports.

3) Site visits --September 2016 - February 2017

The research team will undertake site visits to typical energy storage demonstrations. The purpose of these on-site investigations is to share knowledge and collect data from operating demonstrations. It will help understanding the role and value of energy storage systems in different application. Energy storage companies, project operators and research institutions will be invited to join these visits to enhance the mutual understanding of the stakeholders.

Outputs: Demonstration site-visits;

Site-visit reports.

4) Workshop --March 2017 - May 2017

The workshop will be held from March 2017 to May 2017.

·  Planning: CNESA and some contractors will be responsible for the planning, while other project partners will be consulted and involved in the process. A wide range of experts, officials and professionals will be invited to attend the workshop, including energy related officials from APEC and non-APEC economies (e.g. Japan, China, Chinese Taipei, Australia, United States etc); power and grid companies (e.g, State Grid, China Southern Power Grid, China Huaneng, China Guodian); energy storage technology companies (e.g. BYD, CATL, RONGKE Power, NGK, Yinlong Energy, Sumsang SDI, LG Chem etc); system integrators (e.g. ABB, RayPower, SiFang Automation, Sungrow Power, Hanergy Holding Group); investors and financiers (e.g. banks, institutional investors); research institutes (e.g. ARENA, CAS-IET, CESA, NEDO).

·  Preparations: The major preparation includes the invitation and confirmation of keynote speakers, conference information package and logistics. CNESA and a professional conference executing company will be working together for this process.

Outputs:  Agenda; Media list; Keynote speakers and participants list; Invitation and confirmation;

Conference information package, Electronic version of conference materials (e-materials)

5) Final report --April 2017 - June 2017

The final project report will be completed by the end of June 2017. The report will consolidate the key findings of interviews, site visits, and desk study. The greatest value of the report will be the in-depth research on how energy storage technology can be used in APEC economies to build sustainable energy systems, address energy insecurity, and improve the integration of renewable energy sources. Participants of the workshop will receive the electronic copy of the final report.

Output: Research report (hard copy and e-version): Research on Energy Storage Technologies to Build Sustainable Energy Systems in the APEC Region

Risks

Several risks may be involved when implementing the project, which include:

1) Low interest by governments, utilities, energy companies in participation or in using results. In order to attract participants and maintain keen interest on this project, the following two strategies will be undertaken: consistent and detailed consultation with partners and stakeholders on planning, participants and quality outputs, and professional, far-reaching promotion of the project through a comprehensive outreach channels.

2) Difficulty in achieving policy change over the long-term, in target economies. In order to increase the influence of policy recommendations and propel policy change, the project will build unblocked information channel with policymakers and experts, collect their advices and feedbacks, and promote the effectiveness and viability of policy recommendations.

3) Delays and untimely preparation. This problem can be solved by detailed planning schedule, which would set aside the time to solve any unexpected obstacles to the project’s timeline. Additionally, the project will ensure consistent consultation and early engagement of stakeholders, vendors and contractors.

4) Duplication of work of other APEC fora or fora outside APEC. In order to avoid “re-inventing the wheel”, the PO has closely consulted with relevant fora and overseers of previous projects. The PO also conducted a comprehensive research into related projects before the project proposed and also received suggestions from EG in order to avoid duplication of work.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The information to be collected, the collection modes and success indicators are listed in the following table:

Channels

Event / publication

Number of events

Number of Participants at each event

Distribution of publications

Online outreach

Events

Workshop

1

50-60

Site visit

2

5-6

Publications

CNESA Industry Trends (e-version)

2000 per issue

CNESA Industry Observer (e-version)

2000 per issue

Energy Storage White Paper (Brief Version)

5000

Project final report (e-version)

2000

Project final report (hard copy)

200

Website

CNESA website

10000 hits/year

APSEC website

50000 hits/year

APEC website

50000

hits /year

Wechat/twitter

50000 followers

Evaluation methods:

·  Surveys: Representatives of key stakeholders involved in project research and execution, participants of workshop will be invited to complete a survey on project satisfaction.

·  Focus group: At the end of the project, a focus group from APEC EWG, National Energy Administration of China, and major project partners will be invited evaluate the main “take-away” lessons and results from the project. Suggestions from the focus group will be collected, and an evaluation report will be followed.

·  Observation:  The project will invite Professor Zhu Li, the president of APEC Sustainable Energy Centre, to be the observer. She will provide a brief report on execution and outputs of the project as part of the evaluation.

Peer review: The project will do a review with peers to evaluate the results. The proposed peers include: Chen Haisheng(CAS-IET), Yu Zhenhua (Ray Power), Hu Xuehao (C

Linkages

1) Engagement: The project will engage relevant fora within and outside of APEC. It includes: OECD, ASEAN, ADB, UNDP, ARENA, Energy Storage Association (ESA), NRDC, NEDO, etc.  Experts from these organizations will also be invited to the workshop, and their advices are valuable and will be collected for improving the project quality. The project will leverage the ESA database for up-to-date information on energy storage projects; consult APEC-based fora, research ASEAN and ADB similar project information.  Moreover, the project will invite experts from DOE, ARENA, NEDO, NEA to contribute to the project planning, report review, and keynote addresses at the workshop in Beijing.

2) Previous work: We are aware of a few similar projects which have been administered by other fora within and outside of APEC, however, this proposed project includes valuable and unique objectives that improve upon other projects. For example:

a) The proposed project will give an overall insight of the technology, application value, market status, supporting policy of energy storage industry to the APEC region for the first time, including different scenarios, namely i) renewable energy generation, ii) frequency regulation, iii) distributed micro-grid generation, and iv) energy storage and electric vehicle comprehensive applications.

b) The proposed project will summarize the experience and lessons learned during the in-depth case studies and outline the essential parameters for business model development. It will be good reference for other APEC economies that have plans to design and operate energy storage projects.

c) The proposed project will provide first-hand data, in-depth industry analysis and policy recommendations to government organizations of APEC economies, which will speed up the development of energy storage industry to build sustainable energy systems, strengthen energy security, and boost regional economy.

3) APEC’s comparative advantage: APEC Energy Minister of Member Economies affirmed the importance of energy resiliency in promoting energy security and sustainable development and providing access to the people. This proposed project well accords with the goal aiming to help ensure a growing, sustainable energy system in supported of energy storage technologies.

The experience and expertise from APEC economies will be more relevant to the market and situation of China and APEC versus other international market projects and research. This will ensure the technical advice from APEC partners will be relevant for the proposed project.

The success of the previous APEC funded China projects will provide valuable lessons and information to maximize the influence of the projects findings and recommendations.

China government supports the cooperation with APEC economies and the APEC programs. This would be much helpful for the implementation and promotion of the project achievements.

Sustainability

To take long term market tracking and study of practical business models for supporting energy storage applications in main scenarios. The research on the market status and business model of energy storage industry in APEC region initiated by this proposed project would require modifications based on demonstration status, new policies and social circumstances. Therefore, the study of energy storage application and commercialization will be a consistent topic for CNESA in the next couple of years.

To continuously share knowledge on energy storage industry. The project will create platforms and channels for knowledge sharing. CNESA will invite experts and research organizations involved in this project to join the workshop and the annual conference Energy Storage China. Anyone interested in energy storage industry all over the APEC region will have access to publications such as CNESA Industry Trends, CNESA Industry Observer, Energy Storage Industry White Paper (Abstract) from the website.

To create a network of energy storage experts and research organizations. The project proposes to build up a network and database of energy storage experts and research organizations in APEC or non-APEC economies. This will make sustainable capacity building, experience exchange and consultation possible upon completion of the project to support the further development of energy storage industry in APEC region.

Project Overseers

Ms. Zhang Jing, General Secretary and Research Director of China Energy Storage Alliance, will be the Project Overseer. She will be responsible for the overall management and quality control of the proposed project and drive the success of the project. She will ensure the effective execution and outreaches of the project. Alliance. She establishes relationships with government departments, conducts intermediary work between market and government players, and promotes favorable energy storage policies. She  searches for commercial opportunities for CNESA member companies, promote energy storage applications, research and evaluate the economics of storage technologies, and establish Alliance technical standards. Ms. Zhang has more than fifteen years of experience in market research and management. She has supervised many projects funded by or cooperated with APEC, NEA, EF, etc.

Ms. Li Daixin, Research Manager of China Energy Storage Alliance, will be involved with all aspects of the planning and implementation of the proposed project. She will undertake the research on energy storage technologies to build sustainable energy systems in the APEC region. Ms. Li Daixin has a few years’ R&D experience in lithium ion battery, and after joining in CNESA, is responsible for the research on global energy storage market, policy and business model.

Ms. Li Jun, Market Manager of China Energy Storage Alliance, will be another main point of contact for this project. She has hands-on experience of conference organization and international cooperation, such as Energy Storage China and CNESA salons.  Ms. Li Jun will be responsible for the liaison with project partners and involve in the detailed project execution and workshop organization.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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