Mechanical Energy Storage (MES)

Coordinator: Atle Harby (SINTEF)
Deputy: Giovanna Cavazzini (University of Padova)



The main objective is to develop methods and equipment for mechanical storage of electric energy and, vice versa, to use the energy for supporting the grid when consumption increases.

As for now, three mechanical storage methods have been suggested for further analysis: hydropower including pumped hydro, compressed air energy storage and flywheels.

The activities focus on existing and potential storage capacity by hydropower, flywheels and compressed air in Europe and future scenarios. Additionally, technology developments for the improvement of mechanical storage technologies, their environmental impacts and numerical models will also be considered.





Work Packages

WP1: Potential Mechanical Storage Capacity in Europe
WP2: Development of Technology
WP3: Environmental Impacts
WP4: Simulation Models



Call for papers

Share your recent findings in a Special Issue on Pumped-Storage Hydropower Plants!! We are looking for new solutions for PHES (innovative design, innovative control systems, etc.) and on their hybridization with other energy and energy storage systems (sizing algorithm, forecast model, management strategies, virtual power plant, etc.) Deadline: 15 July 2019




University of Birmingham
Center for Energy, Environmental and TEchnological Research (CIEMAT)
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Politecnico di Torino (POLITO)
Ricerca Sistema Energetico (RSE)
Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (SINTEF)
Technical University of Madrid (UPM)[/column]

University of Padua (UNIPD)
University of Nottingham
University of Warwick
Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL)
Brno University of Technology (VUTBR)
University of Perugia
Institute of Thermomechanics Czech Academy of Science (ITCAS)[/column]