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