NAIMA will provide solid evidences about the competitiveness of the technology in 3 energy storage system environments (renewable generation, industry and private household) through the application of an assessment and monitoring protocol of 6 SIB prototypes that will be tested in 3 multi-scale Business Scenarios (BS).

Renewable generation application
Green SIB prototype; Écuelles, France

The general idea will be to test the GREEN SIB prototype in the EDFlab Les Renardieres site according to a PV or wind smoothing profile, so the battery will be simulated with a test-bench.

The module will be tested in lab using a DC system and simulating the use in a real system. The prototype performance will be simulated, and the calculated solicitation profile will be applied to the system.

According to its performance and specification the Na-ion technology could be a very good challenger for renewable generation use-case. Thanks to its power capabilities, lifetime and eco-friendly raw materials Na-ion could be easily scaled up (with the same production factories than LiB) and could advantageously be installed in renewable storage facilities.

The project is fully aligned with the market trends and the renewal energy sources targets set by EU, bringing a huge potential to offer, not only a very high technological impact but also economic, environmental and regulatory, offering a relatively fast market introduction of new solutions for grid operators and market parties such as aggregators, retailers, etc.

Industry Scenario
Blue SIB prototype; Pamplona, Spain

Industrial production is a crucial pillar of the European economy and remains a key driver for economic growth and job creation: accounts for 17% of Europe’s GDP, 75% of EU’s exports and employs more than 32 million persons. At present, industry is experiencing the Fourth Industrial Revolution known as Industry 4.0. This new paradigm has its own challenges and require efficient and safe powering.

In this context, NAIMA solution, capable of handling high charging current and to deliver high currents, will suit to the industry needs in terms of power supply.

To validate the application for industry, the industrial components manufacturer GESTAMP will be in charge of testing two units of the Blue SIB prototype.

The locations to carry out the demonstrations are, on one hand, GESTAMPS’s plant located in Orcoyen (north of Spain).

This factory is dedicated to hydroforming and welding, with 5 hydroforming lines composed of presses (3,500-5,000 Tm) and pre and post-process machines (bending, preforming, cutting, washing, laser cells). It counts with more than 70 welding cells composed of around 200 robots.

Another possible location of is a plant located in Salinas, with stamping lines composed of 3 manual presses, 9 automatic presses (up to 800 Tm), one transfer press (1,100 Tm) and a servo-press (1,100 Tm). This plant has 2 shot-peening cells and 3 welding cells.

The different process involved in both plants have different energy consumptions. GESTAMP counts with an Energy Management System based on Big Data, which allows real-time monitoring of energy consumption needs enabling to connect the plant infrastructures to a solution in the cloud offering an instant diagnosis of electricity and gas consumption, and, which allows to have a detailed visualisation of the consumption of certain points for their analysis. The aim of implementing SIBs in industry is to decrease the contracted power on the plants due to the minimisation of power peaks and decreasing the energy costs.

Private Household scenario
Yellow SIB prototype; Sofia, Bulgaria

NAIMA Project will enable a specific solution for households based on the lamellar oxide families as this family focuses on low-cost materials that can cycle thousands of cycles, a feature that has been seldom demonstrated so far.

GOLDLINE partner will provide a demo site for the two units of SIB prototypes addressed to household BS. The site will consist of an office building, located on one of the busiest business areas in Sofia (Bulgaria).

The building has a roof-top with PV panels and storage units, while there is a private transformer and independent interconnections with the distribution grid.

The building also has EV charging stations, energy efficient elevators, LED lighting and HVAC. Some of the innovative features of the building are:

  • Reliable top-level elevators
  • Natural light, active sunshades and adaptive LED lighting
  • Stimulation of the use of environmentally friendly vehicles.
    Several parking spaces are equipped with charging stations for electric vehicles with charging provided by the building’s photo-voltaic station with zero-emissions energy
  • Care for the most valuable natural resource – water.
    This reduces the building’s consumption rate by more than 90%. In view of heating water for domestic purposes, renewable energy sources will be used
  • Modern monitoring practices and analysis of energy consumption.
    The energy monitoring system reports in real time the generated and non-generated harmful emissions by each office.

Therefore, the wide range of opportunities open in this EES application sector will be accessible widening the market penetration in the forthcoming years.