Participation of BALANCE to the workshop on Paving the way towards clean energy and fuels in Europe

The BALANCE project was honored to be invited to contribute to the workshop initiated by the European Commission on:” Paving the way towards clean energy and fuels in Europe”. The workshop drew good attendance, while competing with the tempting Scientific programme of the EUBCE2019 next door. We went through a few round table discussions going through highlights and conclusions of many H2020 project in the field of bioenergy. I was pleased to see the important role given to electrolytic hydrogen for boosting biofuel production.


BALANCE and AMBITION workshop in Brussels, 28th June 2019

A European Common Research Agenda for

Alternative renewable fuels, Energy storage and Sector coupling


Joining electrochemistry and bioenergy for a future-ready Europe

Exact location to be announced-Brussels – June 28th 2019


In line with the EU Strategic Energy Technology SET – Plan, where alternative renewable fuels and bioenergy are considered key pathways towards the Energy Union (Key Action 8), the projects


funded through the ECRIA (European Common Research and Innovation Agenda) instrument in Horizon2020, aim to develop a roadmap for integrated development of energy storage and bioenergy for Europe.

In particular, the technologies of reversible solid oxide cells – that allow to radically improve the efficiency and flexibility of excess renewable electricity storage – and of second-generation biofuel production are seen as key enablers in the energy transition, technological leadership and industrial competitiveness of Europe.

In this half-day workshop, besides explaining the unique properties and challenges of these technology areas, an assessment will be made of the support actions that are on-going in Europe, especially at Member State-level. The focus is on identifying the best practices in transferring core scientific knowledge to competitive advantage through innovation,  safeguarding environmental sustainability.

A policy paper will be presented that concludes an in-depth mapping of stakeholders, competences and supporting instruments in European Member States. It is intended to provide support to the Implementation Working Group of Key Action 8 of the SET Plan in defining an updated innovation strategy for alternative fuels and bioenergy in Europe.

This workshop aims to advocate the potential of reversible solid oxide cells and biofuel production through an aligned approach to the energy transition. It targets decision-makers in technology development strategy, industrial stakeholders and the knowledge community engaged in the innovation of Europe’s core energy and mobility infrastructures.

The workshop agenda will be released soon.

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The SMILE project shares a data set with the BALANCE project

The project SMILE ( shared with the BALANCE project a set of data concerning the energy production and consumption at the marina of the island of Samsø, Denmark and this contribution is gratefully acknowledged. The data will be used for the business evaluation of the reversible Solid Oxide Cell technology on island location with very high level of variable renewable power generation. The rSOC technology can adapt the local consumption profile to match the weather-dependant power production. 

"It is very nice that another H2020 project finds our project, and we start to exchange data", says Jan Jantzen, workpackage leader at Samso Energy Academy.

The Smart Islands Energy Systems (SMILE) project will develop nine smart grid solutions in three large-scale pilot projects in different regions of Europe with similar topographic characteristics but different policies.

The SMILE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 731249.

A cabin arrives at Ballen marina, Samso, for housing a battery system (Lithium Balance 240 kWh)

A cabin arrives at Ballen marina, Samso, for housing a battery system (Lithium Balance 240 kWh)

Unit cells ready for 25-cell stacks

An important task of the BALANCE project is the demonstration of the reversible Solid Oxide Cell technology at system level. This requires a high number of unit cells, which have been prepared in DTU unique manufacturing facilities. They are being shipped to CEA, who will assemble them into 2.5 kW stacks that will be used in VTT and CEA’s system platforms. These units cells are a key element to obtain high system performance and are the sums of years of research and development in materials science. One of the challenge is to make these unit cells gas tight using a brittle ceramic membrane, which is thinner than a human hair.

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Third project meeting

The third project meeting was held at the Technical University of Delft. The following day, a Symposium on rSOCs, energy storage and bi-directional power plant gathered international expert in the field and was used to disseminate BALANCE results. The BALANCE members will meet again face to face in June.


Presentation of the experimental facilities of TU Delft during the project meeting.

Presentation of the experimental facilities of TU Delft during the project meeting.

BALANCE consortium and advisory board members at the symposium.

BALANCE consortium and advisory board members at the symposium.