dstsolar concludes innovative project “Batteries 2030”

Pioneering concept of energy communities to reduce carbon emissions

dstsolar, a dstgroup company, completed the “Batteries 2030” project, which aimed to respond to the challenges of decarbonization and the implementation of Renewable Energy Communities using new generation and second life Batteries, to overcome the problem of the inconstancy of renewable energy, thus promoting the transition to a more sustainable energy matrix.

The project, which brought together 23 business entities and the scientific system, and which contributed to the development of innovative technologies that will promote decarbonization and the creation of value for society, focused on developing the concept of energy communities, even before the creation of legislation for these Communities in Portugal.

Led by dstsolar, the project started in mid-2021 and included the participation of nine entities from the scientific system: INL, Centi, INESC-TEC; FEUP, UM, INESC_MN, LNEG, IST and CEiiA, in collaboration with 13 other companies: bysteel fs, innovationpoint, dst, Amnispura, Visblue, Efacec, C2C NewCap, Addvolt, Evolution, Secil, Omniflow, WattlS and 3drivers.

The project also counted on the valuable cooperation of the Municipality of Braga, since given its demonstrative nature, it culminated in the development of a Living lab, in the gnration building, where all the technologies developed were implemented in a real context. The living laboratory is completed, with some faces still visible to the public. Includes the photovoltaic plant, facade structure made of photovoltaic panels, a digital billboard with electric vehicle charging and SmartPole for self-sufficient lighting with 2nd life batteries, 54 kWh second life storage, 50 kWh Redox drain batteries, hydrogen battery 10 kWh, among others.

Among the technologies developed and applied at Laboratório Vivo there are new storage technologies, such as: Redox flow batteries, hydrogen batteries, asymmetric supercapacitors and second-life batteries from the automotive industry. There are also thermoelectric floors, capable of producing energy through thermal differential and also creating energy management platforms that allow intelligent distribution of energy within energy communities.

This project involved a total investment of 8.3 million euros, generated 33 new hires, and developed 11 full-scale demonstrators and 21 laboratory prototypes. He also generated 50 scientific publications in international journals, 17 master’s theses and 11 doctoral theses.

With the knowledge generated through this research and development project, dstsolar intends to offer innovative solutions that allow us to accelerate the energy transition of the national economy, to build a better future.

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