On May 26, 2019, during this year’s IMPACT event, TAURON announced its participation in the Govtech Program. The goal of this program is to enable the cooperation among ministries, local governments, State Treasury companies, startups and small enterprises, which will be selected, by way of a competition, as the ultimate contractors performing the tasks (Challenges) prepared by the contracting parties (customers). TAURON announced the need to develop a system and application for assessing the ability to build and potential of photovoltaic installations. The result of the actions taken as part of the competition is to bring about an increase in the share of electricity generated from the renewable energy sources, in particular from the photovoltaic cells, in the total energy balance. This challenge also aims to increase public awareness of the renewable energy sources and the financial benefits of using this technology. The first stage of the competition ended in December 2019, with the selection of five winners qualified to the second stage of the competition. During the second stage, the finalist will be selected who will implement the application in its final form.
The cooperation with the American Electric Power Research Institute was continued in 2019 and, as part of that project, TAURON is participating in 2 research programs related to energy storage and identifying electricity consumers’ needs. The selected areas of cooperation are of particular importance for TAURON Capital Group and stem directly from the technological challenges identified by TAURON Capital Group. Energy storage is one of the most important challenges for the electricity distribution and efficient dispersed power generation. On the other hand, understanding customer needs provides support for the customer relations that are of key importance from the point of view of TAURON Capital Group’s Strategy.
The energy storage project uses modern tools that allow for estimating the costs of installing and operating energy storage facilities or software that enables verifying the benefits and requirements in specific energy storage cases. Such solutions will constitute the basis for implementing TAURON’s research and development projects, i.e. the construction of an energy storage facility in order to provide uninterrupted power supply to electricity consumers, the second life for batteries, microgrids or demand side response (DSR) mechanisms.
Participation in the electricity consumers’ needs identification program enables TAURON Capital Group’s subsidiaries to identify customer needs faster and more precisely, and, what follows, to develop a portfolio of energy services and products aligned with the changing market trends. The program will also allow for tailoring, to a larger degree, products and services that are just being developed in the new lines of business, such as the electromobility or smart home, to the customer expectations.
TAURON Capital Group was also carrying out works as part of EIT InnoEnergy in 2019, in particular the Polish node of InnoEnergy Central Europe sp. z o.o. with its registered office in Cracow. Within the structures of EIT InnoEnergy TAURON holds the Associated Partner status. One of TAURON’s areas of interests are the so-called clean coal technologies. At the same time, conducting of tests and coordinating of activities in this area are the main tasks of InnoEnergy Central Europe sp. z o.o., with TAURON as one of its shareholders. TAURON’s representatives were also engaged, in 2018, in the works of EIT InnoEnergy related to evaluating projects / initiatives proposed to be implemented by other partners operating within the structures of EIT InnoEnergy, both on the national, as well as on the international level.