The management of ESD program – as project coordinator - and the institutes IAI, IPE and the HoC-ZML succeeded with the Horizon 2020 proposal “Smart Integration of Energy Storages in Local Multi Energy Systems for maximizing the Share of Renewables in Europe’s Energy Mix” (SmILES). In cooperation with AIT, DTU, EDF (& EIFER), VITO and EERA-AISBL SmILES zooms in simulation and optimization of smart storage in local energy systems for increasing the understanding and transparency of innovative multi-energy projects. Setting up a shared data and information platform and effective dissemination of related results will contribute to competence building. Supplementing the research activities, a long-lasting framework across EERA JP borders is set up by the consortium for extending storage integration technologies by linking other EERA members, stakeholders, energy supplier and industry. The partners from research and industry as well as the advisory board are members of four different EERA Joint Programs, namely JP Energy Storage, JP Smart Cities, JP Smart Grids and JP Economic, Environmental and Social Impacts, which was unique among the LCE 33-proposals. The total budget is 2.44 Mio€, KIT receives 909 T€.