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Distributed Renewable resources Exploitation in electric grids through Advanced heterarchical Management

Objective

The DREAM project will lay the foundations for a novel heterarchical management approach of complex electrical power grids, providing new mechanisms for consumer involvement in economical and ecological electricity use as well as stable and cost effective integration of distributed renewable resources.
Applying the principles of autonomous agent-based systems to the control and management of the electricity distribution grid will allow the system to constantly adjust to current operational conditions and make it robust to exogenous disturbances. In turn, this will allow for greater penetration of intermittent resources and will make the distribution grid more resilient to failures. DREAM will include several layers of controls for normal, congested and post-contingency situations that will use different coordination strategies ranging from market-based transactions to emergency demand response and create ad-hoc federations of agents that will flexibly adjust their hierarchy to current needs.
The system will transition smoothly between control layers depending on local operational conditions, so that responses to disturbances will be sized precisely, margins will be used parsimoniously and full network flexibility will be tapped. The system will involve only limited data transfers and no centralized control, promoting extensibility, heterogeneity and easy deployment across countries with different network architectures and hardware manufacturers.
DREAM will demonstrate the economic and technical feasibility of these novel control mechanisms thanks to several real-world small-scale pilots dedicated to different use-cases, and computer simulations will be used to study further scalability. Furthermore, economic viability will be model and examined for the various actors in the grid taking into account the unpredictability of consumer power production, market dynamics, novel regulation schemes and the adoption of DREAM mechanisms over time.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electrical engineering/power engineering/electric power transmission

Call for proposal

FP7-SMARTCITIES-2013
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

INSTITUT POLYTECHNIQUE DE GRENOBLE
Address
Avenue Felix Viallet 46
38031 Grenoble Cedex 1
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 530 784
Administrative Contact
Sylvie Pitot (Ms.)

Participants (14)

TELVENT ENERGIA SA

Participation ended

Spain
Address
Calle Valgrande 6
28108 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Blanca De Cabo Maza (Mrs.)
KEMA NEDERLAND BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
Address
Utrechtseweg 310
6812 AR Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Han Lemmens (Mr.)
DIACHEIRISTIS ELLINIKOU DIKTYOU DIANOMIS ELEKTRIKIS ENERGEIAS AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 91 200
Address
Perraivou 20 Kallirrois Odos 5
11743 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christos Katsanos (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET ST. GALLEN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 221 811
Address
Dufourstrasse 50
9000 St Gallen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Boris Otto (Prof.)
INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 329 400
Address
Patission Str. 42
10682 Athina
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nikos Hatziargyriou (Prof.)
DNV GL NETHERLANDS B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 64 657
Address
Utrechtseweg 310
6800 ET Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Han Lemmens (Mr.)
SOCIETA PER AZIONI ESERCIZI AEROPORTUALI SEA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 273 600
Address
Presso Aeroporto Linate
20090 Segrate
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marcella Scuccimarra (Dr.)
SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC ESPANA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 319 590
Address
Bac De Roda 52 Edif A
08019 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Blanca De Cabo Maza (Mrs.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 645 002
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Cees Melman (Mr.)
TXT E-SOLUTIONS SPA

Participation ended

Italy
Address
Via Frigia 27
20126 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sergio Gusmeroli (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET KASSEL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 346 948
Address
Monchebergstrasse 19
34125 Kassel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sigrid Reinhard
ELECTRICITE DE STRASBOURG SA
France
EU contribution
€ 319 080
Address
Boulevard Du President Wilson 26
67000 Strasbourg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vincent Hoffbeck (Mr.)
ACTVALUE CONSULTING & SOLUTIONS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 248 478
Address
Viale Cesare Mangili 2
20121 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paolo Mosconi
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 359 450
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)