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Increasing the value of Hydropower through increased Flexibilty

Objective

HydroFlex aims to increase the value of hydro power through increased Flexibility. The commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has been an important contributor to the increasing share of renewables in the European energy system. Variable renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, as well as increased end-user flexibility and a market-oriented operation of power plants, results in larger fluctuations in the power system. Hydro power, due to its quick response and storage capability represents an important asset for grid balancing. HydroFlex aims to make hydro power available in a time as short as possible by performing well-focused research and innovation actions on the key bottlenecks of hydro power plants that restricts their flexibility. The project will start off by identifying the operating conditions of hydro power plants in the future energy system. Research will be focused on the flexibility of Francis turbines, the most common turbine type in Europe, and the configuration of synchronous generators and frequency converters that allow for variable speed operation. Variable speed operation increases the operating range of the turbines, reduces the fatigue loads, and allow for higher ramping rates and start-stop-cycles reaching up to 30 times per day. HydroFlex also addresses methods to mitigate the negative effects on downstream water courses that may result from higher flexibility of hydro power plants, by developing and testing a technology for active underground storage of water. To promote the research results to the hydro power industry, the scientific community and the public, the results will be presented in workshops, conferences, scientific journals, newspapers and various social media.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/hydroelectricity

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2017-RES-RIA-TwoStage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Norway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 886 405,85

Participants (15)

LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 879 188,53
Address
Universitetsomradet Porson
971 87 Lulea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 423 578,94
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 456 068
Address
-
41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SINTEF ENERGI AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 160 390,63
Address
Sem Saelandsveg 11
7465 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
Lyse Produksjon AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Breiflatveien 18
4069 Stavanger
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RAINPOWER NORGE AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 188 818,75
Address
Instituttveien 8
2007 Kjeller
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VATTENFALL AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Evenemangsgatan 13
169 56 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STATKRAFT ENERGI AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Lilleakerveien 6
0283 Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STIFTELSEN NORSK INSTITUTT FOR NATURFORSKNING NINA
Norway
EU contribution
€ 319 035
Address
Hogskoleringen 9
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 307 162,50
Address
Richmond Street 16
G1 1XQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Ss. CYRIL AND METHODIUS UNIVERSITY IN SKOPJE
North Macedonia
EU contribution
€ 137 061,25
Address
Blvd Goce Delcev 9
1000 Skopje
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ABB AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Bergerveien 12
1396 Billingstad
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 262 745
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MULTICONSULT NORGE AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 109 300
Address
Nedre Skoyen Vei 2
0276 Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EDR & MEDESO AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 296 934,30
Address
Leif Tronstads Plass 4
1337 Sandvika
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)