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Next Generation Modelling and Forecasting of Variable Renewable Generation for Large-scale Integration in Energy Systems and Markets

Project description

Data science for renewable energy (RES) prediction

The development of data science together with increasing quantities of data collected opens new possibilities for renewable energy (RES) forecasting. The EU-funded Smart4RES research project aims to substantially improve the entire model and value chain in RES prediction by proposing the next generation of RES forecasting models. The project will center on improving weather forecasting with particular focus on the needs of the RES industry. It will exploit very high-resolution weather predictions and a wide range of data from different geographical areas and ownerships, while respecting privacy and confidentiality constraints. Smart4RES targets include providing outstandingly accurate forecasts that result in increased benefits when used in applications like storage management, and that support grid operation and RES participation in electricity markets.


The Smart4RES project aims to bring substantial performance improvements to the whole model and value chain in renewable energy (RES) forecasting, with particular emphasis placed on optimizing synergies with storage and to support power system operation and participation in electricity markets. For that, it concentrates on a number of disruptive proposals to support ambitious objectives for the future of renewable energy forecasting. This is thought of in a context with steady increase in the quantity of data being collected and computational capabilities. And, this comes in combination with recent advances in data science and approaches to meteorological forecasting. Smart4RES concentrates on novel developments towards very high-resolution and dedicated weather forecasting solutions. It makes optimal use of varied and distributed sources of data e.g. remote sensing (sky imagers, satellites, etc), power and meteorological measurements, as well as high-resolution weather forecasts, to yield high-quality and seamless approaches to renewable energy forecasting. The project accommodates the fact that all these sources of data are distributed geographically and in terms of ownership, with current restrictions preventing sharing. Novel alternative approaches are to be developed and evaluated to reach optimal forecast accuracy in that context, including distributed and privacy-preserving learning and forecasting methods, as well as the advent of platform-enabled data-markets, with associated pricing strategies. Smart4RES places a strong emphasis on maximizing the value from the use of forecasts in applications through advanced decision making and optimization approaches. This also goes through approaches to streamline the definition of new forecasting products balancing the complexity of forecast information and the need of forecast users. Focus is on developing models for applications involving storage, the provision of ancillary services, as well as market participation.

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