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INCREASING THE PENETRATION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES IN THE DISTRIBUTION GRID BY DEVELOPING CONTROL STRATEGIES AND USING ANCILLARY SERVICES

INCREASING THE PENETRATION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES IN THE DISTRIBUTION GRID BY DEVELOPING CONTROL STRATEGIES AND USING ANCILLARY SERVICES

Objective

The significant rise in distributed renewable energy sources has placed an enormous burden on the secure operation of the electrical grid, impacting both the transmission system operators (TSOs) and distribution system operators (DSOs). The massive increase of the intermittent DRES in low (LV) and medium (MV) networks has led to a bidirectional power flow which raises the urgent need for new operational and control strategies in order to maintain the ability of the system to provide the consumers with reliable supply of electricity at an acceptable power quality level.
Technically, INCREASE will focus on how to manage renewable energy sources in LV and MV networks, to provide ancillary services (towards DSO, but also TSOs), in particular voltage control and the provision of reserve. INCREASE will investigate the regulatory framework, grid code structure and ancillary market mechanisms, and propose adjustments to facilitate successful provisioning of ancillary services that are necessary for the operation of the electricity grid, including flexible market products.
INCREASE will enable DRES and loads to go beyond just exchanging power with the grid which will enable the DSO to evolve from a congestion manager to capacity manager. This will result in a more efficient exploitation of the current grid capacity, thus facilitating higher DRES penetration at reduced cost. Because of the more efficient use of the existing infrastructure, grid tariffs could decrease, potentially resulting in a lower cost for the consumers.
The INCREASE simulation platform will enable the validation of the proposed solutions and provides the DSOs with a tool they can use to investigate the influence of DRES on their distribution network. The INCREASE solutions will also be validated (i) by lab tests, as well as (ii) in three field trials in the real-life operational distribution network of Stromnetz Steiermark in Austria, of Elektro Gorenjska in Slovenia and of Liander in the Netherlands.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Address

Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 699 037,63

Administrative Contact

Saskia Vanden Broeck (Ms.)

Participants (14)

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ELIA SYSTEM OPERATOR

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 11 100

FLUVIUS SYSTEM OPERATOR

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 147 000

ELEKTRO GORENJSKA PODJETJE ZA DISTRIBUCIJO ELEKTRICNE ENERGIJE DD

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 100 045,50

LIANDER NV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 87 571,90

STROMNETZ STEIERMARK GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 15 918,69

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 261 421,98

JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 404 230

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 461 375,75

UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 332 644,80

ALENCO NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 14 875,04

KORONA INZENIRING DD

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 338 382,52

Mastervolt International B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 80 784

IELEKTRONIKES PRAGMATOPOISEIS AE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 100 015,54

ENERGIENETZE STEIERMARK GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 50 585,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 608998

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2013

  • End date

    31 December 2016

Funded under:

FP7-ENERGY

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 303 859,35

  • EU contribution

    € 3 104 988,85

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium