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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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electrical engineering/power engineering/electric power distribution

Call for proposal

FP7-SMARTCITIES-2013
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

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)

ELIA SYSTEM OPERATOR
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 11 100
Address
Boulevard De L'empereur 20
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hubert Lemmens (Mr.)
FLUVIUS SYSTEM OPERATOR
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 147 000
Address
Brusselsesteenweg 199
9090 Melle
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frederik Hindryckx (Mr.)
ELEKTRO GORENJSKA PODJETJE ZA DISTRIBUCIJO ELEKTRICNE ENERGIJE DD
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 100 045,50
Address
Ulica Mirka Vadnova 3A
4000 Kranj
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Košnjek Edvard (Mr.)
LIANDER NV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 87 571,90
Address
Utrechtseweg 68
6812 AH Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sjef Cobben (Prof.)
STROMNETZ STEIERMARK GMBH

Participation ended

Austria
EU contribution
€ 15 918,69
Address
Leonhardgurtel 10
8010 Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gregor Taljan (Mr.)
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 261 421,98
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georgia Petridou (Ms.)
JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 404 230
Address
Leonhardstrasse 59
8010 Graz
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Reinhard Padinger (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 461 375,75
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Suzanne Udo (Mrs.)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 332 644,80
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andrej Gubina (Prof.)
ALENCO NV

Participation ended

Belgium
EU contribution
€ 14 875,04
Address
Kruishoefstraat 50
3650 Dilsen-stokkem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luc Michiels (Mr.)
KORONA INZENIRING DD
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 338 382,52
Address
Cesta V Mestni Log 88A
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ivan Lorencin (Mr.)
Mastervolt International B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 80 784
Address
Snijdersbergweg 93
1105AN Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arno Van Zwam (Mr.)
IELEKTRONIKES PRAGMATOPOISEIS AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 100 015,54
Address
Vipe Thermis Thermi
57001 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Georgios Sergiadis (Mr.)
ENERGIENETZE STEIERMARK GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 50 585,50
Address
Leonhardgurtel 10
8010 Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gregor Taljan