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SMART RENEWABLE HUBS FOR FLEXIBLE GENERATION: SOLAR GRID STABILITY

SMART RENEWABLE HUBS FOR FLEXIBLE GENERATION: SOLAR GRID STABILITY

Objective

Fight against climate change has its main battlefield at the energy sector. Electricity and transport are the largest contributors to GHG emissions; the trend in transport toward electric vehicle will increase pressure on the electricity system and fundamentally change its dynamics. With producers focused on their legitimate business targets, and consumers focused on security of supply and low prices, the burden of decarbonizing electricity falls on policy makers as driving force, and on transport system operators (TSOs) as technical managers that ensure the safety and stability of supply.
Grid stability is a delicate equilibrium, where some agents provide stability via ancillary services (regulating voltage and frequency) and others rely on that stability (consuming energy and/or disturbing the frequency due to embedded capacitors/impedances); power producers are usually stabilizers (synchronous turbines that provide inertia against sudden changes). Penetration of non-synchronous renewables such as Wind and PV threatens to disrupt the balance, especially in islands and poorly interconnected areas, as they provide power but rely on stability provided by others; this forces the system to have lots of synchronous generators idle just for stability, which is inefficient and costly.
GRIDSOL wants to change the approach: we propose Smart Renewable Hubs, where a core of synchronous generators (CSP and biogas combined cycle HYSOL) is integrated with PV under a dynamic control system (DOME), self-regulating and providing ancillary grid services thanks to firm, flexible generation on a single output, tailored to a specific location, relieving pressure on the TSO.
The project will research an advanced control (DOME) to ensure operation efficiency and grid stability with higher RES penetration, and a multi-tower concept for CSP cost reduction and efficiency improvement, to provide secure, clean and efficient electricity by getting the most of each renewable primary source.

Coordinator

COBRA INSTALACIONES Y SERVICIOS S.A

Address

Calle Cardenal Marcelo Spinola N 10
28016 Madrid

Spain

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 775 477,50

Participants (9)

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INVESTIGACION DESARROLLO E INNOVACION ENERGETICA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 402 312,50

SBP SONNE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 390 000

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 265 125

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 189 012,50

ETRA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 268 437,50

CESI - CENTRO ELETTROTECNICO SPERIMENTALE ITALIANO 'GIANCINTO MOTTA' SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 529 722,50

DIACHEIRISTIS ELLINIKOU DIKTYOU DIANOMIS ELEKTRIKIS ENERGEIAS AE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 125 000

INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 318 750

EA ENERGIANALYSE AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 157 610

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 727362

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2016

  • End date

    30 September 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 421 447,50

  • EU contribution

    € 3 421 447,50

Coordinated by:

COBRA INSTALACIONES Y SERVICIOS S.A

Spain