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Unlocking European grid local flexibility trough augmented energy conversion capabilities at district-level

Objective

Pentagon is a 3-years research and innovation project that will investigate the potential of wider deployment of energy conversion technologies and strategies at district-level, with the aim to foster flexibility in the low-voltage and medium-voltage grid. The rationale that underlies Pentagon approach is that multi-vector smart districts can be the key enablers of future smart grids, provided their flexibility capabilities are augmented with adequate energy conversion technologies. To this end, Pentagon will deliver two key technology assets: a highly efficient power-to-gas installation sized for coupling with typical district heating plants and a multi-vector multi-scale district energy management platform for the combined monitoring and management of all district energy carriers. The power-to-gas technology will achieve a 15 to 25% energy gain compared to state-of-the-art performances. The multi-vector multi-scale district energy management platform will achieve 15 to 20% more flexibility at district-level, allowing for a 25% increase of renewable penetration, by leveraging building and district power to heat conversion capabilities. These impacts will be thoroughly assessed through an iterative validation and demonstration roadmap that will start with lab-scale individual component testing, continue with a focused deployment in district-scale experimental facilities, and conclude with a wider simulation-based assessment at distribution grid level that will rely on a real smart district from a project partner. Based on the results of the validation and demonstration, Pentagon will be able to implement an exploitation roadmap aimed both at (a) preparing the commercialization of the results (5-years post-project horizon) and (b) the definition and targeted dissemination of innovative local energy aggregation business models, leveraging a 200+ member stakeholder community and connections between PENTAGON and relevant market design standardization initiatives.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/business model
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/energy conversion
  • /social sciences/economics and business

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2016-SGS
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

R2M SOLUTION SRL
Address
Via Fratelli Cuzio 42
27100 Pavia
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 212 500

Participants (10)

EXERGY LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 442 250
Address
Puma Way The Technocentre Coventry University Technology Park
CV1 2TT Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TRACTEBEL ENGINEERING

Participation ended

Belgium
EU contribution
€ 531 297,50
Address
Boulevard Simon Bolivar 34 - 36
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 270 343,75
Address
Via Circonvallazione Est 1
24040 Stezzano (Bg)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 703 537,50
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 320 625
Address
Newport Road 30-36
CF24 ODE Cardiff
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rue Jaquet Droz 1
2000 Neuchatel
Activity type
Research Organisations
HSR HOCHSCHULE FUR TECHNIK RAPPERSWIL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Oberseestrasse 10
8640 Rapperswil
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BLAENAU GWENT COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 278 842,50
Address
Civic Centre Municipal Offices
NP23 6XB Ebbw Vale
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 15 500
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TRACTEBEL IMPACT BELGIUM SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 59 861,25
Address
Boulevard Simon Bolivar 34
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)