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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.
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Coordinator

EXERGY LTD

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Puma Way The Technocentre Coventry
Cv1 2tt Coventry

United Kingdom

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 497 750

Participants (9)

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R2M SOLUTION SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 212 500

TRACTEBEL ENGINEERING

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 505 358,75

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 270 343,75

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 703 537,50

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 320 625

CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT

Switzerland

HSR HOCHSCHULE FUR TECHNIK RAPPERSWIL

Switzerland

BLAENAU GWENT COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 324 642,50

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 731125

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 December 2016

  • End date

    30 November 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 834 757,50

  • EU contribution

    € 2 834 757,50

Coordinated by:

EXERGY LTD

United Kingdom