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Plastic nanocomposite insulation material enabling reliable integration of renewables and DC storage technologies in the AC energy grid

Objective

In the GRIDABLE project we will introduce novel thermoplastic polymer composite materials to enhance performance of essential components of smart grid infrastructure. We have proven in laboratory scale that the polypropylene-silica nanocomposite brings considerable improvements especially in dielectric breakdown strength.

When applied as insulator in high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cable and in DC capacitors, the composite will bring significant enhancement at device level compared to the state-of-the-art. Cost and physical size of the capacitors will be reduced. Thermoplastic composite will enable cost effective production of cables by extrusion. Additionally, enhanced dielectric properties will increase HVDC transfer capacity. This will result in more efficient use of energy and materials.

In the GRIDABLE project we will up-scale production of novel dielectric nanocomposite for electrical insulation applications. We will transfer material’s high performance from laboratory scale to pre-production scale. This will be proven by relevant demonstrators and prototypes. The technical advances gained with novel dielectric material will facilitate to enhance power supply reliability. The new level of dielectric characteristics will help to manage volatility of the grid considering variety of power sources. Thus grid efficiency can be increased. The new HVDC cables will allow efficient electricity transfer over very long distances, e.g., from remote low-carbon power plants. This will also ease utilisation of distributed and intermittent renewable energy sources.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-2016-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy
Address
Vuorimiehentie 3
02150 Espoo
Finland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 410 027,95

Participants (10)

GRID SOLUTIONS OY

Participation ended

Finland
EU contribution
€ 30 705,26
Address
Kaapelikatu 3
33331 Tampere
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TERICHEM TERVAKOSKI AS
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 342 712,50
Address
Sturova 101
059 21 Svit
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TTY-SAATIO

Participation ended

Finland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Korkeakoulunkatu 10
33720 Tampere
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TAMPEREEN KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
EU contribution
€ 826 500
Address
Kalevantie 4
33100 Tampere
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NEXANS FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 770 000
Address
4 Allee De L'arche
92400 Courbevoie
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 803 515
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SO.F.TER. SPA

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 53 927,41
Address
Via Mastro Giorgio 1
47122 Forli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 750 391,25
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INNOEXC GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Bellerivestrasse 11
8008 Zurich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ELECTRONICON KONDENSATOREN GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 586 376,88
Address
Keplerstrasse 2
07549 Gera
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)