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Increasing the value of Hydropower through increased Flexibilty

Objective

HydroFlex aims to increase the value of hydro power through increased Flexibility. The commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has been an important contributor to the increasing share of renewables in the European energy system. Variable renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, as well as increased end-user flexibility and a market-oriented operation of power plants, results in larger fluctuations in the power system. Hydro power, due to its quick response and storage capability represents an important asset for grid balancing. HydroFlex aims to make hydro power available in a time as short as possible by performing well-focused research and innovation actions on the key bottlenecks of hydro power plants that restricts their flexibility. The project will start off by identifying the operating conditions of hydro power plants in the future energy system. Research will be focused on the flexibility of Francis turbines, the most common turbine type in Europe, and the configuration of synchronous generators and frequency converters that allow for variable speed operation. Variable speed operation increases the operating range of the turbines, reduces the fatigue loads, and allow for higher ramping rates and start-stop-cycles reaching up to 30 times per day. HydroFlex also addresses methods to mitigate the negative effects on downstream water courses that may result from higher flexibility of hydro power plants, by developing and testing a technology for active underground storage of water. To promote the research results to the hydro power industry, the scientific community and the public, the results will be presented in workshops, conferences, scientific journals, newspapers and various social media.
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Coordinator

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU

Address

Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim

Norway

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 872 405

Participants (15)

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LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 887 470

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 430 263

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 463 360

SINTEF ENERGI AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 160 391

Lyse Produksjon AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 6 250

RAINPOWER NORGE AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 188 818,75

VATTENFALL AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 6 250

STATKRAFT ENERGI AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 6 250

STIFTELSEN NORSK INSTITUTT FOR NATURFORSKNING NINA

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 319 035

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 314 537,50

Ss. CYRIL AND METHODIUS UNIVERSITY IN SKOPJE

North Macedonia

EU Contribution

€ 79 290

ABB AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 6 250

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 269 551

MULTICONSULT NORGE AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 109 300

EDR & MEDESO AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 307 267,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 764011

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2018

  • End date

    30 April 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 716 988,75

  • EU contribution

    € 5 426 688,75

Coordinated by:

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU

Norway