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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.

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-LCE-2017-RES-RIA-TwoStage

Coordinator

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Net EU contribution
€ 1 886 405,85
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Norway

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Norge Trøndelag Trøndelag
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (15)

LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 879 188,53
Address
Universitetsomradet Porson
971 87 Lulea

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Norra Sverige Övre Norrland Norrbottens län
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 423 578,94
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala

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Östra Sverige Östra Mellansverige Uppsala län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOGSKOLA AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 456 068,00
Address
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412 96 Goteborg

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Södra Sverige Västsverige Västra Götalands län
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SINTEF ENERGI AS
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 160 390,63
Address
Sem Saelandsveg 11
7465 Trondheim

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Norge Trøndelag Trøndelag
Activity type
Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
Lyse Produksjon AS
Norway
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€ 0,00
Address
Breiflatveien 18
4069 Stavanger

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Norge Vestlandet Rogaland
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 43 164,15
RAINPOWER NORGE AS
Norway
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€ 188 818,75
Address
Instituttveien 8
2007 Kjeller

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Norge Oslo og Viken Viken
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€ 0,00
VATTENFALL AB
Sweden
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€ 0,00
Address
Evenemangsgatan 13
169 56 Stockholm

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Östra Sverige Stockholm Stockholms län
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 43 164,15
STATKRAFT ENERGI AS
Norway
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€ 0,00
Address
Lilleakerveien 6
0283 Oslo

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Norge Oslo og Viken Oslo
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 43 164,15
STIFTELSEN NORSK INSTITUTT FOR NATURFORSKNING NINA
Norway
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€ 319 035,00
Address
Hogskoleringen 9
7034 Trondheim

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Norge Trøndelag Trøndelag
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
United Kingdom
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€ 307 162,50
Address
Richmond Street 16
G1 1XQ Glasgow

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West Central Scotland Glasgow City
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€ 0,00
Ss. CYRIL AND METHODIUS UNIVERSITY IN SKOPJE
North Macedonia
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€ 137 061,25
Address
Blvd Goce Delcev 9
1000 Skopje

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€ 0,00
ABB AS
Norway
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€ 0,00
Address
Bergerveien 12
1396 Billingstad

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Norge Oslo og Viken Viken
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 160 807,30
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
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€ 262 745,00
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen

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Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Städteregion Aachen
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€ 0,00
MULTICONSULT NORGE AS
Norway
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€ 109 300,00
Address
Nedre Skoyen Vei 2
0276 Oslo

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Norge Oslo og Viken Oslo
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€ 0,00
EDR & MEDESO AS
Norway
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€ 296 934,30
Address
Leif Tronstads Plass 4
1337 Sandvika

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Norge Oslo og Viken Viken
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00