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Electric LOsses Balancing through integrated STorage and power Electronics towards increased synergy between Railways and electricity distribution networks

Objective

European distribution networks and light-railway networks present common issues: both have been developed as independent networks, relying on the resilience and robustness of existing power supplies. However, RES progressive penetration introduced an increasing degree of uncertainty on the direction of power flows. Both networks are looking at integrated solutions targeting: i) reduction of electricity losses ii) increase the grid stability in a high local RES penetration scenario iii) accommodate the needs of new energy actors such as EVs, electrical storages and prosumers. Electrified transport networks such as light railways could act to enhance distribution grid stability providing ancillary services inter-exchanging electricity. However such potential is still unexploited. E-LOBSTER intends to capture such potential through the development of an innovative, economically viable and easily replicable electric Transport-Grid Inter-Connection System that will be able to establish synergies between power distribution networks, electrified transport networks (metro, trams, light railways etc.) and charging stations for EVs. The proposed solution encompasses the integration of high power flow Electric Storage with smart Soft Open Points providing flexible control. The system will be managed by an integrated Railway + Grid Management System which starting from the real time analysis of energy losses will be able to optimize the interexchange of electricity between the networks maximizing local RES self-consumption. The hardware and software control platform will be demonstrated at TRL 6 in one substation owned by Metro de Madrid. Business models and standardisation needs will be deeply analyzed and measures to unlock existing barriers will be promoted and in parallel the knowledge generated from the project will be further exploited for the definition of the up-scale design of a full scale E-LOBSTER system, paving the ground towards replication across the EU.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/business model
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electrical engineering/power engineering/electric power distribution

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2017-SGS
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

RINA CONSULTING SPA
Address
Via Cecchi 6
16129 Genova
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 941 874,82

Participants (8)

TURBO POWER SYSTEMS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 505 530
Address
1 Queens Park. Queensway North
NE11 0QD Gateshead
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RAIL SAFETY AND STANDARDS BOARD LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 387 500
Address
The Helicon 1 South Place
EC2M 2RB London
Activity type
Other
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 485 059,78
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Lithium Balance A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 428 750
Address
Hassellunden 13
2765 Smorum
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
METRO DE MADRID SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 258 465,40
Address
Calle Cavanilles 58
28007 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 492 422,50
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACION DE LOS FERROCARRILES ESPANOLES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 274 250
Address
C Santa Isabel 44
28012 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNION INTERNATIONALE DES TRANSPORTS PUBLICS
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 225 250
Address
Rue Sainte Marie 6
1080 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other