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Hydropower Extending Power System Flexibility

Objective

The ultimate objective of the XFLEX project is to increase hydropower potential in terms of plant efficiency, availability and provision of flexibility services to the Electric Power System (EPS).
The high Renewable Energy Sources (RES) scenario of the decarbonisation process relies on a drastic change of the European Union EPS with a massive integration of non-dispatchable RES and disconnection of the so-called conventional units, as greenhouse gases emitters. These changes influence drastically the provision of the power grid balancing, and challenge the EPS operations and safety. It is of upmost importance to provide reliable solutions to support the EPS with more flexibility services. Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP) already significantly supports EPS flexibility in terms of regulation capability, fast frequency control, fast start/stop, fast generating to pumping modes transition, high ramping rate, inertia emulation, fault ride through capacity, etc. XFLEX aims to demonstrate an innovative methodology for system integration of hydroelectric technology solutions, variable speed being a key component and a reference, to provide further enhanced flexibility services assessed by a crosscutting analysis of their impact on both the technology and the market aspects. Innovative solutions also target an optimize maintenance plan to decrease the outage time and increase the availability of the plant. Demonstrations are scheduled in the cases of run-of-river, storage and pumped storage HPPs and they cover cases of refurbished, uprated and especially existing HPP to be applied and scaled to any unit size. XFLEX draws the roadmap for the exploitation of its solutions to all the European HPP fleet. A strategic dissemination plan is set to promote the deployment of the demonstrated solutions to stakeholders, to the scientific community and the public and to further support the communication in workshops, conferences, scientific journals, newspapers and various social media.
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Coordinator

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Address

Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne

Switzerland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 2 876 462,50

Participants (18)

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COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 865 027,50

ANDRITZ HYDRO GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 330 312,50

ANDRITZ Hydro AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 393 534,75

GE HYDRO FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 061 681,25

VOITH HYDRO HOLDING GMBH & CO KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 087 275

ALPIQ AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 214 812,50

CNET CENTRE FOR NEW ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 563 500

EDP - GESTAO DA PRODUCAO DE ENERGIASA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 541 231,25

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 450 750

POWER VISION ENGINEERING SARL

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 439 250

INESC TEC - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIADE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, TECNOLOGIA E CIENCIA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 794 000

SUPERGRID INSTITUTE

France

EU Contribution

€ 878 500

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 530 000

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 612 750

HAUTE ECOLE SPECIALISEE DE SUISSE OCCIDENTALE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 969 375

ZABALA INNOVATION CONSULTING, S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 178 150

INTERNATIONAL HYDROPOWER ASSOCIATION LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 039 375

ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS

France

EU Contribution

€ 277 392

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 857832

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2019

  • End date

    31 August 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 18 162 949,50

  • EU contribution

    € 15 103 379,25

Coordinated by:

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland