cyberGRID Innovation & Development
InteGrid, a project designed to bring consumers closer to the energy system and its technology
Over the upcoming fours years, a consortium of 14 organisations from 8 European countries will be working on InteGrid, a H2020 project on low carbon energy. It is aimed at bridging the gap between citizens and the various players in the smart grids field by demonstrating how DSOs can allow all participants in the energy system to get actively involved in the market. The mix of commercial and research entities in this professional multinational group ensures that the interests of all parties are being met to achieve the best possible results while applying new approaches in data management and consumer involvement.
Financed by the European Commission, InteGrid makes a valuable contribution to the EU energy sector by developing and implementing actual business models, and delivering real-time demonstration results. InteGrid will enable utilities, aggregators, and other energy agents to move towards market facilitation while meeting consumer-driven needs like security, quality of supply, and sustainability. This is achieved by creating scalable and replicable solutions in an integrated environment.
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cyberGRID is involved throughout the entire duration of the project, with particular engagement in the work packages with the objective of preparing and monitoring demonstration activities, as well as ensuring the models' self-sustainability. Our team will be focused on improving the grid user active participation prototypes, and on setting up and integrating the necessary tools and hardware based on a smart architecture.
Partners: InteGrid was kicked off in Lisbon in January of 2017. It is headed by EDP Distribuição, a DSO from Portugal. Other members are DSO from Slovenia and Sweden (Elektro Ljubljana and Ellevio); industrial companies (cyberGRID, GE, SAP); industrial consumers (Águas de Portugal), a start-up expert in community engagement (SIM) and R&D institutions (INESC TEC, KTH, AIT, Comillas University, CNET and DNV-GL).
Designing eTrading Solutions for Electricity Balancing and Redispatching in Europe
The FutureFlow project will link interconnected control areas of four Transmission System Operators (TSO) of Central-South Europe, which today do face increasing challenges to ensure transmission system security. The growing share of renewable electricity units has reduced drastically the capabilities of conventional, fossil-fuel based means to ensure balancing activities and congestion relief through redispatching. There is a need to face future balancing and network security challenges with the help of a more intensive and joint approach at regional level. The project, as recently approved under the Horizon 2020 framework of the European Commission, proposes research and innovation activities to validate that consumers and distributed generators can be put in a position to provide balancing and redispatching services in addition to conventional units, within an attractive business environment.
cyberGRID amongst the other partners in this consortium have agreed to jointly explore the combination of two routes to provide solutions to such problems through a unique regional cooperation:
- The design of a regional cross-border techno-economic cooperation scheme: it is tailored to ensure the participation of advanced commercial and industrial consumers, prosumers and distributed renewable generators in the provision of advanced ancillary services in TSO environments with limited flexibility options.
- The development and pilot testing of a comprehensive prototype IT platform and the associated economic model(s) to support this cooperation scheme.
The research and innovation activities involve real energy market players (between 30 and 45 MW of balancing power expected to be made available in the control areas of the four TSOs), this in view of:
- Prototyping of innovative flexibility aggregation platforms within all four control zones,
- Prototyping of a regional IT platform enabling access of these flexibility aggregation platforms to the international markets
- Enabling optimization of relevant functionalities within the TSO environments from the regional perspective,
- Pilot testing of these platforms and connections, based on a set of progressively ambitious use cases involving real electricity market players.
- An ex-post impact analysis is proposed to deliver recommendations for the scaling-up and replication of the most promising use cases
cyberGRID will contribute to the project’s results with its expertize and cutting edge technology for managing demand response (DR) and distributed generation (DG). The work will comprise on one side research of DR&DG technical characteristics and on the other research of TSO’s requirements for Automatic Frequency Restoration Reserve (aFRR) with the ambition to ensure level playing field for all suppliers of this highly valuable ancillary service. Based on these findings cyberGRID will prototype an innovative aFRR flexibility aggregation platform within all four control zones. It will be seamlessly integrated with the regional market IT platform enabling efficient monetization of DR&DG flexibilities across national borders.
Partners in the FutureFlow project, which is 100% financed by the European Commission are: ELES (Slovenia), APG (Austria), MAVIR (Hungary), TRANSELECTRICA (Romania), cyberGrid (Austria), Gen-I (Slovenia), SAP (Germany), Gemalto (France), 3E (Belgium), EIMV (Slovenia), EKC (Serbia), Elektro Energija (Slovenia).
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under Grant Agreement No 691777.
Flexiciency, a four year project, launched in early 2015, is part-funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research programme, with the aim of addressing flexibility and efficiency within the European energy market, putting focus on consumers and making use of data from smart metering.
The FLEXICIENCY project addresses several critical components of the modernising steps required for the European electricity grids to better enable a low carbon electricity value chain. The FLEXICIENCY project involving four major DSOs from Italy, France, Spain and Sweden, will demonstrate large scale projects of new services based upon data accessibility in real time, i.e. advanced monitoring, local energy control and flexibility of aggregated customers (including demand response in action), together with an innovative solution building on the integration of existing systems towards offering such services at EU level to all players of electricity retail markets (e.g. Distribution System Operators, electricity retailers, aggregators, ESCOS and end consumers), either new or existing ones.
The demonstration will also test the new economic models and evaluate benefits in terms of possible achievements of 2020 energy consumption goals and CO2 emission targets.
R&D Programme: Horizon 2020
Time Frame: 2015–2019
The aim of the project hybrid-VPP4DSO is the design, evaluation and validation of a hybrid virtual power plant concept including electricity generation from renewable resources as well as consumer-related measures (provision of negawatts) to optimize the power system. Network and market driven approaches will be combined, especially to provide services for the requirements of distribution grid operators. The simulation-based development of the hybrid-VPP-concept will be performed with real company data. After successful validation a proof of concept in two specific network areas in Slovenia and in Austria is planned. Furthermore, the possibilities for business models, technical and not-technical barriers of the VPP market will be evaluated.
Project Partners: cyberGRID, TU Vienna, Energetic Solutions, Grazer Energieagentur, Elektro Ljubljana, Stromnetz Steiermark, Energie Steiermark , Elektro Energija
R&D Programme: KLIEN/FFG e!MISSION.at
Time Frame: 2014–2016
evolvDSO (“Development of methodologies and tools for new and evolving DSO roles for efficient DRES integration in distribution networks”) is a FP7 collaborative project funded by the European Commission. The project lasts 40 months (September 2013- December 2016) and is carried out by a Consortium of 16 partners coordinated by Enel Distribuzione.
With the growing relevance of distributed renewable energy sources (DRES) in the generation mix and the increasingly pro-active demand for electricity, power systems and their mode of operation need to evolve. evolvDSO will define future roles of distribution system operators (DSOs) and develop tools required for these new roles on the basis of scenarios which will be driven by different DRES penetration levels, various degrees of technological progress, and differing customer acceptance patterns.
evolvDSO aims to deliver the following main outcomes:
- Future scenarios and new DSO roles
A limited set of possible future scenarios describing the evolution of electricity systems including the anticipation of future challenges of distribution systems and required new/evolving DSO roles;
- Development of validated tools and methods
Set of validated tools and methods with a high replicability potential focused on where the main gaps are with respect to the identified DSO challenges and new required DSO roles. These tools should address both current and possible future challenges of the distribution system;
- Evaluation of tools performance
Methodologies to evaluate the performance of the developed tools and methods considering the requirements of the key stakeholders (aligned with the EEGI requirements);
Recommendations for the modification of the regulatory framework and market architectures (new roles, responsibilities and interactions in the system) that take into account current technical requirements with the aim to facilitate an efficient DRES integration and more active consumers as well as market participation of new stakeholders such as aggregators and BRPs; the increasing need for storage similarly needs to be accommodated by the regulatory framework;
A pragmatic roadmap for the deployment of the developed tools and methods.
evolvDSO will contribute to the transition to a more sustainable European energy system by maintaining and increasing the security and reliability of distribution grids facilitating the increased feed-in of DRES. The results of evolvDSO will drive the implementation of the EEGI roadmap and ultimately provide a significant impetus for reaching EU climate targets.
Coordinator: ENEL Distribuzione
Project Partners: cyberGRID, EDP Distribuição, ERDF, ESB Networks, RWE, RTE, Energinet.dk, EDSO, Energy Pool, Grenoble INP, RSE, RWTH Aachen, University College Dublin, VITO, INESC Porto
R&D Programme: EC FP7
Time Frame: 2012–2015
The overall objective of the eBadge project is to propose an optimal pan-European Intelligent Balancing mechanism to integrate Virtual Power Plant Systems by means of an integrated communication infrastructure that can assist in the management of the electricity transmission and distribution grids in an optimized, controlled and secure manner.
In order to achieve this objective the eBadge project will develop a suite of components: A simulation and modelling tool for studying the integrated balancing and reserve market; a unified data-exchange standard using a high performance message bus between balancing and reserve entities; and VPP data analysis, optimization and control strategies.
These components are being integrated into a single pilot eBadge Energy Cloud that will, along with the other components be validated through tests in the lab and a real world field trial.
Of course the benefit of technology is limited unless applied for the benefit of all stakeholders. For this reason related business models integrating energy, ICT and residential consumer benefits will also be developed.
Based on the observed test results, the impact of the eBadge Energy Cloud (through the VPP reserve capacity offered to the balancing market), were it to be implemented in practice, will then be evaluated in terms of parameters including energy savings, fossil fuel savings, reduced CO2 emissions, reduced network losses, reduced overall dispatch cost and thus system prices, improved social welfare, increased market liquidity, increased electricity system flexibility and thus reliability and security of supply.
Coordinator: Telekom Slovenije
Project Partners: cyberGRID, RSE SpA, ELES, XLAB, APG, Borzen, Elektro Ljubljana, TU Vienna, SAP, EUDT (Sauper), VaasaETT, AIT
R&D Programme: EC FP7
Time Frame: 2012–2015
cyberPRICEThis project focuses on developing an innovative upgrade of the virtual power plant technology capable of managing incentive based demand response (DR) programs. With the development of the new cyberPRICE module, the project will tackle the area of price based DR programs. This will enable the customers to introduce efficient dynamic pricing programs, minimize trading risk and maximize revenue.
European Demand Response Center (EDRC)
This project focuses on research and development of an automated European Demand Response Centre (EDRC) through aggregation and intelligent networking of industrial and commercial consumers and suppliers with integration of renewable energy sources (RES) for economic and ecological optimization of balance energy actions, such as peak power, grid stability and congestion issues.
Results of this project is a functional research of EDRC in a laboratory environment which integrates five industry/commercial sites in order to achieve best possible knowledge of demand response technology potential (technical, commercial) and its effects on the energy system as well as the technological challenges for the realization of such a system.
This project is funded with resources from the Klima- and Energiefonds, and it is carried out within the program „NEUE ENERGIEN 2020“.
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