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SAVE THE DATE: Workshop “Designing and Validating Future Intelligent Electric Power Systems” by ERIGrid, EERA JP Smart Grids, ELECTRA IRP, SIRFN, and DERlab in Kassel (DE) on 6 September, 2017

SAVE THE DATE: Workshop “Designing and Validating Future Intelligent Electric Power Systems” by ERIGrid, EERA JP Smart Grids, ELECTRA IRP, SIRFN, and DERlab in Kassel (DE) on 6 September, 2017

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ERIGrid, EERA JP Smart Grids, ELECTRA IRP, SIRFN, and DERlab invite you to join the workshop
“Designing and validating future intelligent electric power systems”
in Kassel (DE) on 6 September, 2017.

Taking place at the premises of Fraunhofer IWES, the event is scheduled between the ERIGrid technical workshop (4-5 September) and the EERA JP SG General Assembly (7-8 September) and will attract many of Europe’s smart grid stakeholders. Meet world experts on smart grids, discuss the future smart electricity system and broaden your network!

As the number of participants is limited, please register as soon as possible via the online registration form.

Stay tuned for the detailed agenda and further information!

We strongly recommend you to book a hotel for your stay as soon as possible as the demand is extremely high during documenta 14, a modern art exhibition taking place at the same time in Kassel.

NREL Collaborates with NASA and UCL to Make Lithium-Ion Batteries Safer on Earth and in Space

NREL Collaborates with NASA and UCL to Make Lithium-Ion Batteries Safer on Earth and in Space

 
NREL’s energy storage team has joined forces with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the University College London (UCL) for a cutting-edge study on lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery failure right down to the cell level, using the lab’s newly patented, R&D Award-winning Battery Internal Short Circuit (ISC) Device.


The use of high energy density Li-ion batteries is ubiquitous – from powering portable electronics including cell phones and laptops, electric drive vehicles (EDVs), to providing grid-scale storage and technology used by NASA for space travel. This type of batteries is very lightweight and has a high storage capacity. However, defects can lead to overheating and explosions. High-profile cases such as the recent recall of the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone line emphasise the importance of an in-depth understanding of battery failure. The Battery ISC Device allows researchers to simulate and then pinpoint battery failure right down to the cathode and anode materials, making it possible to identify and then mitigate production issues and build fail-safes into batteries to avert destructive short-circuit failures.

Further information on the NREL, NASA, and UCL study can be found here or in the original press release.

Till 30 May: Register to Experience the Vibrant Programme of EEM 2017 on 6-9 June in Dresden (DE)

Till 30 May: Register to Experience the Vibrant Programme of EEM 2017 on 6-9 June in Dresden (DE)

14th International Conference on the European Energy Market (EEM 2017) will take place in Dresden on 6-9 June, 2017, with more than 200 presentations in more than 50 scientific sessions.

 

The conference offers:

  • Dynamic scientific program with sessions focusing on markets as well as technical aspects
  • Interesting high-level keynote talks are given by Rainer Baake (State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy), Ralph Bahke (CEO Ontras), Prof. Dr. Marc-Oliver Bettzüge (University cologne and EWI), Dr. Dirk Biermann (Chief Officer Markets and System Operations, 50 Hertz), Prof. Derek Bunn (London Business School), Prof. Dr. Wolf Fichtner (KIT), Dr. Ursula Heinrichs (Forschungszentrum Jülich), Dr. Kathrin Kadner (DREWAG Stadtwerke Dresden), Dr. Yvonne Kerth (Gleiss Lutz), Prof. Reinhard Haas (TU Wien), Timo Schulz (European Energy Exchange), Jan Steinkohl (European Commission DG Energy), Prof. Ramteen Sioshansi (Ohio State University) and Dr. Birgit Wetzel (DREWAG Stadtwerke Dresden).

In addition, exclusive events complement the conference:

  • Welcome reception and barbecue with the opportunity to test drive electric vehicles.
  • Conference gala dinner: The EEM Gala Dinner will take place in the „Gläserne Manufaktur“ at 8th June. This unique exhibition space owned by Volkswagen currently serves as a showcase for electromobility with plans to convert the facility to accommodate the future production of premium class and electric vehicles.
  • Technical tours to the lignite power plant Lippendorf and the innovative power plant Reick.
  • Wind power forecast competition: The results and methods used in the wind power forecast competition will be presented at the EEM 2017.
  • WomEN 2017 – Female participants are invited to attend WomEN17, an exclusive event aimed at those engaged in the energy field within academic, research and industry circles.
  • EU Horizon 2020 – fast track to your proposal: the Project Idea Lab (PIL) will help you create a powerful project consortium and jointly develop a competitive EU project proposal.
  • ITEM game competition: The ITEM-Game Special Session will bring together participants of the EEM 2017 to compete in a game-setting in simulating liberalised electricity markets and the challenges faced by market agents in their long-term investment decisions and in their short-term trading strategies.
  • Excursion – boat trip on river Elbe and historic cable car: As a further highlight of your stay in Dresden at the EEM 2017, the EEM 2017 Organising Committee invites you to take part in an excursion including a boat trip on river Elbe and a ride on a historical cable car.

Please register for EEM 2017 until 30 May here.

Fraunhofer IWES and the German Meteorological Service with New Models for More Accurate Weather and Energy Forecasts

Fraunhofer IWES and the German Meteorological Service with New Models for More Accurate Weather and Energy Forecasts

Wind turbines and photovoltaic systems supply more or less energy to the grid depending on good or bad weather conditions. This makes it challenging for transmission grid operators to forecast the amount of supplied energy as accurately as possible in order to maintain a stable grid. Fraunhofer IWES in Kassel, together with the German Meteorological Service (DWD), have developed mathematical models as part of the EWeLiNE project which significantly improve predictions compared to traditional methods.

The EWeLiNE project aims at the development of innovative weather and power forecast models for the grid integration of weather dependent energy sources. The new forecast models developed by IWES and DWD have very high forecast accuracy as well as weather warnings that are adapted to grid operation. This is particularly important in the event of extreme weather conditions such as strong winds. The more accurate the forecast, the better transmission grid operators will be able to maintain a constant balance between power supply and demand within the grid to guarantee a reliable supply.
 

IWES Energy Forecaster

The partners have now completed the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) sponsored project which started at the end 2012. However, the developments will be continued in the Gridcast follow-up project. Gridcast will primarily work on improving the forecasts for individual transformer stations as well as integrating further information such as satellite images for solar forecasts alongside weather data.



 
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»EnergyForecaster«: Using a demo-platform with an interactive, high spatial resolution map, grid operators can test the new forecast models. The transition to a permanent online operation should be carried out gradually in the next few months.


Read the original press release here.

ERIGrid on Cyber Security at PowerWeb Day in Delft (NL) on 9 June 2017

ERIGrid on Cyber Security at PowerWeb Day in Delft (NL) on 9 June 2017

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The digitalisation of energy infrastructure is expected to lead to improved efficiency, integration with other systems and more flexibility. These three benefits come with a price: increased complexity and new type of phenomena previously unknown in the power sector. One of them is cyber security: digital infrastructure, globally networked, is subject to numerous threats and attacks.

Organised by Delft University of Technology, the 2017 PowerWeb Day will teach you the fundamentals and state-of-the–art of smart grid cyber security. As well as its partner project SPARKS, ERIGrid will present its work in progress and upcoming answers to the questions with regards to the combination of information technology and power grids.

14.00 Opening (Peter Palensky, Chair PowerWeb)
14.15 ERIGrid Project (Thomas Strasser, Austrian Institute of Technology)
15.00 SPARKS Project (Paul Smith, Austrian Institute of Technology)
15.45 Poster Session
16.00 Podium Discussion
16.30 Networking Session

Learn about both, the smart grid cyber security challenge and solutions at the Netherlands premium event on intelligent power systems. The day will end with a networking session among industry, research, and authorities.

Attendance is free of charge. Registration obligatory via www.powerweb.tudelft.nl.

DNV GL Launches LVRT Testing Services in India to Support Grid Stability

DNV GL Launches LVRT Testing Services in India to Support Grid Stability

As India aims high to broaden their renewable energy capacity and takes more stringent measures to improve the quality, DNV GL has officially launched its full suite of LVRT Testing services for the Indian wind market to support grid stability and improve security of supply.

As wind energy becomes more of an integral part of the Indian power system, operators of transmission networks have added more stringent requirements for grid connected wind turbines. The main challenges are the Low Voltage Ride Through (LVRT) capability, the reactive power demand during these voltage dips, and the power recovery after the voltage dip. The LVRT test provides transmission network operators and wind turbine manufacturers with reliable voltage dip capability results. The full suite of the testing services offered by DNV GL includes container design and build, scheduling, forecasting, demand estimation, contingency plans and protection systems.

Original press release

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