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New Roadmap on Smart Networks for Energy Transition Online

New Roadmap on Smart Networks for Energy Transition Online

The new ETIP SNET Research & Innovation (R&I) Roadmap 2017-2026 provides the system view to the entire energy transition by addressing a scope larger than smart electricity grids. It also encompasses interactions with the gas and heat networks and focuses on integration of all flexibility solutions into the power system, including energy storage technologies.

You can access the entire roadmap document here.

Find out more in the original press release.

Best poster award at IRED 2016 won by Fraunhofer IWES supported by ERIGrid project

Best poster award at IRED 2016 won by Fraunhofer IWES supported by ERIGrid project

At the 7th International Conference on Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources (IRED) in Niagara Falls (CA) on 24-28 October, 2016, Ron Brandl of Fraunhofer IWES won the best poster award for the poster “Power Hardware-in-the-Loop Studies for Transmission Network Stability Behaviors”.
 
The poster presents the prospects of Power-Hardware-in-the Loop (PHIL) systems and, in particular, two possibilities in testing and studying network stability behaviours:

  • Global network stability studies including Hardware-under-Test (HUT)
  • HUT testing for more realistic network events

 

 
This work is supported by the ERIGrid project and the DEA-Stabil project.

You can find detailed information in the poster and in the corresponding manuscript in the ERIGrid Resources.

IWES develops test field for offshore wind turbines

IWES develops test field for offshore wind turbines

In early 2017, Fraunhofer IWES is set to receive its own test field for offshore wind turbines.
Construction work is already under way and the first measurements and tests will begin in spring.


Comparison of field survey results with data obtained on the large-scale test rigs will significantly expand the opportunities for further optimisation of measuring and testing methods as well as risk mitigation for new turbine designs. Fraunhofer IWES´ research project has a total budget of approx. € 18.5 million and will make a considerable contribution to both quality assurance and cost savings in the wind energy industry.

You can find out more in the original press release.

NREL Working on Taller Wind Turbines

NREL Working on Taller Wind Turbines

NREL

When building a wind turbine, you want to make it as tall as possible to capture stronger, faster winds aloft. But taller tower bases become too large to be transported over the road—a constraint that has kept average US wind turbine heights at 80 meters for the last 10 years.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is currently involved in a project which has found a potential solution: automated concrete manufacturing.

Learn more about this exciting breakthrough for wind energy in this video.


DTU’s Invention Revolutionising Wind Measurement

DTU’s Invention Revolutionising Wind Measurement

DTU

DTU researchers have invented a wind scanner which measures the actual wind conditions around wind turbines in three dimensions. Having three laser beams and a controllable system of prisms the 3D wind scanner detects a three-dimensional image of the wind field. The patented technology has now been put to work in several different types of wind scanner.

The 3D measuring technology is now in high demand far beyond Denmark’s borders, thanks in part to its inclusion in the European roadmap. Several European countries are now working to build their own national versions of the wind scanners based on DTU’s original design, with the associated software and data platform, and training users.

Find out more in the original news source.

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