The European Commission has recently awarded the HR Excellence in Research badge to Lodz University of Technology (TUL) acknowledging that the university ensures attractive work conditions and development opportunities for researchers.
The Institute of Electrical Power Engineering at Lodz University of Technology works with distributed generation (including renewables) and its integration with electrical power grid, quality of supply, microgrids, optimisation of network and power plant operation, electricity markets, power system modelling and simulation as well as optimisation of lighting networks and devices.
You can find an overview of TUL‘s testing and consulting services here.
The European Commission has recently launched three Horizon Prizes to encourage innovation and find solutions to energy challenges:
- Photovoltaics meets history (Submission deadline: 26 September, 2018)
- Low carbon hospital (Submission deadline: 3 April, 2019)
- CO2 reuse (Submission deadline: 3 April, 2019)
Funded under Horizon 2020, the prizes will reward innovative approaches to integrating solar energy into historical buildings, using renewable energy in hospitals, and developing products that help cut emissions by reusing carbon dioxide (CO2). The three prizes in the area of energy contribute to the objectives of both the Energy Union and the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan.
You can find out more here.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has recently released a report “Deployment of Wind Turbines in the Built Environment: Risks, Lessons, and Recommended Practices”, which examines risks, lessons and recommended practices for deployment of wind turbines in the built environment.
The study looks at wind energy projects that are constructed on, in, or near buildings. These projects present an opportunity for distributed, low-carbon generation combined with highly visible statements on sustainability, but this segment of the wind industry is still developing and is relatively less mature than the utility-scale wind or conventional ground-based distributed wind sectors.
Read the full report here.
On 17 March, 2016, the DERlab Association gathered at the premises of CVVOZE Power Laboratories at Brno University of Technology to review the achievements for the past year and to elaborate the strategy and the goals of the Association.
DERlab also welcomed to its member network the Renewable Electrical Energy Systems Research Center (SEER) of the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona Tech. SEER is a research center on renewable electrical energy systems. The main research focus lies on power generation based on renewable energies, mainly solar power, wind power as well as on modern power systems. SEER works on cutting-edge research projects relating to distributed generation, advanced power processing, electrical energy storage, smart grids and grid integration, intelligent electrical networks and energy storage systems, demand response as well as information and communication technologies.
SEER establishes multiple partnerships with R&D projects and companies, participates in projects on the EU and international levels, and offers high-level networking and consulting. Among SEER’s facilities are the Grid Connection Lab, PV Power Lab, Smart Grids Lab, and Wind Power Lab.
DERlab Board (from left to right): Prof. Graeme Burt, Maria-Luciana Rizzi (RSE), Roland Bründlinger (AIT), Dr. Philipp Strauss (IWES), Peter Vaessen (Spokesperson, DNV GL)
Smart meters are being installed in electricity networks of many countries with increasing regularity. However in several cases their operation in parallel with PV inverters and other power electronic devices results in significant measurement errors.
[clear]Kotsampopoulos, A. Rigas, J. Kirchhof, G. Messinis, A. Dimeas, N. Hatziargyriou, V. Rogakos, K. Andreadis, “EMC issues in the interaction between smart meters and power electronic interfaces”, IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, Volume:PP, Issue: 99, May 2016
For more cooperative scientific articles by DERlab member institutes please visit DERlab Publications.
Having obtained a comprehensive picture of Smart Grid standardization procedures, STARGRID identified existing obstacles to smart grid deployment and formulated recommendations for industry, standardization organizations and policy makers.
As a project partner, DERlab contributed to developing the recommendations, particularly on the topic of increasing the stakeholders’ participation in the standardization.
The final STARGRID report provides a set of six recommendations with respect to Smart Grid standardization and regulation:
- Provision of harmonized core regulations at national / local level
- Preparation of new standards and regulations for system integration
- Prioritization of interoperability tests specifications in Smart Grids standards
- Augmentation of information and communication security and privacy
- Augmentation of the stakeholders’ participation in the standardization processes
- Harmonization of the regulation and standardization framework for DER interconnection rules
These recommendations are addressed to standardization bodies, policy makers, regulatory authorities and Smart Grid stakeholders, such as manufacturers and grid operators, generation operators, prosumers, energy services providers, and others.
Furthermore, the report pinpoints the most relevant obstacles to a large scale deployment of Smart Grid technologies related to standardization and regulation and indicates possible solutions.
You can find the complete STARGRID Final Recommendations on Integrating Smart Grids in Distribution Networks for free download here.
For more information on the STARGRID project please visit www.stargrid.eu.
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