On 19 May, 2016, the ETP SG General Assembly took place in Brussels (BE), jointly with the Photovoltaic Platform’s annual conference on 18 May, 2016. Broadly associated with distribution networks, photovoltaics is the generation technology at the forefront of both the challenges and opportunities in transforming the grid.
This is why the two European Technology and Innovation Platforms – Photovoltaics and Smartgrids – teamed up this year to address in their annual events the state of the art and the technical and strategic challenges to achieve sustainable repowering of Europe by the smart, adaptive and integrated grid.
At the event the ETP SG presented four recently released publications:
The Digital Energy System 4.0
Progress and Challenges on Asset Management for Future Smart Grids
The need for a fundamental review of electricity networks reliability standards
National and Regional Smart Grids initiatives in Europe
Three DERlab members – FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus, the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – have recently formed the consortium of the TwinPV project of Horizon 2020. Stretching over the span of two years (01.01.2016 – 31.12.2018), the project aims to enhance the research conducted at the University of Cyprus (UCY) through targeted twinning activities with two internationally leading research institutions: AIT and DTU.
In particular, the goal is to stimulate excellence and innovation capacity at UCY primarily in the field of photovoltaics (PV) and grid integration in smart grids. Twinning activities will include knowledge transfer and exchange of best practices, joint PhD programs, joint research and industrial collaboration between AIT, DTU and UCY. By twinning with AIT and DTU, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy will reach higher international research excellence and technological development.
This project will entail significant benefits for all institutions involved in terms of enhancement of their research and innovation capacity in science and technology and raising their staff research profile. Moreover, the project will form the knowledge base for boosting innovation practices at UCY in particular and in Cypriot academia in general. Furthermore the consortia of UCY, DTU and AIT have significant expertise to play a major role in the PV sector of the Middle East, North Africa and the Arabian peninsula.
You can find out more about the project here.
Online: DERlab/SIRFN Special Issue of DER Journal “Pre-standardisation Activities for Grid Integration of DER”
It is impossible to overestimate the significance of pre-standardisation activities for smart grids development. By sharing best practices and methods, comparing testing results, identifying testing issues and possible solutions, we can improve the testing quality and contribute to the harmonisation of global standards. This will have a profound impact on grid regulation and stability, thus minimising grid unbalance and providing room for ancillary services.
In response to this situation, DERlab and SIRFN initiated a special issue “Pre-standardisation Activities in Grid Integration of DER” of the International Journal of Distributed Energy Resources and Smart Grids (DER Journal). Aimed at researchers, industry and grid operators, this issue of the DER Journal covers the following topics:
- home energy management systems
- parameter selection of frequency-watt grid support functions
- optimal placement of energy storage units
- grid codes analysis
- electromagnetic interferences in distribution grids
Here you can find the complete DERlab/SIRFN Special Issue of the DER Journal “Pre-standardisation Activities for Grid Integration of DER”.
Click here for an overview of other DERlab publications.
A member of the DERlab Association, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy of the University of Cyprus has completed its first year with notable successes in all targeted areas, which are now consolidated in the FOSS Annual Activity Report 2014.
According to the FOSS team, “Building effective partnerships and actively linking the work of the centre to networks like DERlab have been among main objectives of FOSS in supporting research endeavours of Cyprus and Europe. We look forward to new opportunities with optimism and invite you to have a look at our Activity Report 2014 to find out more about the remarkable successes and the goals of our research team.”
On 26-27 October, 2015, the Department of Electric Engineering of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) hosted an International Energy Agency (IEA) workshop on V2X technology with forty-six experts from academia, the system operator domain and the car industry.[clear]
The term “V2X” (vehicle to everything) is used to cover a number of applications where an Electric Vehicle (EV) battery can be used as a power source. This function strengthens an EV’s ability to support the power system since power and energy can be provided from the battery. It also means that the EV owner will have access to electric power where a connection to the power grid is not practical or possible. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has created a task to investigate V2X as one of the key technologies that will help the EV to realise its potential in a smart grid context.
During the workshop, the Department of Electric Engineering together with its partners in the Danish Nikola project demonstrated that two series-produced EVs (Nissan Leafs) could use V2X to provide frequency regulation. In the demonstration that was carried out in the new EVLab facilities (part of the PowerLabDK platform), power was sent back into the power system when the frequency went below 50Hz, meaning that there was a demand for power in the electric grid.
This proof of concept is important since it shows that thousands of Danish Nissan Leafs are already capable of providing advanced V2X-based smart grid services. Ultimately such services should aid the operation of the future Danish power system
while reducing the cost of ownership for EV owners.
[well]Find out more about the EVLab at www.EVLab.dk
and the Nikola project at www.Nikolaproject.info[/well]
Available Online: COTEVOS/DERlab Special Issue of DER Journal “Grid Integration and Interoperability Assessment of EV”
Having developed optimal structures and capacities to test the conformance, interoperability and performance of different systems for the smart charging of EV, COTEVOS together with DERlab initiated a joint special issue of the DER Journal (International Journal of Distributed Energy Resources and Smart Grids). Under the topic “Grid Integration and Interoperability Assessment of EV”, the released issue addresses several crucial aspects:
• implementation guidelines based on the standards ISO/IEC15118 and IEC 61851-1 for EV, EV supply equipment manufacturers and other e-mobility actors
• centralised and decentralised charging management of EV in the view of the possible barriers (blackouts, peaks and voltage sags, etc.) with different control algorithms (lottery-based schedule model, artificial intelligence, etc.)
• impact assessment of the EV integration in the electric distribution network with the help of the predictive capability model for quantitative analysis of harmonic voltage and current levels
Covering such a vast thematic scope, this DER Journal shares knowledge and experience to various stakeholders of the EV research and market. Research infrastructures will find information on ways of enhancing their ICT testing capabilities for the EV integration in the smart grid environment. The EV industry, original equipment manufacturers and other service providers might find new ideas for business models and services based on EV charging management. Meanwhile distribution operators are provided with new information on grid stability and the build-up for future EV developments.
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