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Fraunhofer IWES contributes to a new smart grid laboratory in Brazil

Fraunhofer IWES contributes to a new smart grid laboratory in Brazil

An important technical step for a new smart grid laboratory at Cepel in Brazil has been successfully designed by Cepel together with the Fraunhofer IWES and FOKUS in Berlin. This laboratory will be able to assess the interoperability between all system components and compliance with relevant standards. Several test areas have been developed for equipment and hybrid systems with decentralised energy resource components. The setup of this national reference laboratory in the region of Rio de Janeiro can now go ahead.

The cooperation between Cepel and Fraunhofer has made it possible to design a powerful new smart grid laboratory, which is located in the region of Rio de Janeiro. The recsources are provided by Fraunhofer Institute IWES and funded by the Brazilian Energy and Mineral Sectors Strengthening Project (META project). The new smart grid laboratory in Brazil is planned to be the national reference laboratory. It will provide a component test area for equipment up to 2 MVA in the final stage (e.g. photovoltaic inverters). Furthermore a test environment for hybrid systems has been designed with various DER components (e.g. photovoltaics and battery inverter together with diesel generators). The behaviour of individual components in system context can be investigated within a power hardware in the loop (PHIL) test stand.

© Photo Fraunhofer IWES | Norbert Henze

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Conference “Efficient and Stable Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Sources” in Berlin (DE) on 30-31 January, 2018

Conference “Efficient and Stable Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Sources” in Berlin (DE) on 30-31 January, 2018

Zukunftsnetz

The conference “Efficient and Stable Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Sources” (German: Zukünftige Stromnetze für erneuerbare Energien) will take place in
Berlin (DE) on 30-31 January, 2018. It will deal with questions covering a broad range of topics regarding renewable energy sources and the electricity grid, and discuss possible solutions to current and future challenges.

The key subjects of this conference will be:

  • Grid equipment – decentralised feed-in, energy storage, electrical load management, etc.
  • Smart grids and smart markets
  • Security and quality of power supply
  • Ancillary services
  • Information management and communication technology
  • Regulations
  • Flexibility options and their utilisation
  • Planning and operating under growing insecurity: new planning practices, new electrical equipment, new plant management tools
  • Digitalisation
  • Integration of electric mobility
  • Integrated energy

Among the participants will be grid operators, power supply companies, research facilities focusing on utilisation, regulators and policy members, device manufacturers,
and many more.

For more information, please visit the conference website (German only).

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CIRED Workshop 2018: Call for Papers on Microgrids and Local Energy Communities

CIRED Workshop 2018: Call for Papers on Microgrids and Local Energy Communities

IRED

The CIRED Workshop 2018 will take place in Ljubljiana (SI) on 7-8 June, 2018, and focus on “Microgrids and local energy communities” and their impact on distribution system development.

Microgrids and local energy communities can have a tremendous impact on distribution system development, and may offer a number of important advantages for the end-users and for the utilities. The workshop will address electricity distribution systems containing loads and distributed energy resources that can be operated in a controlled environment such as:

  • Isolated microgrids
  • Embedded microgrids
  • Local energy communities

The CIRED Workshop is now opening a call for papers! Contributions are possible for one of the following three workshop themes:

    • Business models, roles, responsibilities and regulatory aspects:

topics related to the overall regulatory, business and organisational frameworks for microgrid implementation and operation, focusing mainly on the roles of the microgrid operators and DSOs in making microgrids an integrated part of the electricity distribution system of the future.

    • Architecture and system development:

In the domain of microgrids and local energy communities, robust architectures are necessary in order to foster system development, as well as suitable models to compare development options.

    • Network integration, control concepts and operations:

contributions related to technical microgrid integration methods and solutions, as well as field trial results, tests and standards.

Prospective authors are invited to submit an abstract of 2 A4 pages (including diagrams and illustrations) by December 15, 2017, directly via the Workshop website.

For more information and to submit your paper please visit www.cired2018-workshop.org.

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DNV GL GRIDSTOR Recommended Practice for Grid-Connected Energy Storage

DNV GL GRIDSTOR Recommended Practice for Grid-Connected Energy Storage

The market for grid-connected energy storage systems is relatively new and unexplored but growing rapidly. For a successful deployment, you need clarity and shared expectations between buyer and supplier. For this reason, DNV GL took the lead in bringing together an international consortium of industry stakeholders to develop the GRIDSTOR Recommended Practice.

GRIDSTOR Recommended Practice (DNVGL-RP-0043) offers a global framework an independent quality guarantee of the safe implementation and operation of your energy storage. Benefit from these clear, practice-based guidelines for all stakeholders helping your system meet specific and shared safety, operational and performance criteria.

 

 

The benefits of the RP are:

  • Coverage of a broad range of energy storage technologies and applications
  • Use of a system-level approach
  • Clear, comprehensive structure
  • Link to all key standards and guidelines from a single document
  • Simple, clear and practice-based additional guidance where needed, in harmony with all of those standards and guidelines

As the energy storage sector experiences rapid and strong developments and innovations, the existing GRIDSTOR recommended practice has been updated regularly.

For more details on the GRIDSTORE RP, please click here.

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Solar Asset Management Europe in Milan (IT) on 7-8 November, 2017

Solar Asset Management Europe in Milan (IT) on 7-8 November, 2017

Solar Asset Management Europe is Europe’s leading conference dedicated to the optimisation of the operational phase of PV plants and portfolios. In dealing with these challenges and capturing opportunities in new markets, proper asset management makes a real difference when it comes to profitability and sustainability of success.
The fifth edition will take place in Milan (IT) on 7-8 November, 2017.


Connect with other attendees representing the entire value chain from service provider to asset manager and investor and leading experts to discuss new business models, consolidation, grid balancing and larger exposure to the electricity market. The conference further offers a variety of opportunities for exhibiting and sponsorship to build and promote your brand towards a focused target group.

You can register for the event here. For more information, please visit the conference website.

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European Commission Publishes Energy Data for all EU Countries

European Commission Publishes Energy Data for all EU Countries

The European Commission has published new energy statistical datasheets showing how each EU country’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions evolved between 1990 and 2015. This makes it possible to track how each country’s energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions patterns have changed over time.

The datasheets contain an overview of the EU as a whole as well as individual country profiles. Information includes data on energy production, trading and consumption in each country, sorted by energy carrier (the means by which energy is converted into usable form) and economic sector. They further provide information such as the evolution of each country’s primary energy consumption, the individual countries’ energy efficiency, and their level of dependency on energy imports.
 
For more information and access to the Excel sheets, please click here.



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