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Join ISGAN SIRFN Workshop on Power System Testing in Arnhem (NL) on 21 March, 2017

Join ISGAN SIRFN Workshop on Power System Testing in Arnhem (NL) on 21 March, 2017

On 21 March in Arnhem (NL), ISGAN Annex 5 Smart Grid International Research Facility Network (SIRFN) will hold a Workshop on Power System Testing.

Led by Fraunhofer IWES with contributions from RSE and DTU, the workshop will cover the topics of use case flexibility and description of use cases:

1. Use Case Flexibility:

  • Global system service
  • Frequency support with small aggregated units

  • Local system service
  • Microgrids in system operation

 
2. Description of use cases:

  • Experiences on national level
  • Demos / regulatory approaches

 
Expected outcome of the workshop:

  • Common view on use of flexibility
  • Description of gaps in regulation / harmonisation

 
If you would like to register for the workshop or have any questions, please contact sirfn@der-lab.net.

PNDC extending PHIL Capability

PNDC extending PHIL Capability

The Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) of the University of Strathclyde is presently installing a 540 kVA Triphase system to extend the centre’s Power Hardware in the Loop (PHIL) capability. The Triphase system will be operational and ready for project utilisation in February 2017.
 
The Triphase system can be operated in AC and DC modes of operation, it has an AC voltage range of 0-480V and a DC voltage range of 0-1300V. For measurement and control the Triphase system has a fibre optic interface to the PNDC Real Time Digital Simulator.

You can find out more about the centre’s capabilities here.

ISGAN Smart Grid Glossary Online

ISGAN Smart Grid Glossary Online

The ISGAN Glossary is a project of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), a multilateral collaboration between governments to advance the development and deployment of smarter electric grid policies, practices and systems.
 
 
The Glossary utilises OpenEI's collaborative, wiki-based platform to collect and organize definitions of smart grid concepts from a variety of high-quality international sources, and to make them freely accessible to policymakers and the public.

You can find out more and add smart grid definitions here.

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.

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