About the Project
SINGULAR opens new paths regarding the large-scale integration and exploitation of renewables in insular electricity networks through the development of novel models and tools and the adoption of new electricity network and market designs.
SINGULAR is significantly aligned with the technology objectives of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SETPlan), which aim at the development and large-scale deployment of low carbon technologies through R&D activities and, especially, with the European Electricity Grids Initiative objectives:
Development and validation of advanced network technologies to improve flexibility and security of the network, and to mitigate future capital and operational expenditure. These include new high-power equipment, integration of electricity storage and monitoring and control systems. SINGULAR is oriented to the development of methodologies, mathematical models and software tools for the efficient, reliable and secure operation of insular electricity networks under large-scale integration of various RES technologies (e.g. wind, PV, biomass, small hydro, cogeneration, wave energy, etc.).
Preparation of the long-term evolution of electricity grids to ensure the proper investments are made in the coming years to address the requirements of the future portfolio of electricity generation. SINGULAR will address the long-term evolution of insular electricity grids through the examination of the effects of RES planning and distribution network planning.
Engagement of the active participation of customers in energy markets and energy efficiency through better information about their consumption, incentives such as dynamic pricing mechanisms and appropriate ICT tools. SINGULAR, regarding the active participation of end-use consumers in the formulation of their own electricity consumption profile as well as the entire power system's load demand pattern, will focus on the implementation of DSM programs in the framework of establishing smart grids in the respective islands. Moreover, game mechanisms and integration with social media applications can be used in order to further enhance participation and effectiveness and efficiency of demand response. If the principle of Captology (i.e. the persuasion process of a consumer, using modern IT, Web 2.0 technologies and computers) is applied to the energy efficiency services and demand response, then the social motivation can be triggered more efficiently.
Elaboration and testing of innovative market designs to ensure a proper functioning of the internal market for electricity both at European and local scale. SINGULAR will propose innovative market designs, suitable for insular power systems with high RES penetration. Economic models will be developed for the equitable settlement of market participants and customers for supplying energy, reserves, demand response and other energy services.
The European Society, Economy and Environment needs:
The faster exploitation of the rich RES potential (mainly wind and solar) of all islands participating in the project leading to increased RES penetration in their power systems with the respective beneficial environmental effects.
The investigation of the impacts of the development of policies and regulatory frameworks for "green" growth.
The reduction in fuel imports and the associated costs for electricity production, since almost all countries participating in SINGULAR are highly dependent on fuel imports used for electricity production (i.e. oil, natural gas). The large-scale integration of RES in the respective islands is anticipated to lead to significant fuel savings, thus benefiting the respective national economies.
The stimulation of tourism in the respective islands, since the current air and water pollution caused by the electricity production from conventional generating units (e.g. oil-fired, etc.) will be significantly reduced through the installation and operation of new clean RES plants.
The enhancement of the system security, reliability, and quality of supply through the provision of fast and low-cost reserves from flexible loads, EES and plug-in electric vehicles in conjunction with the active participation of small electricity consumers and the creation of real-time demand elasticity.
The real-time consumer self-monitoring; this will build consumer awareness about consumption patterns and relevant energy use, supporting in this way green behaviours. It should be noted that according to several studies, energy savings originating from self-monitoring alone could reach 15%.
The dissemination of knowledge and expertise and the promotion of the human capital in research and innovation.
Objectives & Structure
- Generate meteorological forecast information, and models for different energy generation, gathering the needed technical information for construction training and parameterization of the forecasting services.
- Define and evaluate advanced methods for managing EES with the objective of stabilizing and optimizing insular electricity grids.
- Definition of the data structures and models of the power and distribution system components, including development, testing and validation of the computational tools for power flow and fault calculations.
- Development of innovative advanced stochastic optimization models and tools for the short-term and very short-term operation of insular electricity networks under large-scale RES integration.
- Development of market design schemes, and economic models, oriented to the introduction of competition in the short-term operation of insular electricity grids.
- Development of robust mathematical models and software tools to address the integration of RES into the planning of European insular distribution systems.
- Develop advanced models that allow the integration of real-time information streams of the smart power grid with diverse information pulled from online services, in order to translate the veritable explosion of data that becomes available, into a comprehensive knowledge repository supporting demand response decisions.
- Implementation, testing and validation of all algorithms, models, and tools already developed. in the previous, including real-life implementation of the SINGULAR tools at the selected pilot facilities.
- Development of generalized guides of procedures specific for future generation of smart insular electricity grids.
- To widely disseminate SINGULAR project, developments and findings to all key actors in the field in an interactive way, integrating their feedback at key points of the specification, design, development and evaluation work, ensuring exploitation plans for key project results.
RES PROJECT FOR EL HIERRO ISLAND - CANARY ISLANDS
Technically and economically viable deployment of smart grids solutions that enable a substantial increase of the hosting capacity for medium- and small-size renewable sources (mainly wind and PV farms) in existing medium- and low-voltage networks and allow an effective planning of necessary network reinforcements.
Allow distribution networks to be operated with reverse flows of electricity at times of high renewable electricity generation and low load.
Allow for better observability of distributed resources for the System Operator.
Significant Distribution System Operator (DSO) involvement.
The establishment of strong synergies between energy-oriented academic and industry partners with complementary skills, expertise and interests, thus forming a permanent collaboration towards the effective deployment and exploitation of RES in a pan-European level.
With the purpose of share knowledge and present the project and its results, SiNGULAR’s partners have collaborated in several events and coordination activities (congress, meetings, councils…):
SiNGULAR has presented 27 papers more in the most important and international relevant publications and world Conferences and Congress related with smart grid
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