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Hydropower for energy storage and balancing renewables

Hydropower with reservoirs is the only form of large-scale renewable energy storage in wide commercial use today. Pumped storage hydropower plants (PSP) are designed to lift water to a reservoir at higher elevation when the electricity demand is low or when prices are low, and turbine water to produce electricity when the demand is high and/or prices are high. PSP are often designed with a relative high capacity to operate in turbine or pumping mode only for some hours each. They often use artificial reservoirs with limited capacity of storing water. Environmental impacts of hydropower and pumped storage plants are related to impacts of flooding land to create a reservoir, the barrier effect disturbing the connectivity in the river and impacts on the flow regime and related ecosystem downstream from the dam.

The Estfeed Project: Innovative data sharing ICT infrastructure for energy market participants

Estfeed project built a software platform capable to integrate many data sources and to provide appropriate services to convert these data into valuable information for energy flexibility management, energy efficiency, audit and benchmarking.

AES’ first two Advancion® Energy Storage Arrays in Europe nearing completion

The first two AES advanced, battery-based energy storage facilities in Europe are in commissioning and expected to begin operations by the end of 2015. Both will feature AES’s Advancion® 4th generation solution recently deployed in its US Maryland storage facility and will provide 10 MW of interconnected energy storage, equivalent to 20 MW of flexible resource.

The PEGASE project: new tools to enhance the cooperation among TSOs for the real-time control and operational planning of the Pan-European transmission network

The PEGASE project has produced new tools to enhance the cooperation among transmission system operators for the real-time control and operational planning at transmission level for the Pan-European network. New powerful algorithms and full-scale prototypes have been developed that run the whole European Transmission Network model for state estimation, dynamic security analysis, steady state optimization and dispatcher training simulator.

UMBRELLA Toolbox to ensure secure grid operation in future electricity networks

UMBRELLA is an EC FP7 project that will provide a toolbox for TSOs to ensure secure grid operation also in future electricity networks with high penetration of intermittent renewables. It enables TSOs to act in a coordinated European target system where regional strategies converge to ensure the best possible use of the European electricity infrastructure.

REserviceS recommendations for economic grid support services by wind and solar PV

If the political goal of achieving a truly integrated Internal Energy Market goes beyond the energy-only market model, the roll-out of GSS market models throughout the EU must be considered. Therefore, the recommendations of the REserviceS project need to be taken into account, in particular in the revision of the EU-wide target model (TM) and specifically in the relevant network codes as well as in national grid connection requirements.

The GARPUR project: Generally Accepted Reliability Principle with Uncertainty modelling and through probabilistic Risk assessment

The FP7 4-year project GARPUR (Generally Accepted Reliability Principle with Uncertainty modelling and through probabilistic Risk assessment) was launched in September 2013. Its aim is to design and evaluate novel power system probabilistic reliability criteria, supporting decisions related both to preventive actions and corrective actions to cope with contingencies (risk assessment approach). 

iTesla: Innovative Tools for Electrical System Security within Large Areas

The main purpose of the iTesla project is to develop a new generation of security assessment tools, able to support the operation of the pan-European grid in the coming years.

State of the art on reliability assessment in power systems from the GARPUR project

GARPUR deliverable D1.1 describes state of the art in theory and practice of reliability assessment methodologies including socio-economic impact assessment. The report provides a common basis for the development of new reliability criteria for power systems.

Current practices, drivers and barriers for new reliability standards: a report from the GARPUR project

The GARPUR deliverable D1.2 describes the current transmission system operator (TSO) reliability practices along with the grid codes. It also presents drivers for and barriers against probabilistic reliability criteria. The report focuses on the European practices but also presents some cases from other continents. Due to the multi-area and multi-agent nature of many power systems, these issues are also discussed within this document in the European context.

 

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