Joint Workshop ELECTRA IRP–ERIGrid, EERA JP Smart Grids Steering Committee and Assembly
Kassel (DE) September 6th - 8th 2017
On September 6th Fraunhofer IWES hosted in Kassel (DE) the workshop "Designing and Validating Future Intelligent Electric Power Systems" co-organised by ERIGrid, ELECTRA IRP, , EERA JP Smart Grids, SIRFN and DERlab. The event took place in the test centre for smart grids and electromobility (SysTec) of Fraunhofer IWES and gathered over 70 participants and stakeholders in the domain of distributed energy resources and smart grids.
In the first part of the workshop the ELECTRA team has the opportunity to present last advances in definition and validation of the Web-of-Cells concept and on the valuable experience gained in the Researchers Exchange (REX) Programme. Moreover the 7th REX call was pre-announced and will be opened in September-October 2017. The workshop continued with a session dedicated to ERIGrid project and with a panel discussion about the role of microgrids research in future power systems. The Workshop also gave the chance to attend a lab tour of SysTec - one of the 19 laboratories available for open Transnational Access in ERIGrid (https://erigrid.eu/transnational-access/).
On September 7th the EERA JP Smart Grids Steering Committee was mainly dedicated to define structure and content of the Description of Work (DoW) for the next four years. The Steering Committee approved the Strategic Plan of the new DoW. Significant progresses were also made in defining the Sub-Programmes topics and activities to be further detailed in the JP SG Implementation Plan.
On September 8th, in the frame of the EERA JP Smart Grids 3rd General Assembly, five keynote speeches were delivered on the topic "EERA Joint Programmes added value for EU stakeholders R&D needs". Among others, Nils Rokke, EERA Chair, highlighted EERA strategy for the near future, while Norela Constantinescu presented ENTSO-E view about research priorities in the smart grids field and past and present opportunities for cooperation with EERA and R&D organizations. Finally, during the Round Table "Contributing to the EU R&D Needs as well to the broader Mission Innovation context", the EC officer Remy Dénos (DG ENER) connected by video conference and provided an overview of the topics related to smart grids in the upcoming Energy calls of H2020 WP 2018-2020.
ELECTRA participation to INNOGRID 2020+ -2017
Bruxelles, 25th – 26th June 2017
InnoGrid2020+ is the European event on innovation in electricity networks organized every year in Bruxelles by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO).
The ELECTRA IRP project participated to the sixth edition of the conference focused on topics particularly relevant to the scope and activities of the project: the arising network of networks. These innovative networks aim at integrating power grids and transport, telecom and IT in an unprecedented manner. Special attention was devoted to the rapidly evolving transmission-distribution interface.
The event gathered experts, policy makers and innovators belonging to the European community of Smart Grids stakeholders and consisted in a one day and a half meeting, at "The Square" conference centre. During the meeting panel discussions, poster sessions and key note speeches were organized.
The ELECTRA team, coordinated by Luciano Martini, actively contributed to the meeting. In particular, Luciano Martini participated to the panel session "Prosumers empowerment and active system management" and illustrated the contribution that the activities of ELECTRA are providing to the challenges of fostering new flexibility services and demand response and of engaging end customers in this process.
Moreover two banners were prepared and illustrated to the audience: the first banner summarized the structure, the goals and the activities of ELECTRA, while the second advertised the 6th Researcher Exchange call.
Relevant contribution of ELECTRA to CIRED 2017
Glasgow, 12th – 15th June 2017
ELECTRA team organized the round table "Innovative grid architectures and control strategies for 2030+ power systems" on Wednesday 14 June, in the room Boisdale. The round table was chaired by Luciano Martini RSE, the ELECTRA IRP coordinator.Four panellists delivered their presentations and answered to questions from the audience about future control scenarios and architecture of the grid in order to couple with power system changes. Helfried Brunner AIT, ELECTRA technical coordinator and Alexander Prostejovsky DTU, presented, respectively, the "Web of Cells" concept and the "Balance Restoration Control" developed inside ELECTRA. George Kariniotakis MINES ParisTech and Stephen McArthur University of Strathclyde, presented other approaches for power system control, namely the "Fractal Grid" approach and the "Autonomic Power System" developed in national R&D projects. Finally a booth was set up along with the ERIGrid project in the exhibition area. Congress delegates had the chance to get directly in contact with the ELECTRA team, pick-up technical brochures describing ELECTRA approach and further discuss about ELECTRA results and perspectives.
ELECTRA team at the First Workshop of Mission Innovation Challenge Smart Grids
Beijing, 4th – 6th June 2017
The Eight Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8) and the Second Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI-2) events were held from 6th to 8th June at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing.
As a side event of CEM8 & MI-2, the first deep-dive Workshop of Mission Innovation Challenge Smart Grids (MI IC#1) was co-organized by the three co-leading institutions: IEE CAS (CN), RSE (IT) and IIT (IN). The event, gathered experts, policy makers and innovators of Smart Grids from all over the world and consisted in a two-day closed door meeting - at the IEE CAS premises from 4th to 5th June - and a public side event of CEM8 & MI-2 at the China National Convention Center on 6th June, where IC#1 was officially launched.
With the presence of representatives from 12 member countries, the EC, IEA, IRENA and Austria as an observer, the successful closed door meeting, allowed experts who are active contributors in Smart Grids to meet and exchange experiences, best practices and common issues on Smart Grids development.
The ELECTRA team, coordinated by Luciano Martini, actively attended the meeting, providing the European view on Smart Grids under technical, business and policy points of view.
The closed door meeting allowed to outline key messages, such as the importance of Smart Grids to connect renewable energy to the power system and the role of IC#1 in discovering how to get to a 100% clean energy system.
In addition, the main objectives of the side-event held on June 6th were publicly announced: accelerating clean energy revolution towards the road on 100% renewable energy and enabling future grids powered by affordable, reliable, decentralized renewable electricity systems.
IC#1 was officially launched by Ministries of the co-leading countries (China, India and Italy) and the participants shared their ideas and expectations for Smart Grids. Three panel discussions focused on strategies and plans, R&D challenges and business opportunities for Smart Grids, allowing ministers, business leaders and experts to share their knowledge and perspective on the importance of public investment for innovation and the ways that the public and private sectors can engage more effectively.
The participants from all over the world shared their innovation activities in Smart Grids and clean energy technologies, products, and business models. Industrial companies expressed their interest and availability to further interact with IC#1 and possibly support the related activity.
The progress of IC#1 is dramatically accelerated through this successful event and the future activities will be carried out aiming to support the achievement of Mission Innovation goals.
Finally, the IC#1 activities are fully aligned with the International Cooperation strategically carried out in ELECTRA, making more possible their implementation.
EERA JP Smart Grids Steering Committee Meeting and Workshop on International Cooperation & MI
Ispra (Italy), 4th - 6th April 2017
The Joint Research Centre ( JRC) in Ispra (Italy) hosted the EERA JP Smart Grids Steering Committee meeting and the ELECTRA IRP workshop on International Cooperation, involving also a dedicated Mission Innovation section.
The first day of the event was mainly dedicated to discuss the future activities of the EERA JP SG by considering the changes taking place in the field of smart grids and the new challenges that the JP will face.
The second day was dedicated to the workshop on International Cooperation. The workshop gave the opportunity to analyse and compare the approach of European and Extra EU countries about the research in the smart grid field, also in view of future possible collaborations. Namely two valuable contributions EU from a representative of the Institute of Electrical Engineering Chinese academy of sciences (IEE-CAS) and from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), United States, were delivered. The workshop continued with the presentations of ISGAN SIRFN about research infrastructures ) and of the ELECTRA approach to international collaborations, with a particular focus on the Researchers Exchange program (REX). were presented. Finally three presentation delivered by JRC gave an overview of their research activities in the field of interoperability in the smart grids, PV performances and EMC tests for the electric vehicle, respectively. The second day of the event was concluded with the visit to the JRC laboratories and facilities EIC, Smart Grid lab & VELA 8/9
The third day was focused on Mission Innovation and, namely, on Challenge 1 on smart grids (MI IC#1). Luciano Martini Co-Lead of MI IC#1 , together with the Chinese and the Indian Co-Leads (connected through the web) gave a comprehensive overview of Mission Innovation objectives and activities. Links and synergies with ELECTRA IRP and EERA JP SG were also highlighted. The EERA JP SG Steering Committee continued with a deep discussion about future activities and programme, and the three days meeting was concluded with a visit to the ESTI JRC laboratory.