Cracking codes for renewable integration


The German demonstrator within the EU-SysFlex project has designed a process to include decentralised power sources as flexibilities for solving congestions to ensure smooth and flexible RES integration into the grid.

The EU Decarbonisation plan can only be achieved by increasing the share of renewable energy resources (RES). Germany already had a share of roughly 50% in RES in the first half of 2019 regarding the gross electricity generation.

An even higher share of RES is expected in the following years, as the German government aims at 65% RES till 2030. In the area of the German demonstrator we already have more than 100% share of RES in consumption. As a result, the electricity supply is becoming more variable, creating uncertainties and technical challenges not previously seen in the pan-European electricity system.

The nature of these renewable energy resources will require that the structure of Europe’s power grid changes to offer the flexibility and responsiveness it will need to manage the higher complexity of the system. Therefore, advanced coordination mechanisms between distribution system operators (DSOs) and transmission system operators (TSOs) are needed.

In order to address these challenges, the EU-SysFlex project was launched in November 2017. The four-year project brings together a unique consortium of 34 members from 15 countries across Europe in a joint effort to build seven demonstrations. Using members’ unique industry expertise and experience (which includes transmission system operators, distribution system operators, aggregators, technology providers, research and academic institutions, as well as consultancies), these demonstrations have been working to identify and solve the problems surrounding the continent’s future energy supply. The total budget for the project is €26.5 million of which €20.5 million are funded by the EU Commission in the framework of the Horizon 2020 program.

This article was originally published in The Global Power & Energy Elites 2020. Read the full article here.