European grid research priorities for 2015-2017

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The European Electricity Grid Initiative (EEGI) has published for consultation its draft research and innovation plan for 2015-2017.

The plan, which is issued annually, updates the first plan for 2014-2016 released earlier this  year, combining this as well as the R&D projects selected for EC funding during the past year which may already address the future objectives for the period 2015-2017.

Assuming that the 2014 topics are focused on the system reliability and flexibility (with the demonstrations of future smart HV substations and the integration of storage and metering data systems for network management), the priorities for 2015 cover the objectives of network monitoring, control, flexibility and security. To these in 2016/2017 will be added new market approaches, giving a more active participation of electricity consumers to the electricity system functioning.

The proposed topics (broken down by TSO and DSO levels) and their costs are:
2015

  • TSO: Inertia, control and protection of large power systems with a large amount of inverter-based components (€6-9 million); Methods and tools to optimize asset management (€10-20 million)
  • DSO: Integration of DER at low voltage (€50 million); Integration of DER at medium voltage/high voltage (€40 million); Monitoring and control of LV network (€50 million)
  • TSO/DSO: Demonstration of power load control mechanisms at TSO and DSO levels (€60 million); Increased observability of the distribution systems for transmission network management (€45 million)

2016

  • TSO: Realization of ultra-high voltage lines with partial underground cabling
  • DSO: Infrastructure to host EVs/PHEVs; Automation and control of the MV network; Network management tools; New approaches for market design
  • TSO/DSO: Ancillary services provided through DSOs and aggregator agents

2017

  • TSO: Data and information management for system operation and asset management; Advance tools for new market models; Market modelling and system adequacy assessment for long-term planning
  • DSO: Active demand response; Integration of storage and network management; Monitoring and control of the low voltage network
  • TSO/DSO: Improved defense and restoration plans

The consultation is open until December 17, 2013.

The EEGI is a European Industrial Initiative under the Strategic Energy Technologies Plan (SET-PLAN) aimed to accelerate innovation and the development of the electricity networks of the future in Europe.

The EEGI plan was developed in parallel with and incorporates the ENTSO-E R&D implementation plan, which is under separate consultation.

The draft EEGI Implementation Plan 2015-2017 is available HERE.