Retrospect on Innogrid2020+

15.05.2019

This year’s Innogrid2020+ took place in Brussels on 13 and 14 May. Jointly organised by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO), the motto of the prestigious annual event for 2019 was “Connecting Physics and Digits: Power Platforms on the Rise”. So, it was about physical networks and their permeation with information and communication technologies, transforming the energy system into a cyberphysical system. Among the presented projects during Innogrid2020+ were several, in which TSCNET shareholders participate: “Crossbow” with Croatian transmission system operator (TSO) HOPS, “DA/RE” by German TSO TransnetBW, “FutureFlow” (ELES from Slovenia, APG from Austria, MAVIR from Hungary, and Transelectrica from Romania), “MIGRATE” (Amprion from Germany, ELES, and Dutch-German TSO TenneT), and SINCRO.GRID (ELES and HOPS). Besides, Yves Zumwald, CEO of Swissgrid, took part as speaker in the “CEO business track panel on innovation”.

In addition to informative sessions on disruptive technologies, innovation policy or targets for 2030, the event hosts also presented the 2nd European Power Network Awards during Innogrid2020+. The first winner is the Signposting Information project by the British Distribution System Operator (DSO) WPG, which aims to open new neutral markets around flexibility. The second winner is the digital platform “cyberNOC” by CyberGRID, a specialist in the development of virtual power plant solutions. cyberNOC stands for the seamless and secure integration of battery energy storage systems and electric vehicles with aggregators, electricity markets, and grid operators.

On the second day of Innogrid2020+, ENTSO-E and EDSO used the public interest in the event to present six recommendations on energy network innovation to the European Commission in the forefront of the Copenhagen Energy Infrastructure Forum on 23 and 24 May. These recommendations include the promotion of TSO-DSO cooperation, adequate support for research, development and innovation, of sectoral coupling and digitisation, or the linking of EU funding programmes.

This year’s Innogrid2020+ focused on the digitisation of power networks (picture of presentation by Yves Zumwald, CEO of Swissgrid: EDSO)

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MIGRATE and PROMOTioN workshop in Berlin

22.01.2019

The consortia of two innovative grid-related research projects funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme – MIGRATE and PROMOTioN – invite to their first joint workshop entitled “Technical challenges and recommendations for the future European power grid”. Both projects aim to maintain security of supply, grid stability and reliability in times of large scale renewable energy integration. The event takes place on 28 February 2019 at the Maritim Hotel near the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of the German capital of Berlin.

The MIGRATE project (“Massive InteGRATion of power Electronic devices”) comprises 23 partners from 13 European countries, including the transmission system operators (TSOs) and TSCNET shareholders Amprion (Germany), ELES (Slovenia), and TenneT (Germany and the Netherlands). The aim of MIGRATE is to explore technology-based solutions for the current and future technological challenges to the transmission system, in particular by linking generation and consumption via power electronics.

The PROMOTioN project (“PROgress on Meshed HVDC Offshore Transmission Networks”) seeks to further develop innovative technologies relevant for the deployment of meshed offshore HVDC grids. Its specific objective is to improve the cooperation between grid operators and major suppliers for a technical architecture and interoperable technologies to accelerate HVDC grid development. As the largest energy project in Horizon, the consortium includes 33 partners from 11 countries, among them TenneT and further TSCNET shareholder Energinet, the Danish TSO.

The first joined workshop of the European research projects MIGRATE and PROMOTioN will be held in Berlin on 28 February

Linkup
> See ELES press release (html)
>Visit MIGRATE or PROMOTioN website (html, both with access to event agenda and registration)

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Second MIGRATE workshop in Brussels

13.02.2018

The MIGRATE project (“Massive InteGRATion of power Electronic devices”) was launched in 2016 under the framework and funding of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. Its 23 consortium partners from 13 European countries, include the transmission system operators (TSOs) and TSCNET shareholders Amprion (Germany), ELES (Slovenia), and the Dutch-German TSO TenneT. Coordinated by TenneT, they explore technology-based solutions for an optimised linking of electricity generation and consumption by means of power electronics.

“More power electronics into the grid: Innovative solutions for operations, and impacts on connection rules” – That is the promising title of the second public MIGRATE workshop, which will be held in Brussels, Belgium, in the premises of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) on 28 March 2018. The MIGRATE partners will present, inter alia, the project’s progress and discuss the impacts of the expected results as well as the possibilities of implementing them.

Linkup
> See ELES press release (html)
> Visit MIGRATE website (html, with access to workshop registration)

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BRIDGE projects presented

27.06.2017

BRIDGE is an initiative by the European Commission for the cooperation of smart grids and energy storage projects under the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme. Now a first BRIDGE brochure has been published.

Among the represented projects are MIGRATE (“Massive InteGRATion of power Electronic devices”) and FutureFlow. The latter project is coordinated by TSC member ELES, the Slovenian transmission system operator (TSO). ELES also plays a leading role in MIGRATE, that additionally includes further TSC members Amprion from Germany and the Dutch-German TSO TenneT, while the Austrian TSO APG and MAVIR from Hungary participate in Futureflow.

> See ELES press release (html)
> Open BRIDGE brochure (pdf, 7.65mb)

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ELES launches Strategic Innovation Sector

05.05.2017

The growing share of the renewables in the European energy system substantially affects the corporate tasks of transmission system operators (TSOs) and is calling for innovative solutions. Hence, grid operation, grid investments and grid assets management is no longer conceivable without sustained commitment to all questions concerning strategic innovation.

Over the last years, TSC members ELES, the Slovenian TSO, has proven to be a leading European player in terms of strategic innovation. ELES participates with great dedication in innovative energy and smart grid key projects on a European Community level such as NEDO, SINCRO.GRID, FutureFlow, SUMO and MIGRATE. To enforce and to bundle the company’s engagement in strategic innovation, mag. Aleksander Mervar, Director of ELES, has introduced a particularly designed Strategic Innovation Sector. The appointed Director of this challenging new company division is Mag. Uroš Salobir.

> See ELES press release (html)

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Public workshop of MIGRATE project

12.04.2017

“Massive InteGRATion of power Electronic devices”, or in other words: The best possible linking of generation and consumption by means of power electronics. That is the core issue of the MIGRATE project. The project participants are devoted to exploring innovative, technology-based solutions on this matter for Europe’s future low carbon electricity system.

MIGRATE is funded by the European Commission under the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme. The international consortium consists of twentythree partners, half of whom representing research institutions. It also includes ten transmission system operators (TSOs), among them the TSC members Amprion from Germany, ELES from Slovenia, and TenneT, the Dutch-German TSO.

MIGRATE kicked off in January 2016, and now a first public workshop was held in Brussels, Belgium, hosted by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E). Under the title “More power electronics into the grid: Innovative solutions for operations, and impacts on connection rules”, the MIGRATE participants gave opportunity to interested stakeholders to gain insights in the current research work and future project phases.

> See ELES press release, with access to workshop presentation (html)
> Visit MIGRATE website (html)

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