NEDO Project meetings in Tokyo

24.04.2019

A three-year Slovenian-Japanese smart grid project was launched in November 2016. The main partners are the Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO), its authorised contractor Hitachi, the multinational conglomerate, and TSCNET shareholder ELES, the Slovenian transmission system operator (TSO). In addition to ELES, numerous Slovenian stakeholders also contribute to the NEDO Project, the aim of which is to implement a smart grid at national level. For the power system, the benefits lie in innovative solutions that reduce the need for grid extension, as the use of advanced secondary equipment, information, communication and cloud technologies allows better utilisation of the existing grid.

Last week, two NEDO Project meetings took place in the Japanese capital Tokyo. On 17 April, Gorazd Ažman, Assistant Director of the Strategic Innovation Department at ELES, and a representative of Hitachi informed the members of the NEDO Project Steering Committee and the Advisory Board about the current project activities in the Hitachi premises. The next day, a second meeting followed, this time at the NEDO headquarters with high representatives of the Japanese Ministry of Infrastructure, the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, ELES, NEDO and Hitachi.

ELES and Hitachi held two NEDO Project Meetings in Tokyo (collage using a picture of Eles and a picture of Hitachi Headquarters in Chiyoda, Tokyo, by Kakidai, Creative Commons, Wikimedia)

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> See ELES press release (html)

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News from PCI Energy Days

20.03.2019

The PCI Energy Days, organised by the European Commission (EC), offer promoters of European Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) the opportunity to present their projects and exchange experiences on how to build a future-proof and environmentally friendly energy infrastructure with innovative concepts. The inaugural PCI Energy Days took place on 19 and 20 March 2019 in the Belgian capital of Brussels and featured a policy conference as well as an exhibition on the practical implementation of specific PCIs. Among the attendees were the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSOE), the three transmission system operators (TSO) and TSCNET shareholders ELES from Slovenia, HOPS from Croatia and the Dutch-German company TenneT.

ELES took the opportunity to present in cooperation with HOPS the Croatian-Slovenian smart grid project SINCRO.GRID. Coordinated by ELES, SINCRO.GRID comprises in addition to the TSOs also two distribution system operators (DSOs) from both countries. The aim of the cross-border project is to optimise the efficiency of the respective national power transmission systems using advanced technologies and innovative data processing methods.

The Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI), an association of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and TSOs from all over Europe, was also present at the PCI Energy Days to celebrate the signing of the Marine Grid Declaration. The Declaration sets out principles for grid development in the marine environment, such as promoting early mutual communication with stakeholders, adequate protection of the marine environment and knowledge sharing. The RGI members, which include the TSCNET shareholders 50Hertz, Amprion, HOPS, Swissgrid and TenneT, recognise the cooperation between TSO and NGOs as a highly promising approach to building a sustainable marine grid infrastructure. The signatories to the Declaration commit themselves to developing marine projects in accordance with nature conservation principles and early stakeholder involvement. The Marine Grid Declaration builds on the principles previously agreed in RGI’s European Grid Declaration. If you are interested, you can still sign both declarations. In this case, please contact the RGI.

From 19 to 20 March, the inaugural EC PCI Energy Days were held in Brussels, Belgium (picture: RGI)

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> See ELES press release (html)
> See RGI press release (html)
> Open Marine Grid Declaration (pdf, 926,8kB)

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ELES grid development plan officially approved

25.02.2019

Last week the Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure agreed to the new transmission network development plan of national transmission system operator (TSO) and TSCNET shareholder ELES. The plan covers the period 2019-2028 and provides an overview of the current situation and the necessary measures to be taken in Slovenia’s electricity system to ensure sufficient transmission capacity and appropriate voltage conditions. It takes proper account of long-term forecasts for the increase in electricity consumption, the intended construction of new generation units and the expected expansion of the national as well as the pan-European transmission system.

New transmission network development plan of ELES approved by the Ministry of Infrastructure (picture: InterContinental Ljubljana)

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SINCRO.GRID contract for process technical systems

16.10.2018

The Croatian-Slovenian smartgrid project SINCRO.GRID is carried out by the two TSCNET shareholders ELES, the transmission system operator (TSO) from Slovenia, and HOPS from Croatia. The cross-border initiative aims at optimising the efficiency of the Croatian and Slovenian electricity transmission grids through the application of advanced technologies and innovative data processing methods. SINCRO.GRID has been awarded the status of Project of Common Interest (PCI) by the European Commission under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme.

On behalf of SINCRO.GID, HOPS has signed a contract with KONČAR-KET, the Croatian provider of engineering services for power generation, transmission or distribution facilities. The contract comes with the rather unwieldy title: “Process technical systems for the voltage and reactive power regulation support of the EES and dynamic monitoring of the transmission line load within the SINCRO.GRID project”, but what it’s all about is to increase the quality and capacity of the power system through the use of advanced process technical systems and algorithms. This will also promote the integration of the renewables and increase the security of customer supply.

HOPS has signed a contract for the use of process technical systems on behalf of SINCRO.GRID (picture: HOPS; on the left: Mario Gudelj, Chairman of the Board at HOPS, on the right: Goran Leci, Managing Director of KONČAR-KET)

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> See HOPS press release, in Croatian (html)
> See news release on SINCRO.GRID website (html)

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Croatian-Slovenian market coupling in June

30.04.2018

A significant step towards an integrated European power market is expected to be taken on 19 June 2018, the scheduled launch date for the Croatian-Slovenian market coupling project. Since spring 2017, the TSCNET shareholders ELES, the Slovenian transmission system operator (TSO), and HOPS from Croatia have been preparing the market integration to establish day-ahead capacity allocation and congestion management at the Slovenian-Croatian border in accordance with the respective specifications of the European Commission.

In May and June, the partner TSOs will be performing trial runs on the market coupling processes and procedures. From the launch date onwards, capacity for the Croatian-Slovenian border will be implicitly allocated through the Price Coupling of Regions (PCR) solution for the day-ahead markets. This makes the border a part of the Multi-Regional Coupling (MRC) and for the first time, the Croatian bidding zone will be included in the internal European market via the Slovenian bidding zone.

> See ELES press release (html)
> See HOPS press release, in Croatian (html)
> Open joint press release (pdf, 505kb)

Picture: Croatian-Slovenian boundary river Kupa/Kolpa by Miroslav Vajdic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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ELES presents innovations at ENTSO-E conference

25.04.2018

“Alpine Power Links”, this year’s regional conference of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) on 18 April 2018 in Basel, was dedicated to the Alpine region and its importance for the European integrated power system. TSCNET shareholder ELES, the Slovenian transmission system operator (TSO), took the opportunity to present its activities in three different innovative energy and smart grid key projects at European level. In addition to ELES, three further shareholders of TSCNET participated in the event: APG from Austria, Swissgrid from Switzerland, and two of the four German TSOs, Amprion and TransnetBW.

Uroš Salobir, M.Sc., General Coordinator for System Development at ELES, emphasised the significance of the ELES projects in view of a European carbon-free future. The respective projects are: FutureFlow on innovative solutions for cross-border balancing and redispatching, the ELES coordinated smart grid cooperation SINCRO.GRID, which deploys, among other things, compensating devices and innovative data processing methods, and OSMOSE on improving transnational interoperability and the interaction of TSOs and distribution system operators in order to increase the techno-economic potential of flexibility solutions.

> See ELES press release (html)
> Open “Alpine Power Links” agenda (pdf, 540kb)

Picture: ELES / ENTSO-E

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The alpine core of integration

02.03.2018

In 2018, ENTSO-E calls for Basel! This year’s regional conference of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity on 18 April 2018 is devoted to the Alpine region. Geographically, the Alps separate southern Europe from central Europe, but with regard to the integration of the European electricity system, the region does not play a separating, but a unifying role.

It was the “Star of Laufenburg”, the first interconnection of the German, French, and Swiss electricity grids, that marked the birth of the integrated network operation in Europe in 1958. The Laufenburg substation in the Swiss canton of Aargau is still one of the largest substations in Europe, which connects electrical networks of several countries. And even before that, the Alps have set the scene for yet another milestone in the history of electricity: In 1929, the world’s oldest interconnection for electric current, the so-called “North-South Powerline” (also known as “Rheinlandleitung” in German speaking countries), was completed. The historical power line linked the Alpine hydro-reserves with the industrial coal areas in the German Ruhr district over a length of 600km.

But also and specifically with an eye on the future, there are many good reasons for ENTSO-E to go alpine. Among the topics of the “Alpine Power Links” conference, that takes place in the northern Swiss city of Basel, are the region’s possible contributions to the power market integration or a training on network codes. Seven transmission system operators (TSOs) with control areas located at least partially in alpine regions participate in the event. Four of these are shareholders of TSCNET: APG from Austria, ELES from Slovenia, Swissgrid from Switzerland, and two of the four German TSOs, Amprion and TransnetBW.

> See TransnetBW news release (html)
> See ENTSO-E conference page (html, with access to registration)

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SINCRO.GRID presented in the European Parliament

30.11.2017

A conference on smart grids from the perspective of regional cooperation was hosted in the European Parliament in Brussels on 28 November by the two members of parliament Franz Bogovič from Slovenia and Davor Škrlec from Croatia. As part of the conference, TSCNET shareholders ELES, the Slovenian transmission system operator (TSO), and HOPS from Croatia introduced their joint smart grid project SINCRO.GRID, a Project of Common Interest (PCI) within the frame of the “Connecting Europe Facility” (CEF) programme.

SINCRO.GRID aims at optimising the efficiency of the Croatian and Slovenian electricity transmission systems by means of deploying advanced technologies as well as innovative data processing methods. The cross-border project is coordinated by ELES and, in addition to the two TSOs, consists of two distribution system operators from both countries.  SINCRO.GRID project manager mag. Simon Tot, Head of Strategic Innovation Project Coordination at ELES, presented the joint venture on the conference and emphasised the importance of such events, since they provide the “opportunity for best practices exchange, international connection and the source of ideas for planning new projects”.

> See ELES press release (html)
> Visit SINCRO.GRID website (html)

Picture: European Union

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13th HRO CIGRÉ Session

10.11.2017

The picturesque Šibenik is the oldest native Croatian town on the Adriatic shore and steeped deep in history. From 5 to 8 November however, the coastal town was also highly future-orientated, when Šibenik set the scene for the 13th Croatian session by the Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRÉ).

More than 900 experts regarding power plant related issues participated in a record number of papers, presentations and also excursions to technical facilities, thus turning the 13th HRO CIGRÉ Session in the most succesful one to date. The topics discussed in sixteen workgroups covered a multitude of energy aspects, such as substation design and maintenance, smart grid and renewables integration, transmission and distribution coordination, regulatory questions, market models or new techniques for increasing transmission capacities.

TSCNET shareholder HOPS, the Croatian transmission system operator (TSO), co-hosted the event. Its opening adress was held by Miroslav Mesić, Ph.D., President of the HOPS management board and HRO CIGRÉ President. A presentation of the Croatian-Slovenian smart grid project SINCRO.GRID, in which HOPS cooperates with further TSCNET shareholder ELES, the Slovenian TSO, was also part of the opening ceremony.

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Transmitting positive energy in Slovenia

16.09.2017

Succesful business operations in a challenging environment – the Slovenian transmission system operator (TSO) and TSC member ELES has published its annual report for 2016. The comprehensive overview of all ELES activities presents as key figure an increase of total revenue of 7% compared to 2015. The Slovenian TSO expresses its contentment with the results achieved in 2016. The electrical energy input in 2016 amounted to 22,136GWh, the peak load was recorded at 3,603MW.

> See ELES press release (html)
> See online version ELES annual report 2016 (html)
> Open ELES annual report 2016 (pdf, 9.55mb)

Picture: ELES annual report

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