During the past two weeks, among the news from European system operators there was a variety of events ranging from large-scale testing of intellectual networks, energy innovations, in particular, for the integration of large capacities of renewable energy sources, to archaeological excavations at the construction site in France.
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- Terna to open own energy innovations center
The Italian TSO Terna has opened its own innovation center – Terna Innovation Hub. He will cooperate with universities, research centers, startups and enterprises and become an analytical center for developing and testing new ideas in the energy industry.
In particular, special attention will be paid to the implementation of projects related to IoT (Internet of Things) and advanced monitoring methods for electricity transmission systems (satellites, drones, robots, advanced sensors) aimed at increasing the efficiency and safety of the system. In these areas, Terna intend to invest around € 700 million in the next 5 years.
- APG to invest €2.5 billion on the network to integrate into the renewable energy system
Austrian grid operator APG plans to invest € 2.5 billion over the next 10 years to ensure network resilience through increased capacity of wind and solar power.
The program will start with the construction of the 380 kV Salzburg line linking pumped storage facilities in the western Alps of the country with wind-rich regions on the Eastern borders. Its construction will cost € 800 million and will begin in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The project should contribute to increasing the cross-border transfer of power to Germany.
The system operator predicts that by 2030 in Austria, the installed power of sanitary and epidemiological stations will reach 12 watts and wind farms 9 watts. At present, the capacity of solar power plants is 1 watt, while wind power is 3 watts. Hydropower supplies nearly two thirds of Austrian demand for electricity, while import from Germany and the Czech Republic plays an important role in safety of supply.
- German TSO supports innovation for the RES integration
The German system operator Tennet and TransnetBW supported the innovation project “C/sells” operating in the federal states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse. His goal is to optimize the supply of renewable energy.
The project is based on three principles: “cellular communication”, the involvement of the population and the diversity of all elements of the system. A “cell” can be a whole city, neighbourhood, individual dwelling, airport, car, etc., which are involved in the production of renewable energy, consumption, or the provision of flexibility services. This pilot project aims at integration and active participation by a large number of players in the market to accelerate the implementation of energy transition goals.
- Great Britain will begin wide-ranging smart grids testing
Scottish grid operator SSEN has joined forces with key research institutions and industry partners to launch the Local Energy Oxfordshire (LEO) project, one of the most wide-ranging and holistic smart grid trials ever conducted in the UK. The purpose of the project is to study how the percentage of RES, e-mobility, battery storage, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology and demand side can be supported by the local “smart” power grid.
It will provide a balance of local demand with local supply in the real environment, helping markets and models of distribution operators trials, formulate investment models, and ultimately evaluate the benefits of the flexibility of the energy system.
- RTE conducting archaeological excavations at own construction sites
The construction of a subsystem of RTE in the north of France discovered archaeological remains from different eras. In particular, they found the remains of the hunting grounds of the Neolithic times, as well as the Bronze Age settlement (1300-1200 years BC).
Excavations will continue until the end of May and are conducted in partnership.