Publications


Smart Grid Projects Outlook 2017


Flavia Gangale, Julija Vasiljevska, Catalin Felix Covrig, Anna Mengolini, Gianluca Fulli
Publication Category: Reports Publication year: 2017 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Smart Grids

The 2017 Outlook offers a snapshot of the state of play and of the latest developments in the field of smart grids in Europe. The analysis is based on a database of 950 R & D and demonstration projects, totalling around EUR 5 billion of investment. It aims to foster knowledge sharing and to inform future policymaking.


Assessment framework for projects of common interest in the field of smart grids


J. Vasiljevska, S. Gras
Publication Category: Reports Publication year: 2017 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Smart Grids

The document presents an update of the assessment framework, a methodology to assess smart grid projects of common interest, in line with Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure. In this context, every 2 years the European Commission establishes an EU-wide list of projects of common interest (PCIs), consisting of key energy infrastructure projects in the EU. These are essential for completing the European internal energy market and reaching the EU’s energy policy objectives of affordable, secure and sustainable energy.


An Agent-Based Model of Electricity Consumer: Smart Metering Policy Implications in Europe


J. Vasiljevska, J. Douw, A. Mengolini, I. Nikolic
Publication Category: Journal Papers Publication year: 2017 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Smart Grids

EU Regulation 2009/72/EC concerning common rules for internal market in electricity calls upon 80% of EU electricity consumers to be equipped with smart metering systems by 2020, provided that a positive economic assessment of all long-term costs and benefits to the market and the individual consumer is guaranteed.


Exploring Community-Oriented Approaches in Demand Side Management Projects in Europe


A. Mengolini, F. Gangale, J, Vasiljevska
Publication Category: Journal Papers Publication year: 2017 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Smart Grids

This paper seeks to investigate if the theoretical and political trends towards a more collective dimension of energy use are reflected in the design and development of demand side management (DSM) pilot projects in Europe. Specifically, the paper analyses DSM projects in the database of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission to capture signs of a new attention towards the wider context in which consumers live and towards the social dimension associated with energy consumption.


Multi-criteria selection of offshore wind farms: Case study for the Baltic States


C.F. Covrig, A. Chaouachi, M. Ardelean
Publication Category: Journal Papers Publication year: 2017 Activity Type: Software Research Area: Smart Grids

This paper presents a multi-criteria selection approach for offshore wind sites assessment. The proposed site selection framework takes into consideration the electricity network’s operating security aspects, economic investment, operation costs and capacity performances relative to each potential site. The selection decision is made through Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), with an inherited flexibility that aims to allow end users to adjust the expected benefits accordingly to their respective and global priorities.


Smart Grid Laboratories Inventory 2016


N. Andreadou, M. Olariaga Guardiola, I. Papaioannou, G. Prettico
Publication Category: Reports Publication year: 2017 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Smart Grids

The smart grid requires an effective energy management and for this a vast amount of information needs to be handled. Assessing the new technological solutions that would best accommodate the needs of a smart grid is of vital importance. This report aims at collecting information about the smart grid topics of research, the technologies and the standards used by top organizations that hold smart grid activities at a laboratory level. For this purpose an online questionnaire has been created and used.


Market and regulatory factors influencing smart-grid investment in Europe: Evidence from pilot projects and implications for reform


Carlo Cambini, Alexis Meletiou, Ettore Bompard, Marcelo Masera
Publication Category: Journal Papers Publication year: 2016 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Smart Grids

Electricity distribution system operators (DSOs) are expected to invest heavily in system innovation in the form of smart grids (SG) in order to help achieve energy policy goals. In this context, regulatory reforms to spur DSOs investments are considered a policy priority. Based on a review of the European regulatory status and using a dataset of 459 innovative SG projects, this study focuses on market and regulatory factors and performs a series of statistical tests to investigate how the different factor levels affecting SG investments in Europe.


The Baltic Power System Between East And West Interconnections


PURVINS Arturs, FULLI Gianluca, COVRIG Catalin Felix, CHAOUACHI Aymen, BOMPARD Ettore, CARPANETO Enrico, HUANG Tao, PI Ren Jian, MUTULE Anna, OLEINIKOVA Irina, OBUSHEVS Artjoms
Publication Category: Reports Publication year: 2016 Activity Type: Software / Desktop Research Area: Integrated power systems
  • The Baltic States are strongly connected to the electricity transmission grids in Russia and Belarus
  • The current policy activities are focused on secure energy supply alternatives
  • To support these activities a Baltic power system model has been developed
  • The power model can serve as a tool for techno-economic power system analysis
  • Dependency of the Baltic States on outside resources has been found to be fairly low in 2020/30

Smart grid energy storage controller for frequency regulation and peak shaving, using a vanadium redox flow battery


Alexandre Lucas, Stamatios Chondrogiannis
Publication Category: Journal Papers Publication year: 2016 Activity Type: Software Research Area: Smart Grids

Grid connected energy storage systems are regarded as promising solutions for providing ancillary services to electricity networks and to play an important role in the development of smart grids. Thus far, the more mature battery technologies have been installed in pilot projects and studies have indicated their main advantages and shortcomings. The main concerns for wide adoption are the overall cost, the limited number of charging cycles (or lifetime), the depth of discharge, the low energy density and the sustainability of materials used.


ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SECOND LIST OF UNION PROJECTS OF COMMON INTEREST


Julija Vasiljevska, Alexandre Lucas
Publication Category: Reports Publication year: 2016 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Smart Grids

The document presents the outcome of the evaluation process of candidate Projects of Common Interest in the area of Smart Grids, under the trans-European energy infrastructure regulation. The evaluation follows the guidelines of the assessment framework for Smart Grid projects, developed by the JRC within the EC Smart Grid Task Force.


HVDC Submarine Power Cables in the World


Mircea Ardelean, Philip Minnebo
Publication Category: Reports Publication year: 2015 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Integrated power systems

High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) interconnections started to spread across land and underwater becoming longer and more powerful. The advance of this technology makes them the prime option for bulk power transmission in future. While on land the length can reach thousands of kilometres underwater they measure less than 600 km. The constraints but also the future developments must be addressed in order to assess the perspectives of this technology.


Market Integration Scheme of a Multi-Terminal HVDC Grid in the North Seas


Stamatios Chondrogiannis, Marta Poncela Blanco
Publication Category: Journal Papers Publication year: 2015 Activity Type: Software / Desktop Research Area: Integrated power systems

The development of a multi-terminal (MT) high voltage DC (HVDC) grid based on voltage source converter (VSC) technology has been envisaged as a key development for harnessing the vast offshore wind production potential of the North Seas. In this paper, market integration of a centrally dispatched MT HVDC Grid based on droop control is examined. Particular emphasis is given on the management of onshore imbalance volumes due to offshore wind power forecast errors.


Smart grid projects in Europe: Current status, maturity and future scenarios


Ilhami Colak, Gianluca Fulli, Seref Sagiroglu, Mehmet Yesilbudak, Catalin-Felix Covrig
Publication Category: Journal Papers Publication year: 2015 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Smart Grids

The attention on the smart grids and smart grid technologies has grown significantly over the last few years. The analysis made in this study is grounded on the smart grid projects database of the Joint Research Centre (European Commission).


A survey on the contributions of power electronics to smart grid system


Ilhami Colak, Ersan Kabalci, Gianluca Fulli, Stavros Lazarou
Publication Category: Journal Papers Publication year: 2015 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Smart Grids

The smart grid (SG) as a research area is advancing dealing with a wider range of topics such as power systems, energy generation and telecommunication.


Grid harmonic impact of multiple electric vehicle fast charging


Alexandre Lucas, Fausto Bonavitacola, Evangelos Kotsakis, Gianluca Fulli
Publication Category: Journal Papers Publication year: 2015 Activity Type: Hardware / Software Research Area: Smart Grids

Fast charging is perceived by users as a preferred method for extending the average daily mobility ofelectric vehicles (EV). The rated power of fast chargers, their expected operation during peak hours, andclustering in designated stations, raise significant concerns. On one hand it raises concerns about standardrequirements for power quality, especially harmonic distortion due to the use of power electronics con-necting to high loads, typically ranging from 18 to 24 kW h.


Smart Grid Laboratories Inventory 2015


Marta Poncela Blanco, Giuseppe Prettico, Nikoleta Andreadou, Miguel Olariaga Guardiola, Gianluca Fulli, Catalin-Felix Covrig
Publication Category: Reports Publication year: 2015 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Smart Grids

A smart electricity grid opens the door to a myriad of new applications aimed at enhancing security of supply, sustainability and market competitiveness. Gathering detailed information about smart grid laboratories activities represents a primary need. In order to obtain a better picture of the ongoing Smart Grid developments, after the successful smart grid project survey initiated in 2011, we recently launched a focused on-line survey addressed to organisations owning or running Smart Grid laboratory facilities.


A smart grid for the city of Rome


Silvia Vitiello, Gianluca Flego, Alessandro Setti, Gianluca Fulli, Stefano Liotta, Silvio Alessandroni, Luana Esposito, Davide Parisse
Publication Category: Reports Publication year: 2015 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Smart Grids

This report, the first of a series of periodic publications, systematically gathers and disseminates information on the smart grid laboratories active in Europe and beyond. The underpinning survey developed by the JRC is a comprehensive attempt to get a complete overview of all the smart grid technologies operational at laboratory level.


Solar photovoltaic production at JRC Petten – monitoring report


Michel Vandenbergh
Publication Category: Reports Publication year: 2015 Activity Type: Hardware Research Area: Smart Grids

The performance of solar photovoltaic installations located on the roofs of the JRC-IET in Petten has been monitored and is analyzed for the 1-year period from 01.10.2013 to 30.09.2014.


Benchmarking smart metering deployment in the EU-27 with a focus on electricity


EC
Publication Category: Reports Publication year: 2014 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Smart Grids

Member States in line with the provisions of the Third Energy Package1. Subject to the outcome of a possible economic assessment of long-term costs and benefits, Member States are required to prepare a timescale (of up to 10 years in the case of electricity) for the deployment of intelligent metering systems2. This report looks at progress in the EU-273 to date and frames recommendations for the way forward.


Regional Energy Initiatives. MedReg and the Energy Community


Edited by Carlo Cambini, Alessandro Rubino
Publication Category: Books Publication year: 2014 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Integrated power systems

This book focuses on the two intra-regional initiatives created for the development and integration of energy markets: the Energy Community and MedReg.

The Energy Community and MedReg, apart from their common strategic role in providing a much-needed stable regulatory environment for energy markets in their respective reference countries, represent examples of a diverse development of regional energy initiatives. The former is initiated by external factors and is an example of a top-down approach, whereas the latter is a voluntary bottom-up initiative of the countries involved. The way the institutional framework is built is not without consequences on the functioning and organization of the two regional initiatives.

The book assesses these different approaches and their consequences in the framework of the development of the Energy Community and MedReg, with particular reference to their impact on regional integration, energy policy and institutional change. The analysis is enriched with several case studies on the role of independent regulatory agencies, the promotion of renewable energy sources, infrastructure and interconnection development across the Mediterranean basin and the implications of exporting the EU institutional model. This book is aimed at policy makers, institutions, energy companies and academics to provide a better understanding of the economic and institutional eco-system that characterize the Mediterranean area.

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