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.


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.


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

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.


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.


Smart Grid Projects Outlook 2014


Catalin Felix Covrig, Mircea Ardelean, Julija Vasiljevska, Anna Mengolini, Gianluca Fulli (DG JRC), Eleftherios Amoiralis (External) Collaborators: Manuel Sanchez Jimenez, Constantina Filiou (DG ENER)
Publication Category: Reports Publication year: 2014 Activity Type: Software / Desktop Research Area: Smart Grids
Smart grid projects are playing a key role in shedding light on how to move forward in this challenging transition. In 2011, therefore, the JRC launched the first comprehensive inventory of smart grid projects in Europe to collect lessons learned and assess current developments.
The participation of project coordinators and the reception of the report by the smart grid community were extremely positive. It was therefore decided that the project inventory would be carried out on a regular basis so as to constantly update the picture of smart grid developments. This study is the 2013-2014 update of the inventory started out in 2011.
The JRC’s 2013-14 Smart Grid database contains 459 smart grid R&D and D&D projects from all 28 European Union countries. Switzerland and Norway were studied together with the EU28 countries since they are present in a substantial number of projects with EU countries. Other 17 non EU countries are represented in the inventory by their participating organisations. The total investment of the smart grid projects amounts to €3.15 billion.

Definition of an assessment framework for projects of common interest in the field of smart grids


Vincenzo Giordano, Silvia Vitiello, Julija Vasiljevska
Publication Category: Reports Publication year: 2014 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Smart Grids

The document presents the methodology elaborated by JRC within the framework of its participation to the work of the Smart Grids Task Force, Expert Group on Smart Grid Infrastructure Deployment (Expert Group 4). The then adopted Regulation 347/2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure provides for the establishment of a EU-wide list of "Projects of Common Interest", a label identifying key energy infrastructure projects in EU. Within this framework, Expert Group 4 had the mandate to define an evaluation framework for projects proposals in the field of smart grids. On the basis of its experience on Cost Benefit Analysis of smart grid projects, JRC developed a multi-criteria assessment framework including: a) a checklist to check that project proposals meet the requirements set out by the Regulation; b) a techno-economic assessment through Key Performance Indicators to capture the key features of each project; c) a Cost Benefit Analysis of each projects.


Evaluation of Smart Grid projects within the Smart Grid Task Force Expert Group 4 (EG4)


Vincenzo Giordano, Joint Research Centre Julija Vasiljevska, Joint Research Centre Silvia Vitiello, Joint Research Centre Constantina Filiou, DG Energy Sebastian Gras, DG Energy Marija Mrdeza, DG Energy
Publication Category: Reports Publication year: 2013 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Smart Grids

This report presents the outcome of the evaluation of smart grid project proposals which was carried out by Expert Group 4 (EG4) of the Smart Grid Task Force. The group comprises relevant stakeholders from industry (system operators, manufacturers), regulatory authorities and Member States' representatives. National regulatory authorities have been involved in the evaluation process.

The Expert Group 4 (EG4) was established in February 2012. During the preparatory year of 2012, the task of EG4 was to agree on an assessment framework for the identification of potential projects of common interest (PCI) in the field of smart grids. The assessment framework proposed by the JRC was adopted by EG4 on 4 July 2012. It takes into account the technical and general criteria for the selection of projects of common interest in the field of smart grids, as defined in the trans-European energy infrastructure regulation.


The social dimension of Smart Grids


Anna MENGOLINI, Julija VASILJEVSKA
Publication Category: Reports Publication year: 2013 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Smart Grids

Growing concerns over climate change, security of power supply and market competitiveness are challenging the current power system operation and architecture, with the resulting need to integrate increasing shares of renewable and dispersed energy resources. The era of renewable energy, decentralized energy sources and smart grid technologies will empower all prosumers, from households to small and medium sized enterprises, as well as larger companies, to integrate their consumption and production of energy in networks that would function more like ecosystems than markets. The modernization of the grid, with power and data flowing in both directions, to and from the prosumers, will demand and enable new market structures, new services, and new social processes. As a consequence, the most important challenge for policy makers over the next decade will likely be the shift away from a supply-driven perspective, to one that recognizes the need for the integration of the different dimensions and actors of the energy systems. In this context, the aim of the present report is to shed light on the different components of the social dimensions of the smart grids, from the perspective of the consumer, community and society at large, and to highlight and discuss the main challenges that surround it.


Global Systems Science and Energy Systems


Marcelo Masera, Ettore Bompard, Anna Mengolini, Gianluca Fulli - DG JRC Ralph Dum - DG CONNECT Joan David Tabara - Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona
Publication Category: Reports Publication year: 2013 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Smart Grids

In the present globally interconnected world, energy is generated, stored, transmitted and consumed and its related waste disposed of or recycled- through a complex and dynamic system of systems. A central challenge for Global Systems Science is to focus on the multiple interactions of different scales of the energy systems: from smart micro-grids to super grids. To what extent can these two approaches coexist? How do these two apparently divergent trends and configurations relate to each other and can be managed for a better coordination and efficiency? Global Systems Science should be able to identify what kinds of factors are most relevant for the global energy systems and to what particular pressures are they more sensitive (e.g. not necessarily prices but perhaps to other variables outside the energy systems). This report presents the key points and open issues in emerging energy systems and highlights questions and challenges to global systems science applied to energy systems. It is based on the discussions and results of the workshop on "Vision in global systems science: energy futures" held in Brussels on 18th and 19th March 2013 and organized by DG Connect in collaboration with Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy and Transport, Petten.


Smart Grid projects in Europe: Lessons learned and current developments 2012 update


V. Giordano, A. Meletiou, C. F. Covrig, A. Mengolini, M. Ardelean, G. Fulli, M. S. Jiménez, C. Filiou
Publication Category: Reports Publication year: 2013 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Smart Grids

Smart Grid projects play a key role in shedding some light on how to move forward in this challenging transition. To this end, in 2011, the JRC launched the first comprehensive inventory of Smart Gird projects in Europe to collect lessons learned and assess current developments on Smart Grids in Europe [JRC 2011]. The final catalogue was published in July 2011 and included 219 Smart Grid and smart metering projects from EU27 Member States (including 24 smart metering pilots and roll-outs). The overall investment amounted to € 5 billion.


Smart Energy Grids and Complexity Science


E. Bompard, , S. Connors,, G. Fulli, , B. Han, , M. Masera, , A. Mengolini,, W. J. Nuttall
Publication Category: Reports Publication year: 2012 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Integrated power systems

This report proposes ideas and an approach to address present and future challenges in future smart energy systems through the particular lenses of complexity sciences.
Complexities arising inside and around emerging energy distribution systems prompt a multilayered and integrated approach in which different disciplines and areas of expertize are pooled together.  The interfaces between system layers and intellectual disciplines are the focus, rather than on the details of any individual layer or the particularities of one approach.


Assessing Smart Grid Benefits and Impacts: EU and U.S. Initiatives


V. Giordano, S. Bossart
Publication Category: Reports Publication year: 2012 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Smart Grids

In the last few years, initiatives on Smart Grids have been growing in number and scope on both sides of the Atlantic. A variety of projects has been deployed throughout Europe and US with different aims and results. Substantial public and private investments have been committed to research and development (R&D), demonstration and deployment activities. At this stage, there is a need to evaluate the outcome of implemented projects and share experiences and lessons learned.


Guidelines for conducting a cost-benefit analysis of Smart Grid projects


V. Giordano, I. Onyeji, G. Fulli, M. Sanchez Jimenez, C. Filiou
Publication Category: Reports Publication year: 2012 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Smart Grids

Following the inventory of Smart Grid projects carried out by the JRC in 2011, the goal of this report is to provide guidance and advice for conducting cost benefit analysis of Smart Grid projects. We present a step by step assessment framework based on the work performed by EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) on cost-benefit analysis and provide methodological guidelines and best practices. Modifications to fit the European context have been proposed wherever necessary.


Guidelines for cost-benefit analysis of smart metering deployment


V. Giordano, I. Onyeij, G. Fulli, M. Sanchez Jimenez, C. Filiou
Publication Category: Reports Publication year: 2012 Activity Type: Desktop Research Area: Smart Grids

The goal of this report is to provide guidance and advice for conducting cost benefit analysis of smart metering deployment.

We present a step by step assessment framework based on the work performed by EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute), and we provide guidelines and best practices.

Several additions and modifications to fit the European context have been proposed. This work draws on the existing collaboration between the EC and the US Department of Energy (DoE) in the framework of the EU-US Energy Council.

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