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ESGRIDS - Enhancing Smart Grids for Sustainability

COMPETE

Title: ESGRIDS - Enhancing Smart GRIDs for Sustainability

Coordinators at INESCC: Carlos Henggeler

Co-Coordinator:

Project Team:

Date of approval: 05-08-2016

Dates start/end: 01-01-2017 / 31-12-2019

Total Eligible Cost: 368 711.7538

EU Financial Support: 313 404.67€

National Financial Support: 55 306.71€

Project Code: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-016434

Region of intervention:

Beneficiaries:INESC TEC - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, TECNOLOGIA E CIÊNCIA, INESC Coimbra - Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores de Coimbra, UNIVERSIDADE DA BEIRA INTERIOR, UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO

Copromotor

Synopsis

The ESGRIDS project aims at developing new scientific methodologies that result in disruptive solutions to meet the challenges that future electrical power systems will face. This will be achieved by implementing a multidisciplinary approach that brings significant developments with respect to the main actors of the electrical power system: end-users of energy, network operators and markets / regulation. These actors thus define the three main areas of activity (axes of action) of the proposed project, namely: 

- Energy End User;

- Operation and Control of the Distribution Network; 

- Market and Business Models 

The main targets to be met are related to the development of innovative solutions that contribute to a smart, sustainable, efficient and safe power system allowing the integration of non-polluting energy and more environmentally friendly transportation. In order to achieve this, significant contributions in the area of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and power electronics, as well as the use of advanced Data Analytics are fundamental since these subjects are transversal to the three axes of action of the project. 

The main objectives identified for achieving the proposed goals are the following: 

1. Study in detail the development prospects of the electrical power systems, identifying alternative reference architectures, supported by technologies and business models associated with any of the three main axes of action; 

2. Establish, based on the analysis of the foreseen evolution, a set of case studies (Business Use Cases) which should clearly address the challenges and provide input for each of the project?s axes of action; 

3. Define detailed requirements to support the development of a number of innovative features that allow: 

a) Promoting and defining new approaches to foster the involvement of end users, with the support of technological solutions that promote their active participation in energy markets and distribution grid operation and a more efficient use of energy;

b) Developing advanced solutions for a safer and more efficient management and control of the distribution grid through smart systems based on cutting-edge technologies that address the growing complexity of the power system with high integration of renewable energy;

c) Studying new market structures and alternative business models that contribute to the overall efficiency of the system through mechanisms that promote the effective integration of the proposed solutions; 

4.Validate in a conclusive way the solutions identified through simulation and proof of concept allowing the evaluation of the adequacy and effectiveness of the methods proposed to meet the expected challenges.