CROSSBOW recognised by

the EU Innovation Radar

The European Commission has added the 9 CROSSBOW products to the league of high-potential EU-funded innovations featured in the EU Innovation Radar under the Innovation Topic: Smart & Sustainable Society.

CROSSBOW products make part of the many great EU-funded innovations identified by the Innovation Radar – and the innovators behind them.

The EU Innovation Radar is a European Commission initiative to identify high potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research and innovation projects. Its goal is to allow every citizen, public official, professional, and businessperson to discover the outputs of EU innovation funding and give them a chance to seek out innovators.

Find out here each CROSSBOW project recognition under the EU Innovation Radar and the maturity level of innovation assigned.

Getting ready the algorithm for quality check of Common Grid Models

The SCC team (Belgrade) is analysing the data in preparation for the final demonstration of the algorithm for quality check of Common Grid Models (CGMs).

Regional Security Coordinators use Common Grid Model (CGM) for several core operational procedures such as: security analysis with remedial actions, coordinated capacity calculations, outage planning coordination, critical grid situation, etc. Results of those analyses should help Transmission System Operators (TSOs) in operational planning and better prepare them for real-time events. The better forecast of system state and the higher the quality of CGMs, the more plausible findings of analyses done using these CGMs for TSOs in the every-day operation of their power networks. This is the prime motivation for SCC to begin the development of CGM quality checks within the CROSSBOW project.

Read more here.

Probabilistic approach for Regional Adequacy Assessment in SEE region

The first aim of the preliminary demonstration, which has already been performed at the beginning of 2020, was to prove that the designed concept works well with real data and that continuous delivery of expected results is successful. CROSSBOW partners ESO and SCC and (Bulgarian TSO) used a combination of several tools in order to perform this preliminary demonstration. Acquisition of dynamic input data was performed weekly (every Friday) as a part of the official ENTSO-E cross-regional Short-Term Adequacy (STA) procedure.

Preliminary demonstration indicated that there are some cases when optimisation of adequacy transactions could not be performed in the defined adequacy region. Optimisation for these cases could not be performed because the whole region involved a lack of estimated remaining capacity, implying that internal inadequacy within the region could not be solved by inter-region adequacy transactions. This problem could be potentially solved only through the expansion of the adequacy region, by including a first set of neighbouring areas into the calculation, which could depend on the availability of input data for newly included areas.

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CROSSBOW has an active role in events

During the latest months CROSSBOW partners have actively organised events to disseminate the outcomes reached out and how the CROSSBOW solutions will benefit the SEE region.

On 12 May, CROSSBOW partners have co-organised with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Office in Sarajevo the webinar “Western Balkans Energy Transition: evaluating the present for a brighter future Part II”. The goal was to brief the legal framework in the Western Balkans and the role of CROSSBOW products in the energy transition. During this event, UKIM/FEIT partner launched the English versions of the Toolkit “Legislative Framework of the Electricity Sector in the Republic of North Macedonia and its International Standing” and the “Gap Analysis of the Legislative Framework of the Electricity Sector in the Republic of North Macedonia”, both issued as part of CROSSBOW.

On 17 June, CROSSBOW organised the virtual conference “Managing CROSS-BOrder Renewable Energy Production and Storage in Transnational Wholesale Markets to Meet Climate Change Mitigation Targets” to  make public the results of this Horizon 2020 project. The event was organised by the Department of Business AdministrationNational and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and Public Power Company S.A. (PPC) with the support of the Center of Excellence for Energy and Renewable Sources and Transportation.

Besides, on 28 June a joint conference with the KALCEA Network was held, where CROSSBOW highlighted the results that can be further utilised to harness the deployment of the Green Deal through their impact on TSO-DSO cooperation for maximising smart grid growth. 


webinars & coffee

Do you want to learn in detail about the 9 products of CROSSBOW? CROSSBOW team is preparing nine webinars to explain at length each product. Watch them on CROSSBOW’s YouTube channel

Besides, CROSSOW has participated in the TRINITY Coffee Break #6 together with other H2020 projects such as X-FLEX and Synergy. The goal was to show synergies between them, complementary actions, resources and tools shared, as well as their joint work within the BRIDGE initiative. Watch it here

What KONCAR is?

KONČAR is a Croatian industry flagship: the largest Croatian electric equipment manufacturer, that celebrated its 100th anniversary in early 2021. The CROSSBOW partner is KONČAR – Power Plant and Electric Traction Engineering (KONČAR-KET) which the main engineering company of the KONČAR Group. KONČAR-KET has more than 40 years of experience in development and integration of modular industrial automation control systems and is a pioneer in cyber security and in the digitalization of energy sector. We make the energy sustainable, secure, and digital.

What is your role within the project?

As a technology provider in CROSSBOW, we play an infrastructural role and we are deeply involved in the development of the CROSSBOW Regional Storage Coordination Centre (STO-CC) tool. For decades we have been a reliable partner of the TSOs in the region, and we know the industrial automation control systems used there. Our expertise in the established protocols and solutions helps us integrate the CROSSBOW tools with the existing infrastructure – we have been responsible on ensuring the integration of data sources and conversion of different asset data into the central format of CROSSBOW tools. These gateways have been implemented using the development version of our automation platform, and there were CROSSBOW-specific developments. One of these includes the gateway developed and installed in the laboratory facilities in SmartRUE laboratory in Athens. 

How will CROSSBOW contribute to the Energy Transition in Europe?

The winds that carry the energy transition also carry the requirements for more flexibility and tighter collaboration across borders. Between policy decisions and real-life implementation there is a lot of work to do – and CROSSBOW is a part of it. The tools we develop in CROSSBOW will surely help in making the energy system of Europe more resilient and sustainable.

What are the main challenges KONCAR is finding during COVID-19 crisis (within CROSSBOW)?

The COVID crisis has effectively removed all travel and many things are much easier to resolve in a physical meeting, and that is especially notable in CROSSBOW where solutions are often found at these meetings. For us in CROSSBOW a particular challenge has been that we started the deployments and integration actions during the strictest lockdown period. Many of our TSO partners had specific work regimes and we also had to adapt to working fully remotely. In fact, the successful development and deployment of our gateway solution in the SmartRUE laboratory in Greece happened during this time. It is right now being actively used in the CROSSBOW testing.

What other related projects you are involved in?

Besides CROSSBOW, we are also partners in TRINITY and SYNERGY projects that ETRA is also coordinating – these are the most closely related projects to CROSSBOW.

What will be the most important CROSSBOW legacies in the South-Eastern Europe (SEE)?

The CROSSBOW tools will surely continue to evolve and adapt to the users’ needs even long after CROSSBOW ends. In KONČAR, we hope that the productive and collaborative spirit of CROSSBOW will remain for a long time after the project ends.



Newsletter edited by: ETRA I+D

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