CROSSBOW, moving towards the final phase

CROSSBOW is tackling the last phases of demonstration. In the last months, all project activities have focused on the successful execution of the planned experiments with the fully featured prototypes of the nine solutions – awarded by EU Innovation Radar – developed within the project. 

The different High level Use Cases have run different tests to evaluate if the specifications and requirements identified by the end-users members of the CROSSBOW consortium have been finally met. This is the second round of trials that already introduces the feedback gathered with the first version of the prototypes deployed back in 2021. With this phase, 43 experiments have been executed, some of which have been run more than once in different trials rounds.

The results of this final demonstration phase are currently being analysed and will be published with the final conclusions of the project in April 2022. In parallel to this analysis, the project is also preparing the reports on the different barriers (legal, financial and technical) that CROSSBOW has overcome and the recommendations for the continuation of the initiated research, escalating the outcomes not only in SEE region; for instance transferring results to other countries and further adoption by the ones already engaged, but also across Europe, or analysing how the project results can be exported to other regions even.

It is noteworthy mentioning that, jointly with the evaluation reports that will include the calculation of all Key Performance Indicators (technical, social and environmental), the project will also deliver in the coming months a handbook to guide any potential adopter on how to set-up the project solutions, analysing first the most cost-efficient deployment choices and the specific requirements of new end-users.


Demonstration activates for the Wholesale and Ancillary Market toolset

On Wednesday, January 26th, 2022, the Final Demonstration activities for the CROSSBOW product Wholesale and Ancillary Market toolset took place. The final demonstration was designed as a verification of functionalities developed within the high-level use case “Transnational ancillary and wholesale market” (HLU9) and was divided into two parts: the Intraday energy market demonstration and mFRR energy market demonstration. The majority of the TSOs, who represent the project’s end-consumers, as well as other stakeholders, were present and actively participated in the verification.

The Final Demonstration, which lasted nearly two hours, included testing of the main functionalities (Intraday trading & mFRR energy trading) as well as the supporting functionalities - Participants Management, Market Management, Asset Management and Cross-Zonal capacities testing. Additionally, a screenshot from the Final Demonstration and a screenshot from the changes in Cross-Zonal Capacities during the demonstration are included.

The University of Ljubljana believes that the Final Demonstration was a success and wishes to express its gratitude to everyone who took part in this important phase of the HLU9 and project milestone.


New videos to explain the CROSSBOW scenarios 

CROSSBOW is evaluating the nine demo clusters (high-level use cases) until the end of the project; this includes the technical validation of the CROSSBOW products and the evaluation of the socio-economic impact of the project solutions and business models. Those demonstrations are measuring the impact of the CROSSBOW products in real conditions enabled by TSOs of the national electricity grid from 8 different countries (Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia), as well as in Slovenia through a renewable energy cooperative.  

To explain each scenario nine videos are being produced.

The first video launched present the high-level use case “Transnational ancillary and wholesale market”. CROSSBOW proposes unified types of balancing services, dimensioning, procurement and settlement of balancing reserves and standard products. In addition, a cross-border balancing principles for common usage of balancing reserve and exchange of balancing energy & imbalance netting are being demonstrated. A novel orchestrated multi-nodal market platform is being adapted and deployed, which will allow market players to integrate and interoperate on the distributed concepts with minimum set of harmonized technical and data requirements for market participation.

Watch it here


Final conference with the support of

Energy Community

On 30th  March 2022, CROSSBOW will celebrate its final conference and Second User Group Workshop in a hybrid format, with the in-person sessions hosted in Vienna.

The event, co-organised by Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje and ETRA with the support of Energy Community, will showcase the results of the project, including use cases findings, impacts and barriers found, and the latest contributions within BRIDGE initiative.

The event will address the main achievements, impacts, and barriers found. Besides, an open discussion on “Evaluating the future of the SEE Energy Transition” will be hold where stakeholders such as Energy Community representatives, NRAs, TSOs and DSOs will participate. The event will conclude by highlighting the next steps after the project completion and exploitation plans ahead for its 9 products awarded by the EU Innovation Radar 

 It will be a closed-door event, but conclusions will be published here on the website.


CROSSBOW again among the jury’s favourite practices of the ‘Good Practice of the Year 2021’ 

This year CROSSBOW has been selected again as one of the favourite practices of the 8th round of the annual ‘Good Practice of the Year’ award under the category “Technological Innovation & System Integration”. Thus, the project is part of the brochure ‘Good Practice of the Year 2021’.

The jury was really impressed by CROSSBOW and the excellent collaboration, scope, and transferability which it demonstrates.


Replay TRINITY and CROSSBOW Energy Talk at the EUSEW 2021 (Video) 

CROSSBOW, together with TRINITY project, organised the online Energy Talk “Incorporating high penetration of Renewable Energy Sources into the power grid thanks to EU-funded innovations”  as part de EU Sustainable Energy Week 2021. Now, this talk is available to be replayed!

The talk showed how both projects will facilitate the sustainable development of the future energy model in South-Eastern Europe (SEE) region, which should be designed in such a way to ensure the cooperation between countries for RES integration seamlessly across Europe.

Watch it here


What ELPROS is?

 ELPROS Electronic and Programming Systems is Slovenian company specialized in development and implementation of high performance multifunctional telemetric centres and real-time complex data processing systems.

Main ELPROS Company products are: 1. UniFusion® multifunctional engineering platform for complex real-time data processing; 2. WAProtectorTM system for Wide Area Monitoring Protection and Control Systems (WAMS/WAMPAC) based on synchphasor data.

What is your role within the project? 

As a technology provider ELPROS is mainly involved in WAMAS and ROC-BC products. In WAMAS the WAProtector system servers as data gateway and data analyzer for CROSSBOW products. The system collects in real-time PMU data and SCADA data from several TSOs in SEE region, process received data and forward data to other CROSSBOW products.

 In ROC-BC ELPROS was involved with development of:

• Real Time Quality Check of Common Grid Models with CROSSBOW partner SCC

• Real-time dynamic line rating and forecasted dynamic line rating for overhead lines with CROSSBOW partners SCC and UNIMAN

• Centralized system for over-frequency real-time dynamic settings for generators with CROSSBOW partner SCC

 The WAMAS product, in which ELPROS worked, has been awarded by the EU Innovation Radar. What does this recognition mean?

This recognition means that we worked on development which is interesting for end-users and has commercial potential.

What are the main benefits of the CROSSBOW results and development? How will it contribute to the Energy Transition in Europe?

CROSSBOW products in which ELPROS was involved are used for:

• Optimization of the energy transmission with advanced monitoring for power transfer over transmission lines.

• Power system stability enhancement in case of high frequencies with cost optimized solution. It optimizes generation reduction based on centralized control actions which use for decision making existing metering systems.

• Improvement of common grid models which are the basis for services like power flow calculations, security analysis, etc.

What are the main challenges that ELPROS has faced during the project?

Main challenge was handling access to many different data sources from devices like SCADA systems, PDCs, PMUs, battery storages from several countries. This involved a lot of coordination between the companies and IT management since all such devices are installed inside the closed technical networks.

What will be the most important CROSSBOW legacies in the SEE?

The most important legacy of CROSSBOW project is fact that developed products will be used also in the future and will be upgraded with new requirements and future experiences.

What is next after CROSSBOW H2020?

The next step is commercialization of developed products and continued with the upgrade based on future experiences.



Newsletter edited by: ETRA I+D

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