CROSSBOW after 18 months of work

CROSSBOW celebrates that its first phase (preparation) has covered successfully after 18 months of work. Time to share main achievements reached, check them out:  

1. The consortium has identified all the technical requirements thanks to the dialogue between end-users in the project (TSOs, DSOs, Energy producers and SCC as Regional Security Centre in South Easter Europe) and technology providers

2. Different scenarios for validation of experiments have been defined per HLU, paying special attention not only to the identification of the most relevant assets to participate in the trials, but also initiating the analysis on the preliminary demonstration plan.

3. The project has developed and documented an interoperable, secure and flexible architecture, which will consider transmission grids addressing active networks with high penetration of renewables, integrating distributed and concentrated storage, and with various energy ancillary services- e.g. demand response-, to optimize the functionality for all actors, including the end-user.

 4. Provided an overview of the status and future developments of legislation and regulatory framework, Smart Grid (SG) security, data models, standards and interoperability issues on regional and national level, with focus on the SEE region, as well as to provide investigation of CROSSBOW products regarding incorporation of types of data processing operations, which are likely to result in a high risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons. These issues are analysed in order to detect potential barriers in the future stages of the Project.

5. Analysed the state-of-the-art background around current initiatives for regional coordination and renewable energy sources’ (RES) management in the Southern Eastern European (SEE) region and beyond.

6. The bases for the simulation models, for both RES and storage technologies, were established through the collaborative work among different partners.

7. The consortium has performed an analysis of storage assets existing in the region. One particularly suitable facility has been identified in Serbia with the pumped hydro storage power plant Bajina Basta. As well as, working out an overview of different storage technologies possibly to be deployed in the region focusing on technical and market constraints impacting the feasibility of cross-border energy storage. 

8. Analysed TSO/DSO coordination in CROSSBOW demo countries and related EU funded projects. The project has compiled the state of the art of DSO and TSO responsibilities as well as an analysis on use cases proposed for TSO/DSO cooperation. This analyse has provided an overall picture of the challenges faced by interconnected TSO-DSO, regarding observability and controllability of transmission and distribution networks at regional and transnational level.

9. Provided a report on worldwide and regional practices in wide-scale deployment (at transmission level) of DSM, its current or envisaged applications in network services (e.g., frequency support or congestion management) and the mechanisms necessary to achieve it. The DSM features were observed from different aspects: services provided to the transmission network, electricity market, and information and communication technologies (ICT). Conclusions of this report can be beneficial for specifying recommendations for regulatory and market changes necessary for inclusion of large-scale DSM as one of the flexibility providers in transmission systems with high shares of RES.

 10. Proposed an innovative business model and make the technical specifications for Cooperative Ownership of Flexibility Assets. 

11. Since CROSSBOW is a product driven project the work during the first period has followed an AGILE approach that provides immediate incremental results to the end-users to validate from the very beginning. Find out the main achievements from the 9 products.


CROSSBOW shapes EU’s energy future

Speaking about European’s energy future means fitting with “A Clean Planter for all” long-term strategy, and CROSSBOW project is in line with this future. To show its commitment with the challenge, the project has participated in the European Sustainable Energy Week 2019 (EUSEW).

The 14th edition of the EUSEW conference took place from 17 to 21 June 2019 in Brussels under the theme “Shaping Europe’s energy future”- focus on latest policy advancements and solutions for a climate-neutral Europe by 2050.

CROSSBOW has participated in two different activities within the EUSEW 2019 actions as part of the Policy Conference in Brussels: “Data Access Platforms to facilitate data driven services” session on 19 June and Energy Fair at the Networking Village on 20 June.

How does CROSSBOW fit with the “A Clean Planet for all” long-term strategy?

As the world struggles to limit global warming, projects like CROSSBOW contribute to European energy markets, regulatory and policy frameworks, and technological progress. The H2020 project provides a range of products and services to foster a higher penetration of Renewable Energy Sources in the energy markets, leveraging disruptive energy storage approaches to support the process. Those are being achieved by fostering regional cooperation among the system operators in South Eastern EU (SEE).

Renewable Energy producers strengthen their position when addressing the market with a comprehensive toolset for ancillary services, while taking advantage of cooperative ownership of their flexibility assets. Furthermore, the coordination between TSOs and DSOs from different countries is enhanced, dealing with regulatory issues and market rules, by deploying control technology to promote cross-border interconnections and demand side management.

CROSSBOW defines relevant scenarios and use cases to demonstrate its impacts, considers several countries from South Eastern Europe where new energy models need to be supported in order to achieve an effective energy transition towards a decarbonized energy system.

The tools of the CROSSBOW project are transparent, easily manageable and allow end-users to effectively manage their assets and take sustainable decisions in a coordinated manner.

All in all, CROSSBOW facilitates the sustainable development of the future energy model, which should be designed in such a way to ensure the cooperation between countries for RES integration seamlessly across Europe.

Some of the most remarkable outcomes expected:

-Reduction of CO2 emissions: 12%

-Saving of 3 MTons of GHG

-Increase of storage participation: 15%

-Creation of more than 70.000 green jobs

-Over 56 Million citizens and businesses will access to better quality energy services



Presenting 2 uses cases related with TSO-DSO collaboration schemes

On 13rd May, CROSSBOW has participated in the Joint Horizon2020 workshop on TSO-DSO cooperation in flexibility market integration, which took place in Brussel, to present the two use cases related to TSO-DSO collaboration schemes within its framework. 

The H2020 project presented the preliminary TSO-DSO collaboration schema being proposed for piloting by the Spanish Market Operator.

During the workshop several TSO and DSO projects presented novel flexibility use cases and discussed the next steps towards continuing cooperation. But also, representatives of European Commission, ENTSO-E and DSO associations contributed in the discussion.

CROSSBOW among the jury's favourite practices of the ‘Good Practice of the Year’ award

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

The project has been selected as one of the favourite practices of the 6th round of the annual ‘Good Practice of the Year’ award under the category “Technological Innovation & System Integration”. Download the 2019 award brochure here where you can find CROSSBOW project. 


InnoGrid 2020+

CROSSBOW has participated in the networking exhibition at the Annual Conference INNOGRID 2020+ in Brussels organised by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO).

The Minister of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania meets CROSSBOW project

The Minister, Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, showed his interested in the CROSSBOW project during the PCI Energy Days celebrated on March 19-20 in Brussels and organized by the European Commission. CROSSBOW team presented him its benefits, products and scenarios of one of the most relevant innovation projects of the European Union in the Smart Grids sector.


Clustering meeting of Electric Transmission Grid projects

In February CROSSBOW has participated in a clustering activity, organised by the Innovation & Networks Executive Agency of the European Commission in Brussels, to analysis of the efforts by different H2020 projects on Electric Transmission Grid to define TSO-DSO collaboration schemas.


Clustering meeting of Electric Transmission Grid projects, 19 February in Brussels

PCI Days, 19-20 March in Brussels

TF+PG STA MEETING – ENTSO-E, 18 April in Bled

InnoGrid 2020+, 13-14 May in Brussels

Romanian Energy Day, 11 June in Brussels

Energy Sustainable Energy Week, 18-20 June in Brussels

1/07/2019, Novi Sad (Serbia): 18th International Conference on Smart Technologies IEEE EUROCON 2019

9/07/2019, Brussels (Belgium): High level event on cyber security in the energy sector

12/09/2019, Dublin (Ireland): The 11th Citizens Energy Forum

29/09/2019, Bucharest (Romania): IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe

12-14/11/2019, Paris (France): Utility Week (Paris)


Newsletter edited by: ETRA I+D

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