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How has COVID-19 affected CROSSBOW?

COVID-19 crisis arrived just at the beginning of the first round of trials. When the project was concluding the first deployments and after the execution of the first experiments, we were forced to handle the unforeseen situation that has blocked activities across the world. In the case of CROSSBOW, the project was forced to reassess its strategy for the last phase of demonstrations. Whilst it was planned that trials would be running until June 2020; it was necessary to extend the activities until the end of October 2020.

The main challenge posed by the crisis was the unavailability of critical personnel to participate in the validation of the project results. Not only it has been impossible to deployed some of the solutions in the field, but most important, some of the end-users – mainly system operators – were forced to follow an strict emergency plan not to jeopardise the supply of energy in the countries participating in CROSSBOW. This led to severe difficulties to interact with some of the most valuable participants of the project, dedicated during the crisis to other urgent and critical tasks to guarantee the seamless operation of the grid.

With the end of the first COVID-19 wave, the project is advancing as much as possible the planned experiments in order to avoid potential issues in the future in case of a second wave leading to a new lockdown.

Moreover, the already established infrastructure for coordination with virtual meetings will still be used until 2021, trying to reduce as much as possible the physical meetings.

Preliminary demonstrations and tests

Probabilistic approach for Regional Short-term Adequacy Assessment 

During January and February, Security Coordination Centre SCC Ltd Belgrade and Bulgarian Electricity System Operator ESO EAD, executed 6 successful preliminary demonstrations on “Probabilistic approach for Regional Short-term Adequacy Assessment” for 11 TSOs of the SEE region. ESO has worked on a bottom-up approach, which means probabilistic modeling of generations and demands in order to determine adequacy indicators. SCC, under a top-down approach, has worked on a sensitivity analysis of the regional network on active power flow changes in order to determine optimal adequacy transactions that solve detected issues. The final demonstration is planned for the beginning of 2021 using a dedicated software tool. Check out this video

RES Dispatchable Unit first version

Over the last months Cobra, fulfilled the first version of RES Dispatchable Unit (RES-DU) algorithms and carried out some preliminary tests. With these first tests, COBRA demonstrates the main functionalities of the RES-DU tool and highlights its adaptability to different plant configurations and operation modes. More information here.

 

Transnational Demand Side Management

HOPS (TSO in Croatia), NOSBIH (TSO in Bosnia and Herzegovina), CGES (TSO in Montenegro), EMS (TSO in Serbia), and MEPSO (TSO in North Macedonia) have participated in the preliminary demonstrations under the High Level Use case 6 “Transnational Demand Side Management” within the Work Packaged 9. The University of Manchester leads these experiments in order to  suggest solutions to the identified challenges of cross border power transfers in existing and future transmission networks at regional and global level, relying on efficient transnational use of Demand Side Management. Our partner, Antun Andrić from HOPS explains further details in this video.

EUSEW 2020: beyond the crisis

On 25th June, the CROSSBOW project participated in the event of the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2020 “Smart grids and flexibility markets: status of demonstrators and effect of covid-19 on the demo operation and results”, organised by the Regulation Working Group of the BRIDGE initiative. This session presented clear examples of how the current COVID-19 crisis has impacted the research activities of the H2020 projects exploring new flexibility market mechanisms and tools for smart grid operation. CROSSBOW project manager explained tasks impacted, lessons learnt and strategy to overcome the constraints affecting operation and execution of experiments and demos. Watch the video of the event here.

India met CROSSBOW’s products on storage

In March, CROSSBOW participated in the event “Grid Scale Energy Storage System Projects in EU and India” as part of the 9th EU – India Smart Grid Workshop which took place in New Delhi. The workshop was performed under the framework of the India Smart Utility Week 2020. More details here. 

What

cyberGRID

is?

cyberGRID is focused on providing novel software tools and services to manage flexible electric assets. It is currently cooperating with over 120 partners from 24 EU countries in innovation projects with an overall budget exceeding 100M EUR. Our proprietary ICT technology, called cyberNOC, is well established and has been used over the past ten years in multiple applications world-wide. This tool allows a large number of energy assets, i.e. “flexibilities”, being connected to various electricity markets: such assets are typically energy loads, distributed (DG) and renewable energy generation plants (RES), and Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS).

What is your role within the project?

During the CROSSBOW project, cyberGRID developed and tested a new, enhanced business plan enabling asset owner to organise as energy cooperatives offering flexibility services direct connection to the balancing markets without the need of a middleman.

The Cooperative Flexibility Platform – CFP tool was developed to offer cooperatives all the required functionalities to provide flexibility services, such as; data collection from the energy assets, de-aggregation algorithms, market integration, democratic voting, and accounting.

Among others, several advanced algorithms were developed to support BESS integration and intraday energy market integration to enable better and longer aFRR and mFRR services to the TSO.

How does cyberGRID think CROSSBOW will contribute to the Energy Transition in Europe? What are the main challenges?

Right now, there are many energy assets that are being underutilized and business models remain limited. This undercuts grid optimization and reduces the number of actors in the electricity sector. The CROSSBOW project presents new business opportunities and tools to fully utilise all available flexibilities that are hidden in energy assets big and small, especially RES, while also opening the sector to new actors. By creating a more dynamic and competitive market, Europe will move closer to achieving what’s it’s always set out to do – create a cleaner, market-based electricity system.

 

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Newsletter edited by: ETRA I+D

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