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The second phase concluded

The second phase of the CROSSBOW (development) has covered the second 18 months of the project (from April 2019 to October 2020). In this way, the CROSSBOW team has been able to successfully finish this challenging year 2020.

Let’s find out the key achievements!

CROSSBOW has tackled innovations and deployments of the products in the different pilot clusters and the first round of experiments. How? When?

Key innovations have been provided by each of the 9 CROSSBOW products (see figure below).

The deployment was structured in different phases:

• August 2019: analysis of the demo clusters and planning.

• December 2019:  integration test in laboratory performed in order to guaranty the interoperability between the 9 products. Especially important was the communications tests involving the WAMAS, that acts as data broker for several products.

• February 2020: the preliminary deployment, making use of the first version of the prototypes was implemented. The system configuration resulting of this deployment was the one used for the first round of experiments.

• April 2020: After delivering a detailed plan the first round of experiments was executed.

• October 2020: the final deployment, with the very last version of the prototypes, completed the deployment activities at the end of this phase.

In coordination with the deployment activities, the demonstrations and data capturing for the evaluation of the project results have also started in the second phase.

Due to the COVID restrictions the preliminary demonstration phase was prolonged to October 2020, forcing the project to organise two coexisting configurations of the tools: first version running the preliminary experiments, and second version being deployed in parallel to avoid delays on the next phase with the final demonstration phase and further evaluation.

CROSSBOW consortium is so proud! All High-Level Use Cases have been able to demonstrate the core functionalities provided by the first version of the prototypes.

But also, CROSSBOW team has participated in 30 dissemination events – some of them organised by the consortium; has published 14 scientific publications and has organised 4 Plenary meetings.

Tweeting about cybersecurity in the electric power system

On Twitter the CROSSBOW team, under the hashtag #SecureEnergyAcrossEurope #CybersecurityAcrossEurope, has debated about Cybersecurity across Europe in the energy sector and presented South-East Europe as the East EU border from cyberattacks on the European electric system.

The analyses and discussions held within the CROSSBOW ecosystem on the electric sector cybersecurity, show the significance of consistent implementation of cybersecurity measures on all levels – starting from development and implementation of cybersecurity policy on the company level, streamlining the activities on the national level, and strengthening cybersecurity cooperation on EU level.

Aiming to bridge this gap, CROSSBOW’s consortium has elaborated a report which synthesizes the regulatory framework, prescribes the obligations of the actors in the electricity sector, and proposes a cybersecurity framework on the TSO level. The review of standards, guidelines, and practices, as well as experiences from past incidents on the wider energy sector, serve to develop recommendations that are applicable for the TSOs.

Read more here.

CROSSBOW is also about Energy Communities

“If the sharing economy can work in other industries – why not in the energy market?”  explains Marko Svetina, CEO at cyberGRID and partner of CROSSBOW project.

Shared ownership of flexibility-providing assets, such as decentralised battery storage and renewable generation is a cornerstone in project CROSSBOW, with cyberGRID playing an indicative technological role. The company collects distributed energy resources and bundles them into one, thus helping energy asset owners to make their energy offer more attractive for the markets. With the help of the tools developed in CROSSBOW such as the Cooperative Flexibility Platform (CFP), energy asset owners can now make use of a new business model empowering them to organize themselves as cooperatives. This represents an interesting way for a local residential community to create a new revenue stream, as they can now monetize their energy assets from PV panels or from the wind on different energy markets.

Read more here

Again 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 7th round of the annual ‘Good Practice of the Year 2020’ award under the category “Technological Innovation & System Integration”,  for a second consecutive year. This award is organised by Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI). Download the 2020 award brochure here where you can find CROSSBOW project. 

Videos: webinars

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

What COBRA is?

 The Cobra Group is the main developer and EPC contractor of the industrial area of the ACS business group based in Madrid (Spain). Global leader with more than 75 years of experience and 36,000 employees in all fields related to engineering, installation and industrial maintenance of infrastructures.

What is your role within the project?

COBRA is the Business and Innovation Manager of the project, leading WP19 Exploitation, business innovation strategy and contribution to standards. Moreover, COBRA is also leading WP5 CROSSBOW Hybrid RES Dispatchable Unit, RES-DU, being responsible of the RES-DU design and implementation.

How will CROSSBOW contribute to the Energy Transition in Europe?

CROSSBOW has a direct impact on the Energy Transition in Europe maximizing the renewable sources penetration in the energy mix, thanks to the creation of new energy exchange mechanisms and the integration of storage units to support the intermittency and variability of the non-dispatchable renewable energy sources. In addition, efforts to reinforce the border connections among different countries will improve the whole grid stability and security.

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

The main challenges have been the associated to the demonstration stage due to it was initially planned to be carry out with the physical collaboration of all the partners involved in the RES-DU product development (which is the product leaded by COBRA). However, all these activities have been carried out through online tools, reaching positive results despite additional difficulties.

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

The most important legacies in SEE are the new alternatives and advantages provided by the project to optimise the cross-border interconnections in order to maximise the grid stability and security. This ensures the required flexibility to admit as much renewable energy as possible.

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Newsletter edited by: ETRA I+D

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