CROSSBOW Kick Off meeting in Sofia

17 Dec
  • Experts from EU discussed on the Transmission Networks strategy in South East Europe.
  • The project will enable higher use of Clean Energy sources and cost reductions for the Regional Energy System.

Sofia, 9th of November, 2017.- The CROSSBOW consortium officially started its activities with a General Assembly hosted by the Ministry of Energy and the national System Operator in Bulgaria (ESO). The opening session counted with the welcome of Minister of Energy Ms. Temenujka Petkova. In total, 77 experts from the 24 entities participating in this international research effort met during two days in different workshops and sessions in order to define the demonstration activities that will be run by the project during the next four years, targeting the wide adoption of clean energies in South Eastern Europe.

CROSSBOW (CROSS BOrder management of variable renewable energies and storage units enabling a transnational Wholesale market) is an EC funded project led by ETRA GROUP, whose goal is to propose the shared use of resources to foster cross-border management of variable renewable energies and storage units, enabling a higher penetration of clean energies whilst reducing network operational costs and improving economic benefits of clean energies and storage units.

These benefits will be achieved by fostering regional cooperation among the system operators in South Eastern Europe. The project will provide 8 different tools to help the Regional Coordination Center in the region to facilitate higher RES penetration, whilst reducing operational costs for individual operators – both at transmission and distribution layers.

The objective is to demonstrate a number of different, though complementary, technologies, offering the regional transmission network higher flexibility and robustness through: 1) A better control of exchange power at international interconnection points; 2) new energy storage solutions – distributed and centralized-, 3) better Communications and control  -e.g. better network observability; 4) the definition of a transnational wholesale market, proposing fair and sustainable remuneration for clean energies though the definition of new business models supporting the participation of new players and the reduction of costs.

The CROSSBOW results will be evaluated by 8 TSOs in South Easter Europe, grouped to form clusters that will validate each of the projects outcomes in at least three different countries, demonstrating in all cases how CROSSBOW tackles the transnational challenges faced by the region.