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H2020: Proveedor de energía busca socios industriales y académicos, entre otros, del sector energético


Búsqueda de socios
Una empresa alemana de energía busca socios industriales y científicos y organizaciones de clústeres con el fin de preparar una propuesta para la convocatoria LCE-02-2016 dentro del programa H2020. El objetivo es la consolidación de clústeres de energía regionales para integrar a los proveedores regionales de energía en la red de forma estable y segura. La fecha límite de la convocatoria es el 5 de abril de 2016 y el plazo para presentar expresiones de interés finaliza el 31 de enero.


H2020: German energy supplier seeks industrial, academic and other partners focused on energy
A Germany energy utility is looking for international project partners (industrial-, scientific- and cluster organisations) to prepare a common Horizon 2020 project proposal under LCE-02-2016. The main objective of the project is the demonstration of so called balanced regional energy cluster (REC) aiming at the integration of increasing regional energy supplier (RES) to the grid in a stable and secure way.
To realise the integration of a high share of renewable energies in Europe, the balancing of volatile electricity supply and consumption is crucial. Therefore, the development of decentralised flexible power plants in combination with adequate energy storage capacities is necessary.

A Germany energy utility aims at participating in the Horizon 2020 Call LCE-02-2016 "Demonstration of smart grid, storage and system integration technologies with increasing share of renewables: distribution system".

The main objective of the project is the demonstration of so called balanced regional energy cluster (REC) aiming at the integration of increasing regional energy supplier (RES) to the grid in a stable and secure way. The following elements - necessary for energy balancing within a REC - will be demonstrated on a regional level:
· demonstration of energy storage options.
· demonstration of demand-response solutions.
· demonstration of energy monitoring via virtual power plant.
· integration of electric vehicles.
· validation of existing business models.
· validation of new energy products for consumers and new
services provided to distinguished service orders (DSO).
· demonstration of cross-border exports of electricity
Furthermore, the project will establish evidence that the concept could be replicated all over Europe.

A German municipal energy suppliers, responsible for a region of 500,000 inhabitants, has developed an energy portfolio including photovoltaic, wind and hydroelectric power stations, combined heat and power (CHP) generation power plants and stand-by units. A 300 MW hydro pump power station as electricity storage and online controller is in the planning stage. All these units are part of a comprehensive energy management system.

The municipal energy supplier´s local renewable energy production rate will soon exceed the energy demand in the respective region. As energy production based on renewables can´t be managed the same way as conventional energy sources, intelligent control units and monitoring tools that handle fluctuating production capacities must be implemented. Nevertheless, to increase the percentage of renewables and to balance electric power supply and -consumption at the same time, the development of decentral flexible power plant performances in combination with adequate energy storage (e.g. power to heat/gas solutions) capacities is necessary.

The German energy utility collaborates with a Luxembourgish energy supplier, active in decentralized energy production (photovoltaic (PV), wind, biomass and hydroelectric power stations) and natural gas supply and facing the same future challenges as the German partner. The share of renewable energies for electricity and heat supply is growing in Luxembourg. Storage options like a hydro pump power plant which could be used as an online controller are existing. Another key area of the Luxembourgish energy supply is the integration of e-mobility in the public and private sector. A special focus is also given to smart applications for smart home/metering, demand response and energy efficiency.

Together with other consortium partners, the German and Luxembourgish utilities wish to participate in this Horizon 2020 call.
Advantages and Innovations:
The German energy utility has already participated in a national German research project funded by the German Ministry of Economy on electric transport integration. A regional energy concept with renewable energies, energy storage by electric cars and a virtual power plant was successfully demonstrated.

Envisaged advantages of the planned project are to
· validate by large-scale demonstrations in an integrated environment that the balancing of renewable energies on a regional level is possible and guarantees grid stability and supply security. The regional balancing is characterised by the optimum connection of regional renewable energy suppliers, energy consumers, storage technologies, different energy girds and integration of the transport sector by a Virtual Power Plant. This structure where all these elements will be integrated will be called balanced regional energy cluster (REC).
· validate the feasibility of cross-border exports of electricity surpluses.
· verify new regional electricity products at adequate prices for different types of end consumers as well as new services (advanced monitoring, flexibility) for distinguished service orders (DSO) and to integrate them into business models.
· confirm the different products and services regarding their competitiveness (cost/benefits)
· enable active participation of end consumers via demand-response/by demonstrating smart-metering Solutions

The aim beyond the project is to
· increase the share of regional energy supplier" (RES) in a stable and secure way
· bring the new products and services to the market (within 2-5 years)
· replicate the concept of regional energy cluster" (REC) all over Europe to enhance cooperation between Member States and different energy networks
· contribute to ongoing policy developments in this field
· provide cost competitive demand-response schemes for the grid and for consumers
· validate solutions for an improved, more flexible and stable grid
Stage of Development:
Proposal under development
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Secret Know-how

Partner sought

Partner Sought:
A total of 20 project partner are planned to carry out the project. Thereunder industrial-, scientific/ technical- and cluster partnerships: 1. Industrial Partners offering innovative tools, solutions already developed at technology readiness level (TRL) 5 or TRL 6 to be demonstrated under real-life conditions in a relevant operative environment (in the regional energy cluster). At the end of the project TRL 8 should be reached and the innovations should be marketable within 2-5 years. Innovative technologies are sought in the field of · smart grids, · virtual power plants, · energy storage (batteries, fly wheels, power to gas/heat/fuel etc.), · competitive demand-response schemes, · ICT to create an interface between the regional energy cluster(REC), · forecast of energy production based on regional energy supplier" (RES) and consumption, · electro-mobility. 2. Organisations involved in the overall regional energy cluster concept (e.g. other energy utilities, cities, distinguished service orders" (DSO), energy service companies (ESCOS), energy agencies ...) which develop (together with other stakeholders) an individual REC with · demonstration of a high share of RES in a smart grid · demand response/ smart metering · storage technologies (with optimized utilization of of distribution networks from all energy carriers) · validation of new products/ services and business models · integration of the transport sector into the grid (for storage capacity and energy supply) · cooperation between RECs all over Europe as backup system for energy export/import 3. Scientific partners · ongoing policy developments in the field of the design of the internal electricity market, of the retail market, ongoing discussions on self-consumption · interconnection between Member States and energy networks · European energy balancing market · new services provided by storage systems to the distribution grid and the consumers/prosumers
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