The first review of the FARCROSS H2020 Innovation Action research project with external reviewers and the Project Officer from the EC side took place on June 16, 2021, wherein the FARCROSS consortium successfully presented the results of the work of the project during the first 18 months of the project. The FARCROSS project aims to connect major stakeholders of the energy value chain and demonstrate integrated hardware and software solutions that will facilitate the “unlocking” of the resources for the cross-border electricity flows and regional cooperation. The project will promote state-of-the-art technologies to enhance the exploitation/capacity/efficiency of transmission grid assets, either on the generation or the transmission level.

UBITECH ENERGY research group, as the project’s technical coordinator, presented the project’s progress towards its technical and operational objectives, as well as a summary of the project’s achievements so far. The reviewers and the PO were impressed with the overall results of the project and provided some interesting feedback and recommendations for future work.


UBITECH ENERGY’s Anastasis Tzoumpas, Head of Electrical Power & Energy Systems Unit, will participate as speaker and panellist at the 10th InnoGrid Edition ‘Living the Transition’, organized by the European Distribution System Operators’ Association (E.DSO) and the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E) on Friday, 4 June and Friday, 11 June.

InnoGrid has been the annual appointment on European innovation in power networks for a decade now. For its 10th edition – ‘Living the transition’ – InnoGrid will highlight the paramount role of networks in the energy transition and how they are enabling it today. In that context on 11 June, a selection of EU funded projects including FARCROSS will showcase how they can accelerate the transition.

UBE, as FARCROSS’s technical coordinator, will present how FARCROSS can boost the energy transition by demonstrating integrated hardware and software solutions that will facilitate the “unlocking” of the resources for the cross-border electricity flows and regional cooperation.

Discover the programme and register here: https://www.innogrid.eu/

 

 

The aim of this webinar was to provide insight into the FARCROSS Horizon 2020 EU research project, as well as to the recent developments in EU internal market for electricity regulation. More than 55 people logged in to listen to the talks of Anastasios Tzoumpas, Katerina Drivakou and Thanasis Bachoumis.

The fourth Plenary meeting of FARCROSS was successfully held. The meeting was attended by the consortium partners that participated in interesting presentations and discussions about their achievements and agreed on the next actions and steps.

On 14th January, currENT hosted the third webinar in its Accelerating the Energy Transition series, building on the first two webinars on ‘Optimised Power Grids for a Clean and Green Future‘, and ‘The Role that Direct Current (DC) Grids Can Play

This webinar focused on the applications of Dynamic Line Rating and its benefits to create a more optimised and resilient grid.

Power line monitoring is an integral part of the future grid. It helps with RE integration and market facilitation by increasing grid capacity. By visualizing system/component limits, we can also operate our system more safely under changing climatic conditions.

Balint Nemeth, Head of High Voltage Laboratory at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, described the benefits of DLR to increase cross-border capacity, lower energy prices, higher social welfare, and much less redispatching inside the country, using the FARCROSS project as an example.

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A Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) framework for cross border innovation projects regarding the electricity trading and smart grid technology will be conducted within WP9, to indicate how the FARCROSS concept and tools can provide significant value for the cross-border cooperation, smart grids and market coupling, achieving the targets for the Internal Energy Market.


 
The CBA plays an essential role within the FARCROSS project by:

  • Providing tangible KPIs to proportionate the pros-and-cons of “before” and “after” situations among the various countries involved in innovation projects.
  • Identifying and prescribing new business opportunities for energy stakeholders in cross-border electricity trading and smart grid technology provision.
  • Enhancing the efforts for regulatory harmonization by providing tangible proof of how beneficial cross-border smart grid and trading innovations are for the secure and clean energy future of the European electricity grid.
  • Enhancing the portfolio of solutions for the planning of cross-border infrastructure investments.

The broad perspective of the FARCROSS CBA will achieve to ‘channel’ local to cross-border benefits, facilitating the pathway to achieve EU targets regarding utilities, market designs, social benefits, business uptake of innovation and increased cross border cooperation.

FARCROSS innovative solutions include not only state-of-the-art digital technologies installed on the power grid and communication infrastructure, such as power flow controllers, dynamic line rating sensing systems and wide-area monitoring systems (WAMS), but also advanced software solutions, including capacity allocation and reserve optimisation tools. These solutions are developed and demonstrated within eight European countries (Greece, Bulgaria, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania, Slovenia).

Nevertheless, the demonstration of these solutions in pilot projects does not guarantee that they can be replicated in another environment, under different boundary conditions and under increasing stress conditions. Therefore, it is fundamental to guarantee the scalability and replicability of the system and its functionalities prior to large scale implementation.

For that purpose, a complete scalability and replicability analysis (SRA) will be conducted within FARCROSS WP9, to define a detailed plan of recommendations for rolling out of the hardware, software, solutions, platforms, tools and processes and adopt the proposed innovations at EU level.

 

The technical innovations provided in FARCROSS will be weighed against specific scalability and replicability factors and the EU energy targets.

 

  • Replicability factors are Standardization, Interoperability, Network configuration (technical factors), Macroeconomics, Market design, Business model (economic factors), Regulation, Acceptance.
  • Scalability factors are Modularity, Technology evolution, Interface design, Software integration, Existing infrastructure (technical factors), Economy of scale, Profitability (economic factors), Regulation, Acceptance.

These factors affect 4 common areas of interest:

 

Figure 1: Scalability and Replicability analysis focus areas

The scalability and replicability studies will assess the technical (i.e. network functions, dimensional issues), economic (i.e. monetizable KPIs) and regulatory (i.e. utilities regime, market design, market coupling, ITC status) aspects on a local but mainly international dimension, in order to serve the cross-border cooperation of the European countries.

 

The representatives from all partners within FARCROSS project met virtually for two days to discuss the project and its status. The agenda included administrative, technical sessions and dissemination, exploitation and clustering activities. Members of the consortium shared their achievements and agreed on the next actions and steps.