European project REstable wins Handelsblatt’s 2017 Energy awards
On September 28th, the prizes of the Energy Awards 2017 were awarded at the Museum of Communication in Berlin. The Fraunhofer IWES in Kassel has received the special award “European Energy Project” for its European project “REstable – Grid-Stabilizing Ancillary Servicesî with its partners from France, Portugal and Germany. The special award ìEuropean Energy Projectî is delivered by the Energy Academy to a flagship European project with high applicative potential for all of Europe. The project REstable was already awarded with the German-French Innovation Award for Renewable Energies in June 2016. The project consortium includes the following research centers and companies: ARMINES MINES-ParisTech, Artelys, ENERCON, ENGIE, Fraunhofer IWES, HESPUL, HydroNEXT, INESC TEC.
Ensure the stability of electrical grids by managing the intermittent production of renewables
The overall objective of the Franco-German-Portuguese project REstable is to identify the key technical, economic and regulatory challenges arising from the conversion of the European power system to renewable energies and to develop suitable solution for economically viable mechanisms to guarantee grid stability. For the stability of power grids, conventional power plants provide so-called Ancillary Services in order to maintain grid frequency and voltage within narrow limits. With the expansion of renewable energies, ancillary services must gradually incorporate renewable power plants such as wind, photovoltaic, hydroelectric and biogas. However, technical and regulatory barriers exist and conditions are still different in the European countries. The project REstable intends to show that these tasks can be solved more efficiently by intelligently linking renewable plants at a European level. To this end, virtual power plants are used. A virtual power plant is a modular real-time system that allows monitoring, controlling and optimizing renewable energy resources according to different strategies.
In the future, several virtual power plants could provide renewable-energy-based ancillary services and act in an interconnected Europe. The solutions developed in the project, which include the virtual power plant, advanced forecasts for renewable plants and software for ancillary services market participation, are transferable to other countries and can be adapted to a wide range of regions.