Project REstable wins the 1st Franco-German Innovation Award 2016
The project REstable, is a European project under the ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus program. It started in April 2016 and is coordinated by the Centre PERSEE, joint Centre of MINES ParisTech and ARMINES. It is a collaborative project with partners from France, Germany and Portugal including Artelys, Enercon, Fraunhofer IWES, Hespul, Hydronext, INESC Tech, Maia Eolis and SolarWorld.
The project is funded in part by ADEME under the programme of ìInvestissements díAvenirî in France, the Federal Ministry of Economic affairs and Energy in Germany, and by FundaÁ„o para a CiÍncia e a Tecnologia (FCT) in Portugal.
REstable was awarded the 2016 Franco-German Innovation Award 2016 on a ceremony that took place on the 14th of June 2016 at the French Embassy in Berlin.
This Award for Renewable Energies is intended to showcase projects and project ideas that promote wider application of renewable energies in Germany and France, or in the international market. These are intended to serve as inspiration for further cross-border co-operations. It is organised by DENA and ADEME, the German and French Energy Agencies respectively and the German-French Office for Renewable Energies. As mentioned by the organizers the criteria for evaluating the co-operative projects are ìtheir importance for the energy transition, their role as models, their innovative power and their creativityî. It is also important that partners from both countries contribute to the project.
The objective REstable is to develop and operate a virtual power plant composed by different wind and solar power plants it order to provide ancillary services to the electricity grid. Renewable plants from France and Germany are considered in the demonstration phase of the project. The aim is to exploit at their best geographically distributed renewable resources with low correlations in their production to the benefit of the electricity grid and for increasing the value of their operators.