CITCEA UPC has begun to participate in RESOLVD (Renewable Penetration Levered by Efficient Low Voltage Distribution Grids), a European project whose aim is to facilitate the integration of renewable generation into the low voltage grid and improve the management of the grid and energy flows. To achieve this, a new advanced power electronics device with integrated storage management capabilities will be developed. This will be connected to the grid and release energy when consumer demand is high. It could balance and compensate for variation in grid voltage, to provide a better quality of supply.
The new device will facilitate local consumption of renewable energy, avoiding the transport of energy generated in large power stations far from the site of consumption, and contributing to improving the system’s efficiency.
Based on the artificial intelligence algorithms with which it was developed, the device will have the capacity to predict demand and energy generation at critical points of the grid in the short-term. In this way, uncertainty in grid operation can be reduced, and efficiency increased. At the same time, software and hardware technologies are proposed to improve monitoring of the low voltage network, and to detect and automatically isolate faults.
The project is based on the concept of smart grid and is designed to make current grids safer and much more efficient, as an essential measure to tackle the energy transition towards a sustainable model based on renewable generation.
It is part of the Horizon 2020 programme and will last for 36 months. Other participants in the project consortium are the University of Girona (coordinators), Estabanell Energia, Joanneum Research (Austria), the Greek company Intracom, Comsensus (Slovenia) and Smart Innovation Norway. The total budget is for €3.8 M.