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European Research Infrastructure supporting Smart Grid and Smart Energy Systems Research, Technology Development, Validation and Roll Out – Second Edition (ERIGrid 2.0)

Goal: A driving force for the realization of a sustainable energy supply is the integration of renewable energy resources. Due to their stochastic generation behaviour, energy utilities are confronted with a more complex operation of the underlying power grids. Additionally, due to technology developments, controllable loads, integration with other energy sources, changing regulatory rules, and the market liberalization, the system’s operation needs adaptation. Proper operational concepts and intelligent automation provide the basis to turn the existing power system into an intelligent entity, a smart grid. While reaping the benefits that come along with those intelligent behaviours, it is expected that system-level developments and testing will play a significantly larger role in realizing future solutions and technologies. Proper validation approaches, concepts, and tools are partly missing until now.

In order to tackle the integration of renewables in a first phase the FP7 RI project DERri focused on the provision of access around distributed energy resources. In a second phase, the provided portfolio of services has been successfully enlarged in the H2020 RI project ERIGrid to the system-level covering mainly electric power system, information and communication issues. However, in order to fulfil the challenging goals of the European Union towards a clean, secure, and efficient energy transition to face climate and energy challenges, additional research services are required.

In a third phase ERIGrid 2.0 addresses these challenging energy transition aims by widening and advancing the provided RI access. As a single-entry point for researchers active in smart grids, smart energy systems, and integration of renewables, it offers a broad spectrum of improved services, methods, and tools. This will further strengthen the technical leadership of Europe in the energy domain and foster research and innovation to extend its leading role.

More details are provided at https://erigrid2.eu!

Date: 1 April 2020 - 30 September 2024

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Ata Khavari
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The ERIGrid 2.0 consortium invites applications for free lab access. Successful candidates working in the domains of power system testing, smart grids and energy systems will be able to conduct their own experimental research free of charge at the ERIGrid 2.0 facilities.
For your research stay or remote access you can choose the laboratories of the following research centers:
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, SINTEF Energy Research, DTU - Technical University of Denmark, Ormazabal Corporate Technology, University of Strathclyde, HEDNO S.A., ICCS - NTUA , Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico - RSE SpA, OFFIS - Institute for Information Technology, Fraunhofer IEE, KEMA Labs, RWTH Aachen University, Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES), Technische Universiteit Delft, TECNALIA, JRC of the European Commission, FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy, and VTT.
Remote access to the labs is possible depending on the conditions at the lab and your research requirements.
More information is provided at https://erigrid2.eu/lab-access/ (please carefully read the Lab Access Guide and the FAQ; they provide all the relevant information)!
 
Ata Khavari
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In addition to our physical or remote Lab Access provided for free in ERIGrid 2.0, we now also offer VIRTUAL facilities for external users - 24/7, free of charge, application- and deadline-free.
Right away you can access a database of grid models, time-series profile data and extended cloud-based simulation services - all without stepping away from your computer.
Available currently are virtual facilities of AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, RWTH Aachen University, Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico - RSE SpA, ICCS - NTUA , OFFIS - Institute for Information Technology, and University of Strathclyde.
More information is provided at: https://erigrid2.eu/lab-access/
 
Ata Khavari
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The ERIGrid 2.0 consortium invites applications for free lab access: successful candidates working in the domains of power system testing, smart grids and energy systems will be able to conduct their own experimental research free of charge at the ERIGrid 2.0 facilities.
Starting from February 2021 and up until 30 April 2021, applications are welcome for research stays and remote lab access to ERIGrid 2.0 testing facilities. Distributed over 13 European countries, 21 top-class laboratories will open doors to external users and their research projects. Successful applicants will be granted funding covering their travelling expenses, accommodation, all lab operation costs and support of the laboratory staff on site.
Among selection criteria are such factors as scientific and technical relevance and innovation, as well as prospect of social impact and impact on EU industry.
Providing open access to Europe’s best laboratories, their equipment, know-how and experts’ support – all free of charge, ERIGrid 2.0 lab access programme is a unique opportunity for smart energy engineers. With the second call closing on 30 April 2021, ERIGrid 2.0 will be inviting further applications on a 3-4-month basis.
More information at is provided at https://erigrid2.eu/lab-access/ (please carefully read the Lab Access Guide and the FAQ; they provide all the relevant information)!
 
Thi Ha Nguyen
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As future power systems become increasingly complex and interconnected to other energy carriers, a single research infrastructure can rarely provide the required test-beds to study a complete energy system, especially if different types of real power hardware are expected to be in-the-loop. Therefore, virtual interconnection of laboratories for large-scale systems plays an important role for geographically distributed real-time simulation. This paper presents the improvements made in simulation fidelity as well as usability for establishing future simulator and laboratory connections. A general procedure is proposed and analyzed for geographically distributed real-time simulation, which allows users easily to adapt this system to specific test cases. A systematic and comprehensive analysis of dynamic phasor based co-simulation interface algorithm and its improvements are provided to demonstrate the advantages as well as limitations of this approach.
This paper presents an approach to extend the capabilities of smart grid laboratories through the concept of Power Hardware-in-the-Loop (PHiL) testing by re-purposing existing grid-forming converters. A simple and cost-effective power interface, paired with a remotely located Digital Real-time Simulator (DRTS), facilitates Geographically Distributed Power Hardware Loop (GD-PHiL) in a quasi-static operating regime. In this study, a DRTS simulator was interfaced via the public internet with a grid-forming ship-to-shore converter located in a smart-grid testing laboratory, approximately 40 km away from the simulator. A case study based on the IEEE 13-bus distribution network, an on-load-tap-changer (OLTC) controller and a controllable load in the laboratory demonstrated the feasibility of such a setup. A simple compensation method applicable to this multi-rate setup is proposed and evaluated. Experimental results indicate that this compensation method significantly enhances the voltage response, whereas the conservation of energy at the coupling point still poses a challenge. Findings also show that, due to inherent limitations of the converter’s Modbus interface, a separate measurement setup is preferable. This can help achieve higher measurement fidelity, while simultaneously increasing the loop rate of the PHiL setup.
Mazheruddin Hussain Syed
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The increasing complexity of power systems has warranted the development of geographically distributed real-time simulations (GD-RTS). However, the wide scale adoption of GD-RTS remains a challenge owing to the (i) limitations of state-of-the-art interfaces in reproducing faster dynamics and transients, (ii) lack of an approach to ensure a successful implementation within geographically separated research infrastructures, and (iii) lack of established evidence of its appropriateness for smart grid applications. To address the limitations in reproducing of faster dynamics and transients, this paper presents a synchronous reference frame interface for GD-RTS. By means of a comprehensive performance characterization (application agnostic and application oriented), the superior performance of the proposed interface in terms of accuracy (reduced error on average by 60\% and faster settling times) and computational complexity has been established. This paper further derives the transfer function models for GD-RTS with interface characteristics for analytical stability analysis that ensure stable implementations avoiding the risks associated with multiple RI implementations. Finally, to establish confidence in the proposed interface and to investigate GD-RTS applicability for real-world applications, a GD-RTS implementation between two RIs at the University of Strathclyde is realized to demonstrate inertial support within transmission network model of the Great Britain power system.
Novel concepts enabling a resilient future power system and their subsequent experimental evaluation are experiencing a steadily growing challenge: large scale complexity and questionable scalability. The requirements on a research infrastructure (RI) to cope with the trends of such a dynamic system therefore grow in size, diversity and costs, making the feasibility of rigorous advancements questionable by a single RI. Analysis of large scale system complexity has been made possible by the real-time coupling of geographically separated RIs undertaking geographically distributed simulations (GDS), the concept of which brings the equipment, models and expertise of independent RIs, in combination, to optimally address the challenge. This paper presents the outputs of IEEE PES Task Force on Interfacing Techniques for Simulation Tools towards standardization of GDS as a concept. First, the taxonomy for setups utilized for GDS is established followed by a comprehensive overview of the advancements in real-time couplings reported in literature. The overview encompasses fundamental technological design considerations for GDS. The paper further presents four application oriented case studies (real-world implementations) where GDS setups have been utilized, demonstrating their practicality and potential in enabling the analysis of future complex power systems.
Thomas I. Strasser
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The ERIGrid 2.0 consortium invites applications for free lab access: successful candidates working in the domains of power system testing, smart grids and energy systems will be able to conduct their own experimental research free of charge at the ERIGrid 2.0 facilities.
Starting from October 2020 and up until 31 December 2020, applications are welcome for research stays and remote lab access to ERIGrid 2.0 testing facilities. Distributed over 13 European countries, 21 top-class laboratories will open doors to external users and their research projects. Successful applicants will be granted funding covering their travelling expenses, accommodation, all lab operation costs and support of the laboratory staff on site.
Among selection criteria are such factors as scientific and technical relevance and innovation, as well as prospect of social impact and impact on EU industry.
Providing open access to Europe’s best laboratories, their equipment, know-how and experts’ support – all free of charge, ERIGrid 2.0 lab access programme is a unique opportunity for smart energy engineers. With the first call closing on 31 December 2020, ERIGrid 2.0 will be inviting further applications on a 3-4-month basis.
More information at is provided at https://erigrid2.eu/lab-access/ (please carefully read the Lab Access Guide and the FAQ; they provide all the relevant information)!
 
Thomas I. Strasser
added a project goal
A driving force for the realization of a sustainable energy supply is the integration of renewable energy resources. Due to their stochastic generation behaviour, energy utilities are confronted with a more complex operation of the underlying power grids. Additionally, due to technology developments, controllable loads, integration with other energy sources, changing regulatory rules, and the market liberalization, the system’s operation needs adaptation. Proper operational concepts and intelligent automation provide the basis to turn the existing power system into an intelligent entity, a smart grid. While reaping the benefits that come along with those intelligent behaviours, it is expected that system-level developments and testing will play a significantly larger role in realizing future solutions and technologies. Proper validation approaches, concepts, and tools are partly missing until now.
In order to tackle the integration of renewables in a first phase the FP7 RI project DERri focused on the provision of access around distributed energy resources. In a second phase, the provided portfolio of services has been successfully enlarged in the H2020 RI project ERIGrid to the system-level covering mainly electric power system, information and communication issues. However, in order to fulfil the challenging goals of the European Union towards a clean, secure, and efficient energy transition to face climate and energy challenges, additional research services are required.
In a third phase ERIGrid 2.0 addresses these challenging energy transition aims by widening and advancing the provided RI access. As a single-entry point for researchers active in smart grids, smart energy systems, and integration of renewables, it offers a broad spectrum of improved services, methods, and tools. This will further strengthen the technical leadership of Europe in the energy domain and foster research and innovation to extend its leading role.
More details are provided at https://erigrid2.eu!