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PRISMI- Promoting RES Integration for Smart Mediterranean Islands

Goal: PRISMI aims at supporting the transition of Mediterranean islands (Misl) to an autonomous, cleaner, secure, low-carbon energy system through the development of an integrated trans-national approach to assess and exploit the renewable energy sources (RES). The outputs will support end-users in driving and intercepting economic initiatives aimed at increasing the penetration of RES in Misl energy mix, thus contributing to sustainable development and inclusive growth throughout the Programme area.

Methods: sustainable energy action plan, energy scenarios, toolkit for renewable energy assessment and mapping, toolkit for load-flow analysis in island grids

Date: 1 November 2016 - 30 April 2018

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Most of the Mediterranean islands are heavily dependent on imported fossil fuels and have to deal with specific problems such as small scale generation of electricity, high distribution costs and an underutilization of their Renewable Energy Source (RES) potential. These challenges result in high energy costs and elevated levels of CO2 emissions. In order to promote a shift towards cleaner energy systems, islands have to invest on RES and smart solutions for sustainable energy supply. The present study examines the feasibility of RES introduction in the Maltese energy system through the application of the methodology developed by PRISMI project to the island of Gozo. The research firstly assesses the island's RES potential, the environmental constraints and the energy consumption. Secondly it simulates energy scenarios in order to analyse the feasibility of increasing the RES penetration in the local energy grid. For the simulation of the energy system and feasibility study, HOMER and EnergyPLAN software have been used. The outcomes of the simulated energy scenarios presented in this paper, takes into account different energy mix layouts and the environmental and technical constraints. Lastly, the study analyses the possibility of achieving the ambitious target of 100% RES share.
In order to facilitate the successful decarbonisation of geographical islands in the Mediterranean region, PRISMI proposes the use of a methodology toolkit which, among the other energy planning tools, includes a Load-Flow (LF) analysis tool. This tool is used in order to assess the impact of selected RES on the power grid of islands. The proposed tool is advantageous compared with other solutions because it combines features useful for the proposed methodology in a simple and straightforward way. Its minimal requirements in terms of input parameters and algorithmic implementation make the tool user-friendly to non-experts who require a quick assessment of the impact a RES scenario can have on a selected island grid. To this purpose, the proposed tool is in the form of a stand-alone executable application, and uses grid, generation, and consumption data as inputs from the previous steps of the methodology to calculate the grid voltages and currents. This calculation is done by using the Newton-Raphson solving method. The tool is equipped with a Graphical User's Interface (GUI) that allows the user to perform a number of actions such as selection of the grid to be analysed among preset or custom models, specification of the timeframes for the LF calculation, simplified drawing of the selected grid in order to check the correctness of the input data, and capability of modification of the operating voltage and capacity limits. Also, with its output the tool provides the user with information about the voltage and capacity limits violation as well as a graphical illustration of all the problematic and normal parts of the grid. In the specific work the basic features of the proposed tool are presented together with the implementation results for two selected reference power systems. These results are used to show the effectiveness in the use and calculation results of the proposed tool.
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In PRISMI project a number of scientific publications were sent to international scientific conferences and presented at such events. In this deliverable, a list is given for those publications and abstracts are also presented
 
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In the frame of the PRISMI project a load-flow analysis tool has been developed. The aim of this tool is to facilitate the analysis of energy plans and solutions by providing the user with specific implementation examples and recommendations regarding operating challenges for the electricity grids of islands. By means of this analysis the user can identify cases in which the installation of RES plants at specific points of the island grid could cause violation of the operating limits. 
In the Deliverable Library you can find the User Guide of the tool.
PRISMI decision tool for load-flow analysis has been developed by the Centre of Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) and is distributed free of charge after filling in the PRISMI Network Registration Form and sending it to the Project Coordinator: davide.astiasogarcia@uniroma1.it
For inquires related to technical issues, please contact the developer: vrikos@cres.gr, cperakis@cres.gr.
 
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A one-page document explaining the usefulness of PRISMI methodology towards the development of ambitious Sustainable Energy & Climate Action Plans (SECAPs).
 
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Do not miss the International conference “Clean Energy in European Islands” to take place on 24th April in Athens - Greece
Piraeus University of Applied Science organises along with SAPIENZA, CRES, UNIZAG and CEA the (first) CLEAN ENERGY IN EUROPEAN ISLANDS Conference  that intends to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and expand the discussion on the clean energy projects implementation in European islands to a wider audience including researchers, practitioners, politicians and – mainly – European island stakeholders for the optimal transition in clean energy for the benefit of the island communities.
The conference will take place in Athens, April 23-24, 2018.
Important dates: Abstract Submissions until 16 February 2018.
For more information:
 
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As part of the methodology proposed in the framework of PRISMI the use of a Wind Power calculator tool has been developed. The scope of the tool is to deliver yearly wind power time series for energy planning calculations. 
The tool is based on the NASA MERRA open database for wind speeds at specific heights with discretization in space of 0.5~0.667deg and in time of 1 hour. The data used for PRISMI cover the period from 1997 to 2015. In parallel information from regional wind atlases and yearly wind speed measurements can be used for reducing the uncertainty of the estimations.
PRISMI Wind Calculator tool has been developed by the Centre of Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) and is distributed free of charge.
More information can be found at the PRISMI project website:
 
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The SDEWES2017 Conference is dedicated to the improvement and dissemination of knowledge on methods, policies and technologies for increasing the sustainability of development by de-coupling growth from natural resources and replacing them with knowledge based economy, taking into account its economic, environmental and social pillars. It has become a significant venue for researchers working in the area of sustainability tackling the issues of the coming decades such as improvement of the efficiencies by integrating various life supporting systems, using waste from one, as resource in other, and in exact moment when it is beneficial to all, integrating electricity, heating, cooling, transport, water, buildings, waste, wastewater, industry, forestry and agriculture systems.
This year the conference brought together 530 scientists, researchers and experts in the field of sustainable development from around 60 countries. At the Conference were held more than 450 presentations, seen 100 poster presentations, organized 12 special sessions and 2 special events, as well as 4 invited lectures and 2 panels with some of the most distinguised experts in the field. 
More information about the SDEWES2017 Conference along with all the presentations and videos of the most important events from can be found on the conference website.
At the Conference the following project partners’ papers were presented:
Pfeifer, A; Dobravec, V; Pavlinek, L; Krajačić, G. Integration of renewable energy and demand response technologies in connected island systems – Case study of islands of Vis, Lastovo, Korčula, Mljet and Pelješac.
Dorotić, H; Doračić, B; Pfeifer, A; Matak, N; Pukšec, T; Krajačić, G. Integration of transport and energy sectors in 100% renewable islands communities.
Astiaso Garcia, D., Berghi, S; Groppi, D; Lo Basso, G.On the path to energy independence: hybrid energy systems evaluation towards Favignana smart energy island. 
 
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PRISMI 2nd leaflet is now available. It gives a glimpse of the PRISMI integrated toolkit for local energy planning. The toolkit will be completed and available at the project website within the next few months https://prismi.interreg-med.eu/ .
We'll keep you posted on any developments.
 
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Dr Christoforos Perakis from CRES, joined Brendan Devlin, advisor to the Director-General of Energy in the European Commission, for this year’s Grimond Lecture at the Orkney International Science Festival, which highlighted the way in which the big challenges faced by islands are putting them in the front line for finding solutions which can be applied more widely. The message was that big challenges can stimulate innovative solutions. For more information:
 
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PRISMI project partner SAPIENZA organized the special session ‘Energy sustainability in small islands’ at the IEEE EEEIC17 and I&CPS Europe Conference 2017 (https://www.eeeic.net/eeeic/), held on 6-9 June 2017 in Milan (ITALY).
PRISMI partners presented the following scientific papers pertaining to islands energy planning:
  1. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/7977401/
  2. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7977749/
  3. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7977623/
  4. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7977647/
 
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You can read PRISMI leaflet to get a glimpse of PRISMI project.
 
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PRISMI aims at supporting the transition of Mediterranean islands (Misl) to an autonomous, cleaner, secure, low-carbon energy system through the development of an integrated trans-national approach to assess and exploit the renewable energy sources (RES). The outputs will support end-users in driving and intercepting economic initiatives aimed at increasing the penetration of RES in Misl energy mix, thus contributing to sustainable development and inclusive growth throughout the Programme area.