Madrid, Spain

Comillas Pontifical University is a private university located in Madrid, Spain. It is a Catholic university run by the Society of Jesus.Ranked as one of the best universities in Spain, Comillas is the only Spanish university that appears in the Times Higher Education 2013 ranking.The university is involved in a number of academic exchange programmes, work practice schemes and international projects with over 200 institutions of higher education in Europe, Latin America, North America and Asia. Wikipedia.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: LCE-21-2015 | Award Amount: 4.00M | Year: 2016

SET-Nav will support strategic decision making in Europes energy sector, enhancing innovation towards a clean, secure and efficient energy system. Our research will enable the EC, national governments and regulators to facilitate the development of optimal technology portfolios by market actors. We will comprehensively address critical uncertainties and derive appropriate policy and market responses. Our findings will support the further development of the SET-Plan and its implementation by continuous stakeholder involvement. These contributions of the SET-Nav project rest on three pillars: The wide range of objectives and analytical challenges set out by the call for proposals can only be met by developing a broad and technically-advanced modelling portfolio. Advancing this portfolio and enabling knowledge exchange via a modelling forum is our first pillar. The EUs energy, innovation and climate challenges define the direction of a future EU energy system, but the specific technology pathways are policy sensitive and need careful comparative evaluation. This is our second pillar. Using our strengthened modelling capabilities in an integrated modelling hierarchy, we will analyse multiple dimensions of impact of future pathways: sustainability, reliability and supply security, global competitiveness and efficiency. This analysis will combine bottom-up case studies linked to the full range of SET-Plan themes with holistic transformation pathways. Stakeholder dialogue and dissemination is the third pillar of SET-Nav. We have prepared for a lively stakeholder dialogue through a series of events on critical SET-Plan themes. The active involvement of stakeholders in a two-way feedback process will provide a reality check on our modelling assumptions and approaches, and ensure high policy relevance. Our aim is to ensure policy and market actors alike can navigate effectively through the diverse options available on energy innovation and system transformation.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: EEB-ICT-2011.6.5 | Award Amount: 5.01M | Year: 2012

E\ aims to develop, implement and demonstrate a new energy management operation and business model based on ICTs, able to increase the energy efficiency at neighbourhood level, while achieving near zero emissions neighbourhoods. The new control system (E\) will be prepared to manage and control energy sources, stationary storage devices, street lighting, electric vehicles charging infrastructure, buildings loads, etc. Both, electrical and thermal (including geothermal) energy sources and consumption are considered in E\.\nTwo demonstration sites are committed with E\: Mlaga, in the South of Spain, and Mons, in Belgium. The results and conclusions coming from the demonstration activities will provide the basis for the elaboration of recommendations for energy positive urban planning.\nThe consortium brings together relevant actors from three sectors: energy (KEMA), construction (ACCIONA, VSM) and ICTs (IBM, TEAMNET), working closely with research institutions (CIRCE, EIT, COMILLAS) and public authorities (MALAGA and IDEA). This multidisciplinary consortium has the required capabilities for bringing the E\ energy management system into the new market, exploiting this result in the frame of new and replicable operation and business models. In addition, the Spanish DSO ENDESA is fully committed with the project.


InteGrids vision is to bridge the gap between citizens, technology and the other players of the energy system. The project will demonstrate how DSOs may enable all stakeholders to actively participate in the energy market and distribution grid management and develop and implement new business models, making use of new data management and consumer involvement approaches. Moreover, the consortium will demonstrate scalable and replicable solutions in an integrated environment that enables DSOs to plan and operate the network with a high share of DRES in a stable, secure and economic way, using flexibility inherently offered by specific technologies and by interaction with different stakeholders. To achieve these objectives, a complementary partnership covering the distribution system value chain has been established. The consortium includes three DSOs from different countries and their retailers, innovative ICT companies and equipment manufacturers as well as customers, a start-up in the area of community engagement and excellent R&D institutions. InteGrids concepts and approaches are based on the these two elements: 1. the role of the DSO as system optimiser and as market facilitator and 2. the integration of existing demonstration activities in three different regions allowing to move from single solutions to an integrated management at a higher scale while focusing on the scalability and replicability considering current and evolving market (and regulatory) conditions. The three conceptual pillars proactive operational planning with DER, business models for flexible DER, information exchange between different power system actors offer an opportunity to maximize the economic, societal and environmental gains from the combined integration of DRES and flexible DER. A market hub platform coupled with smart grid functions and innovative business models will open opportunities for new services and an effective roll-out of emerging technologies in the short-term.


Unlike the control and observability put in service in HV/MV, LV networks are still being substantially managed as usual: no visibility of power and voltage or grid components status, poor knowledge of connectivity, manual operation of switches or few tools for worker support. The LV grid characteristics (radial topology, exposition to local disturbances, local accumulation of distributed generation, technical and no-technical loses, aging heterogeneous, etc.) limit the construction and refurbish of LV electric infrastructure and the integration on it of grid remote monitoring and operation and automation resources, bringing to difficulties in the implementation of the LV Smart Grid and the integration of Distributed Generation Resources and Active Demand Management (ADM). Smart metering deployment Mandates offer an opportunity to maximize the gains derived from the obliged functions to be deployed related to smart metering, developing and integrating additional innovative grid and ICT infrastructure, functions, services and tools improving grid operation performance and quality and paving the way for benefits and business opportunities for the involved actors (DSOs, customers, retailers and ESCOs). The project aims to develop, deploy and demonstrate innovative solutions (grid systems, functions, services and tools) for advanced Operation and Exploitation of LV/MV networks in a fully smart grid environment improving the capacity of that networks as enablers for Distributed Generation, ADM, Customer empowering and business opportunities. The project proposes 4 real pilots in Portugal, Poland, Spain and Sweden covering: Smart grid monitoring and operation, advanced grid maintenance, DER and ADM integration and active Consumer awareness and participation with cost efficiency. Also proposes specific WPs to maximize the socioeconomic impact of results, especially for their market uptake, business opportunities triggering and society awareness on the smart grid benefits


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2013.7.2.3 | Award Amount: 62.80M | Year: 2014

A group of eight Transmission System Operators with a generator company, manufacturers and research organisations, propose 5 demonstration projects to remove, in 4 years, several barriers which prevent large-scale penetration of renewable electricity production in the European transmission network. The full scale demonstrations led by industry aim at proving the benefits of novel technologies coupled with innovative system integration approaches: - A scaled down model of generators connected to a HVDC link is used within a new testing facility to validate novel control strategies to improve the interaction between HVDC links and wind turbine generators - The implementation of a full scale, hardware-in-the-loop test setup in collaboration with worldwide market leaders of HVDC-VSC technology explores the interactions of HVDC VSC multiterminal control systems to validate their interoperable operations - Strategies to upgrade existing HVDC interconnectors are validated with the help of innovative components, architecture and system integration performances, to ensure higher RES penetration and more efficient cross border exchanges. - Full scale experiments and pilot projects at real life scale of both installation and operation of AC overhead line repowering technologies are carried out to show how existing corridors can see their existing capacity increase within affordable investments. - The technical feasibility of integrating DC superconducting links within an AC meshed network (using MgB2 as the critical material) will be tested at prototype scale, thus proving that significant performance improvements have been reached to enable commercialization before 2030 The experimental results will be integrated into European impact analyses to show the scalability of the solutions: routes for replication will be provided with benefits for the pan European transmission network and the European electricity market as soon as 2018, in line with the SET plan objectives


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2012.7.2.1 | Award Amount: 13.05M | Year: 2012

Eight Transmission System Operators (BE, CZ, FR, DE, IT, PT, CH, PL) and ENTSO-E, together with 4 associations of technology manufacturers, and 16 RTD performers propose a 3-year R&D project to develop and to apply a methodology for the long-term development of the Pan-European transmission network. The project aims at delivering a top-down methodology to support the planning from 2020 to 2050. First, it implements a set of future power scenarios, including generation units, the possible use of electricity storage and demand-side management solutions: scenarios for power localization are proposed with assumptions on the energy mix in each of the connected clusters covering the ENTSO-E area. Network studies are performed to detect the weak points when implementing the scenarios for 2050. Grid architectures options and a modular development plan are then proposed, including electricity highways, on the basis of power flow calculations, network stability analysis, socio-economic, network governance considerations, and with remarks from the consultation of European stakeholders. In parallel, an advanced planning methodology is designed, developed and tested with academic laboratories to address a few critical aspects of the above planning methodology, which may impact the robustness of the resulting architectures. This enhanced approach takes into account the correlated uncertainties in renewable generation and consumption, potential voltage and stability issues, and black-out risks including the feasibility of defence plans to avoid uncontrolled cascading failures of the candidate architectures. It includes the use of non-linear detailed models of power grids and stochastic optimization techniques. The dissemination is coordinated by ENTSO-E to reach the widest audience and to prepare the exploitation of the results. Standardization and complementary research efforts are pointed out for the future investment optimization with the support of the manufacturing industry.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2012.7.1.3 | Award Amount: 4.14M | Year: 2012

Active Demand (AD) has the potential to contribute to solving the challenges of electricity systems and offers significant benefits to consumers. There are only few real AD programmes being implemented in Europe and the results of AD pilots are rather fragmented. AD is considered one of the largest untapped energy resources. The main reason behind it is insufficient consumer awareness regarding their own energy consumption and the benefits of altering it in line with the network constraints. This is aligned with the lack of insights into the AD related behavioral barriers and unavailability of best practices for AD design. ADVANCED will develop actionable frameworks enabling residential, commercial/industrial consumers to participate in AD, thus contributing to AD mass deployment in Europe. Also, the benefits of AD for key stakeholders and the inherent impacts on the electricity systems considering its potential contribution to system stability and efficiency will be quantified according to different scenarios. This will be achieved by comparing different AD solutions based on data from 4 AD pilots with ca. 9,500 residential and some commercial/industrial consumers matched with a database consisting of 100 AD pilots, the experience of a DR aggregator and data on further AD initiatives. The data will be extended within professional surveys incl. a quantitative one in 8 EU MS. On this basis and developing a conceptual model of active consumer participation and appropriate KPIs, key success factors of AD and recommendations for its future design will be derived taking privacy and security into account. The consortium of key European DSOs, scientific institutions, an energy consultancy, a market research company and a DR aggregator led by Enel is an ideal starting point for the 24-months project both in terms of the expertise and the data access. It will be supported by a Stakeholder Advisory Board composed of the main AD target groups incl. consumer representations.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2010.7.1-1 | Award Amount: 52.26M | Year: 2011

Grid4EU project is an innovative SmartGrid project proposed by a group of Distribution System Operators (from Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden), in close partnership with a set of electricity retailers, manufacturers and research organizations. Adopting a systemic approach and organized around large-scale demonstrations networks located in six different countries, its structure is built to facilitate dynamic knowledge sharing, technical assistance and review. The project will run over a 51 month period. Grid4EU aims at testing in real size some innovative system concepts and technologies in order to highlight and help to remove some of the barriers to the smart grids deployment and the achievement of the 2020 European goals. These barriers may be technical, economic, societal, environmental or regulatory barriers. It focuses on how distribution system operators can dynamically manage electricity supply and demand, which is crucial for integration of large amounts of renewable energy, and empowers consumers to become active participants in their energy choices. Ultimately, these innovative concepts and technologies should cost-effectively increase the networks reliability, flexibility, and resiliency.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2012.7.1.1 | Award Amount: 5.73M | Year: 2013

The SuSTAINABLE project will develop and demonstrate a new operation paradigm, leveraging information from smart meters and short-term localized predictions to manage distribution systems in a more efficient and cost-effective way, enabling a large-scale deployment of variable distributed resources. The SuSTAINABLE concept is based on the cloud principle, where the distribution system operator i) collects information from smart metering infrastructure and other distributed sensors, and communications from external partners, market operators, and maintenance staff; ii) processes the information using tools such as distribution state-estimation, prediction tools, data mining, risk management and decision-making applications; iii) communicates settings to power quality mitigation devices, protection relays and actuators, distribution components and distributed flexible resources; iv) assesses its market strategy as a provider of ancillary and balancing services The SuSTAINABLE concept also involves an active management of distributed flexible resources by DSOs. A multi-objective decision-making scheme will be designed to keep network voltage inside operational constraints, minimize DG energy spillage related to network constraints, minimize operational expenditures related to high reliability and continuity of service for loads and generators, minimize aging of automatic tap changers subjected to sudden variations of power flows, and maximize the balancing and ancillary services to be provided to TSOs when necessary. It will also focus on flexible protection schemes, to avoid failures in selectivity and reliability of the protection plan in low-impedance earthed neutral MV networks related to DG integration. Finally, the market strategy to be defined by the SuSTAINABLE concept encompasses aspects related to flexibility pricing for distribution network users and distribution system operators strategies with respect to balancing and ancillary services markets.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: LCE-04-2014 | Award Amount: 1.90M | Year: 2015

The flexibility of the industrial electricity demand has been identified as a potential that through innovative business models can facilitate further growth of variable renewable energy, while reducing the industrial electricity costs and contributing to the European energy policy goals. In this project the large industry is working with the renewable energy community to identify and implement business models for supplying variable renewable electricity to industrial users with flexibility in their demand, creating win-win situations. Several variations of the business models will be described covering different options like on and off-site renewable energy production. The business models will be adapted to 5 industrial sectors (Chemicals, non-ferrous metals, cold storage, steel, and water treatment) and 6 target countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK). Tools will be developed to facilitate adoption of the business models: Model contracts adapted to the target countries and the different business models and a methodology that assesses the flexibility in industrial units and its value within the business models. The methodology will be transferred to third parties and will be applied in 6 case studies covering all target sectors and countries. Recommendations for improvements in the regulatory and market framework will be formulated and promoted. A top-down and a bottom-up methodology will be used to quantify the potential for further cost-effective grid integration of variable renewable electricity by the exploitation of the industrial electricity demand flexibility. The use of a sophisticated power system model and detailed analysis will provide reliable data on the impact the policy recommendations could have. An ambitious campaign will be carried out for engaging the target groups in direct action implementing the business models and informing the interested actors about the project activities and results.

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