EURACTIV: EU research looks into large-scale integration of renewables


EDF and EirGrid, the leading French and Irish energy companies, have won €20 million under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme to develop ways of integrating large amounts of intermittent renewable energy sources into the electricity grid.

The EU-SysFlex project, launched in November, aims to prepare the electricity system for coping with a renewable energy penetration rate of more than 50%.

Similar projects “have shown the technical possibilities, but haven’t addressed scaling up to a pan-European vision,” said John Lowry, Project Director at the Irish transmission system operator EirGrid, which coordinates the research.

“This is the uniqueness of the project,” he told EURACTIV Slovakia.

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