Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Tecnologia e Ciencia (INESC TEC)


INESC TEC is a private non-profit institution having as associates the University of Porto, INESC and the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. The activity is conducted by 715 researchers, from which 273 hold a PhD degree. Under INESC TEC, 13 Centres are active in research, technology transfer, intellectual property and software licenses management, knowledge valorisation and launching of spin-off companies. Its main areas are Telecommunications and Multi-media, Power Systems, Manufacturing Systems, Industrial Management, Information and Computer Graphics Systems, Optoelectronics and Electronic Systems, Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Real Time Systems, Computer Science, Critical Software Systems and Innovation, Biomedical.

The Centre for Power and Energy Systems (CPES) is INESC TEC’s main actor in the areas of electrical
energy. The Unit employs close to 66 collaborators, including 23 PhD holders. It is internationally
recognised for its expertise in problems relating to the integration of renewable energy in power
systems, distributed generation and smartgrids, the areas traditionally associated with planning and
operating power systems. The high level of expertise developed has allowed specialists at CPES to
take on key roles in important EU projects as part of the successive framework programmes that led
to notable scientific and technical advances with considerable impact on industry. This has led to
contracts for development and consultancy with companies manufacturing equipment, generation,
system operators in the transmission and distribution areas, regulators, government agencies and
investors in Europe, South America, the United States of America and Africa.

Main Task within the EU-SysFlex project

In previous National and FP6-FP7 European Projects, INESC TEC developed and demonstrated
software for energy resources and grid management in real-environment and up to TRL 5/6. The role
in this project is to increase the TRL of previous developments by fully integrating the developed
solutions in the daily processes of the end-user through improving its scalability and replicability.
INESC TEC will bring the following competences to the project:

  •  Flexibility Hub in WP7: (a) active/reactive control and flexibility aggregation functions integrated in
    a common platform for exchange of services between DSO and TSO. Two tools, at initial TRL 6, called
    sequential optimal power flow (SOPF) interval constrained power flow (ICPF) developed in the FP7
    evolvDSO project, will be improved to be applied for a wide network area, include the multi-temporal
    nature of several DER and extend them for meshed network topologies. These tools will be applied
    to both Portugal and Germany;
  •  Participation in WP3 for the identification of new flexibility products and regulatory frameworks
    considering the Portuguese context (i.e., with ultra-high wind power penetration in both
    transmission and distribution grids);
  •  Participation in WP2 with the conceptual development and implementation of equivalent dynamic
    models for transmission nodes considering the participation of distributed energy resources in inertia
    emulation and frequency control.

Person in charge of the project: Bernardo Silva

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