Project EU-SysFlex in Engerati, Europe’s largest engaged community of utilities and power sector professionals20.07.2017Media
With high levels of renewables recorded on grids such as Germany’s and Ireland’s, it might be assumed that the management of the grid at these levels is well understood.
That, however, is only partially the case. While important knowledge is indeed being gained by system operator during those events, they are of limited duration of at most a few tens of hours and represent a different use case to a grid operating at high levels at all times.
Furthermore, only very few individual countries so far have recorded high renewables penetration, whereas under European Union and national rules all countries are required to transition, increasing to 20% by 2020, 50% by 2030 and 75% by 2050 to meet the 80-95% emission reduction target. Likewise, an interconnected, pan European grid represents a different and more complex use case than a single national grid.
In order to investigate this issue further and to develop a roadmap for Europe towards the 50% renewables penetration, the four-year, €26m SysFlex project has been launched with support from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research programme.