Panel session P1: Power quality challenges and solutions in future transmission grids – results of EU H2020 project MIGRATE

Blaž Kirn, ELES, d.o.o., Slovenian transmission system operator

1. “Project MIGRATE overview and future challenges in converter-dominated transmission grids” – Blaž Kirn, ELES, d.o.o., Slovenian transmission system operator
2. “Power Quality Assessment in Transmission Systems” – Mari Löper, Tallinn University of Technology
3. “Frequency Variations as a Power Quality Issue” – Kai Strunz, Technische Universität (TU) Berlin, Germany
4. “Advanced 3D/4D visualization of power quality situation in electrical power network” – Andrej Souvent, Elektroinstitut Milan Vidmar (EIMV)
5. “EMT Simulations of Power Electronic Devices for Power Quality Studies” – University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
6. “Probabilistic harmonic analysis and mitigation in PE-rich transmission networks” – Jovica V. Milanović, The University of Manchester, UK

Panel session P2: Islanding to Reinforce Grid Reslience in Critical Areas: Challenges Addressed in the InterFlex and IElectrix Projects

Organizer: Christian Dumbs, Enedis

1. Christian Dumbs, Enedis
2. Pierre-Jacques Le Quellec, Enedis
3. Thibaut Wagner, Enedis
4. Sven Tischer, E.ON
5. Demijan Panic, E.ON
6. Luis Hernandez, E.ON

InterFlex and IElectrix are two EU-funded H2020 projects which aim at optimising the distribution grid based on the use of local flexibilities. The two projects explore a wide range of distributed solutions through DSO-coordinated demonstrators. Enedis and E.ON are involved in both InterFlex and IElectrix and investigate the implementation of microgrids and disconnectable electric island systems. E-ON has set up and is operating a microgrid in Sweden since 2017. The microgrid is located in Simris, a small village close to the south-eastern coast which became the first energy island in Sweden running on up to 100% renewable energy (PV and wind). Connected to the main national grid during normal times, customers are actively involved in the temporary islanding of their village’s grid: residential assets are used to provide flexibilities and to reduce the cost related to the need of central batteries. A specifically developed customer interface allows the villagers to visualize the state of the overall system, their individual self-consumption and energy savings. Enedis conducts another islanding experiment on a Mediterranean island, Sainte Marguerite, located close to the city of Cannes, in France. Sainte Marguerite is connected to the mainland via a submarine cable. In case of an incident on this single power line islanding helps to maintain the power supply to customers for a limited duration thanks to a Local Energy System comprising a multi-battery storage system. A central battery is remote controlled from Enedis’ regional Grid Control Centre and guarantees the electric system stability. A second battery, installed by an energy and service provider for commercial reasons (PV self-consumption) contributes to the islanding operation whenever needed, in order to extend the islanding duration.

Panel session P3: 
From deregulation to regional coordination-Changing roles of TSOs

Organizer: Bojana Mihic, TenneT  TSO B.V.

1. “Big data and modelling in real time operation– how much is too much” – Bojana Mihic, TenneT  TSO B.V.
2. “Operational challenges @APG” – Marlene Petz, APG Austrian TSO
3. “CROSSBOW at Crossroads of Energy Transition” – Dusan Presic, SCC RSC
4. “Inter CCR coordination of RA” – Carlos Castel Conesa, Coreso RSC
5. “Establishing Baltic RSC Agreement (Elering, AST, Litgrid)” – Veiko Aunapuu, Elering TSO Estonia

The energy transition is a pathway toward transformation of the global energy sector from fossil-based to zero-carbon by the second half of this century. Decarbonisation of the energy sector requires urgent action on a global scale, and while a global energy transition is underway, further action is needed to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change. Energy transformation cannot happen by itself. It will be enabled by information technology, smart technology, policy frameworks and market instruments. For the world to start meeting key decarbonisation and climate mitigation goals renewable energy needs to be scaled up at least six times faster. Most countries in the world have embarked on an “energy transition” but what does energy transition actually mean for current Stakeholders in Transmission System? The term energy transition refers to the shift from current energy production and consumption systems, which rely primarily on non-renewable energy sources to a more efficient, lower-carbon energy mix. Energy mix has been transformed in the past, by the introduction of coal, then oil and nuclear power. Although these new forms of energy were added to, rather than replaced, existing sources which is the case of current energy transition goals.
There is no single generation mix that would be ideal worldwide so the energy transition is specific to each country or group of countries. Power system changes and evolution have not been very fast historically, meaning that an energy transition is a slow process and requires technological breakthroughs and radical changes in energy use by consumers The World Energy Council has summed up the challenges in their “energy trilemma” concept: Energy security, Energy equity and Environmental sustainability. In order to insure that these three seemingly conflicted objectives are met roles of stakeholders in the process are changing. TSO companies are faced with operational challenges and regional coordination centres (RSC) are formed. Their main focus is to improve transmission system observability at the pan-European level by developing new methods, technologies and tools capable of handling the process and interchange of an immense amount of measured and forecasted data in real time, both horizontally between TSOs and vertically with distribution grids/demand.
This panel composed of industrial experts with significant experience in various aspects of system operation and control will give an overview of current and future envisaged roles of the stakeholders in energy transition so that the countries can realize this transition at the lowest possible cost without compromising the system’s reliability along the way. 

Panel session P4: How business model innovation in H2020 projects is disrupting the status quo and enabling in the energy transition

Organizer: Bernt Bremdal, Smart Innovation Norway 

1. “E-REGIO” – TBD
2. “INVADE” – Knut H. H. Johansen, eSmart Systems 
3. “RESOLVD” – Francisco Diaz Gonzalez, Citcea, Polytechnic University of Catalonia
4. “E-LAND” – Moritz Look, University of St. Gallen

Efficient, reliable and sustainable delivery of energy is critical to the health and welfare of all people. With an increasing penetration of renewable energy resources (RES) and high expectations from end-users for energy, business models are the key to integrating innovative technology into the grid. A recent report published by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate states that the economic benefits of bold climate action are greatly under-estimated. Furthermore, we have seen major shifts in capital allocation within the energy sector in the last few years. Developing business models within the transitioning energy sector can bridge the gap between technological innovation and climate impact, while leveraging an enormous economic potential.
The panel will consist of a cross examination of four different H2020 projects, all at different stages within the project lifetime:
E-REGIO seeks to analyse, test and validate a new way to implement local energy markets around managing storage units and flexible assetssupervised by the Smart Energy Service Provider (SESP).
INVADE is developing a cloud based flexibility management system integrated with EVs and batteries empowering energy storage at mobile, distributed and centralised levels to increase renewables share in the smart distribution grid.
RESOLVD is workingto improve the efficiency and the hosting capacity of distribution networks, in a context of highly distributed renewable generation by introducing flexibility and control in the low voltage grid.
E-LAND is developing a toolbox for Multi-Energy Islands including tools and methods addressing business, society and technology challenges.
The panellists from each project will share their unique perspective on how we can develop business models related to smart grid technologies for renewable power generation, energy storage, and management of smart grid assets, that disrupt the status quo and push the energy transition forward.