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Demonstration of smart transmission grid, storage and system integration technologies with increasing share of renewables
Deadline: 14 Feb 2017   CALL EXPIRED

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Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The integration of variable renewable energies challenges the transmission network. Also, the target to reach 10% of interconnection of the production capacity calls for new approaches to the transmission network and its management and opens new perspectives in terms of sharing and resources (e.g. production, storage, handling of electricity from variable renewable energy sources) across borders.

Scope:

Proposals will target the transmission grid and demonstrate a combination of at least 2 of the following aspects:

  • Power transmission technologies and management of large scale generation in the context of an increased share of variable renewables;
  • Large scale storage relevant to the transmission network (GWh scale), potentially including several storage technologies addressing different time scale (e.g. daily, seasonal), ramping rates and volumes, managed centrally or in a distributed way;
  • Communication / ICT technologies / control tools to enhance real-time awareness, introduce more flexibility the transmission grid, the integration of storage facilities, of more flexible generation, of demand-response mechanism and its interface to the distribution grid; cross-border collaboration;
  • New approaches to the wholesale market facilitating the participation of variable renewable energy sources, remunerating adequately new flexibility services to the grid such as offered by storage, active participation of demand and new players such as aggregators and reducing the cost of operations.

The targeted technology readiness levels (TRL) will range typically between 5 and 8 (please see part G of the General Annexes). Proposals will indicate the estimated levels of TRL at the beginning and at the end of the project.

Proposals will include an analysis of current regulations, codes and standards applying to their case as well as an analysis of business models and pan-European EU market integration if relevant. Where appropriate, environmental issues will be addressed in the light of existing regulations (e.g. water framework directive, Natura 2000, etc.).

Proposal tackling problems of transnational nature will be given specific attention.

Proposals will also foresee coordination with similar EU-funded projects (in particular those which will be funded under this call) in particular for policy-relevant issues such as regulatory framework, business models, obstacles to innovation. It is recommended to reserve of the order of 2% of the EU funding for these activities. A Coordination and Support Action is foreseen for the organisation of this collaboration in this Work Programme (see Topic LCE 3)

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 15 and 20 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

Proposals must demonstrate that they are relevant, compatible with the broad EU energy policy context such as Climate-Energy packages, Energy Union. Where relevant, they should also indicate if and how they will contribute to:

  • ongoing policy developments in the field of the design of the internal electricity market, of the retail market, ongoing discussions on self-consumption,
  • enhanced interconnections between Member States and/or between energy networks.

Proposals will demonstrate that the proposed solution can be scaled (if needed) and replicated as well as if and how they contributing to the following points:

The EU power network:

  • is capable of integrating large share of renewables (at least 50% by 2030), in particular from variable sources;
  • can operate in a stable and secure way;
  • operates within a well-functioning wholesale market, providing the EU consumers with competitive prices of electricity and integrating renewable sources in a cost effective manner;
  • evolves towards a pan-European network with increased levels of security of resource sharing.

Finally, proposals will also include ad-hoc indicators to measure the progress against specific objectives of their choice which could be used to assess the progress during the project life.



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