In recent years, the energy paradigm is shifting from big-size centralized power plants to small-medium size distributed variable generation electricity sources injecting energy in a bi-directional power flow grid. In this context, the increasing share of variable and unpredictable renewable energy sources (RES) is challenging the electric grid in terms of reliability, stability and security of supply. Indeed, the European renewable target for 2030 (32% of total
energy consumed) means that more than 50% of electricity will be generated from RES, most of which will be connected to the MV and LV grids. Furthermore, the EU’s policies have encouraged the development of decentralised electricity generation, electric vehicles, energy storage and flexible demand.
As an answer to these present and incoming challenges, FLEXIGRID project proposes to improve the distribution grid operation making it more flexible,
reliable and cost-efficient, through the development of four hardware solutions that you can see here
Also with the aim of ensuring the project’s impact along the EU networks, eight different use cases have been identified addressing most common EU distribution grid problems.
You can see the eight uses cases here
4 demo-sites has been chosen to represent in a complementary way the different use cases
RES share of a rural and peri-urban network in the Spanish grid
a hotel resort in the Greek Island of Thasos only able to integrate 10% of RES
an isolated valley in the South-Tyrol region of Italy with more than 50% of hydroelectric energy
an urban grid in the city of Zagreb accounting congested areas