The FP7-funded evolvDSO project aims to develop the methodologies and tools for new and evolving DSO roles for efficient DRES integration in distribution networks. Due to its European added value and alignment withy the objectives of the European Electriciry Grid Initiative (EEGI), it has been awarded the EEGI Support Label.
With the growing relevance of distributed renewable energy sources (DRES) in the generation mix and the increasingly pro-active demand for electricity, power systems and their mode of operation need to evolve. evolvDSO will define future and evolving roles of distribution system operators (DSOs) on the basis of various future scenarios which will be driven by different DRES penetration levels and technological degrees of freedom.
The evolvDSO consortium addresses the main research and technology gaps that need to be solved for DSOs to efficiently fulfil their emerging and future roles in the European electricity system. The new tools and methods will encompass a wide array of DSO activities related to planning, operational scheduling, real-time operations and maintenance. Selected methods and tools developed during the project will be validated in computer simulations and real-life testbeds to maximise their potential for deployment in various EU contexts. Beyond this holistic, top-down approach, evolvDSO is unique in that it brings together the key actors of the electricity value chain that are at the forefront of smart grid development, and with a clear common view on what is needed for further DRES integration in Europe. The consortium consists of 16 partners including DSOs, TSOs, renowned research institutions and new market players that provide unique expertise to achieve the stated objectives. evolvDSO will contribute to the transition to a more sustainable European energy system by maintaining and increasing the security and reliability of distribution grids facilitating the increased feed-in of DRES. The results of evolvDSO will drive the implementation of the EEGI roadmap and ultimately provide a significant impetus for reaching EU climate targets. Below is a diagram outlining the work packages of the project:
Research, development and demonstration.
The project will run from September 2013 – December 2016.
European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO), and members E-Distribuzione (coordinator), EDP Distribuiçao, Enedis, RWE DEUTSCHLAND, as well as Cybergrid, Energy Pool, ESB Networks, INESC Porto, Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE), RTE, Aktiengesellschaft, Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Vlaamse Instelling Voor Technologisch Onderzoek n.v., Energinet.dk