Endesa takes part in European SmartNet project to integrate distributed generation and improve electricity grid stability

Published on Tuesday, 23 August 2016

  • Consortium made up of a total of 22 companies and institutions from nine European countries and with a budget of 12.6 million euros.
  • Aim is to define future role of the distribution company in electricity system operations. 
  • Accordingly, use of new technologies will be explored to aggregate the demand of small consumers and generators and thus improve electricity grid efficiency and stability. 

 

Endesa is taking part in the European SmartNet consortium, a research project designed to address the opportunities and challenges involved in the increasing integration of power generation from renewable sources for the EU electricity system and the development of distributed generation.

Smartnet will apply new technologies to aggregate small-scale consumers and producers via a market agent to perform balancing services (voltage and frequency regulation) through distributed generation. The project will therefore help to establish the new role of the electricity distribution company in electricity system operations, having an increasingly active role in the electricity grid of the future.

One of the aims of the project is to improve the interaction and exchange of information between transmission and distribution companies in order to promote services that will enable electricity production and consumption to be balanced in a flexible and aggregated manner by the distribution company.

The project, headed by RSE (Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico), forms part of the EU Horizon 2020 programme and it will be developed over the next three years. It has an overall budget of 12.6 million euros, of which Endesa’s allocation is 385,000 euros. 

The consortium is made up of distribution and transmission companies, regulators, research centres and industrial partners from Italy, Austria, Denmark, Belgium, Norway, the United Kingdom, Finland, Luxembourg and Spain, which includes Endesa.

The SmartNet project held an initial coordination meeting in Copenhagen at the beginning of July and it will involve running three pilot projects in Italy, Denmark and Spain. Endesa will take part in the Spanish pilot project together with Tecnalia, Danske Commodities and Vodafone to demonstrate that Endesa can act as an aggregator for small-scale producers and consumers.

Endesa’s involvement in the SmartNet project (http://smartnet-project.eu) forms part of the company’s commitment to research and the development of new services in the electricity market.