Grid2030 is a multi-year, innovation, collaborative program where Red Eléctrica de España and InnoEnergy together explore radically new socio-economic or technical innovations in the power transmission industry.
With the support of multiple stakeholders, we envision the future of power systems, identify strategically important challenges and accelerate the development of disruptive technology solutions.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Grid2030 projects focus on innovation development with the objective of demonstrating that technology (below or at TRL4- Technology Readdiness Level 4), basic products, services or processes can work in a (future) business set up.
If you belong to one of three previously mentioned groups and you want to join the program
Why come on board?
InnoEnergy is the Innovation engine for sustainable energy across Europe. We support and invest in innovation at every stage of the journey – from classroom to end-customer.
With our network of partners we build connections across Europe – together we accelerate the development of market-ready solutions, and create a fertile environment in which we can sell the innovative results of our work.
More information at http://www.innoenergy.com
In a future society with a CO2 free energy system the TSO must ensure continuous energy supply and maintain current levels of reliability in an efficient way. Among the many technical challenges to support this mission, Grid2030 will focus on the following:
To accelerate the widespread deployment of power electronics in the system. Removing existing barriers to mass deployment of power electronics in the power grid of the future by reducing costs associated with these facilities or improving performance. This requires developing new configurations and optimized designs, new materials and advance control methodologies and interoperability, among other changes that could cause a disruptive change to the current state of technology.
System development based on power electronics solutions enables more reliable power management. Several features justify its deployment: It is adaptable to a wide range of applications because of its fast transient response capability, such as voltage and frequency instability problems; it is also a key technology for renewable generation, storage and facilitation of the active customer approach. Power electronics devices should be completely flexible and modular and allow for a compact and smart replacement of traditional solutions, thus implying low distortion in the network. Among other developments that could cause a disruptive change to the current state of technology, are:
There are particular situations of special relevance for the application of power electronic solutions which an applicant may consider:
To develop new resources for system flexibility compatible with a carbon free energy system. Promoting advances in controllability of renewable generation, new or improved storage systems and components driving to significant cost reduction for the energy system as a whole. These improvements could come from the use of different materials, advances in production processes, design of new solutions or technologies, etc.
Flexibility is the amount of electrical power that can be modulated, based on the needs of the system within a specific unit of time. This refers mainly to high-speed generation response and load resources, as well as storage devices (that can play both roles according to system needs). Nevertheless, the grid could become a source of flexibility itself with technologies that have similar effects as the aforementioned to cope with system constraints (examples are DLR systems and active devices). However, in order to garner as much benefit as possible from these resources, it is necessary that the flexibility is managed and performs properly under all circumstances.
Specific topics on this challenge could be (but are not limited to) the following:
Opportunity spacing, challenge definition
Grid2030 started with a visioning session where experts from a range of backgrounds together made sense of the modes of work and living in the future. We then associated these modes of society with the kinds of energy systems that would best enable such socio-technical developments.
From there came a list of specific socio-technical problem areas, all related to the energy systems of the future. These problem areas within the future energy systems serve as the basis for the innovation calls within the Grid2030 program.
Call for application
Participants apply to as many challenges as they wish while the call is open.
Grid2030 team supports applications, answers questions and provides feedback to help participants draft the best applications.
The proposals with highest quality are invited to participate in the Orchestration stage. Here, several complementary applicants are matched together and receive support to commonly compose a proposal for a Grid2030 project. The main goal of the orchestration stage is to align the parties towards composing a proposal for maximum impact via integrated activities.
Project execution stage
The best project proposals coming from the Orchestration stage are selected for execution and funding based on:
High participation in Grid2030 first Call for Applications
More than 80 European entities have applied to the Grid2030 Program with proposals covering the two challenges on power electronics (19 applications) and power system flexibility (60 applications evaluated). The bulk of applications comes from an equilibrated mix of top-notch R&D centres, prestigious universities and influential companies and non-profit, completed by promising start-ups – all in all...
"The Grid2030 program is looking for researchers, entrepreneurs, SMEs and corporations"
Eduardo Garcia Sanchez is head of the Innovation Department at Red Eléctrica de España (REE) and talks to us today about Grid2030, the innovation program freshly launched by REE and InnoEnergy
Eduardo, tells us about REE and its role on the future of electricity networks?
At REE, we are the sole technical operator of the...
You can now sign up for the Grid2030 program!
The call for applications will be open from November 23th 2017 to February 8th 2018. In this site you can find all the relevant information about the program, conditions to participate and how to register.
We are looking for motivated participants and innovative ideas with early business orientation, willing to collaborate...
Here you can download all the information regarding the requirements of the Grid2030 program.
Here you can download the program registration form. Once you have filled it out, you need to send it to our e-mailbox.
HOW TO APPLY
In order to submit an application, the following steps should be taken: