Grid2030 is a multi-year collaborative innovation programme where Red Eléctrica de España and InnoEnergy together explore radically new socio-economic or technical innovations related to the operation of the electricity system and its associated transmission grid.
The aim is to anticipate the future challenges of the energy transition, identifying the needs of the TSOs and accelerating the development of disruptive technological solutions.
The programme is open to entrepreneurs from public and private entities, universities, research centres and companies from around the world, and has an annual allocation amounting to one million euros. The second call for proposals is now open.
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:
The objective of this challenge is to improve the knowledge of the physical state and real-time dynamic behaviour of the existing assets of the power transmission network.
For a Transmission System Operator (TSO), having a detailed knowledge of the physical state and real-time dynamic behaviour of its power transmission network is increasingly important in order to keep up with the rising requirements of the energy transition (large shares of renewable energy sources, electrification of the economy, active demand, new players in the power system, etc.).
Proposals for this challenge should aim at increasing the volume and value of systematic real-time and non-real time collection of relevant data about the physical state and condition of the transmission network. In scope of this challenge are among others solutions building on Internet of Things (IoT) to support decision making on asset maintenance, power system operation, monitoring, control and the introduction of greater automation.
Example areas of proposal might include (the list is non-exhaustive):
The objective of this challenge is to identify new services and solutions for the TSO, based on emerging digital technologies that help facilitate the transition to an upcoming energy model that is cleaner, more decentralized, highly efficient, and at least as reliable as the present-day energy system.
The future of power systems is likely to be characterized by large shares of renewable generation, a highly electrified society and economy (with electric mobility playing a major role in that electrification), more decentralized resources, entirely new players, empowered end-users and a high level of power market integration. In this exciting context, Transmission System Operators (TSOs) need innovative ideas to keep the power system safe, reliable and up to the required quality standards.
Proposals for this challenge should aim at developing digital solutions which enable TSOs to play a leader role in the energy transition through their impact both on the power system and the society, while guaranteeing the continuity of supply.
Example areas of proposal might include (the list is non-exhaustive):
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:
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:
"Through Grid2030 we want to foster disruptive initiatives that facilitate our role in the energy transition"
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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...
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: