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European grid will need substantial investments in order to

meet Energy Union’s 10% interconnection target

  

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 Hans Auer

  EEG – TU-Wien

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Brussels, 31st March 2015

 

The GridTech Consortium presented the final outcomes of the three-year project in the “Final Workshop on the Future European Electricity System”, held today at the Hotel Thon EU in Brussels, Belgium.

Running since April 2012, the project has conducted a fully integrated assessment of new grid-impacting technologies and their implementation into the European electricity system. This allowed the comparison between different technological options towards the exploitation of the full potential of future electricity production from renewable energy sources (RES-E), with the lowest possible total electricity system cost.

“After three intense years I’m now glad to present not only the results of our Pan-European and regional case studies but also our interpretation of what policies would then be needed for the EU to meet its interconnection targets”, says Hans Auer, co-ordinator of the project.

The regional case studies focused on Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands and Spain. Together with the Pan-European Study, the results of these seven target-countries analyses were used as a basis for the project’s policy recommendations.

“We believe for instance that transmission expansion and implementation of grid-impacting technologies are cost-effective solutions and can significantly contribute to the 10% electricity interconnection target of the European Union by 2020 and the tentative 15% target by 2030”, continued Dr Auer.

“Innovative grid technologies can help avoid transmission network congestion and RES-E curtailment in a cost-effective manner. Therefore, providing adequate incentives for TSOs to invest in this type of technologies is recommended. Furthermore, Demand Side Management (DSM) and energy storage technologies can increase system flexibility and contribute to the integration of larger amounts of RES-E production and reduction of system operation costs”, concluded Dr Auer.

Other recommendations for the long-term focused on significant transmission expansions, the development of HVDC networks, the harmonisation of new transmission projects across Europe and the active involvement of local communities.

 

 

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