European FP7 Projects - Real Smart
National Grid Electricity System Operator
National Grid TO Innovation Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
Gas Transmission Networks
Electrical transmission and distribution in Europe is entering a period of
significant renewal and technological change. Transmission grids such as the
Nordic system, the NG in the UK and the UCTE system in continental
Europe are accepting power injections from new and variable energy sources,
especially from large-scale wind power generators, and will therefore face major
future challenges to operate and control. Policy documents from the US DOE,
EU and UCTE and the NG have highlighted (i) the need for improved
grid infrastructure and advanced control technologies and (ii) the importance of
emerging measurement-based technology in enhancing the stability and security
of AC transmission in an increasingly complex operating environment.
Changes happening in the process industries also have an impact on electrical
supply. Sustainability, efficiency and maintenance considerations are leading to
electric motors taking over from traditional gas turbine drivers for rotating
machinery such as compressors. Understanding and managing the interface
between these large and variable electrical loads and the transmission grid is of
great interest for smooth operation of the transmission system.
Trained, experienced and knowledgeable people are required to achieve the
ambitious agenda for operation of the European electricity supply networks in the
future. Meeting the target will require collaboration between academia and
industry and people able to do creative research who are also trained to convert
the technologies into industrial systems and products. The changed operating,
business and technical environment in the industry requires new ways to monitor
and manage system stability security and reliability. This proposal presents a
balanced programme of applied R&D to address measurement-based monitoring
and management of the high voltage transmission grid.
The overall scientific and technical aim of the REAL-SMART project is to take a
pivotal role in the creation of technology for intelligent operation of wide-area AC
transmission grids using emerging measurement technologies. The project
integrates in-depth understanding of the operational issues with analysis of
state-of-the-art measurements and first-principles physical knowledge to invent
and develop tools that will be deployed in the field in case studies with the
transmission operator partner.