The HydroFlex project aims to develop new technology permitting highly flexible operation of hydropower stations. Flexibility of operation here means large ramping rates, frequent start-stops and possibilities to provide a large range of system services. All this within (strict) excellent environmental and social conditions while being economically competitive compared to alternative solutions.
Current interruption in supercritical fluids
An increasing number of windfarms located far off the coasts and a growing demand for electric power supply to oil and gas installations on the seabed will lead to a development of an off-shore electric power transmission infrastructure.
Modular Megawatt-range Wireless EV Charging Infrastructure Providing Smart Grid Services (MoMeWEC)
Electrification of urban transport has been identified as a key enabling technology for achieving a sustainable low carbon society. In spite of the increasing number of battery electric vehicles (EV) available on the market, widespread adoption has been so far hampered by the high cost and limited capacity of the battery itself.
Module-Aware Modelling and Assessment of Performance of Interconnected AC, MTDC Power Grids (MODULATOR)
Multi-Terminal Direct Current (MTDC) transmission matured into the most feasible technology for transmission of bulk power over long distances with cables.
Evolving from the initial MaRINET project, EU H2020 is currently working with the project MaRINET2 towards a vision of exploiting the renewable energy potential of the oceans.
The objective of MARINERG-i is to become the leading internationally distributed infrastructure in the Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) sector. Its integrated nature and co-ordinated approach will accelerate the research development and deployment of offshore wind, wave, tidal and combined energy technologies and help maintain Europe as a global leader in this industry. In addition, MARINERG-i will strengthen European, scientific and engineering excellence and expertise as it’s combined facilities represent an indispensable tool to foster innovation across a large variety of MRE technologies and systems and through all key stages of technology development (TRL’s 1-9).
HVDC Inertia provision
Future power systems are facing new challenges when traditional thermal generation units are replaced by renewable energy sources with power electronic grid interfaces.
ProTrafo - Next Generation Protection of Transformers
The transformer is one of the key components in any electric power system. Its purpose is to convert between different voltage levels, thereby enabling transmission of power over long distances, and the distribution of power to the end customer. The failure of a transformer leads to substantial costs for the owner and often loss of power as well.
Short-circuit Current Making in Medium Voltage Switches with Environmentally Friendly Gas
ABB EPMV in Skien manufactures 12 - 40.5 kV compact, gas insulated switchgears for the world market. Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) gas is used as the electrical insulation- and current interruption medium. However, since SF6 is an extremely strong "greenhouse gas", restrictions on its use are anticipated.