In Theory: Project Overview

PROJECT CONTEXT

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) projects that photovoltaics could generate 12% of European power demand by 2020. This corresponds to a considerable increase in photovoltaic power generation in Europe, which will have to be supported by an ageing grid that is nearing saturation in some remote areas.

More distributed and diversified power generation also implies more localized bottlenecks on the grid and possible local price differentiations. The current grid will have to cope with the resulting localized energy management.

AN EVOLUTIONARY APPROACH FOR SUPPORTING THE GRID WITH MORE PV

Instead of creating new grids or reinforcing the current one to increase capacity, it is possible to opt for a more evolutionary approach. Putting to use both advanced new communication technologies and the possibilities of PV itself, will enable an increase in grid hosting capacity at a lower cost. More PV can help improve power quality, safety and security of supply.

Preliminary research and laboratory results have already shown that new PV systems can contribute to supporting the grid by providing active power control, facilitating energy management and enabling adaptation to islanding operation. More research is needed to develop these possibilities.

FIRST EUROPEAN LARGE SCALE SMART GRID DEMONSTRATION

Above all, additional PV benefits must be demonstrated on a large scale, in a real, operational grid for areas densely supplied by renewable energy sources. MetaPV is the first such demonstration.

In other words, MetaPV is the first European PV smart grid, combining advanced monitoring and active control capabilities. The project will focus specifically on quantifying the additional benefits from PV, to provide real insight for future grid developments.

 

 

 RELATED PROJECTS FOR PV AND SMART GRIDS

IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme
Task 14: High Penetration of PV Systems in Electricity Grids
www.iea-pvps.org/
 
pvnet.dk a Photovoltaic - SmartGrid project on the island of Bornholm, Denmark
www.pvnet.dk

 

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