Title: New future solutions: Best Practices from European PV Smart Grid Projects
Publisher: Wiley & Sons
Publication Year: 2017
JRC N°: JRC92210
ISBN: 9781118927465
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC92210
DOI: 10.1002/9781118927496.ch54
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The transition towards a more competitive, secure and sustainable energy system will not be possible without significantly higher shares of renewable energy, including solar photovoltaic. Technical solutions already exist to address many of the concerns raised by higher penetration rates of PV in the distribution grid but more research and demonstration projects are needed to assess the viability and cost-effectiveness of the new solutions. The JRC is continuously monitoring the state of the art of smart grid projects in Europe by updating the JRC inventory and analyzing current trends and developments. The analysis of the projects in the inventory has revealed an increasing interest of project developers in new solutions and techniques to improve the grid hosting capacity via non-conventional solutions and to use PV systems as active suppliers of local ancillary services. PV systems are likely to become more and more active players in the future system operation, supporting the power grid and performing grid-related control functions. DSOs are the most active stakeholders in this field, and they are taking the lead in developing new and more ambitious demonstration projects. Smaller utilities with fewer resources and other stakeholders however can face difficulties in conducting similar tests. Sharing projects' methodologies and results at European level is therefore of crucial importance to achieve the European energy and climate policy goals in time. To this aim, the JRC will continue to monitor the state of development of smart grid projects in Europe and to disseminate lessons learned.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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