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FORSTERK-Forsterkningsmidler

Distribution network planning and operation with flexibility resources

Awarded: NOK 0.94 mill.

Flexibility resources are considered to be an important part of power system planning and operation. To take full advantage of energy storage systems and other flexibility resources in transmission and distribution grid planning, advanced methodologies and tools are needed. In addition, there is planning coordination needs between transmission and distribution system operators as flexibility resources play increased role. The EU H2020 FlexPlan project aims at creating a new tool for optimizing transmission and distribution grid planning, considering the placement of flexibility elements as an alternative to traditional grid planning. Two workshops with Norwegian stakeholders are planned within this supplementary project in relation to the EU FlexPlan project, and in the end, the materials prepared for these workshops will be further compiled to be a course content for future incorporation into existing or new courses delivered from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The first workshop will present new methods and tools developed in the EU H2020 FlexPlan and the FME CINELDI projects for optimizing transmission and distribution grid planning considering flexibility resources. Discussion and inputs from Norwegian stakeholders will be used to ensure the relevance of results from ongoing case studies in this EU project.

The main purpose of this call is to increase the impact of Norway's participation in EU's H2020 projects. Directly fitting to this objective, the following activities are envisioned in this FlexPlan supplementary project. These activities include the early involvement of relevant stakeholders in Norway in the development and dissemination of the regional case analysis for the Nordic region. SINTEF is responsible for this analysis and will put special emphasis on accurately representing the Norwegian power system in the analysis. However, SINTEF is the only Norwegian partner in the project. In other words, none of the key stakeholders for the case analysis are involved, such as Norwegian DSOs, the Norwegian TSO (Statnett), the Norwegian energy regulator (NVE), Norwegian power industry organizations (e.g. Energi Norge), or Norwegian universities (e.g. NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology). The absence of these stakeholders in the FlexPlan project activities could limit both the relevance of case that is developed and the uptake of the findings and experiences from the case analysis. The activities of this supplementary project will allow stakeholders to contribute to shaping the Norway-specific scenario development as well as to introduce to the stakeholders new methods developed in the FlexPlan project. Moreover, activities are envisioned to facilitate speedy adoption of network planning tools developed in FlexPlan project. Two workshops with Norwegian stakeholders are planned within this supplementary project, and in the end, the materials prepared for these workshops will be further compiled to be a course content for future incorporation into existing or new courses delivered from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). In general, the activities planned in this supplementary project aim to increase competences of experts at DSOs in the area of active distribution network operation and planning with flexibility resources.

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FORSTERK-Forsterkningsmidler