The European Union commits its member states to increase the share of renewable energy to 50% in electricity consumption by 2030. In order to integrate this share of renewables into the system, a flexible, responsive and dynamic power system is needed for the whole of Europe. The EU-SysFlex project addresses this challenge. Together with 33 partners from 15 European countries, E.ON and its daughter company, the system operator MITNETZ STROM, are developing solutions for the integration of new system and flexibility services across Europe.
Launched in November 2017, EU-SysFlex is funded with €20.5 million from the European Union's Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation. The project has identified the needs of power systems required for a high level of renewables. Furthermore, the project has successfully developed and implemented innovative tools to improve coordination schemes and operations, and provided recommendations for enhancing system regulation and marked design to enable new business models.
Andreas Breuer, Head of Research & Development Energy Networks at E.ON
In early 2021, the German demonstrator reached the milestone of starting live operations. It is presently managing more than 100 wind and photovoltaic (PV) plants with a combined installed capacity of about five gigawatts. The demonstrator, located in MITNETZ STROM’s network area in Brandenburg, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, aims at enabling a safe, secure and efficient grid operation with a high share of renewable energies. With the German government aiming for a 65 percent share of renewables by 2030, the results of EU-SysFlex are also of great importance for the German energy market.
Recently the German demonstrator of EU-SysFlex was recognised as one of the world's most innovative projects in the category of “Data and Analytics” by The Global Power and Energy Elites, an annual journal produced by Smart Energy International. The publication showcases industry-specific projects and thought leaders making significant contributions to the energy transition and shaping future energy markets.
The innovative technology of the German demonstrator recognised by the journallies in the robust algorithms used for optimising active and reactive power flexibilities in real-time grid operation. Combined with the developed coordination processes and newly established data exchange, the algorithms also allow for renewable energy sources in congestion management and an automated tool for voltage control.
“Being recognised by The Global Power and Energy Elites is further proof of the importance and influence of EU-SysFlex. Solutions developed within this project enable our operations to handle increasing system complexity and become better prepared for future challenges,” says Andreas Breuer, Head of Research & Development Energy Networks at E.ON.