micro vs MEGA grids

How do these trends in the development of the power systems influence each other?

Annex 6 has started an activity to study these trends which are largely influencing the decisions in the evolution process of the power grids.

In this work the trends are referred to as the micro grid and the mega grid trends, where the micro grid perspective focus on local solutions while the mega grid perspective focus on system or even intra-system wide solutions.

The objective of this work is to present a critical assessment of these trends, based on the questions:

  • Does one trend outcompete the other?
  • Does increased micro grid investments increase the need for mega grid investments, and vice versa?
  • To what extent can micro grids benefit from mega grid solutions, and vice versa?

The intention with this work is not to proclaim one solution being superior to another, instead it is intended to provide insights in the needs of considering both perspectives in the decision-making process for the sustainable development of the power grids.

The work involves parties from: Norway, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, France, Canada, South Africa, and India

 

Activity plan:

  • 15 May 2019, Workshop Brussels: including presentations from NTNU, CIGRE and ENGIE
  • 2-3 October 2019, Workshop and meeting in Montreux: including presentations from RISE, NTNU, CIGRE, Power Grid Corporation of India,  Universidad Pontificia Comillas, KU Leuven, SuperGrid Institute, OFFIS, and Chalmers University of Technology
  • Autumn 2019: development of activity report

 

How to contribute:

Contributions to this activity are welcome as:

Workshop participation; Input to dedicated report sections; Review of the activity report

For additional information and interest to participate in this activity, please contact:

Professor Irina Oleinikova, Irina.Oleinikova@ntnu.no

Emil Hillberg, Emil.Hillberg@ri.se

 

Results:

Workshop and meeting in Montreux

A highly successful event, gathering a total of 30 participants, with presentations (available here) from Italy, India, Spain, Belgium, France, Germany, Norway and Sweden. The participants at these two meeting days have shown a high level of engagement and it has been highly valuable to learn from each other.

In short, we can conclude that these meetings were very productive and successful in gathering a large amount of knowledge. We believe that the meetings were also successful in reaching their goals to:

  • Support future collaboration in the ISGAN Annex 6 activity on micro vs MEGA grids
  • Prepare messages for the report
  • Understanding of the next steps of the report development

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