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César Cazal

Team Automation, Interoperability and Resilience


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HYbrid Provision of Energy based on Reliabilty and Resiliancy via Integration of Dc Equipment

The four years project HYPERRIDE, starting on 1st October 2020, contributes to the field implementation of DC and hybrid AC-DC grids. Starting with the definition of most relevant fields of application for DC grids (local microgrids, grid enforcement to overcome congestions, coupling of AC grid sections, etc.), the enabling technologies will be specified in detail on different levels. Starting from the system perspective, guidelines for grid planning and operation are developed. To optimize invest for the use case dependent use of assets available sizing tools are adapted for the field of DC grids. DC circuit breakers are key technologies for grid protection needed to overcome the main concerns related to these infrastructures. Therefore, HYPERRIDE will raise the TRL of the most promising approaches currently available with a main focus on MVDC breakers. To enable grid automation DC sensors are developed further to provide field ready devices to create data for optimal grid automation. Automation algorithms will be created, validated in a test platform and transferred towards demonstration. This also involves concepts and solutions for cyber security and fault detection. In case of grid faults necessary solutions are developed to prevent cascading effects. For fault prevention databases are created to trigger preventive measures. With demonstrations in three countries (Aachen/Germany, Lausanne/Switzerland, Terni/Italy) the project will showcase relevant and above-mentioned enabling technologies within a wide range of use cases. Benefits of the solutions will be evaluated, especially the integration potential of renewables with respect to conventional AC grids. Finally, business models are created for the products, services and applications in HYPERRIDE. Consequently, HYPERRIDE will actively identify and provide solutions to overcome barriers for a successful roll-out of new infrastructure concepts throughout Europe.

The Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems (ACS) will concentrate its work in the development of automation services for the hybrid AC/DC grid, as the optimal power flow and the fault management, and the realization of a metering device specifically dedicated to DC technology: the DC Measurement Unit (DMU). These solutions will be integrated in the open ICT platform, specifically tailored for integration with hybrid AC/DC distribution systems, and tested, among the others, in the demo site of the RWTH Aachen Campus Melaten.

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The kick-off meeting of project HYPERRIDE (Hybrid Provision of Energy based on Reliability and Resiliency by Integration of Dc Equipment) has been held on 22nd - 23rd October, 2020. The project is funded by the H2020 programme and its duration is four years. The ACS Institute will concentrate its work in the development of automation services for the hybrid AC/DC grid and the implementation of metering devices specifically dedicated to DC technology.

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The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation under grant agreement no 957788.