Activities in (Micro)grids & Power Quality

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HeatNet will address the challenge of reducing CO2 emissions in NWE by creating an integrated transnational  NWE approach to the supply of renewable and low carbon heat (incl. waste heat) to residential and commercial buildings, developed and tested in 6 local district heating and cooling networks (DHC) in UK, Ireland, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands.

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Low and Medium Voltage Grids

The massive increase of the intermittent DRES in LV and MV networks has led to a bidirectional power flow which raises the urgent need for new operational and control strategies. We coordinate the FP7 project INCREASE (2013-2017). INCREASE wants to focus on how to manage renewable energy sources in low and medium-voltage networks, provide ancillary services at the level of the distribution and transmission grid, in particular voltage control and unbalance mitigation. The massive increase of the intermittent renewables in low and medium-voltage networks has led to a bidirectional power flow. There is an urgent need for such new operational and control strategies in order to maintain the ability of the system to provide consumers with a reliable supply of electricity at an acceptable power quality level and network cost.

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Our research is supported by our research infrastructure consisting of a real-life grid that can be transformed into several grid topologies with 18 connection points onto which a single residence can be emulated. We also have a small micro grid to evaluate new control strategies.