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Report RSE 16001481

Risultati finali dei progetti di ricerca e-Highway2050 e GridTech

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2015

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R. Calisti (RSE SpA), F. Careri (RSE SpA), A. L´Abbate (RSE SpA), G. Migliavacca (RSE SpA) , V. Viscardi (RSE SpA)

RETE-TRA 2015 - Evolution and development of the power transmission network

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The European Commission strategy outlined in the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan and in theEuropean Energy Union [1] has five policy pillars: security of supply, competitive internal market,moderation of demand and energy efficiency, sustainability and decarbonisation of the energy system,research and development.  To reach them, it is key to support the optimal and coordinated pan-Europeantransmission network development.

As proof of the central role of research – not only on technologies but at system level – several researchprojects on transmission network planning have been co-financed in the latest years by the European Commission via different funding schemes such as the Seventh Framework Programme and theIntelligent Energy Europe.

This report summarizes the final results achieved by RSE in the European projects e-Highway2050 andGridTech. Even if the themes analyzed in both projects are similar, there is an essential difference: in e-Highway2050, the role of future electricity highways in the definition of a Modular Plan for the pan-European Transmission System has been investigated; in GridTech, particular attention has been paid onthe role of “grid-impacting” technologies (transmission technologies - TGT -, storage technologies -EST - and demand technologies - EDT - with particular focus on Demand Response, DR) in the futureEuropean power system.

Concerning e-Highway2050, the cost-benefit analysis results have shown how, in the five projectscenarios, the proposed Modular Plan is always profitable because system benefits are higher than costs.Therefore, it is confirmed that the proposed Modular Plan is an indispensable option for a sustainable,secure and competitive future European power system.

Concerning GridTech, four main scenarios have been studied in each target year to analyse the role ofeach relevant technological paradigm, based on TGT, EST, EDT (DR), with respect to the baseline. Toinvestigate the role of DR, a new and complete model has been specifically developed by RSE andimplemented in the RSE simulation tool MTSIM.

The total benefit has been compared with the pertinent total cost for each technological paradigm: itemerges that TGT and EDT (DR) can play a key role for the future European power system, being ableto integrate production from Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in a context of competitive market whilemaintaining adequate security levels.

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