The main objective of the GridTech project is to conduct a fully integrated assessment of new grid-impacting technologies and their implementation into the European electricity system. This will allow comparing different technological options towards the exploitation of the full potential of future electricity production from renewable energy sources (RES-E), with the lowest possible total electricity system cost. The time frame of GridTech analyses is up to the year 2050, with a particular focus on the target years 2020, 2030 and 2050. Under the project framework, regional analyses focusing on RES-E grid and market integration issues to be dealt with in seven target countries – Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria and Bulgaria – within different time horizons were carried out: (i) in the short-term (from 5 to 10 years’ time horizon), analyses are focused on technologies that optimize the use of the existing transmission network and on the effects of these technologies on power system operation and integration of RES generation; (ii) in the long-term (target years 2030 and 2050), analyses are focused on innovative technologies implemented to integrate larger shares of RES generation. In order to guarantee robust methodology implementation, critical discussion and review of preliminary results of regional case studies with regional target groups and stakeholders, a regional workshop was organized in each one of the seven target countries (Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria and Bulgaria). More specifically, the regional workshops aimed at: • Presenting the interim methodologies applied and preliminary results of the project to the national energy community; • Gathering feedback from national target groups and stakeholders in order to incorporate the received opinions into the study in order to fine-tune or modify the analyses whenever needed; • Attracting attention to the final dissemination and communication activities of the overall GridTech project; • And, most important, trigger overall impact (e.g. in terms of methodology provision, insight into challenges in other European regions, etc.) of the regional events for the entire grid-related RES-E discussion in the region beyond the core objectives and the end of the GridTech project also in the longer-term. In several of regional events, important feedback was obtained from stakeholders – i.e. TSOs, policy makers, regulatory authorities, RES-E promoters and manufacturers – during the workshops. Suggestions regarding input data and sensitivity scenarios provided by invited experts were taken into account as much as possible into the regional studies. The attendees also confirmed, that the GridTech related events were important to get hints for further discussions in the regions in general and in terms of robust analyses methodology development in particular. In addition, insights into challenges in other European regions were very helpful for the discussion in the own region. In that sense, this document summarizes the main issues discussed and contributions as well as feedback obtained during each regional case study workshop.
IIT Project: GridTech_IEE (GridTech_IEE)
Funding entity: Comisión Europea. Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE)