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Scalability & replicability rules. Scaling up and replication rules of the GRID4EU demonstrations as inferred from the SRA studies

A. Rodriguez , R. Cossent , P. Frías

The present document constitutes deliverable gD3.5 and presents the final results of the scalability and replicability analysis (SRA) of the use cases of the GRID4EU project. The aim of GRID4EU SRA is to learn from the smart grid solutions tested in the Demonstrators and evaluate the implications of their implementation at a larger scale or in a different context. The SRA carried out has identified the most favourable conditions and potential barriers and has assessed the effect of the boundary conditions for the implementation of GRID4EU use cases. These boundary conditions comprise technical, economic, regulatory and stakeholder-related issues. The work presented herein builds on the methodological developments presented in previous deliverables, namely gD3.1 and gD3.2/gD3.3 and the simulation-based technical SRA described in detail in deliverable gD3.4. This report presents the major results obtained from the technical SRA as well as the generalization SRA rules that can be derived from these results, placing a strong emphasis on comparisons across use cases with similar goals. SRA rules may allow DSOs to perform a preliminary assessment of the expected results of the adoption of a specific smart grid solution or allow decision-makers to make better informed decisions on roll-out plans. Additionally, the lessons learnt when developing and applying a SRA methodology can help future researchers when performing similar analyses. The SRA comprises two main stages, namely, a technical analysis and a general analysis focused on the non-technical boundary conditions, which include regulation and the perspectives of the different stakeholders involved. Technical SRA relies on simulation using representative1 networks to compute the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). According to the pursued objectives, use cases were grouped into three categories: (i) use cases aimed at improving continuity of supply through the implementation of automation, (ii) use cases that aim to achieve a more efficient integration of DER, and (iii) use cases to enable islanded operation of a section of the distribution network. In addition to the technical results, on a more qualitative level, the influence of non-technical boundary conditions related to regulation and stakeholders’ perspectives is evaluated in this report. Thus, this document discusses the drivers and barriers that these boundary conditions may pose to DSOs for the implementation of GRID4EU use cases.


IIT Project: GRID4EU_FP7 (GRID4EU_FP7)

Funding entity: Comisión Europea. FP7 - Cooperation / Energy

29/01/2016

IIT-16-063I

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