RESOLVD Norway Workshops:
“Increasing the hosting capacity of local distribution grids with active network management instruments and storage”

Welcome to a series of three workshops to discuss DSO challenges and low voltage grid in Norway. All the workshops are FREE.

Smart Innovation Norway organizes a series of four workshops around topics related to DSOs’ challenges and low voltage grid. These workshops reveal the challenge and present potential solutions arising from both Horizon 2020 project RESOLVD, as well as from known Norwegian technology providers and academia.

The aim of the workshops is to provide Norwegian DSOs and other energy sector actors state-of-the-art knowledge and a discussion forum for developing new collaborations and activities as well as opportunities in the Horizon Europe funding.

The workshops are bilingual (English and Norwegian) and are organized online with Zoom.

The workshop series have received support from the Research Council of Norway under the FORSTERK program and are organized as part of project 309899 Renewable penetration levered by Efficient Low Voltage Distribution grids in Norway.

Context

With the increasing presence of electric vehicles and distributed generation in the power grid, the day-to-day operation of regional and local distribution networks will require extensive restructuring. Intelligent networks with low investment in power capacity will require new instruments to adequately address new challenges, including:

  • Voltage deviations
  • Network faults
  • Network congestions/bottlenecks
  • Power quality issues caused by distributed renewable power generation
  • Islanding issues (both controlled and uncontrolled)
  • Technical losses

What has been achieved?

The RESOLVD project has developed and tested a set of instruments to address the above challenges, notably by developing:

  • Low-voltage grid sensors, phasor measurement units that improve the grid monitoring capability of distribution system operators
  • Power electronic devices that manage battery storage to provide flexibility to the distribution network
  • Improved solutions for active network management, including forecasting, fault detection & isolation & optimal grid operation scheduling

The solutions deployed a real-life demonstration pilot yielded an 36% increase in the network’s hosting capacity, as well as a 22% reduction in investment cost compared to traditional grid capacity investment. The different components of the RESOLVD project present an opportunity for Norwegian local and regional network operators to address today’s challenges in their grids, while preparing for the requirement of tomorrow’s power system. Furthermore, the functionalities developed in the RESOLVD project can also be leveraged by Norwegian technology providers to improve the performance of their commercial products and gain a competitive edge in the evolving smart grids domain.

We invite you to a series of three workshops, each focused on specific aspects of the smart distribution grids. You are welcome to join one or all of the following sessions:

  1. Digitalisation of the low-voltage grid: improving monitoring and observability
  2. New instruments to leverage the flexibility from distributed battery storage
  3. Active and intelligent network management systems
Workshop 3. Active and intelligent network management systems

16 June 2021 at 09:00-11:00

The third workshop organised on June 16th is focusing on challenges related to advanced decision support tools in the low voltage grid. We are specifically looking at how advanced decision support tools could create value for DSOs. From the RESOLVD project, we will introduce a novel set of algorithms as a form of a web service providing improved energy monitoring and scheduling capabilities:

RESOLVD LV DECISION SUPPORT TOOLKIT (LVD-DST): A suite of web services that provides enhanced energy monitoring and scheduling capabilities

For more information, please contact olav.skonnord@smartinnovationnorway.com or sanket.puranik@smartinnovationnorway.com.

Please join us for two hours to hear the latest news from research and solution providers as well as to engage in discussion on current and future challenges DSOs are facing.

Agenda:

09.00-09.10 Introduction to the workshop (Bryan Pellerin/Olav Henrik Skonnord, Smart Innovation Norway)

09.10.09.35 RESOLVD’s approach (Joaquim Melendez, University of Girona) [25 min]

09.35-10.00  Advanced decision support tools for DSOs in Norway – challenges and barriers (Brede Børhaug, Kongsberg Digital) [25 min]

10.00-10.05 Break

10.05-10.55 Intelligent solutions availible on the market

  • Smart Data as foundation for intelligent grid operation (Thorsten Heller & Michael Soukup, Greenbird) [25 min]
  • eSmart Systems’ approach (Christian Thun Eriksen, eSmart Systems) [25 min]

10.55-11.00 Open discussion and conclusion (Bryan Pellerin/Olav Henrik Skonnord, Smart Innovation Norway)

Workshop 1. Digitalisation of the low-voltage grid: improving monitoring and observability
(COMPLETED)

2 June 2021 at 09:00-11:00

During the first workshop, we will focus on new instruments for power measurement and data integration that enable distribution network operators to closely monitor voltage deviations, power quality, congestions/bottlenecks and detect network faults. These instruments consist of sensors, phasor measurement units, and integration middleware that were developed by partners in the RESOLVD project. The featured solutions that will be presented at the first workshop include:

PHASOR MEASUREMENT UNIT (PMU) & EDGE COMPUTING: A wide area monitoring solution that provides increased observability of the LV grid & has edge computing capabilities.

SMART GATEWAY: Gateway to measure power quality in the buildings or charging areas and communicates to 3rd party.

ENTERPRISE SERVICE BUS (ESB) AND DATA MANAGEMENT PLATFORM: Integration middleware software that facilitates interaction among various software applications that are relevant to a DSO. It also manages data exchange, analytics, and visualisation.

For more information, please contact olav.skonnord@smartinnovationnorway.com or sanket.puranik@smartinnovationnorway.com.

Please join us for two hours to hear the latest news from research and solution providers as well as to engage in discussion on current and future challenges DSOs are facing.

Agenda:

09.00-09.10 Introduction to the workshop (Heidi Tuiskula and Sanket Puranik, Smart Innovation Norway)

09.10-09.30 Observability in the LV grid in Norway – challenges and barriers (Christopher Wiig, DNV)

09.30-09.50 Digitalization of the LV grid in Norway – challenges and barriers (Hans Brandtun, REN)

09.50-09.55 Break

09.55-10.25 How to overcome the challenges (Technology from RESOLVD)

  • PMU, edge computing and smart gateway (Comsensus) [15 min]
  • ESB & data management platform (Intracom telecom) [15 min]

10.25-10.55 Applicability in your business – interactive sessions in smaller groups (Led by Smart Innovation Norway)

10.55-11.00 Wrap-up (Heidi Tuiskula, Smart Innovation Norway)

Workshop 2. New instruments to leverage the flexibility from distributed battery storage (COMPLETED)

10 June 2021 at 09:00-11:00

The second workshop organised on June 10th is focusing on challenges related to distributed storage in the low voltage grid. We are specifically looking at how distributed storage providers could create value for DSOs. We will also introduce a novel power electronic device developed in the RESOLVD project, which is able to facilitate multiple different battery chemistries:

POWER ELECTRONICS DEVICE: Power electronic solution that integrates multiple battery types and manages their dynamic energy and power flows.

For more information, please contact olav.skonnord@smartinnovationnorway.com or sanket.puranik@smartinnovationnorway.com.

Join us us for two hours to hear the latest news from research and solution providers as well as to engage in discussion on current and future challenges DSOs are facing.

Agenda:

09.00-09.10 Introduction to the workshop (Sanket Puranik, Smart Innovation Norway)

09.10-09.30 Flexibility services from batteries – opportunities and challenges (Stig Ødegaard Ottesen, Smart Innovation Norway)

09.30-10.35 How to overcome the challenge

  • Power electronics devices, hybrid storage, use of 2nd life EV batteries (Francisco Díaz González, UPC CITCEA) [30 min]
  • Break [5 min]
  • Capabilities of and experiences from energy storage for grid support (Ole Jakob Sørdalen, Pixii) [30 min]

10.35-10.55 Applicability in your business – interactive session (Led by Smart Innovation Norway)

10.55-11.00 Wrap-up (Sanket Puranik, Smart Innovation Norway)