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EDITORIAL
Dear Reader,

Welcome to the first edition of the R&D Nester Newsletter!

Its purpose is to reach out to all of those who have an interest in topics related to, on one hand, energy systems and transmission and, on the other hand, Research, Development and Innovation. It is in this intersection, embedded in the nature of R&D Nester, that we position this newsletter.

In each edition we will bring to you the following:

Highlights – where we address non-technical issues that we want to bring to your attention, either because of its timely relevance, or because of its broad impact

Technical Information – where interesting recent technical developments in the energy arena are brought to your knowledge

Legislation – where key legal and or regulatory pieces of information are highlighted

Events – where you can check what happened recently and what will during the next months

Quiz – we finish up with some teasing questions to test your knowledge on some curiosities within the energy field.

In this first issue we want you to become familiar with the European Union R&D Program, Horizon 2020. This is a particularly sought-after program for multiple entities, and in particular utilities, both for knowledge gathering and incorporation and for funding. We also bring to your attention what is being done within the ENTSO-E R&D Committee and the current status of the Ten-Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP). We also bring you some recent developments on wind turbines and on storage technology. This issue also you Portuguese legislative highlights on electricity and gas, and some European regulation on sustainability. You will find more on this and other topics in the brief notes below. We hope that you find the minutes spent with us both relevant and rewarding.

Sincerely,

Nuno de Souza e Silva
General Manager

HIGHLIGHTS

HORIZON 2020

Horizon 2020 (H2020) is a Programme on Research & Innovation, with a budget of over € 77 billion for the period 2014-2020. This is the main instrument of the European Community specifically aimed at supporting research through co-financing projects in research, innovation and demonstration.

Financial support is granted on the basis of tenders in competition and at an independent evaluation of the proposals submitted.

The H2020 has three programmatic pillars with different scopes:

  • Pillar I - Scientific Excellence (with about 32% of total budget);
  • Pillar II - Industrial Leadership (corresponding to about 22% of the budget);
  • Pillar III - Societal Challenges (with about 39% of the total budget).

This programme has about 2% of its total budget as a financial contribution to the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

In addition to these three pillars, there are other instruments representing, in total, about 6% of the H2020budget.

Additionally, the EURATOM programme, intended to activities in the area of nuclear energy, has a budget, under the H2020 scope, of EUR 2.37 million for the period 2014-2020.

The EU context with Horizon 2020 is towards a challenge based approach for defining the Work Programmes. Within the Societal Challenges (Pillar III) / Secure, clean and efficient energy (Energy Challenge), the activities included in the first work programme (WP 2014-2015) contribute to three focus areas namely "EE - Energy Efficiency", "LCE - Competitive Low-Carbon Energy" and "SSC - Smart Cities and Communities". For the Low Carbon Energy area the following calls are, amid others, of interest for European TSOs.

You may find more information on these calls in the following link:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/calls/h2020-lce-2015-4.html#tab2

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ENTSO-E

The ENTSO-E is the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity, representing all electric TSO (transmission system operators) in the European Union and others connected to their networks.

One of the focuses of ENSTO-E activities is the promotion of relevant R&D, via the RDC (Research and Development Committee). The mission of this structure is to coordinate R&D activities, having, at the moment, four Working Groups:

  • Research and Development Planning (WG RDP);
  • Monitoring and Knowledge Sharing (WG MKS);
  • WG Standardisation (WG Std).

The role of the RDC and its working groups is:

  • to ensure that the interests of TSOs in the R&D domain are properly addressed to relevant stakeholders;
  • to facilitate R&D work among TSOs;
  • to provide comprehensive support to and a mutually built vision of the R&D activities of ENTSO-E Committees and other stakeholders;
  • to promote the R&D concepts, methods and technologies that will compose and steer transmission systems in the future,
  • to support standardisation and interoperability related activities.

The current topics that are being addressed in the context of RDC are the following:

  • Power system vision and action paper: aims at providing a picture of the challenges that the European power system will face in future years together with the ENTSO-E work products (e.g. network codes, TYNDP) and their interrelations to answer these challenges.
  • R&D Implementation Plan 2016-2018: outlines research and development (R & D) activities for the next three years allowing thus the preparation of the future R&D Calls involving TSO’s and ENTSO-E within the framework of Horizon 2020.
  • Monitoring report 2014: the objective is to inform stakeholders about the recent R&D work. The results are then used to perform a gap analysis for further prioritization of specific issues to be handled by TSOs.
  • Standardisation: Amid others, in 2014, ENTSO-E is developing a tool to support harmonisation of TSOs’ requirements related to IEC 61850 standard and its interoperability.
  • e-Highway2050 Project: aims at developing a new planning methodology in order to provide coherent Modular Development Plans of the pan-European power transmission system from 2020 to 2050.

The Ten-Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP) is a package published by ENTSO-E each two years as foreseen in Regulation (EC) 714/2009 - “ENTSO-E shall adopt a non-binding Community-wide 10 Year Network Development Plan, including a European generation adequacy outlook, every two years”.

Besides the TYNDP 2014 itself where main pan-EU issues are addressed this package is comprised by six Regional Investment Plans (RgIPs), the Scenario Outlook & Adequacy Forecast (SO&AF).

The TYNDP supply a long-term vision and, bearing in mind, the Regulation EC 347/20131 identifies and assesses the Projects of Common Interest2 (PCIs) according to a Cost-Benefit-Analysis (CBA) methodology.

The TYNDP incorporates four visions (do not represent forecasts nor optimized scenarios) that represent scenarios such that the pathway realized in the future will fall with a high level of certainty. These visions are shown in the figure in what concerns generation and load.

Source: ENTSO-E

You may find more information in the following link:

https://www.entsoe.eu/major-projects/ten-year-network-development-plan/tyndp-2014/



1 The Energy Infrastructure Regulation, in force since April 2013.
2 PCI’s are electricity projects that have significant benefits for at least two Member States.

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TERNA DEVELOP 130 MW IN STORAGE SYSTEMS

Italy’s Transmission System Operator Terna has announced plans to develop 130 MW of batteries to store electricity in the next three years, riding a wave of renewable energy boom.

Generous production incentives prompted the exponential increase in the number of wind and solar farms in Italy in the past few years and have led to a need to develop systems to store Italy’s intermittent production.

Focusing attention in the direction of renewable energy the batteries would be installed in Italy’s southern regions of Puglia, Basilicata, Campania and Sicily where wind power generation has been growing rapidly in the past few years with total investments estimated at several hundred million Euros.

According to Terna, the batteries are expected to be on stream within the next three years, or even sooner. In 2013, the company invested €31m in energy storage projects and its chief executive, Flavio Cattaneo, has stated this level will grow to €120m in 2014. Meanwhile, two energy storage projects of 24MW, in the region of Campania, have been authorized by the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Environment, with a public tender being won by NGK of Japan. Several projects have been approved since then. Terna is expected to deploy 10MW of lithium-ion batteries supplied by BYD of Shenzhen, China, in a deal worth €3m.

Other energy storage active players in the market include Samsung, Younicos, Toshiba, Saft, Siemens, FIAMM, Nidec ASI and GE.

Source:

http://energystoragereport.info/energy-storage-takes-a-hold-in-italy/

http://www.energystorageforum.com/europe/news/terna-develop-130-mw-storage-systems

WIND OFFSHORE – SUBSTATIONS AND TRANSFORMERS PLATFORM OFFSHORE

http://www.ramboll.com/projects/rog/horns%20rev%202

http://www.ramboll.com/projects/re/anholt-wind-farm-transformer-platform

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

VESTAS 8-MW TURBINE BEGINS OPERATION

Vestas Wind Systems AS (Aarhus, Denmark) reported on Jan. 28 that they have completed the production, testing and installation of its first V164-8.0 MW prototype wind turbine. The turbine, installed at the Danish National Test Centre for Large Wind Turbines in Østerild, Denmark, will be closely monitored in the coming months to further validate reliability and energy output.

The V164-8.0 MW turbine is currently the world’s most powerful wind turbine specifically designed for offshore conditions, with one unit capable of supplying electricity for 7,500 average European households. With a 140m tower, the turbine at Østerild has a tip height of 220m. The swept area of more than 21,000m2, equal to four American football fields, increases the amount of energy captured, while reducing operational and maintenance costs by enabling customers to run fewer, larger turbines, with fewer service visits.

Source:
http://www.compositesworld.com/news/vestas-8-mw-turbine-begins-operation

http://vestas.com/en/products_and_services/turbines/v164-8_0-mw#!technial-specifications).

LIQUEFIED AIR TO STORE ENERGY

U.K.-based Highview Power Storage said in February that it has been awarded an £8 million grant from the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change to build a commercial-scale facility that uses liquified air to store energy. Highview is already running a smaller pilot plant, but the full-scale version will be able to store enough energy to deliver five megawatts of power for three hours.

Liquid air energy storage is similar to compressed air energy storage in that air is compressed and released to store and then generate power. With Highview’s technology, though, ambient air is compressed, then cooled and liquified. That liquefied air, which is almost -200 °C, is stored in large tanks. When power is needed, the liquid air is released and pumped to high pressure. That causes the liquid to evaporate, turning it into a high-pressure gas which is then run through a turbine to generate power.

One of the advantages of liquid air storage is that it uses off-the-shelf equipment. The tanks for storing liquid air, for instance, are the same as those used in the industrial gas industry. For 15 megawatt-hours of storage, it will cost about £533 (about $900) per kilowatt-hour. But considering economies of scale from a larger plant, a cost under $500 per kilowatt-hour can be projected. At that price, energy storage on the grid can be cost competitive for a number of applications.

Source:
http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/the-smarter-grid/liquefied-air-to-store-energy-on-uk-grid

LEGISLATION

ELECTRICITY

ENERGY SECTOR. PENALTIES REGIME
Regulamento n.º 87/2014. Entidade Reguladora dos Serviços Energéticos (Energy regulator - ERSE). Regulation regarding proceedings in order to be exempt or have a penalty reduction under Lei n.º 9/2013, de 28 de janeiro.

DR 43, Série II, de 3 de Março de 2014.

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PPA (CAE). Tariff stability
Decreto-Lei n.º 32/2014. Establish several dispositions regarding the deferment of the annual adjustment of the amount related to compensation for 2012 under the Decreto-Lei n.º 240/2004, de 27 de Dezembro.

DR 42, Série I, de 28 de Fevereiro de 2014.

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Diretiva ERSE n.º 7/2014
Establish the parameters defined for the remuneration applied to the periodic transfer regarding the costs for the acquisition of electricity under the so called special regime (renewable energy) for 2014.

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Portaria n.º 27/2014
Defines the date for the last resource retailers to keep supplying electricity to end users for HT, MT and LT which have not yet enter into the liberalized market.

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Decreto-Lei n.º 13/2014
Defines the period for application of transitory tariffs.

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Directiva n.º 5/2014 da ERSE
Approves the profiles for losses, consumes and production for 2014.

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Directiva n.º 2/2014 da ERSE
Regulates the incentives for the optimization of the management of PPA’s (CAE) and for the licenses of CO2.

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ENERGY CERTIFICATION BUILDING SYSTEM.
Portaria n.º 66/2014. Defines the evaluation system for the technicians under this regime.

DR 50, Série I, de 12 de Março de 2014.

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ENERGY & SUSTENTABILITY

a. EUROPEAN REGULATION AND ENVIRONMENT

Prevention and control of CO2 emissions.

Transposition of EU. Diretive nr. 2012/46/UE, of the Comission, 6.12.

DR 37, Série I, de 21 de Fevereiro de 2014.

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b. OTHERS

Portaria n.º 3-A/2014

Establish the proceedings for the determination and the assignment of the receivables under the European regime of trading CO2 emission licenses (“CELE”).

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Lei n.º 9/2014, de 24/2
Authorizes the government to approves a regime regarding the national strategic assets in the areas of energy, transport and communications.

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Regulamento (EU) n.º 176/2014 da COM de 25/2.
Approves the number of CO 2 licenses for the period of 2013-2020.

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GAS

GÁS NATURAL. ACESS to INFRASTRUCTURS. Portugal / Spain.
Directive nr 8/2014. Energy Regulator (ERSE). Mechanisms coordinated for the award of capacity.

DR 43, Série II, de 3 de Março de 2014.

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GÁS NATURAL. ACESS to INFRASTRUCTURS. Portugal / Spain.
Decision nr 1/2014. Energy Regulator (ERSE). Approves the «Information Memorandum 2014-2015» regarding the capacity proceedings between Portugal-Spain.

DR 43, Série II, de 3 de Março de 2014.

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Diretiva n.º 4/2014, da ERSE
Updates the transitory tariffs by 1 January 2014.

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EVENTS
24 APRIL
2014

ONE CONFERENCE BRUSSELS 2014: POLICIES (R)EVOLUTION AND EVERY EUROPEAN DIGITAL

13 MAY
2014

2014 IEEE INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CONFERENCE (ENERGYCON)

22 MAY
2014

WORKSHOP | SUBSTATION OF THE FUTURE

27 MAY
2014

CIGRE SYMPOSIUM, ACROSS BORDERS - INTEGRATING SYSTEMS AND MARKETS

23 JUNE
2014

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2014

ONE Conference Brussels 2014: Policies (R)Evolution and Every European Digital

24 April 2014, Brussels

The Future has begun. Member States and regions must lose no time in preparing the next generation of EU programmes for growth, says Commissioner Hahn after MEPs' vote on radical reform of EU Regional Policy in July 2013.

The new programming period brings new investment budgets for Member States, seeking synergies between Regional Policy and Horizon 2020 in order to maximise the innovation opportunities. The data-driven economy can provide Europe with a chance to emerge from the multifaceted crisis with new capabilities. Are Europeans ready for the Data Revolution? Are politicians able to make informed choices and manage changes?

The ONE Conference aimed to facilitate the joint effort of EU partners to build links between information networks and ICT Observatories for reaching ambitious common objectives of Europe 2020. The event took place under the auspices of the Czech Ambassador to the EU.

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2014 IEEE International Energy Conference (ENERGYCON)

13 to 16 May 2014, Dubrovnik, Croatia

IEEE EnergyCon is dedicated to experts carrying out research focused to energy and power systems. It has already become one of the premier IEEE forums for the application of electronics, instrumentation, information and communication technology to the electricity industry.

Year 2014 was the third time IEEE EnergyCon was organized, this time by the joint effort of IEEE Region 8, IEEE Croatia Section and the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing.

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Workshop | SUBSTATION OF THE FUTURE Plenary Session Provisional Programme

May 22nd, 2014, Lisbon

R&D Nester, the research and development centre created by REN and State Grid Corporation of China, debated the future of electricity networks, especially substations, at an event in Lisbon on the 22nd of May.

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CIGRE Symposium, Across Borders - Integrating Systems and Markets

27 and 28 May 2014, Lund, Sweden

This event focussed in the following items:

  • HVDC and Power Electronics
  • System Development and Economics
  • System Operation and Control
  • Electricity Markets and Regulation
  • System Technical Performance
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EU Sustainable Energy Week 2014

23 June

Launched in 2006 as an initiative of the European Commission, the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) has become a reference point for public authorities, energy agencies, private companies, NGOs and industry associations engaged in helping to meet the EU’s energy and climate goals. For those interested in renewable and efficient energy, this event has become unmissable.

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