AlpEnergy

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Full project title and funding programme

Full title of project: Sustainable Power Systems for the Alpine Space

Funding programme: Alpine Space Programme

Subject

Transnational cooperation and sustainable energy supply

Schedule and project consortium

Schedule

01.07.2008 – 31.12.2011

Project consortium

Description

AlpEnergy brought together power suppliers, development agencies, research institutes and public administrations to address the central issue of renewable energy supply.

Even if hydropower, solar and wind energy, wood and other biomasses are richly distributed throughout the area, they are unequally accessible because of many territorial discrepancies. The need to balance an increasing production and use of RES (renewable energy sources) requires a stronger and more extended electric grid capable of dealing with high levels of remote power generation. Virtual Power Systems (VPS) offer an alternative by using ICT technology for an intelligent combination of load management, storage and demand.

AlpEnergy focused on technical and economic aspects to introduce an efficient operational model that aims at a standardization of both technologies and procedures. The purpose is to provide new knowledge-based incomes and business opportunities to farmers, traditional and innovative enterprises.

Problems to be addressed

Strengthen the electric grid and integration of renewable energies in the electrical grid

Objectives

  • To form a network of excellence made of utilities, independent power suppliers (e.g. farmers), electricity consumers (e.g. diaries, brewery sectors), environmental and energy agencies, political decision makers, etc.
  • To develop, pilot and implement technological, cooperative and business models for VPSs.
  • To work on a 100% renewable energy supply system for municipalities.
  • To research and test VPS hardware and software prototypes suitable for the entire Alpine Space.
  • To disseminate the obtained results through international seminars, summer schools, symposia and media relations


Actions on low-carbon economy, energy efficiency and nZEBs

  • Studying local production in relation to local consumption: study, on a specific territory, hydropower plant or thermal power plant impact. Collect informations and data and study a model to facilitate integration of these productions in the grids.
  • Installing 100 smart boxes to customers (unrealized because such experience was still running by the Energy Syndicate of Saone et Loire)
  • Feasibility study: Integration of a virtual system of energy production into the grid.
  • ERDF study: Impact of massive integration of PV energy into the grid.

Main results

  • Guidelines for practitioners.
  • National procedures for political decision makers.
  • Research reports.
  • Market reports for SMEs.

Outputs developed in the project

Outputs

Usage of outputs

The deliverables smart data collection and guideline on smart grids are no more used today.

Uncovered expected needs

The communities control on the network’s ability has not been reached. There was only virtual feasibility because the smart boxes could not be installed.

Project strengths and weaknesses

Project strengths

Degree of innovation of the project topic.

Project weaknesses

Lack of actors especially the grid manager

Contact and homepage

Michael Lucke

Michael.Lucke@auew.de

Tel.: +49 831 25 21 400

Project homepage

References

ViSiBLE report identification of successes and common challenges of EU-funded projects (2014)