Oct 17, 2017

Europe’s power supply network to undergo £4mn remodelling

Technology
Energy Storage
Europe
Sophie Chapman
2 min
£4mn remodeling for Europe's energy network
The systems used to control the electricity supply to European homes is to be completely remodelled, costing £4mn. The de...

The systems used to control the electricity supply to European homes is to be completely remodelled, costing £4mn.

The design of TDX-ASSIST is part of a drive to develop the “digital energy system of the future”.

British, French, German, Portuguese, Belgian, and Slovenian research institutes will be led by Brunel University London to design and develop a new power system.

The aim for the fully interoperable, smart power supply network is to ensure that it manages real-time supply and demand, as well as allowing major players in the energy sector to safely communicate and share data.

TDX-ASSIST is an initialism of Transmission and Distribution data eXchanges for renewables integration in the European marketplace through Advanced, Scalable and Secure ICT Systems and Tools.

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The two networking goals are transmission, which carries electricity over long distances in voltage, and distribution, which runs lower voltages to take electricity from transmission systems into homes.

The £4mn project will also focus on managing bottlenecks in electricity supply, monitoring and supervising the network in real-time, and planning for attacks and threats.

“The aim is to design, develop and demonstrate a new generation of ICT tools and techniques to underpin scalable and secure information systems and data exchange between Transmission System Operators (TSOs) and Distribution System Operators (DSOs),” reported Professor Gareth Taylor, from the Brunel Institute of Power Systems (BIPS), who is leading the remodelling.

“The goal is TSO-DSO interoperability. While TSO-TSO interoperability is well established by ENTSO-E through the Common Grid Model Exchange System, TSO-DSO interoperability will also benefit future TSO-TSO interoperability.”

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Apr 16, 2021

Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada

energystorage
Canada
Netzero
Dominic Ellis
2 min
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to take critical steps toward construction
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to take critical steps toward construction...

Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.

The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction. 

The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.

The project has support from Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Innovation Program and Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.

The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”

A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth. 

Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."

The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.

Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019. 

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