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Special Session (SS18): Distributed Intelligence for local electricity market and secure grid operation

Thursday, 22 June 2017
16:50 - 18:30

Theatre A

Organiser(s): Madeleine Gibescu, TU Eindhoven, Netherlands; Phuong H. Nguyen, TU Eindhoven, Netherlands


Massive integration of renewable energy resources and gradual growth of high electrical energy consuming appliances increase the uncertainties in today’s power systems in terms of network stability, reliability, security and efficiency, as well as system balancing. This transition introduces new challenges as well as opportunities for various parties that are involved in energy generation, transmission and distribution, such as the suppliers, aggregators, system operators, balance responsible parties and other actors in the energy supply chain. The concept of local energy markets is emerging as one of the main approaches to resolve operation limit violations of the network and to support system balancing in the future. Market-based mechanism that enables energy trading, while at the same time enhances the operation of the grid at the distribution level is therefore crucial for uncertainty reduction in smart energy system.
The field of local energy markets is a multidisciplinary area ranging from science, engineering and technology to policy, economics, regulation and human behaviour. Its research scope is hence covers a wide range of topics including the boundary of local energy markets and its trading mechanisms, as well as the development of smart methodologies for harvesting consumers’ for several purposes/applications such as balancing and congestion relief, over/under voltage and unbalance containment, grid losses minimization, component lifecycle extension and postponement of grid reinforcements or a combination of the above objectives.
This section will explore the benefits and limitation of local energy trading frameworks in collaboration between various parties involved in power system operation at the distribution level. This will be exchange platform among various on-going projects, both in the national, e.g. URSES project DISPATCH, and international level, e.g. ERA-NET SG+ project m2M-GRID, to enable a successful transition to a secure and reliable smart grid with large share of sustainable energy resources and to optimize the overall energy system efficiency.

Presentations and Speakers

1. “Overview of the session” by Madeleine Gibescu, TU Eindhoven, Netherlands

2. “Decentralized Energy Management in Future Smart Grids” by Johann Hurink, University Twente, Netherlands

3. “Peer-to-peer concepts for control in and among microgrids” by Geert Deconinck, KU Leuven, Belgium

4. “The H2020 EMPOWER project: Local Electricity Retail Markets for Prosumer Smart Grid Power Services – Technical Implementation and Business Models” by Bernt A. Bremdal, University of Tromso, Norway

5. “From micro to Mega grid: Interactions of micro-grids in active distribution networks” by Phuong Nguyen, TU Eindhoven, Netherlands


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