The University of Cyprus FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy has acquired funding from the European Union for smart grid research.
[quote] A release states that the University of Cyprus has scored very highly following the results of the competitive Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy (LCE) call of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme, which ultimately led to the EU smart grid research grant totaling 840,000 euros.
The release states: “These projects will provide significant impetus in the path for sustainability for FOSS and the University of Cyprus and will allow FOSS to continue to grow and excel in the field of energy."
The FOSS Research Centre will embark on several projects including Generalized Operational FLEXibility for Integrating Renewables in the Distribution Grid (GOFLEX). This project will serve to integrate, further develop and demonstrate a group of electricity smart-grid technologies, enabling the cost effective use of demand response in distribution grids.
The GOLFEX project will seek to increase the available adaptation capacity of the grid and safely supporting an increasing share of renewable electricity generation. It will also look to deliver flexibility that is both general (across different loads and devices) and operational (solving specific local grid problems).
FOSS, together with number of leading partners in the field, and with the guidance of IBM will assist in the development and demonstration of the solution.
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The second project, 'Integrated Smart GRID Cross-Functional Solutions for Optimized Synergetic Energy Distribution, Utilization Storage Technologies' (inteGRIDy), "aims to integrate cutting-edge technologies, solutions and mechanisms in a scalable Cross-Functional Platform connecting energy networks with diverse stakeholders, facilitating optimal and dynamic operation of the Distribution Grid (DG), fostering the stability and coordination of distributed energy resources and enabling collaborative storage schemes within an increasing share of renewables."
The InteGRIDy solution will be rolled out and validated in 6 large-scale and 4 small-scale real-life demonstrations covering different climatic zones and markets with different maturity. The research centre will be responsible for one of the demonstrators, for which it secured € 394,500 in funding.