8-9 April 2019, Seville.
The Seville Campus of Loyola University hosted the third plenary meeting of the consortium that develops the FLEXITRANSTORE project (An Integrated Platform for Increased FLEXIbility in smart TRANSmission grids with STORAGE Entities and large penetration of Renewable Energy Sources). FLEXITRANSTORE has 24 partners and a budget of 21.7 million euros, which makes it “one of the benchmark projects funded by the European Commission under the H2020 program in the field of modernization of energy systems”, says engineer Pedro Rodríguez, director of Loyola Tech.
This international project aims to develop new technical solutions to face the main problem that prevents the massive installation of renewable energies in Europe, since these energy sources present high variability and do not actively participate in the regulation of the energy system, which results in instabilities and inefficiencies that endanger the operation of the system in some cases and give rise to operating costs in others.
In this sense, as explained by the director of Loyola Tech, Pedro Rodríguez, “FLEXITRANSTORE aims to increase the flexibility of European power transmission systems, which will minimize the negative effects of the inherent variability of renewable energies, increasing reliability of the whole system and allowing Europe to meet the ambitious 2030 target of covering at least 32% of consumption through renewable energies, cutting by 40% in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels”.
The Science and Technology Research Institute of Loyola University (Loyola Tech) plays a very important role in the FLEXITRANSTORE project, as it technically leads the development of the systems that will be installed in Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria. Particularly, Loyola Tech’s work team develops in its laboratories the operation and control system of large batteries that will be installed in the electrical networks of those countries. To do this, the institute coordinates its work with other project partners, such as Schneider Electric, Abengoa or General Electric, which integrate the Loyola Tech developments in their teams.