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  1. Innovation and Technology Barriers: from Research to Implementation in Energy Research Andreas Sumper Full Professor and Head of the Enertronics Group of CITCEA-UPC Barcelona, 16th November 2021 1
  2. About CITCEA-UPC Research an innovation centre of the BarcelonaTech-Universitat Politèncica de Catalunya-UPC Enertronics, digital grids, big data and energy economics Electrical power conversion and AC/DC grids Mechatronics and power electronics 60 people in total: 11 professors, 25 engineers, 3 administrative staff, 10 PhD students, 20 Master and Bachelor students More than 150 customers 10 patents More than 600 conference papers More than 400 journal papers 1 spin-off company 2
  3. Mind the Gap! 3 Research Project Start-up Technology Transfer Regulation Stand- ardization Training Dis- semination Product Patent
  4. Flexible Energy Production, Demand and Storage-based Virtual Power Plants for Electricity Markets and Resilient DSO Operation CITCEA-UPC role  V2G charging algorithms for flexibility management  Voltage Control Application (VCA)  Island-mode Power Management Application (IPMA)  Power Quality Service (PQS)  Global Energy Management System  Integration into the flexibility market 4 FEVER: Flexible Energy System DSO Legacy Systems Flexibility Trading
  5. 5 Stakeholder view  A general agreement is that solutions to manage LV grid actively  Investments are expected to happen at medium voltage (MV) level.  Capital expenditure friendly regulation, as opposed to operational expenditure friendly one, is a significant barrier for investment in smart technologies.  Flexibility services are effective in managing the grid.  It is expected that the battery solution will become a very lucrative option in the next 2-5 years.  Reactive power management is a relevant issue.  When asked about business models for smart technologies, including storage, all the stakeholders had different views.
  6. Regulatory analysis • Clean Energy Package (CEP) • e-Directive (EC 2019/944)and the e-Regulation (EC 2019/943) • the CEP sees flexibility markets as vital to promote the widespread of new agents and technologies in the energy sector • “Distribution system operators shall not own, develop, manage or operate energy storage facilities” • Specific network codes for energy storage and aggregation are foreseen • Regulation outcomes of the FEVER project • Flexibility in distribution networks of the e-Directive is establishing that distribution system operators should procure services from providers with transparent non-discriminatory and market-based procedures. • The main issue lies in how novel assets like storage may participate in market-based procedures. • With the establishment of market-based procedures to use flexibility in distribution networks, it is needed to explore new hybrid approaches, also taking into account the Operational Expenditure (OPEX). 6
  7. Contact Technology and Knowledge Transfer from the University to Industry 7