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Project ICOEUR

Intelligent Coordination of Operation and emergency control of EU and Russian power grids

Intelligent Coordination of Operation and emergency control of EU and Russian power grids

European Union

RSE SpA

Partner

2009-2012

Enrico Gaglioti

ABSTRACT

A European (EU) and Russian large consortium has analysed the problems related to the envisaged interconnection of EU and Russian power grids, forming the largest power system in the world, giving solutions for the best connection and operation of merged systems.

The interstate integration of power grids provides multiple advantages concerning operation security, integration of renewable energy as well as energy trading. Due to this fact the CE (Continental Europe) grid interconnection expands continually since its establishment. Consideration has been given to different scenarios of joint operation of CE and NORDEL (European Nordic countries) with power grids on the territory of the former USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics). Since such an interconnection is second to none in the World in terms of the scale and distance and number of countries involved, strong R&D and innovations are urgently required along with the recent development of technologies. Bulk power grids may encounter major blackouts, which originate in increasing complication in monitoring, operation and control of interconnected power grids as well as in limited knowledge of the total system state.

Therefore the possible future interconnection between the European and Russian electricity transmission systems requires elaborating methods for monitoring, control and protection of large scale systems and especially for the support of their interconnection. The development and prototypically implementation of these new methods and tools has been the major goal of the ICOEUR project. New technologies like Wide Area Monitoring, Control and Protection as well as advanced network controllers (FACTS – Flexible alternating current transmission system devices) and HVDC (High voltage direct current) systems have been considered. ICOEUR goals have been achieved by means of a close cooperative work of experts, with extensive knowledge of EU and Russian power systems as well as manufacturers and network operators. The ICOEUR consortium has involved leading experts in all these domains and has guaranteed efficient collaboration and knowledge required for testing the methodologies developed.

The joint development of innovative monitoring, simulation and control concepts, tools and equipment through international diversified ICOEUR consortium and their prototype implementation will promote their adoptions.