Structure of the project

The research activities related to REALISEGRID project have been organised in three main work packages. Furthermore, all along the project, WP4 ensures the technical coordination of the project, guarantees a proper information exchange among activities, organizes consultations with stakeholders and at the end of the project it disseminates the projects results, whereas WP5 takes care of the administrative management. The diagram below summarizes the structure and organization of the REALISEGRID project, depicting in details the inter-relationships among Work Packages 1, 2, and 3 and particularly among Work Packages within WP3.

Structure of the REALISEGRID project

The structure of the different Work Packages is described in further details in this section

Work Package 1: Performances and costs of innovative grid technologies

This Work Package scans the technology options that will be made available to European transmission operators and identifies their effectiveness and efficiency in order to guarantee reliability and controllability of the increasingly interconnected European transmission system.WP 1 aims at inferring the impacts of such innovative technologies on the power system and analyses optimal methods of synchronous and joint operation for the improvement of stability and reliability of the pan-European power system. Finally it develops a roadmap for the incorporation of new transmission technologies in the electricity grids. Addictional details about Work Package 1 activities could be found here.

Work Package 2: Long term scenarios for European power systems

This Work Package develops quantitative scenarios by means of TIMES (The Integrated Markal Efom System) energy system model, focusing on the energy systems of European Union, Norway,Switzerland and other Balkan Countries interested to pan-European energy infrastructure extensions; identifies and adapts the modelling tool able to perform the scenario analyses,considering both electricity and natural gas infrastructures. It finally analyses the impacts of different policy and socio-economic scenarios on future electricity and gas exchanges among European countries, modelling with particular care the aspects related to system reliability.
Addictional details about Work Package 2 activities could be found here.

Work Package 3: Electricity transmission investments: a pan-European framework to assess transmission expansion benefits

This Work Package is devoted to implement a framework, (i.e. methodologies and a set of tools), to assess and demonstrate the benefits provided by transmission infrastructure development to the pan- European power system and to contribute to increase transmission investments on national and multi-national levels in order to achieve a reliable transmission system, to enable exploitation of large scale renewable resources and a competitive pan-European electricity market. The framework provides the elements to perform a comprehensive transmission expansion cost / benefit analysis. The framework is tested and applied for the cost-benefit analysis of selected scenarios characterised by specific supply options and by envisaged evolutions of network technology. In particular, specific transmission projects in the “critical” region at borders of Austria, Italy and Slovenia are evaluated. The framework is expected to represent a valuable input for political, infrastructure and network decision makers and to contribute to harmonisation of pan-European approaches to infrastructure development.Addictional details about Work Package 3 activities could be found here

Work Package 4: Coordination, exploitation and dissemination

This Work Package manages the coordination of the project, taking care of the internal and external communication issues. It organises the consultations with the stakeholders” and takes care of the communication of the results of the project to the public, by means of a broad menu of dissemination methods (workshop, publications of results in paper, external conferences, the REALISEGRID website). Addictional details about Work Package 4 activities could be found here.

Work Package 5: Administrative Management

This Work Package ensures the administrative management and coordination of the project, including contractual and administrative management of the financial flows between the European Commission services and the consortium partners. Addictional details about Work Package 5 activities could be found here.


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