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Electric LOsses Balancing through integrated STorage and power Electronics towards increased synergy between Railways and electricity distribution networks

PROJECT

E-LOBSTER

Electric LOsses Balancing through integrated STorage and power Electronics towards increased synergy between Railways and electricity distribution networks

Objectives: 

 

 

European distribution networks and light-railway networks present common issues: both have been developed as independent networks, relying on the resilience and robustness of existing power supplies. However, renewable energy sources (RES) progressive penetration introduced an increasing degree of uncertainty on the direction of power flows.

Both networks are looking at integrated solutions targeting:

  1. reduction of electricity losses
  2. increased grid stability in a high local RES penetration scenario
  3. accommodation of the needs of new energy actors such as EVs, electrical storages and prosumers.

Electrified transport networks such as light railways could act to enhance distribution grid stability providing ancillary services inter-exchanging electricity. However, such potential is still unexploited. E-LOBSTER intends to capture such potential through the development of an innovative, economically viable and easily replicable electric Transport-Grid Inter-Connection System that will be able to establish synergies between power distribution networks, electrified transport networks (metro, trams, light railways etc.) and charging stations for EVs.

The proposed solution encompasses the integration of high power flow Electric Storage with smart Soft Open Points providing flexible control. The system will be managed by an integrated Railway and Grid Management System which, starting from the real time analysis of energy losses, will be able to optimise the interexchange of electricity between the networks maximising local RES self-consumption. The hardware and software control platform will be demonstrated at TRL 6 in one substation owned by Metro de Madrid. Business models and standardisation needs will be deeply analysed ,and measures to unlock existing barriers will be promoted. In parallel, the knowledge generated from the project will be further exploited for the definition of the up-scale design of a full scale E-LOBSTER system, paving the ground towards replication across the EU.

 

Type of funding:
Funding Source(s): 
H2020-EU.3.3.4. - A single, smart European electricity grid. Funding Scheme: RIA
Lead Organisation: 

Rina Consulting Spa

Address: 
Via S. Nazaro
16145 Genova
Italy
Partner Organisations: 

The University Of Birmingham

Address: 
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom

Rail Safety And Standards Board Limited

Address: 
Torrens Street 1 Block 2
London
EC1V 1NY
United Kingdom

Lithium Balance A/s

Address: 
Baldershoj 26C, 1
2635 Ishoj
Denmark

Metro De Madrid

Address: 
C/ Cavanilles n°58
28007 MADRID
Spain

University Of Newcastle

Address: 
6 Kensington Terrace
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
NE1 7RU
United Kingdom

Fundacion De Los Ferrocarriles Espanoles

Address: 
Santa Isabel 44
28012 Madrid
Spain

Union Internationale Des Transport Publics

Address: 
Rue Ste. Marie 6
1080 BRUXELLES
Belgium

Turbo Power Systems Ltd

Address: 
Queens Park
Queensway N
Gateshead
NE11 0QD
United Kingdom
Technologies: 
Development phase: