OTHER RELEVANT NATIONAL ACTIVITIES
FP7-ENERGY-2012: SINGULAR: Smart and Sustainable Insular Electricity Grids Under Large-Scale Renewable Integration.
A large share of the recent renewable energy sources (RES) installed capacity has already taken place in insular electricity grids, since these regions are preferable due to their high RES potential. However, the increasing share of RES in the generation mix of insular power systems presents a big challenge in the efficient management of the insular distribution networks, mainly due to the limited predictability and the high variability of renewable generation, features that make RES plants non-dispatchable, in conjunction with the relevant small size of these networks. The Smart Grid Initiative, integrating advanced sensing technologies, intelligent control methods and bi-directional communications into the contemporary electricity grid, provides excellent opportunities for energy efficiency improvements and better integration of distributed generation, including RES, such as wind and photovoltaic systems, coexisting with centralized generation units within an active network.
POLITO is studying the possible integration of wave energy production in various applications to grid connected renewable energy generation.