This month Renewable Energy World dedicated an article to our project.
Ancillary services typically include managing reserve and balancing, voltage regulation, and congestion management, at both local and system-wide levels and are considered crucial for ensuring effective grid operations. However, with the rise of renewable energy penetration, challenges have emerged.
Explaining the motivation for SmartNet, the project’s coordinator, Gianluigi Migliavacca, of Milano-based RD&D organization Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE), told Renewable Energy World: “Renewable energy systems themselves don’t create a problem. The challenge lies rather in the non-programmable nature of certain kinds of renewables — the intermittency problem — that means that it’s not possible to plan with absolute certainty when power will be generated. In solar and wind power, for instance, we have only limited capacity to forecast generation. Balancing increasing amounts of variable injections into the grid, while also accommodating load demands — this is one of nowaday’s big challenges.”