Enhancing storage integration in buildings with Photovoltaics

Acronym

PV-Estia
Priority axis Environment
Specific Objective Sustainable Territories
Call 1st Call for Project Proposals
Lead Partner Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Partners Electricity Authority of Cyprus
Energy Agency of Plovdiv
Technological Research Centre of Western Macedonia
University of Cyprus
University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies
Observer Partners Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change
Budget 1.237.442,15
The Balkan Med (BM) region is facing the challenge of sustaining and increasing the growth of PV systems that is endangered by several barriers and their unpredictable nature. This is especially important in the built environment as member states are developing plans to increase the number of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB), which most probably employ PV’s , in order to reach their 2030 climate change targets.

As the number of NZEBs increase, PV integration in the distribution grids of BM region will be very difficult, unless buildings become more grid-friendly and policies/regulations are suitably adapted
In the above context, the overall objective of project is to enhance the penetration of PV’s in built environment. This will be achieved by using storage, which will transform the building into a more predictable power source. With the high solar potential of the BM region and the decreasing cost of PV/storage systems, such a solution is becoming cost-efficient as well Project aims to change the way buildings with PV’s are treated (i.e. selling energy to grid) and instead conceptualize them as systems that must efficiently interact with grids. Also, it aims to alleviate the above barriers and pave the way for unobstructive NZEB development

Main outputs are
1) an innovative management scheme of PV+storage hybrid, making buildings grid-friendlier;
2) a generalized model capable to assess alternative policies related to implementation of such hybrids;
3) An online user-friendly tool able to provide a good first estimate of the profitability of such systems under a specified policy, targeting prospective investors and stakeholders;
4) An advanced tool able to evaluate multiple policy scenarios, targeting policy makers;
5) Set of joint regulation recommendations in the form of roadmap for BM region, targeting grid operators and relevant stakeholders/engineers;
6) Set of joint policy recommendations targeting mainly policy makers and interested stakeholders.

The planned approach comprises
1) design the novel management scheme;
2) establish a variety of pilots in each country to maximize impact;
3) widely disseminating results and outputs in the BM region and beyond;
4) bring together key actors to receive feedback and produce targeted outputs to the BM region;
5) follow an open source approach with freely available data & tools to trigger replication.

The project approach hasn’t been applied before in BM region. Most outputs are novel worldwide (e.g specialized tools) as well. A transnational approach is needed as the climate change problem faces no borders and a unified approach will multiply positive effects. Moreover, the region’s electrical grids are already interconnected with high interdependence and will be even more in the future.

The added value is the increased energy security by increasing controllable PV penetration in the energy mix and the corresponding reduction of CO2 emissions from high polluting power stations in the region
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