Alan Reyssier, DSO electrical expert, SOREA, and Sylvain Berlioz, R&D project manager, SOREA.

Alan Reyssier, DSO electrical expert, SOREA, and Sylvain Berlioz, R&D project manager, SOREA.

Renewable energy sources make new demands on the power distribution. When power comes from multiple sources and customers change their behavior there are risks of congestion in the grids.

UNITED-GRID will develop solutions to facilitate distribution system operators (DSOs) and will test various tools and solutions in three different facilities in France, the Netherlands and Sweden. As part of this, a camera has now been installed at the SOREA plant in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne in southeastern France.

–  The purpose is to get an accurate forecast of the PV production for a few minutes, up to hours in advance, in order to perform relevant grid management actions, says pilot leader Sylvain Berlioz at SOREA.

The camera has been developed by Steady Sun, a spin-off company of the UNITED-GRID partner CEA-INES.

–  The goal is improvement of the service quality when distributing electricity, says Sylvain Berlioz.

The camera was installed in the middle of August and has been taking photos since then. So far it is working very well.

What is the next step?

–  We are now working on other modules to be integrated, for example a congestion forecasting tool. We also focus on storage capabilities and self-healing function for the grid.

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This project has received funding from the European Community's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme under grant agreement 773717

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