MetaPV: Introduction

MetaPV Closing Event

 

F o r e w o r d
Solar photovoltaics is a no-regret option for Europe’s energy policy towards
security of supply, competitiveness and sustainability. Its costs declined
with a factor of 5 in less than ten years, thereby becoming a competitive
and strategic option in the power landscape. Already today, electricity from
photovoltaics contributes 3.3% to the Union’s electricity demand. Depending
on national energy policies, it has substituted power from fossil and nuclear
fuel and contributes to a reduction of wholesale prices for electricity.
At the same time, photovoltaics is increasingly facing limits intrinsic to our
power system, which has grown historically to bring centrally generated
power to the consumers. Decreasing wholesale prices are accompanied by
increasing volatility. The decommissioning of thermal power plants may lead
to a decline of generation adequacy. And some distribution networks are
simply saturated. Without expensive reinforcements, they cannot accept
any more power from photovoltaics already today. As a true no-regret option
for Europe, photovoltaics needs to transform from being a troublemaker for
the grid into a part of the solution. The MetaPV project has shown how this
is possible.
MetaPV is the world’s first project to show on a large scale and in historically
grown distribution networks how photovoltaics can support the grid actively.
We show that intelligent control of photovoltaic inverters can increase the
capacity of a network for hosting distributed generation by 50%. This is
possible at less than 10% of the costs of classical grid reinforcement. This
report provides caveats, guidelines and recommendations on how this can
be done in practice.
MetaPV owes its success to the engagement of citizens, private businesses
and public services in the Belgian province of Limburg. They made their own
PV installations MetaPV-compliant and participated in the demonstration.
Without their engagement, what you can read in this report had not been
feasible.
In order to ensure photovoltaics can further contribute to Europe’s energy
supply, we invite distribution system operators, industry and regulators to
replicate and upscale the solutions we have presented. The MetaPV team is
eager to share its experience with you.
Geert Palmers, CEO 3E

 

 

F o r e w o r d

 

Solar photovoltaics is a no-regret option for Europe’s energy policy towards

security of supply, competitiveness and sustainability. Its costs declined

with a factor of 5 in less than ten years, thereby becoming a competitive

and strategic option in the power landscape. Already today, electricity from

photovoltaics contributes 3.3% to the Union’s electricity demand. Depending

on national energy policies, it has substituted power from fossil and nuclear

fuel and contributes to a reduction of wholesale prices for electricity.

At the same time, photovoltaics is increasingly facing limits intrinsic to our

power system, which has grown historically to bring centrally generated

power to the consumers. Decreasing wholesale prices are accompanied by

increasing volatility. The decommissioning of thermal power plants may lead

to a decline of generation adequacy. And some distribution networks are

simply saturated. Without expensive reinforcements, they cannot accept

any more power from photovoltaics already today. As a true no-regret option

for Europe, photovoltaics needs to transform from being a troublemaker for

the grid into a part of the solution. The MetaPV project has shown how this

is possible.

 

MetaPV is the world’s first project to show on a large scale and in historically

grown distribution networks how photovoltaics can support the grid actively.

We show that intelligent control of photovoltaic inverters can increase the

capacity of a network for hosting distributed generation by 50%. This is

possible at less than 10% of the costs of classical grid reinforcement. This

report provides caveats, guidelines and recommendations on how this can

be done in practice.

 

MetaPV owes its success to the engagement of citizens, private businesses

and public services in the Belgian province of Limburg. They made their own

PV installations MetaPV-compliant and participated in the demonstration.

Without their engagement, what you can read in this report had not been

feasible.

 

In order to ensure photovoltaics can further contribute to Europe’s energy

supply, we invite distribution system operators, industry and regulators to

replicate and upscale the solutions we have presented. The MetaPV team is

eager to share its experience with you.

 

Geert Palmers, CEO 3E

 

Download the final report

Download the PowerPoint presentations

Download the Technical Project Overview and Results

 

 

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FULL AGENDA - March 24th, 2015 in Brussels

09:30 - 10:00 Registration

10:00 - 10:05 Welcome Address - Achim Woyte, R&D Manager, 3E

10:05 - 11:15 Policy Session

Opening Remarks
Marie Donnelly, Director, DG Energy - Directorate C: Renewables, research & innovation, energy efficiency

Round table discussion with:
- Marie Donnelly, Director, DG Energy 
- Gert De Block, Secretary General, CEDEC
- Bernhard Ernst, Senior Expert Grid Integration, SMA Solar Technology 
Moderated by Sonja van Renssen,
Freelance climate, energy and environment journalist

11:15 - 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 - 13:00 The MetaPV Project: Approach and Results

Drivers for the MetaPV Project in the Grid of Infrax, Jan Neyens, Infrax

Technical Highlights from the Project Team:
- Developing a distributed PV demonstrator in real life, Joris Lowette, LRM
- Hosting capacity of distribution grids: in theory and in the demo areas, Benoit Bletterie, AIT
- Inverter and communication technology for grid control with PV inverters, Tarek Fawzy, SMA Solar Technology
- Inverter control for overvoltage mitigation: effectiveness, efficiency and constraints, Boštjan Blažič, University of Ljubljana
- Distributed storage experiments from the DSO point of view, Joris Lemmens, Infrax
- Economic evaluation of voltage control with PV, Carlos Dierckxsens, 3E

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:30
Interactive Session: Shoot on the Recommendations

Moderator: Thomas Ackermann, Energynautics

MetaPV recommendations presented by Achim Woyte, Annick Dexters (Infrax) and Benoît Bletterie (AIT)

Board of Stakeholders:
- Andreas Abart, Energie AG Oberösterreich Netz GmbH
- Alexandre Roesch, European Photovoltaic Industry Association
- Thierry Van Craenenbroeck, VREG
- Marcus Merkel, EWE Netz

15:30 - 16:00
Bringing the Results into Practice: Plans and Expectations
- Jan Neyens, Infrax
- Bernhard Ernst, SMA Solar Technology
Moderated by Gert De Block, CEDEC

16:00 - 17:30
Networking Reception

 

 

Please join us for the closing event of the MetaPV EU project. MetaPV was the first project ever to show how PV can support the grid in hosting distributed generation. Find out how the hosting capacity can be increased at a fraction of the cost of traditional grid reinforcement. Discover the lessons learned from controlling PV plants in real, historically grown distribution grids. Join us in discussing our recommendations for policy and regulation with stakeholders from distribution system operators, regulators, PV industry actors and national and European policy makers.  

With guest speakers from the European Commission, the European Parliament, CEDEC, CEER, EPIA, VREG, and more…

March 24th, 2015 in Brussels

Sofitel Brussels Europe, Place Jourdan 1, 1040 Brussels

 

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PV SMART GRIDS IN PRACTICE

MetaPV will provide the scientific basis for transforming photovoltaics from a troublesome and variable source of power to active support for a more intelligent grid.

Amidst growing concerns regarding the capacity of the grid to support large scale integration of renewables, MetaPV is a first step towards a reliable solution for PV integration. More PV, with advanced control systems, can be a source of more stability. This is what MetaPV is demonstrating for the first time out of the lab and in the real world, on both a technical and financial level.

The active grid support from PV will be demonstrated at two sites: a residential/urban area of 128 households with 4 kW each, and an industrial zone of 31 PV systems with 200 kW, both in the Belgian province of Limburg.

 

Industrial PV installation

 


• Shed light on the details of the project concept, read more at in theory
• Check our publications and see how MetaPV is being implemented in practice
• Find details on the full MetaPV project consortium


 

TECHNICAL FOCUS

The project will focus on demonstrating control capacities for photovoltaic inverters, namely:
    •  active voltage control,
    •  low-voltage ride-through capability,
    •  autonomous grid operation,
    •  interaction of distribution system control with PV systems.


WHO IS METAPV?


MetaPV is the result of unique international collaboration between the market, the industry and high level research. By bringing together the expertise of system operators, inverter manufacturers, renewable energy experts and researchers, MetaPV is providing realistic and innovative solutions demonstrating the power of PV for grid optimisation.

 

 

Project Consortium

 

 

 

 

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