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Microgrids in Europe

Microgrids in Europe

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In this section, we analyse what could be expected of microgrids in the years to come in Europe. As it has been seen, numerous successful projects have been developed in the last decade across the whole continent. Most of the microgrids that have been developed, however, have purposes of R&D or demonstration. Furthermore, virtually all these projects have had some sort of financial aid through European or government funds. This means that although technical feasibility and environmental pertinence has been proven, there is still work to be done to increase economic attractiveness of microgrids for private project developers. Over the next years, microgrids can be expected to begin their journey outside the R&D world and into the real electricity market.

Chapter Contents:

  • 8.1 Introduction: the European electrical power system
  • 8.1.1 General description
  • 8.1.2 The transformation of the European power system
  • 8.2 Microgrids research in Europe
  • 8.3 Microgrid patents and companies in Europe
  • 8.3.1 Microgrids patents in Europe
  • 8.3.2 European companies with services on microgrids
  • 8.4 Current microgrids projects in Europe
  • 8.4.1 Am Steinweg (Germany)
  • 8.4.2 Mannheim-Wallstadt (Germany)
  • 8.4.3 AEG microgrid in Warstein-Belecke (Germany)
  • 8.4.4 Wildpoldsried im Allgäu (Germany)
  • 8.4.5 ISET, Kassel (Germany)
  • 8.4.6 Feldheim (Germany)
  • 8.4.7 Kythnos (Greece)
  • 8.4.8 ICCS-NTUA (Greece)
  • 8.4.9 CESI Ricerca DER test facility (Italy)
  • 8.4.10 University of Genoa - Savona Campus (Italy)
  • 8.4.11 EDP swimming pool (Portugal)
  • 8.4.12 Factory microgrid (Spain)
  • 8.4.13 Atenea (Spain)
  • 8.4.14 Labein Experimental Centre (now Tecnalia) (Spain)
  • 8.4.15 Centre for Alternative Technology (Wales)
  • 8.4.16 UK Microgrid (England)
  • 8.4.17 Isle of Eigg (Scotland)
  • 8.4.18 Continuon (The Netherlands)
  • 8.4.19 Power Matching City (The Netherlands)
  • 8.4.20 Energie Kanton Zürich (EKZ) (Switzerland)
  • 8.4.21 Nice Grid (France)
  • 8.5 Microgrids perspectives in Europe
  • References

Inspec keywords: power markets; distributed power generation

Other keywords: microgrids; financial aid; economic attractiveness; private project developers; electricity market; government funds; Europe

Subjects: Power system management, operation and economics; Distributed power generation

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