REIPERSEI – Smart Electrical Grids for the Exploitation of Renewable Energy Sources in the Little Islands of the Mediterranean Sea

ABSTRACT

The integration of the distributed generation (DG) in electric power systems, especially at distribution level (i.e. in medium and low voltage networks), is one of the key issues for the full exploitation of renewable energy sources (RES), which are available on the territory and otherwise not exploitable. This implies a complete rethinking of the management and control of electricity networks, which have to move from “passive” systems, with unidirectional power flows and a limited amount of intelligent and automation functions, to active “smart grids”. In such systems, power flows can be bi-directional and this can cause critical situations, such as grid stability and control problems or the operation in unwanted islanding conditions.

 

SCADA Humane Machine Interface (HMI) for Ustica’s Distribution Network management

 

New Interface Protection System for Distributed Generation and Energy Storage Systems

 

Architecture of monitoring and management system of the secondary substations

 

MV switchboards and PLC transmission station

 

Capacitive coupling device connected in parallel to one phase of the power transformer inside a secondary substation

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PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
GIOVANNI TINE’

DATA SHEET
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   TYPE AND DATE
   PO FESR PROJECT
   STARTING DATE – Sep 19, 2011
   ENDING DATE – July 18, 2014

COST
TOTAL COST €: 1.200.000,00
TOTAL FUNDING € 841.440,00

CNR ISSIA
COST € 276.000,00
FUNDING € 226.320,00

SUMMARY

To face these problems, the project REIPERSEI is focused on the development of new distributed metering systems and interface devices, together with a proper communication infrastructure, which can allow to monitor the whole power system and to remote control the DG energy production and its power factor. The developed monitoring, communication and control systems are implemented in two pilot smart grids in the islands of Ustica and Favignana. In this way the utilities would be able to monitor the distribution network in real time and to take decisions to maintain the stability and the power quality of the electrical system.
The final goal of the project is to provide concrete and comprehensive low cost solutions for the smart grid monitoring and control, allowing the real diffusion and integration of DG and the full exploitation of RES. The proposed solutions and their implementation on the pilot grids are expected to have a strong impact on the development of dedicated measurement systems and communication strategies for the reliable monitoring of the smart grids.

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SOURCE OF FUNDING

Programma Operativo Fondo Europeo per lo Sviluppo Regionale (PO FESR) 2007-2013 Sicily,
Operative Target 4.1.1, Line 4.1.1.1, CUP: G53F110000200004

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PARTNERSHIP

DEIM University of Palermo
LAYER ELECTRONICS s.r.l.
ELETTROMECCANICA MANGANO S.a.s.
IMPRESA ELETTRICA D’Anna e Bonaccorsi S.n.c.
SEA SOCIETA’ ELETTRICA di Favignana S.p.a.