Use Case description
TERNI will leverage on an already in place microgrid infrastructure, which include local Renewable Energy Sources (RES) generation (photovoltaic, wind farm accounting overall for 30 kWp + a 30 kW wind turbine under deployment)), cogeneration for thermal energy (25 kWt) and power simultaneous generation (31 kVA) aimed at matching local rural farm heat and electricity demand needs, battery backup storage (60 KWh) and EV recharging stations. Distributed Energy Resources (DER) cluster is owned and operated as an off line microgrid by local farmers cooperative: agreement to provide access to their flexible resources is being finalized, at the extent of not compromising their internal business operation and energy requirements (as heat and power for auxiliaries or for supporting their processes).Electric connection (switchgears, secondary substations) with TERNI smart grid is under deployment by using internal TERNI funding with no financial impact for the project Demand Response platform functionalities, leveraging valuable experience and developed solutions from the FINESCE project.
By means of the tools, models and mechanisms that InteGRIDy will make available, ENG and ASM aim at demonstrating a hybrid cooperative business model between independent and privately owned DER clusters (and a rural already existing one is
taken as pilot) based on the unexploited potential as flexibility providers or energy surplus providers to the local Distribution System Operator (DSO). The Hybrid business model will be enabled by deploying decentralized MV/LV automation in secondary substation and direct connection with individual local privately owned DERSs. The final goal is to combine direct yet individual control of private DERSs by DSO with direct control operated by the DER owner.
So different objectives will be considered to optimize the a) local microgrid, b) Electric Vehicle recharging system, c) local distribution grid smartened by ML/LV substation automation solutions. The available DER will be continuously monitored and properly controlled by the microgrid owner, to address local electric and thermal needs related to the processes of the rural farm, and by the DSO, to improve stability and reliability of the distribution network. The activities will include real time field flexibility optimization management in Terni and assessment of the impact of the microgrid flexibility into the distribution network.