KIC InnoEnergy projects involving materials

Smart grids materials technology

KIC InnoEnergy projects involving materials
KIC InnoEnergy projects involving materials

Smart grids materials technology

European Smart Electric Grid and Electric Storage

  • Thema: physical infrastructures
  • Onderwerp: Power electronics components and systems

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3DSiC

  • The solution3DSiC material technology replaces the defect-generating, ion-impla3DSiC-waferntation of conventional fabrication with damage-free, high-quality epitaxial doping in 3D structures (3DSiC®). This increases the level of doping (intentionally introducing impurities into a pure semiconductor to modulate its electrical properties) in deep vertical structures. The end result allows more space to design power devices with higher power ratings and enables devices with higher yields.

    Specifically, the 3DSiC power switch device offers a viable high-reliability, high-temperature operation alternative to SiC MOSFET-based switches for 5-20 kV.

    The project focuses on fast delivery of device wafers in small series for development and market verification.

Overall Status

Selected in June 2015 and currently running a feasibility study.

Project Consortium

Project Products

  • High Voltage SiC power switch for distribution grid, traction, process industry and other
  • Advanced SiC epi-wafers for high perfomance Medium Voltage power semiconductors

ESPE

  • This project aims at developing a faster and more controllable mechanical switch for HVDC breakers in multi-terminal HVDC grids. It will have higher opening speeds and shorter opening times than for existing technologies such that it can function as an ultra-fast bypass switch that commutates the load current to a power electronic circuitry with power absorbing components.

Overall StatusProject Execution

Project Consortium

HICAPS

High Power Converter Auxiliary Power Supply

  • The product developed is a small, but critical part of a much larger system (HVDC station). There are presently no IGCT-based VSC HVDC installations and according to publicly known information.The project aims at providing a cost effective auxiliary power supply for high‐power converter cells. The benefits to the end customer:
    • Lower life‐cycle cost, thanks to thanks to reduced power losses during operation
    • Longer planned maintenance intervals, due to less probability of unplanned outages

Overall Status

  • Project Coordination and Management
  • Andrei Blinov
  • andrei.blinov@kic-innoenergy.com

Project Consortium

IncoTrans

The objective IncoTrans project is to develop thin protective coatings on insulator surfaces which will prevent the deteriorating effect of corona flashovers/arcs on insulator components in transmission systems.
In some cases, the application of such protective coating can also allow a lower quality of the substrate material while preserving the high-voltage insulation and chemical/ mechanical resistance to the harsh environments of the coated components.

  • Overall Status
  • Project Coordination and Management
  • Hana Barankova
  • Hana.Barankova@angstrom.uu.se

Smart Grid Materials

Three new products are developed within the MATERIALS project:

  • An innovative electric field grading material with a higher performance which increase the efficiency for HVDC cable systems
  • An advanced cellulose-based press board with improved electrical insulation properties for transformers
  • A wear resistant contact material with low friction which enables longer life-time of sliding contacts in heavy-duty voltage regulation equipment.

Overall status

  • Project Execution
  • Project Coordination and Management
  • Malin Nilsson
  • malin.nilsson@kic-innoenergy.com

Project Consortium

MrCySeMol

The purpose of this project is to develop the CAD-tool for proactive cyber security management into a market product. The state-of-the-art product, securiCAD, is an expert-validated system that provides a holistic, predictive assessment of planned and existing IT architectures. It helps improve the security within utilities as well as in other industries by helping companies understand their current cyber security level across the IT network; prioritize areas to address and cyber security investments to pursue; and proactively manage cyber security when building or changing IT networks.

Overall Status

Project Consortium

 ProInterface

The aim of the project is to develop three products intended to improve the conditions for the supply of electricity and the integration of distributed energy sources with supply network.
The objective of ProInterface is to deliver commercially viable power electronics solutions: Active Power Filter, Dynamic Voltage Restorer and Prosumer Interface. Those solutions will gradually enable integrating energy prosumers with a power system and maintaining proper power supply conditions at the point of common coupling. The prosumer interface provides comprehensive multiple functionalities currently offered only partially by devices available on the market..

Overall Status

  • Project Coordination and Management
  • Krzysztof Chmielowiec
  • kchmielo@agh.edu.pl

Project Consortium

SAGA

This proposal aims to bring an integrated solution for security and privacy in smart metering to the market. The objective of SAGA is to deliver a toolbox which is a set of software tools & services continuously improving the security in the smart meter device market.

Overall Status

  • Project Coordination and Management
  • Andrea Rossi
  • andrea.rossi@atos.net

Project Consortium

SST

The project aim is to identify the potential business case of the Solid State Transformer (SST) and to quantify additional benefits gained by using a SST in grid service. A solid state transformer (SST) is able to provide provide better control over the shape and amplitude of output voltage waveform. This results in a more effective utilization of the grid. With decreased size and reduced weight, the SST will simplify site preparations before installation and also reduce the customers’ need for heavy transportation. The SST will also make it easier to connect energy storage to the grid by using the converters within the SST.

Overall Status

  • Project Coordination and Management
  • Viktor Weidenmo
  • viktor.weidenmo@poyry.com

Project Consortium

VALUEFLEX

The VALUEFLEX project aims at developing services able to give to utilities a better understanding of the value of electricity flexibility. These services are based on a comprehensive set of simulation tooling (the Toolbox) that allows companies to analyze the economic and technical feasibility of demand response services. This tool box is then used for a systematic and targeted feasibility analysis to support stakeholder investment decisions.

Overall Status

  • Project Coordination and Management
  • Loots, G. (Gjalt)
    valueflex@kic-innoenergy.com

Project Consortium

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