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Participant: Phd. Eng. Mihai Olteanu (UPB)Participant: Phd. Eng. Mihai Olteanu (UPB)

Between 3rd and 6th of July 2017, the 4th edition of Summer School on Smart Grid, was organized by the University of Salerno. The topic of this year was “Transition to a Low-Carbon Power Grid: Status, key issues, challenges and opportunities”. From the ERA-NET LAC ITCity project consortium, Phd. Eng. Mihai Olteanu from UPB participated to the event. 

Low‐carbon power systems based on large shares of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, whose availability is variable and partly unpredictable, introduce significant uncertainty in power system operation. This may particularly impact power system reliability and calls for more operational flexibility. Furthermore, complex and widespread interconnections between the physical and cyber components, which in principle should improve the performance and efficiency of an increasingly smarter grid, also risk adding vulnerability to power outages.

However, under the so-called „energy trilemma” framework of the European Commission, low carbon power systems should continue to be high reliable to meet the expectations of industry and consumers, as well as affordable for all so as to fundamentally underpin economic competitiveness.

So, in this context, distributed resources that include distributed generation, controllable loads, energy storage units, electric vehicles, and so on, can all participate in making the grid more reliable and providing operational flexibility to meet the grid needs.The Summer School on Smart Grid edition this year was focused on key aspects of integration of distributed resources in low carbon power systems taking into account new emerging approaches to model, plan and manage transmission and distribution systems in order to guarantee high level of reliability.

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The lecturers which took part in the School were from the academic area and from the industrial area (private companies offering energy services and a point of view from the distribution company, in this case Enel Group which is present over 2 continents – Europe and South America):

  • Prof. Gianfranco Chicco – Full Professor in Power System – Politecnico di Torino, Italy with 2 modules:

- Distributed Energy Resources

- Uncertainty Management in Smart Grids

  • Prof. George Gross – Full Professor in Power System – Institute of Government and Public Affairs – University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, USA, with 3 modules:

- Progress on Transition to Low Carbon Power Systems

- Distributed Energy Resource Aggregations as Bulk Electric Grid Resources

- Large Scale Energy Storage Resources Deployment

  • Prof. Pierluigi Mancarella – Chair of Electrical Power Systems – University of Melbourne, Australia and Professor of Smart Energy Systems – University of Manchester, UK with 2 modules:

- Flexibility, Reliability and Resilience in Low-Carbon, Low-Inertia Power Systems

- DER in Smart Grids and Role in Power System Support: Case Studies

  • Dr. Gianluigi Fioriti – CEO – Enel Distribuzione, Italy, with 1 module:

- Status of Distributed Energy Resources in Italy/Europe

  • Dr. Salvatore Grasso – CEO – IPVC Group SpA, Italy – Industrial perspective with 1 module:

- Multigeneration arhitecture for a reliable power supply

  • Mr. Mario Magaldi – CEO & President of Magaldi Group SpA, Italy – Industrial perspective with 1 module: 

- CSP – Concentrating Solar Power

The aim of the School was to provide an overview on problems, methodologies, techniques and economic assessment approaches related to the evaluation, planning and management of distributed energy resources in order to maintain and possible improve system reliability. It also introduces new and challenging problems, promising approaches in the implementation of sustainability-oriented methodologies to meet the present and future energy needs.

In the end, I want to add that this was a good opportunity to diseminate the ITCity project along the participants. The 4th edition of the School was a real success and is starting to become more popular year by year. Being present at this school help me met a lot of new people, making some new connections, but also catch up with people already known, for example Prof. Chicco, from Polito, with whom UPB collaborates for over 25 years or Prof. Pierluigi Mancarella, which is the organizer of the Microgrids Symposium 2017. 

It was a great experience joining this School and I’m looking forward for the next year edition!

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