Published September 2, 2020 | Version v1
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The FlexPlan Approach to Include the Contribution of Storage and Flexible Resources in Grid Planning

  • 1. RSE SpA
  • 2. KU Leuven / EnegyVille
  • 4. N-SIDE
  • 5. R&D NESTER
  • 6. Technische Universität Dortmund


This paper describes the main features of the
new European research project FlexPlan. This project aims at
establishing a new grid planning methodology considering the
opportunity to introduce new storage and flexibility resources
in electricity transmission and distribution grids as an
alternative to building new grid elements. FlexPlan will create
a new innovative grid planning tool whose ambition is to go
beyond the state of the art of planning methodologies, by
including the following innovative features: integrated
transmission distribution planning, inclusion of environmental
analysis, probabilistic contingency methodologies replacing the
N-1 criterion as well as optimal planning decision over several
decades. Then, the new tool will be used to analyse six regional
cases covering nearly the whole European continent, aimed at
demonstrating the application of the tool on real scenarios as
well as at casting a view on grid planning in Europe till 2050.
In this way, the FlexPlan project will try to answer the
question of which role flexibility could play and how its usage
can contribute to reduce planning investments yet maintaining
current system security levels. The project will end up
formulating guidelines for regulators and planning offices of
system operators.



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