RE-EMPOWERED

RE-EMPOWERED is a joint research program funded by EC and DST, in which European and Indian partners have joined forces to demonstrate innovative solutions for effective energy management, power forecasting techniques, added grid resilience, grid stable operation, energy sector integration, digitalization and power electronics control. The developed tools will be tested in four demo sites in Europe and India aiming to shed light on these timely research areas in the reign of power networks dominated by distributed and renewable sources generation. Following a brief demonstration of the four demo sites is given.

An overview of RE-EMPOWERED project aims, tools and demo sites in Europe and India is provided in the paper entitled ‘EU-India Collaboration for Smarter Microgrids: RE-EMPOWERED project‘ which was presented in IEEE ISGT Europe 2022. You can read and download the paper here: RE-EMPOWERED_ISGT_SmartRUE

Bornholm Island

The Danish Island of Bornholm has embraced the green agenda for over 30 years, aiming to become a CO2 neutral island in 2025, and a zero-emissions and climate-friendly community by 2035, while it had been awarded with the 1st Prize of RESponisble Island. Bornholm (40.000 inhabitants – 589 km2) is a whole community consisting of one municipality with hospital, police station, court of justice, educational institutions and utility companies. All sectors of society are engaged in a penta-helix model, bringing together science, public institutions, business and civil society. Bornholm connects to the Scandinavian electricity grid through a submarine power cable to Sweden, but is also capable of running the electric system off grid [14]. The energy system combines proven technologies and innovative solutions, system integration, local biomass and an advanced simulation model. On Bornholm a group of citizens, with support from the municipality, are now developing a 100 MW Windturbine park (offshore) based on local funding, to be ready in 2025. This means that in the near future the sea cable to the mainland will not have enough capacity to export electricity produced from RES in Bornholm, when the production from wind and sun is high.

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Kythnos Island

Kythnos is a Greek island, (100.2km2 – 1,456 inhabitants) part of the Cyclades complex in the Aegean Sea with a long history in sustainable energy installations. It hosts the first wind farm in Europe constructed in 1982 and the first microgrid in Europe in 2001, in Gaidouromantra, a small valley next to the coast, in the southern part of Kythnos, has been a versatile live testbed for smart grid technologies, which have been developed in the framework of several European projects. Based on this past experience and since it is non-interconnected to the mainland electrical grid, leading to constraints in RES penetration, Kythnos provides an ideal demonstration site. The Gaidouromantra islanded microgrid electrifies a settlement consisting of 14 houses with 100% renewable energy coming from PVs and batteries since 2001 [15]. Besides being the first microgrid in Europe, in the Kythnos settlement advanced decentralized techniques for DSM techniques were demonstrated for the first time.

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Ghoramara Island

Ghoramara island is located 92 km south of Kolkata, in the Sundarban Delta complex of the Bay of Bengal. The island is roughly five square kilometres in area and as of 2016 has 3,000 inhabitants. The residents live in very poor conditions while the island is affected by severe cyclonic storms every 5-10 years which leave the people in distress due to snapping off electricity (roof-top PV panels) and unavailability of other livelihood items. This fact makes it very difficult to restore normality after any such situations.

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Keonjhar

Kanheigola, Nola and Ranipada are small Villages/hamlets in Harichadanpur-Tehsil reserve forest in Keonjhar District of Odisha State, India. They are located 54km towards South from District headquarters Keonjhar and 180km from state capital Bhubaneswar. At present these villages are not connected to the main utility grid. The proposed site is ideal as a test bed and demonstration site as it already has some basic renewable energy facilities. These will be upgraded and coupled with various available energy vectors to improve the living standards of the community.

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