Decongestion of the Distribution Network by Distributed Storage (D³O)

01 October 2011 → 31 December 2016
Regional and community funding: IWT/VLAIO
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Management
decentral storage
Project description

The goal of this project focuses on the integration of new technological buffer systems in distributed generation units to flatten the difference in timing of supply and demand. Accordingly, decentralized electric storage can also lead to a reduced network load.

VLAIO research results

A practical guide was designed in the context of the research project ‘Solutions for increased self-consumption and self-sufficiency at SME’s including all results and concepts. The guide aims to summarize these conclusions and guides contractors, consultancy companies and all possible stakeholders in the domain of renewable energy.

 The intermittent behavior of renewable sources from solar and wind causes specific problems for the distribution grid, which was design from a centralized point of view. The search for an optimal balance between loads, renewable sources and storage at local level is essential for the optimal power distributions in future industries. The technological knowledge and skills to increase the self-consumption and self-sufficiency (as introduced formerly during the TETRA-project D³O – IWT 130187) are already longtime available in research institutes and environment and were rolled out for a wider user group: the main project focus.

 A increased self-sufficiency and self-consumption fits in an optimal balance between local production and consumption. The simultaneity of load and renewable production was taken into account during this optimization process, including nowadays solutions as storage possibilities for excessive produced energy and load shifting. The practical guide is useful to lead the technology transfer for a better understanding of these optimization procedures in industrial environments.