Which IT tools allow you to control smart grid systems to work effectively? Is it possible to create universal guidelines for optimizing such systems? And if so, how can we create these guidelines? Marta Popławska, a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Computer Science of the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology and on a daily basis a Vice President and Commercial Director of Electrum sp. z o.o., in looking for answers for these questions in her academy work.
On March 20, 2018 Marta Popławska took part in the International Congress of Renewable Energy (IREC) in Hammamet, Tunisia, presenting a scientific article entitled The “Rigrid” project is the first Polish step towards self-regulation and the “green” intelligent network system” and the related presentation. The article was created as one of the effects of Electrum’s work on the RIGRID project, implemented jointly with Fraunhofer Institute, Warsaw University of Technology and the European Copper Institute.
The RIGRID project implements the assumptions of the international ERA-Net Smart Grid Plus initiative by developing the methodology, tools and installations of the Smart Grid demonstration. One of the main objectives of the project is to develop an interactive tool for planning smart grids in rural areas. Thanks to this, it will be possible to test the technical, economic and social context of the construction of a new PV installation or a wind farm at a specific place in advance. It will allow to examine whether the proposed energy infrastructure will ensure reliable and continuous energy supply to the recipients, as well as influence the spatial layout and how it will “enter” into a specific location and environment. This is important when consulting the local community. It will also give an answer as to what size and power of energy storage or renewable energy installations will be technically and economically justified, and what effects such an investment can bring.
As part of the RIGRID project, the demonstration installation was installed in the Puńsk municipality, located in the north-eastern part of the Podlasie Voivodeship. Currently, tests of installed software are underway. The data collected by them will be used, among others to develop a set of guidelines that can be implemented in other locations. Along with data from several similar initiatives in the world, the results of the RIGRID project will be the material for the above mentioned scientific research work. On the other hand, the results and products created during the project and scientific research will be implemented as part of the new Electrum service in the field of energy system optimization.
More about the RIGRID project at www.rigrid.pl