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  Short academic visit to The University of Machester, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

During the course of the visit between 13th and 21st of December 2018, the project team member Matej Krpan M.Sc. has met with several professors and researchers with whom he has discussed power systems research and exchanged experiences. He has gained insight into the postgraduate research life of a renowned international university and the cutting-edge research done at The University of Manchester. Specifically, he has talked with professors and researchers about the modelling and control of advanced power system technologies such as wind power plants with inertial response capabilities, batteries and ultracapacitors and other power electronics-based energy sources and storage solutions for power system dynamics studies.

The outcomes of the visit are a better understanding of advanced power system modelling, insight into the workings of a top international university and making academic contacts for potential future collaboration. The additional information can be found here.

The University of Machester

Matej at National Grid Power Systems Research Centre

Visit to HPPs “Hydro North” and TPP “Jertovec”

Team members Goran, Josip and Tomislav have visited a group of three multi-purpose HPPs in the Drava basin (“Varaždin”, “Čakovec” and “Dubrava”) and combined-cycle (gas/steam) TPP “Jertovec” on the 20th December 2018. The hydropower plants are low-pressure, diversion type and with reservoirs for full daily and partial weekly regulation of inflow. All three power plants are controlled from one point, a Control Center situated in Varaždin, which was also part of the visit.

 At HPP “Čakovec” dam

At the water supply channel of HPP “Čakovec”

Project and conference papers presentation on MEDPOWER2018 in Dubrovnik (Cavtat)

The WINDLIPS project results were presented by the team members on the 11th Mediterranean conference on power generation, transmission, distribution and energy conversion (MEDPOWER2018) which was held between 12th and 15th of November 2018 in Dubrovnik (Cavtat), Croatia. Prof. Kuzle presented the basic concepts and project methodology. The most recent results were presented by Josip Đaković, Matej Krpan and Tomislav Baškarad.

Josip Đaković presented the conference paper in session (SES-04) Wind Power Generators: “Effectiveness of Wind Turbine Fast Frequency Response Control on Electrically Distanced Active Power Disturbance Mitigation” (full paper). Also, Tomislav Baškarad presented the paper in session (SES-01) Power System Dynamics: “Analysis of the Wind Generation Impact on Inertial and Primary Frequency Response of the Croatian Electric Power System” (full paper).

Josip Đaković presenting his work

Tomislav Baškarad presenting his work

Posters on 13th Symposium On Power System Management, Rovinj

Two conference posters were presented at the 13th Symposium on Power System Management which was held between 5th and 7th of November 2018 in Rovinj, Croatia. The titles of papers are: “Modelling Of Photovoltaic Power Plant” (full paper; poster) and “Status and Classification Of Methods For Predicting Electric Power Production From Wind Power Plants” (full paper; poster). The posters were presented by Josip Đaković.

 Josip Đaković presenting the posters

Project presentation at the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia

The WINDLIPS project was presented to the Korean Delegation by prof. Igor Kuzle at the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia. The event was held on September 7th, 2018. The list of participants is available here. The presentation can be found here.

prof. Kuzle presenting

Participation on the Summer School on Smart Grid in University of Salerno, Italy

Two project team members, Tomislav Baškarad and Josip Đaković, participated on the Summer School on Smart Grid (Smart Grid Ancillary services: the effective utilization of integrated DERs, including ESRs, for their provision) which was held between 2nd to 5th July 2018 in University of Salerno, one of the largest in southern Italy. Its structure consists of modern buildings which offer many efficient services for teaching, research and student life in general.
The School provided an overview on problems, methodologies, techniques and economic assessment approaches related to the evaluation, planning and management of DERs to enable the deeper penetrations of integrated renewable resources at both the distribution and transmission levels. The School lectures were held by leading, world-class experts and leading industry practitioners, who presented tutorials on some of the cutting-edge developments in the smart grid area and discussed the remaining challenges which have to be solved in a transition towards more flexible power systems. As a part of the School program, participants have visited  TERNA Dispatching Centre of South of Italy. The School program can be found here.

The picture of participants at the opening of School with Rector of the University of Salerno

Tomislav and Josip listening to a lecture with other participants

Presentation at TERNA 

The project poster on “Energy Days” at Faculty of electrical engineering and computing 

As a part of Zagreb Energy Week held between 7th to 12th May 2018, the project poster was presented in the Energy Days poster session at FER. The poster can be found here.

Project team visiting Smart Grid Lab

The project team has visited the Smart Grid Laboratory at the Faculty of electrical engineering and computing on May 3rd, 2018. The lab is designed such that it appropriately describes the Croatian power system within which the project simulation results will be experimentally tested.  During the visit, the operation of the renewed mini hydropower plant (20 kVA) was demonstrated.

The project team at the SG Lab

Kick-off meeting

The kick-off meeting was held at Department of  Energy and Power System at Faculty of electrical engineering and computing on February 12th, 2018. Team members, work packages leaders, and two new employed PhD students, Josip Đaković M.Sc. and Tomislav Baškarad M.Sc.  have been introduced. Prof. dr. sc. Igor Kuzle held the project presentation, which can be found here, and also two similar European projects (Enhanced Frequency Control Capability, National Grid UK; MIGRATE, Horizon 2020) were presented by Josip and Tomislav. The project methodology and objectives have been defined.