ET.20.020 – Integration of Sustainable Intermediate Energy solutions for an Affordable Energy Transition

Route: Energy transition

Cluster question: 018 How can we quickly make our energy supply greener while keeping it affordable and reliable?

Grid congestion in LV and MV grids is a critical issue that prevents the large-scale integration of renewable energy and simultaneously hinders the economic growth of companies located in congested grids. Conventional upgrades are however very costly, currently take too long, and may often even not be needed in foreseeable future. To continue the energy transition, intermediate alternatives are required that are flexible, sustainable and affordable to relieve the stress on the grid temporary (e.g. storage, hydrogen or ammonia-based back-up units with local infeed). However, to become cost effective these solutions need to be re-usable and flexible to be able to adapt to a constantly changing energy system. To do so, a tailored ‘plug-and-play’ energy management system (EMS) for these ‘plug-and-play’ intermediate green energy assets is needed. Furthermore, for each new grid bottleneck, analysis and simulations are needed to determine the right intermediate asset(s), their best location and sizing and the timing of their installation and de-installation. Hereby the local grid configuration and planned upgrades, local loads, local RES and possibly also integration in energy markets are crucial. Furthermore, not only electricity, but also heat and other energy carriers are to be included. In the operational stage, moving an asset also means that the function of the asset, and its EMS, need to be adapted to provide added value to the energy system. Furthermore, installation and de-installation must align with the advancement of the energy transition and planned infrastructural upgrades. Therefore, optimal design of such a flexible plug-and-play EMS, corresponding optimization algorithms, in combination with analysis of future relevance and value of temporary assets are crucial tools to support NWA cluster question 18. To be able to address this topic, we create a consortium with relevant stakeholders such as energy companies, integrators, technology suppliers and distribution service operators.


control algorithms, grid congestion, resilience, smart grid

Other organisations

CWI, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Engie, TNO


Organisation University of Twente (UT)
Name Prof. dr. J.L. (Johann) Hurink