At Elia Group we innovate by investigating and testing new approaches, technologies and products that facilitate the integration and transmission of renewable energy from offshore wind parks to the onshore grid.
Increasing Europe's offshore wind capacity by exploring new technologies
The EU’s Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy has the ambition to increase Europe’s offshore wind capacity from 12 GW to 300 GW by 2050. As Transmission System Operator, the role of Elia Group and its subsidiaries, Elia (responsible for Belgium and the North Sea) and 50Hertz (responsible for the northeast of Germany and the Baltic Sea) is to transport and integrate the electricity generated at sea to demand centers at land.
We do this by planning, building, operating and maintaining the transmission infrastructure. Along with the huge potential, there are several challenges across the entire value chain of offshore wind integration and transmission. Offshore, by definition, is more cost intensive and related to different safety risks in comparison with the traditional onshore grid activities.
Elia Group Innovation team works together with the colleagues from the Offshore departments at Elia and 50Hertz to explore new technologies, such as autonomous and unmanned surface vehicles, and collaborate with field related technology and research partners in order to develop solutions that will increase the safety, security, sustainability and efficiency of operations.
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01 January 2023
Quantum Computing in System OperationElia Group explored the capabilities and limitations of quantum solvers in a proof of concept to solve a complex optimization problem in system operation, measuring the accuracy and runtime of quantum solvers against classical ones.
02 January 2023
IEC61850 Engineering Process Common VisionThe Engineering Process Common Vision provides users with a shared view of IEC61850 engineering from the perspective of a number of different organisations. It provides stakeholders with a strong signal as a more flexible, efficient and standardised engineering process is adopted.
03 January 2023
ReBeam protocol allows EV drivers to choose their energy retailer at public charging stationsThe electrification of the mobility sector is one of the most important milestones we need to reach on the road to climate neutrality. To ensure it is successful, a large number of electric vehicles (EVs) and charging processes must be integrated into the energy system.
04 January 2023
Machine learning to optimize the success rate of offshore maintenance voyagesElia is responsible for managing the MOG OSY platform, which transmits power from 4 offshore windfarms totaling 1 GW of capacity.
05 January 2023
Digital monitoring of SCOF cablesThe SCOF Monitoring Project arose from the need to more efficiently address leaks coming from Elia’s underground self-contained oil-filled (SCOF) cables.
06 January 2023
Using Artificial Intelligence to reduce the cost of transmission lossesAn artificial neural network allows 50Hertz now to calculate the estimated grid losses for the next day.
07 January 2023
SAFIR | U-space drone demonstrationsThe SAFIR consortium, a group of 13 public and private organisations, has been selected by Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) to demonstrate integrated Drone Traffic Management for a broad range of drone operations in Belgium.
08 January 2023
Forecasting deterministic frequency deviations using artificial intelligenceEuropean electricity production and shifts in demand undergo periodic schedule changes according to market clearance on an hourly basis.
09 January 2023
Predictive Asset Management to avoid incidents with energy not supplied on aged asset systemsOlder grid parts with assets are forced to extend their lifetime due to the reality of capex and workload arbitrage.
10 January 2023
DARE – Dynamic daily dimensioning of reserve needsTo keep the frequency at 50 Hz, the Elia Group needs to dispose of balancing services, which is also referred to as reserve capacity or frequency restoration reserve (FRR).
12 January 2023
Osmose: improving flexibility integrationAs renewable energy uptake is accelerating, access to flexibility is becoming a key requirement to make the energy transition possible.
13 January 2023
Market integration of electric vehicles using blockchain technologyElectric vehicles (EV) are the fastest growing decentralized energy resources (DER).
14 January 2023
Open dataThe Opendata initiative started with simple goals: demystify the concept and understand the underlying advantage of exposing our data freely.
16 January 2023
Acoustic sensors to monitor critical assets (OIC 2019)The NEMO Link converter station connects the electricity system of Belgium and Great Britain via subsea cables.
17 January 2023
Sensa – Define your comfort level, we take care of the restSensa project has been designed and shaped in the context of the IO.Energy Ecosystem.
18 January 2023
Using electric vehicles to balance the networkRecent predictions of electric vehicle (EV) uptake state that by 2030, 1.2 million EVs will be in use in Belgium. If managed incorrectly, these new types of consumption can put a significant pressure on the grid, for instance by increasing the evening peak load.
19 January 2023
Improve forecasting of electricity production and consumption (OIC 2018)In 2018, after a successful first edition that resulted in a tool that is currently used to improve our public acceptance, Elia Group launched its second Open Innovation Challenge for startups.
20 January 2023
Simplify – Advanced Machine Learning to support balancing the systemKeeping the balance in the grid is essential: the injection of power must always be equal to the consumption to keep the frequency at 50Hz. Due to the increasing penetration of limitedly predictable renewable energy, balancing the system could become increasingly challenging.
21 January 2023
Synapse: innovative operational planning enabled by Advanced AnalyticsBuilding tomorrow’s infrastructure and maintaining Elia’s grid and its equipment is crucial to guarantee the security of electricity supply for several million consumers.
22 January 2023
Fast grid topology reconfigurationToday only highly experienced system operators, backed by trial-and-error simulations, can perform fast topology reconfigurations. However, mainly based on what is known to work, potentially better actions are left untested.
23 January 2023
Local InertiaThe de-commissioning of nuclear power plants (and more generally, all types of conventional thermal power plants) is decreasing the inertia of the Belgian power system.
24 January 2023
3D PrintingStarting with logistics and spare parts management, Elia is exploring the use of 3D printing throughout the company.
25 January 2023
Spatial Imagery: better infrastructure informationDrones, photogrammetry, LIDAR, ground penetrating radar and more. New technologies with a spatial component are arriving at Elia, bringing both challenges and opportunities.
26 January 2023
How to improve public acceptance of our infrastructure (OIC 2017)In 2016, Elia first organised the Start-Up/Open Innovation Challenge in order to identify start-ups that are proposing tools to enhance public acceptance of infrastructure projects. The contest was won by Gilytics, a Zurich-based start-up.
27 January 2023
Distributed FlexibilityElia needs to find alternative sources of flexibility from installations connected to distribution systems in order to ensure grid security in the most cost efficient way.
28 January 2023
R2 Wind: Exploring wind farm's contribution to balancingRES will need to participate in all balancing reserves markets. This pilot project investigated the technical capability of wind farms to regulate their power infeed in real-time to balance the active power in the grid (in collaboration with Eneco, WindVision and Enercon).