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Tuesday 30 June 2009

June 2009 - The European EU-DEEP project, led by GDF SUEZ and Tractebel Engineering

pic23_H_EU_DEEP.gifdelivers its conclusions on Distributed Energy Resources integration
.The European 20-20-20 targets are expected to trigger an acceleration in the development of Distributed Energy Resources. This change of pace raises new questions for the different actors involved in the electrical system: How will regulated network managers re-engineer their own practices? What new business models will emerge for energy producers and retailers? What impact will DER have on customer behaviour?

After 5 years of research involving 42 partners from 16 countries, the EU-DEEP consortium, coordinated by GDF SUEZ with the technical support of Tractebel Engineering, detailed the conditions under which all players will be able to cope with the growing demand for DER units. Firstly, the project identified the “hosting capacity” of the current electrical power system and the conditions that will enable this to be increased at an acceptable cost. Following this, an in-depth economic analysis of DER revealed that they can provide significant added value for the electrical system when they comply with network design constraints and contribute, in a reliable way, to better management of peak consumption. Using three aggregation business models extensively tested in the field, the project highlighted the most promising directions to take from now on, to ensure efficient and sustainable integration of DER in the current electrical power system.
Thus, the results of the EU-DEEP project paved the way for the achievement of the 20-20-20 targets and contributed to enhancing different stakeholders’ practices, whilst pinpointing the new areas of knowledge required in order to keep expanding on DER integration
TRACTEBEL ENGINEERING, responsible for the technical direction of the EU-DEEP project, extensively used EUROSTAG to analyze the DER integration system issues.