OSMOSE: RTE and 32 partners are preparing the necessary flexibilities for the electricity system of tomorrow


The integration of a rapidly growing share of non-dispatchable Renewable Energy Sources (RES) like wind and solar into the traditional electricity system will require a significantly increased level of (system) flexibility.
Launch of the Osmose project

The Osmose project is a H2020 EU founded project answering the call for a ’Demonstration of system integration with smart transmission grid and storage technologies with increasing share of renewables’.
The project aims for the development of flexibilities which can be used for a better integration of RES. The approach chosen is global as it considers at the same time, the increased need of flexibilities in the system (mainly improved balance of supply and demand in electricity markets, provision of existing and future system services and allowance of a dynamic control of electricity flows) and the sources of flexibilities (RES, demand-response, grid and new storages). The chosen global approach addresses all system requirements  to capture the synergies proposed by the different solutions in order to avoid stand-alone solutions that might be less efficient in terms of overall efficiency. For example a storage operator plans to install batteries in order to provide balancing services. By locating his solution in a network-constrained area, he could contribute at the same time to the management of congestion and by this reduce the costs for the society too.

One example of RTE involvement
One of the activities of RTE is to install a demonstrator based on batteries and to experiment multiservice solutions.
The demonstrator will experiment in real time conditions the control strategies defined in the European H2020 MIGRATE project which is presently analysing the impact of large development of RES (up to a share of 100%) connected through power electronic interfaces to the grid on the dynamic behaviours of the network. The demonstrator will test the additional regulations to enable a multiservice considering balancing processes, frequency control and congestion management. This multiservice will capture the synergies of the solution (i.e. contributing to the social welfare) while maximizing the individual profitability too.

Key figures of Osmose
-    Budget : 28 million euro
-    An equivalent of 60 people full time
-    33 partners from 9 countries
-    Period: 4 years (2018-2021)


The consortium is led by RTE and is composed of 33 partners
•    6 European TSOs (RTE, REE, TERNA, ELES, ELIA, REN)
•    5 RES electricity producers (HSE, ENEL, E2i, Edison, Hydro Dolomiti Energia)
•    6 manufacturers-integrators including generalists (ABB, Schneider Electric, EFACEC), storage specialist (SAFT), power-electronics specialists (GPTECH, INGETEAM).
•    2 IT. companies (IBM, Engineering)
•    1 energy service provider (Compendia)
•    2 consulting and software company (EKC, IT4Power)
•    11 research centres and universities (CEA, EPFL, UPD, UDE, TU Berlin, RSE, ENSIEL, ULPGC, CENER, R&D NESTER, FBK).


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