Increasing the penetration of renewable energy sources in the distribution grid by developing control strategies and using ancillary services.

Dear readers,

The FP7 project INCREASE (Increasing the penetration of renewable energy sources in the distribution grid by developing control strategies and using ancillary services) was initiated in September 2013. The project duration is 40 months, the project focuses on how to manage renewable energy sources in LV and MV networks and provide ancillary services (towards DSOs but also TSOs). More information at:

This newsletter will not only give you information on ongoing initiatives, policy news, past and upcoming events but also an overview of the project results.

With best regards,
The INCREASE dissemination team

INCREASE – Overview of our intermediate results and ongoing work

INCREASE policy brief No. 1:

This policy brief shows that the market access for aggregators is improving in some EU countries, while others are still lagging behind. Often the regulatory frameworks are not supportive for demand response or participation of distributed renewable generation. However, in several EU countries no suitable frameworks to enable participation of flexibility aggregators yet exist. At the same time the emerging new technical solutions allow market actors to provide new services. The upcoming new EU electricity market directive will be an important step towards more decentralized yet harmonized electricity markets with a range of new actors and business models, and may trigger the reform of national regulatory frameworks.
You can download the policy brief here.

INCREASE Summer Schools

Summer school in Ljubljana, May 2016
The INCREASE Summer School Ljubljana 2016 took place at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering during the period of May 22nd - 27th 2016 in the frame of the FP7 INCREASE project. Entitled "The Value of Flexible Energy", it was co-organized by the Laboratory for Energy Strategy (LEST) at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering UL, and Korona d.d. The main theme of the summer school was an overview of the current regulatory and market conditions for the integration of renewable energy sources in the electrical distribution network and the flexibility to facilitate their integration.
More information about the summer school in Ljubljana is available here.

Upcoming Summer School in Eindhoven, August 2016
The 3rd INCREASE Summer School will take place in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, from August 22th until August 26th 2016. This summer school focuses on the theme "Increasing the penetration of distributed renewable energy sources in the distribution grid using advanced ICT infrastructure". In this summer school, integration of ICT and smart grid, co-simulation and results from the field trials will be discussed. In addition, the real-time application of ICT advancements in low voltage network will be analysed. The summer school will be a part of the Sino-EU Engineering Education Platform (SEEP) High Level Summer School on Energy. Furthermore, the summer school acts as a platform to meet professors and PhD candidates from Europe and China.

Pre-testing of the ILPRA inverters at the Lemcko lab in Kortrijk

The control strategy which helps solving voltage unbalance in low voltage grid has been successfully implemented in the inverters from the Greek company ILPRA. ILPRA successfully modified their inverters control and designed an extra controller that enables the implementation of the INCREASE control strategy. The tests allowed us to improve the implementation of the INCREASE local control strategy and showed that the inverters can be installed in the distribution grid of Energienetze Steiermark where they will be connected to their solar panels. Soon more information on the results of this field trial will follow...


INCREASE papers presented at several conferences

During the last 12 month partners TU/e presented five, AUTH and UL four and the coordinator UGent three INCREASE papers at several conferences: the PowerTech 2016, the International Universities Power Engineering Conference, the ICRERA 2015, the IEEE PES General Meeting 2016, the IEEE ENERGYCON 2016, the EEM 2016 Conference, the SDEWESS SEE 2016 Conference, the PSCC 2016, the ISGT Europe 2016 and the MedPower 2016 Conference.

Have a look at these publications on our website...

Overview of the INCREASE journal publications

Two journal papers have been published during the last 6 months. These papers have been published in high-ranking scientific journals: one paper in the journal IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and another one in the Electric Power Systems Research journal.

Read more about these journal papers...

INCREASE meetings and presentations during the past 6 months

INCREASE was presented during this year's Smart Grids Week in Linz, Austria (May 9th to 13th 2016).
More information about presentations and posters is available here.

INCREASE participated in the Advisory Board meeting of the DREAM Project.
Our coordinator Dr. Bart Meersman participated in the Advisory Board meeting of the project in March 2016.

INCREASE partner Korona presented INCREASE at the E-World Energy & Water Fair in Essen, Germany, from February 16th until 18th 2016.
More information about the E-World Fair can be found here.

INCREASE also participated at the EEM 2016, Porto, Portugal (6th - 9th June).
More information about the EEM 2016 can be found here.

INCREASE participated at the 2nd Southeast European Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment systems (SDEWES 2016, Piran, Slovenia) as well.
More information about the 2nd SDEWES can be found here.

Another project meeting was held in Graz, Austria in March 2016.

Upcoming events

Check our events webpage for more

6th ECM Symposium 14th – 18th August 2016, Inverness, Scotland, UK

INCREASE Technical and Management Meeting: 29th - 31th August, Kranj, Slovenia

PQ2016 Electric Power Quality and Supply Reliability 2016 Conference
29th Aug – 31st Aug 2016, Tallinn, Estonia

UPEC 2016 (51st International Universities Power Engineering Conference)
6th – 9th September 2016, Coimbra, Portugal

POWERCON 2016 28th September – 1st October 2016, Wollongong, Australia

ISGT Europe 2016 E(7th IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference Europe)
9th – 12th October 2016, Ljubljana, Slovenia

INCREASE Final Conference: 11th - 12th October, Ljubljana, Slovenia

IFAC CIGRE/CIRED Workshop 2016 11th – 13th October 2016, Prague, Czech Republic

Local Renewables Conference 2016 26th – 28th October 2016, Freiburg, Germany

MedPower 2016 6th – 9th November 2016, Belgrade, Serbia

European Utility Week 2016 15th – 17th November 2016, Barcelona, Spain

IEEE ISGT Asia 2016

28th November – 1st December 2016, Melbourne, Australia

Contacts & imprint

Project Coordinator

Dr. Ir. Bart Meersman
Phone: +32 497 66 71 68

Dominique Dhondt
Phone: +32 486 950 970

Dissemination Leader

Mag. Andreas Türk, MBA
Phone: +43 316 876 1337

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