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Smart Rural Grid, the Digital Grid
The management of packets of electricity will change the way the electricity is distributed. The Smart Grid will be improved by the Digital Grid
The Smart Rural Grid system aims at facilitating the appraisal of local markets of electricity, increasing the share of renewables injected in the distribution networks, thanks to the power electronics managed by the IDPR (Intelligent Distribution Power Router), as well as short term forecasting tools and specific BMS and EMS systems
By using the Smart Rural Grid system, the Utilities will be able improve the resilience of their shape tree networks, creating a quasi-grid based on the IDPR’s intelligence, instead of having to invest in new networks for increasing the hosting capacity and avoiding, at the same time, the environmental impact. The creation of local markets of energy will reduce the loses due to the transport and distribution of electricity from remote generation points. At the same time, by balancing the phases, further loses of electricity will be avoided.
Smart Rural grid means digitalisation of the electricity
The outcome of the SRG project will allow utilities to interconnect energy between a variety of actors, including prosumers, consumers, distributed generators and energy storages, to enable multi-directional power flows. Such power flows are managed by an innovative hierarchical management tool, enabling the optimization of the operation of the rural grid while both isolated and connected to the main distribution grid. In the power plane of the architecture, power flows are controlled by exploiting the flexibility provided by a variety of wired and wireless communication technologies that helps to cope with geographical restrictions, along with an innovative so called Intelligent Distribution Power Router (IDPR) device. This device, which is based on power electronics and secondary batteries, permits to actually route power between each of the phases of the three-phase distribution system