The Smart Energy Systems Team of Elin VERD proudly participates at the H2020 Project FLEXIGRID

Flexigrid: Interoperable solutions for implementing flexibility services in the distribution grid

In order to reach the Paris Agreement objectives and achieve a more sustainable energy system, the EU is aiming at increasing up to at least 32% the share of renewables in energy consumption. At this purpose FLEXIGRID project will develop a set of solutions to address, under a cost-efficient basis, the challenges for reliability, stability and security of supply that the electricity grid is expected to face as a result of the increasing share of variable renewables in the energy system.

Last 30th and 31st October, Zaragoza (Spain) hosted the kick off meeting of FLEXIGRID, an innovation action project funded by EU´s Horizon 2020, which brings together a consortium of 16 partners, led by CIRCE, representing the whole energy value chain. Two RTOs (CIRCE and LINKS) and two universities (UNICAN and UNIZG-FER) will work together with five technology providers, counting three large companies (ATOS, OP&A and ZIV) and two SMEs (HYPERTECH and SELTA) to develop innovative solutions and deploy them in four demo sites, represented by three DSOs (VIESGO, HEP-ODS, EDYNA) and two large companies (Elin VERD, IOSA). Finally, two associations (CAP and CEDEC) will ensure the exploitation and dissemination of the project results within the European energy community. FLEXIGRID will last 48 months and has allocated a total budget of 8.54 Million Euros.

The project aims at putting into practice new tools to allow the distribution grid to operate in a secure and stable manner when a large share of variable renewable electricity sources is connected to low and medium voltage grids. Concretely, through the development of innovative hardware and software solutions, partners will seek:

– to improve the power system flexibility by enhancing the grid hosting capacity of renewables

– to increase the observability, controllability and automation of the network systems for the improvement of both the security and resilience of the grid

– to mitigate short-term and long-term congestions in the distributed grid from an economically efficient point of view

– and to ensure the interoperability and compatibility of the developed solutions with different platforms used by European DSOs.

These solutions will be implemented in eight uses cases which will be demonstrated in four demo-sites: a rural and peri-urban network in the Spanish grid, a hotel in the Greek Island of Thassos; an urban grid in the city of Zagreb accounting congested areas and an isolated valley in the South-Tyrol region of Italy with more than 50% of hydroelectric energy. Moreover, the project will help identifying and analysing, through a constant monitoring of the legislation, the obstacles to innovation under the current local and European regulatory framework. Last but not least, FLEXIGRID partners wish to raise awareness among citizens and other relevant stakeholders on the transition towards a low carbon economy, considering them as active players within the energy system. The ultimate goal of the FLEXIGRID project is to develop new innovative, scalable and cost-efficient solutions to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions and to the 2030 EU climate objectives.

Project Flexigrid is funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union under Contract Number 864579

The FLEXIGRID Consortium at the kick-off meeting at Fundación CIRCE headquarters in Zaragoza with Dr Panos Papadopoulos representing the Smart Energy Systems Team of Elin VERD

Upgrading of factory – Inauguration of new Production Units

Elin Biofuesl was founded in 2005, with the aim of producing biodiesel with an emphasis on the use of waste products from raw materials.

Around the middle of 2007, the construction was completed and the biodiesel production plant began operation in the 2nd Industrial Zone of Volos. The plant, which has a production potential of 80,000 MT/year, uses vegetable oils as a raw material, of which 40% could be cooking oil.

Announcement regarding the completion of two new production units.

Elin Biofuesl was founded in 2005, with the aim of producing biodiesel with an emphasis on the use of waste products from raw materials.

Around the middle of 2007, the construction was completed and the biodiesel production plant began operation in the 2nd Industrial Zone of Volos. The plant, which has a production potential of 80,000 MT/year, uses vegetable oils as a raw material, of which 40% could be cooking oil.

Biofuels and especially biodiesel constitute the most direct and effective alternative solution to replace fossil fuels. For that reason, the EU has strongly supported their use with repeated directives.

However, the environmental benefit, (reduction of greenhouse gases), is not the same for all biofuels. When biodiesel is produced from fresh oils, it manages to reduce greenhouse gases from 20% to 55%. When it is produced from used cooking oil and animal fats, the corresponding benefit fluctuates from 83% to 90%.

This fact, in combination with the clear trend of governments and environmental organizations both in the EU and internationally, to increasingly support the use of biofuels from waste, led to Elin Biofuels’ decision to invest in this direction.

Thus, after thorough research, it has led to a collaboration with BDI- BioEnergy International AG, which is spearheading the technology of biodiesel production from waste materials for the construction of two new plants.

  • Plant for acid Esterification and
  • Plant for the distillation of biodiesel

We made the decision to go ahead with this investment of almost 5 million euros at the height of the economic crisis in our country, because we believe that the only way to surpass the crisis is by looking ahead and developing with productive, clever and environmentally consistent investments, despite the difficulties and adverse predictions.

The investment was completed last December, thanks to the support of Alpha Leasing, and was subsidised by the Development Law by 25%.

New Extensions

Elin Biofuels was established in 2005, producing biodiesel and focusing on using waste as raw materials.

Mid 2007 the construction of the factory completed and Elin Biofuels started operating the biodiesel plant in the second industrial area of Volos. The plant, with a production capacity of 80,000 MT / year, used as starting material, vegetable oils, of which up to 40% could be cooking oil.