Engineering presents INGRID project in the SEERC Conference in Portoroz (Slovenia) on June 8, 2016

Description: INGRID project will be one of the protagonists of the first SEERC Power Conference, the Forum of South East European electric power experts organised by NC CIGRÉ of Slovenia and planned on June 7-9, 2016 in Portoroz (Slovenia). During the conference, Engineering will present the INGRID project through the paper “Simulation-based analysis of the potentiality of incentives for prosumer flexibility”.
Target audience: Utilities and DSOs, international decision makers, technology experts and specialists from the power industry
Date: 8th June 2016
Location: Portoroz (Slovenia)

ARTI Puglia presents the INGRID project at the strategic committee meeting for the hydrogen mobility

Description: ARTI Puglia presents the INGRID project at the final strategic committee “Hydrogen Mobility Italy” (MH2IT) meeting for the hydrogen mobility in Italy, hosted in Bari. In the last months, the strategic policy committee MH2IT, composed of national industry and research representatives, has drafted a proposal for a national Plan for hydrogen mobility, which the Italian Government will present by to the European Commission by November, as required by Directive 2014/94/EU on the development of alternative fuels market.
Target audience: Industry, professionals, academia, institutions
Date: May 23, 2016
Location: Bari (Italy)

The third Ingrid Newsletter is online

Description:  In the project newsletter no. 3 the project is described in its main goals, with a look to the main technologies involved and to each of partnership members.
Download you copy of INGRID Newsletter HERE.
Date: February 26, 2016


Description:  One of the key building blocks of the INGRID demonstrator site is the water electrolysis system. Here pure water molecules are decomposed into oxygen (O2) and hydrogen (H2) gases by applying a direct current (DC) through electrodes immersed in a water-salt solution. For INGRID project, the consortium partner Hydrogenics has engineered, built and tested their largest single electrolyser to date based on this robust alkaline technology.

The unit is a self-sufficient hydrogen production plant. Besides the water electrolysis modules, it contains a gas-liquid separation system for both hydrogen and oxygen, and a purification system yielding a 99,999% grade pure hydrogen product. Additionally all the power conditioning is being done inside the system, transforming high voltage alternating current (AC) of green origin taken from the grid to a DC voltage suited for electrolysis. A high performance water purification system treat the incoming city water so that the volume of splitted water is made up and added into the processing unit. Last but not least an integrated control and safety system takes care of the communication with the surrounding equipment.

The over-all efficiency of the electricity-to-hydrogen conversion has been verified in factory acceptance tests and ranges from 60 to 80% for this type of units, depending on the exact operating point. Water electrolysis thus becomes a corner stone in many of the new technologies that are able to store excesses green power by either using hydrogen gas as such, or by using the hydrogen for further chemical processing. 


Description:  In the last months, the INGRID Energy Management System (EMS) has been finalised along with the Human Machine Interface (HMI) for plant administrators and maintenance operators. Moreover, the ID (Intelligent Dispenser) for the green e-mobility has been released, to monitor the column which will be placed beside the INGRID plant, for electric vehicle recharge.
These two deliverables have terminated the activities inside the Work Package dedicated to the EMS and all its software components. The EMS is based on the multi-carrier hub paradigm for modelling the behaviour of the entire plant. An optimiser, built upon this model and based on genetic algorithm, is responsible for elaborating the optimal power flow inside the plant, every hour. Indeed, the EMS is able to merge and harmonise the contrasting requirements coming from the Distributor Service Operator (DSO), in terms of expected power consumption profile, and the ones linked to the actual business of the plant.
In this way, the INGRID plant is able to chase its own profit, providing ancillary services to the grid at the same time. The results of the optimisation phase feed a Decision Support System (DSS) which allows its users to send the desired set points to the plant devices. The DSS allows to select between DSO-oriented and profit-oriented solutions, i.e., set points which try to follow the DSO requests or to maximise the revenue of the plant, never losing the focus on the opposite trend. In any case, a medial solution is always available, which represents a trade-off between the two needs. The HMI monitors the plant activities 24 hours, 7 days a week.
The interface can be used both for monitoring and security purposes, in order to have an overall and complete view of the plant operation and state.In its turn, the ID monitors the recharging stations, and is ready to be used also for further scenarios, in the context of the green e-mobility. For this reason, the ID is compliant and integrates the EMM services, made available by ENEL. In the following picture, the final architecture of the EMS is depicted.

INGRID - High-capacity hydrogen-based green-energy storage solutions for grid balancing
Work partially supported by European Community under the ENERGY programme of the 7th FP for RTD - project INGRID, contract 296012. The Author is solely responsible for the content of this paper. It does not represent the opinion of the European Community, and the European Community is not responsible for any use that might be made of data appearing therein.

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