Fields and Projects

We intend to establish a platform for international knowledge, a catalyst for innovative solutions and approaches, applied to the planning and operation of transmission power. Audacity to create, to innovate. We are focused on finding and developing solutions that can contribute to change the future of the energy sector. In this first stage of R&D NESTER projects, we are focused on the following areas: simulation of electrical power systems; management of renewable energy; technologies for smart grids; and in the energy markets and economics. Because we believe in knowledge and innovation, we challenge you to share with us ideas and projects within these 4 areas. Remember ..... a project today may be a reality tomorrow.

R&D Fields

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Project 1 - Renewable energy dispatch tools

Renewable Energy Dispatch Tools

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Project 2 - Substation of the future

Substation of the Future

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Project 3 - Energy storage planning

Multi-Attribute Energy Storage Planning

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Project 4 - Power system simulation

Power System Simulation

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Project 5 - ISSWINDemo

Integrated supporting services for the wind power industry

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Project 6 - SusCity

Urban data driven models for creative and resourceful urban transitions

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Integration of renewable energy sources in the electricity grid

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Building the Smart Substation of the Future

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Exploiting oceans of data for maritime applications

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Improving the coordination between Transmission and Distribution Grids

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Study of the energy interconnections in the Mediterranean region

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Coordination of Transmission and Distribution data eXchanges for renewables integration in the European marketplace through Advanced, Scalable and Secure ICT Systems and Tools

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FLEXITRANSTORE (An Integrated Platform for Increased FLEXIbility in smart TRANSmission grids with STORage Entities and large penetration of Renewable Energy Sources) aims to contribute to the evolution towards a pan-European transmission network with high flexibility and high interconnection levels.

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ARCWIND (Adaptation and implementation of floating wind energy conversion technology for the Atlantic region) aims to contribute to the transaction from fixed to floating wind platform systems for use in deep water and more exposed sites in the Atlantic Area by: the assessment of wind energy potential with a regional atmospheric model and remote sensed data; the study of different types of floating high power wind turbines numerically and experimentally; case studies of farms will be considered for cost assessment, logistics and maintenance planning as well as risk assessment.

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Renewable Energy Power Forecasting Model Research and Prediction Results Analysis

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Stability Study on Grids with High Penetration of Renewable Energy Sources

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Study on the impact of market mechanism to renewables consumption

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OSMOSE - Optimal System-Mix of Flexibility Solutions for European Electricity

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OPTIGRID – Methodology for the Dynamic Line Rating Analysis and Optimal Management of Power Networks

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RESUCI – Space-based services to support REsilient and SUstainable Critical Infrastructures

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GIFT – Geographical Islands Flexibiltiy

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INTERRFACE - "TSO-DSO Consumer INTERFACE aRchitecture to provide innovative grid services for an efficient power system"

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PROJECT 24 – FleXunity

FleXunity – Scaling-up Power Flexible Communities business models empowered by Blockchain and AI

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PROJECT 25 – FlexPlan

FlexPlan - Advanced methodology and tools taking advantage of storage and FLEXibility in transmission and distribution grid PLANning

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INTERPRETER - Interoperable tools for an efficient management and effective planning of the electricity grid.

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Publications and Presentations

"Optimizing nodal capacity allocation using risk assessment of element failure rate"IEEE CPE-POWERENG 2020 ConferenceJul/2020
"Improving grid security in the presence of a high penetration of RES through optimal planning and operation of distributed energy storage devices"IEEE CPE-POWERENG 2020 ConferenceJul/2020
"Testing of PAC solutions in HIL using Hypersim"OPAL RT-20 ConferenceJun/2020
Flexitranstore - Special Session in the 21st International Symposium on High Voltage Engineering (ISH 2019)Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 610)Jan/2020
"BigDataOcean - explorando oceanos de dados para aplicações marítimas"Renováveis Magazine, Issue of December 2019Dec/2019
"The Use of Probabilistic ForecastsIEEE Power and Energy Magazine (Issue of November/December 2019)Oct/2019
"Survey Analysis on Existing Tools and Services for Grid and Market Stakeholders and Requirements to Improve TSO/DSO Coordination"IEEE 2019 5th IEEE International Symposium on Systems
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
"ETIP-SNET Vision 2050 - Integrating Smart Networks for the Energy Transition"CIRED
25th International Conference on Electricity Distribution
Madrid, Espanha
"TDX-ASSIST: Beyond State of Art in TSO-DSO Interoperability - The Portuguese Demonstrator"CIRED
25th International Conference on Electricity Distribution
Madrid, Espanha
"Synchrophasor based monitoring system for grid interactive energy storage system control"ISH 2019 Conference
International Symposium on High Voltage Engineering
Budapeste, Hungria
"Zero Renewable Incentive Analysis for Flexibility Study of a Grid"ISH 2019 Conference
International Symposium on High Voltage Engineering
Budapeste, Hungria
"Conflict of Interests between SPC-Based BESS and UFLS scheme frequency responses"ISH 2019 Conference
International Symposium on High Voltage Engineering
Budapeste, Hungria
"The Current Status and Experience of Renewable Energy Development in Portugal"Chinese Control and Decision Conference (CCDC) 2019
Nanchang, China
"Study on the Demand and Requirements of Renewable Energy Primary Frequency Control"Chinese Control and Decision Conference (CCDC) 2019
Nanchang, China
"Fostering Offshore Wind generation through grid nodal capacity calculation".WESC 2019
Wind Energy Science Conference (European Academy of Wind Energy)
Cork, Irlanda
 "Analysis and Inspiration of the National Load all Powered by Renewable Energy in Portugal"ISGT ASIA 2019
Chengdu, China
21-24 May 2019
"Improve the Solar Power Forecast using Cloud Index Algorithms"CONIBEN 2019 (Ibero-Brazilian Energy Conference)
Lisbon, Portugal
30, 31 Maio 2019
"Forecasting PV/CPV at National Level - Portugal Experience" IET Renewable Power Generation
Special Issue title as "IET Solar and Wind integration 2017 Special Issue"
Volume 13, Issue 1, 07 January 2019
"A Methodology for Assessing the Impact of the Interannual Variability of Wave Energy Resource on Electrical Energy Conversion" SEST Conference 2018 Sept/2018
"Evolutionary capacity allocation tool to safe grid integration of renewable energy sources" SEST Conference 2018 Sept/2018
"Exploring the Market Value of Smart Grids and Interactions with Wholesale (TSO) and Distribution (DSO) markets" Cigré Session 47 (2018) Aug/2018
"Demonstration of new solutions for provision of ancillary services: Frequency and Voltage control" Cigré Session 47 (2018) Aug/2018
"The impact of shorter intraday market gate closure on regulation reserves" Cigré Session 47 (2018) Aug/2018
"Laboratorial assessment and scalability analysis of protection and automation functions supported by a smart substation process bus network" Cigré Session 47 (2018) Aug/2018
"R&I Needs and Challenges for a Future Reliable, Economic and Efficient SG System Taking into Account Microgrids and Local Energy Communities do Support the EU Energy Transition"CIRED Workshop 2018Jun/2018
"Market-based bidding strategy for variable renewable generation in the MIBEL" 15th International Conference on the European Energy Market 2018 Jun/2018
"Self-recovery mechanisms for IEC 61850 substations with process" PAC World Conference 2018 Jun/2018
"Co-Simulation for the Evaluation of IEC 61850 based Protection Schemes" Power System Computation Conference (PSCC) 2018 Jun/2018
"Solar Power Evolution in Portugal and forecast experience" 3rd Photovoltaica Conference Feb/2018
"Forecasting" NextGen SCADA Europe 2018 Jan/2018
"Forecasting PV/CPV at National Level - Portugal Experience" 7th International Workshop on the Integration of Solar Power into Power, Berlim, Alemanha Oct/2017
"Trends is the automation and protection for smarter substations" EuroDoble 2017 Colloquium Lisbon, Portugal Oct/2017
"Market integration of renewables and multi-service storage applications"; The 7th IEEE International Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (IEEE PES ISGT Europe 2017) Torino, Italy Sep/2017
"Characterization of Substation Process Bus Network delays" OMICRON Magazine for the power industry "IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics" - Issue 2, 2017 Sep/2017
"Writing PACS specification towards a future-proof Digital Substation" IEC 61850 Europe 2017 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Sep/2017
"Frequency stability modelling of the future continental Europe power system" 52nd International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC2017) Creete, Greece Aug/2017
"Assessing the Adaption of Stochastic Clearing Procedure to a Hydro-penetrated Market" 14th Conference on the European Energy Market - EEM 2017 - Dresden, Germany June/2017
"Grid-driven tool for renewables integration based on nodal capacity allocation" 23rd ICE/IEEE ITMC Conference - Funchal, Madeira, Portugal Jun/2017
"Big Data in Power Systems - Leveraging grid optimization and wave energy integration" 23rd ICE/IEEE ITMC Conference - Funchal, Madeira, Portugal Jun/2017
"Stochastic optimal operation of concentrating solar power plants based on conditional value-at-risk" 8th DoCEIS 2017 Conference - Caparica, Portugal May/2017
"Using the IEC 61850 formal description capabilities towards a vendor-independent PAC specification"          CIGRE Joint Colloquium ‘Building Smarter Substations' - Cidade do México, México Nov/2016
"Wind Power Curtailment Optimization for Day-Ahead Operational Planning"       IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe Conference - Ljubljana, Eslovénia     Oct/2016
"Integrated Simulation Model of Power System Protection Schemes and Process Bus Communication Networks" Electrical Power and Energy Conference - Ottawa, Canadá Oct/2016
"Probabilistic dimensioning of tertiary control reserve driven by the intermittency of renewable generation in Portugal" Cigré Session 46 - Paris, França Aug/2016
"Enhanced testing platform for the Smart Substation" PAC World Conference - Ljubljana, Eslovénia Jun/2016
"Siting and Sizing Dispersed Energy Storage in Power Transmission Networks"IEEE Green Energy and Systems Conference 2015 - Califórnia, EUANov/2015 
"Improving Power System Operation in the Presence of RES"  IO'15 -  XVII Congresso da Associação Portuguesa de Investigação Operacional (APDIO)- Portalegre, Portugal Sep/2015
"TSOs and DSOs Collaboration: The Need for Data Exchange"  10th Jubilee International Conference on Deregulated Electricity Market Issues in South Eastern Europe (DEMSEE'15) - Budapeste, Hungria Sep/2015
"Wind power forecast uncertainty using dynamic combination of predictions" 10th Jubilee International Conference on Deregulated Electricity Market Issues in South Eastern Europe (DEMSEE'15)- Budapeste, Hungria Sep/2015
"Improvements in wind power forecast"         IO'15 -  XVII Congresso da Associação Portuguesa de Investigação Operacional (APDIO)- Portalegre, Portugal      Sep/2015
"Wind power forecast uncertainty using dynamic combination of predictions" Publicação no Periodica Polytechnica Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 59 (3), pp. 78-83 Aug/2015
"Ensemble-Based Estimation of Wind Power Forecast Uncertainty"  EEM15 - 12ª Conferência Internacional do Mercado Europeu da Energia Lisboa, PortugalMay/2015 
"A joint research on the substation of future between Portugal and China"Advanced Power System Automation and Protection Conference - Nanjing, ChinaApr/2015 
"Planning Energy Storage in Power Transmission Networks"  IEEE Green Energy and Systems Conference 2014 - Califórnia, EUANov/2014 

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