Twenties Project: the viability of new technologies for integrating wind power

The consortium representing the Twenties European project presented the conclusions of this pioneering R+D+i initiative coordinated by Red Eléctrica de España (REE) to the European Commission in Brussels in the middle of June. Its aim was to push forward development of new technologies to enable the incorporation on a large scale of wind energy in the European electricity system and, with this, contribute to achieving the EU’s energy goals for 2020.

During the three-year duration of the project, the 26 partners in the consortium, from ten EU member states plus one associated country, have validated, using six demonstrations at real scale, different technologies which contribute to a greater and better integration of wind energy – both on and off-shore – in the electricity system and which demonstrate a greater efficiency of that system, by achieving a reduction of total generating costs, of carbon emissions and of the risk of renewable energy dumping.

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The Twenties initiative had a €57 million budget, of which €32 million were financed by the European Commission as part of the seventh Framework Programme for Research.

Article published in: FuturENERGY September 2013