SolarX – Maximizing PV integration capacity in energy and power systems

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The aim of this project is to remove technical barriers of extensive solar power integration into power systems, as well as to enable easy access to the power markets for the new prosumers having local photovoltaic (PV) power generation.

Novel solutions are proposed regarding the use of energy storages in various system levels, control and operation of microgrids, reactive power management, as well as control and operation of PV inverters. Enabling technologies investigated will be5G for connectivity, digital platforms for market integration and block chains for exchanging energy and related data. In addition, novel primary components and technologies will be examined and experimented for medium and low voltage networks in order to enhance PV hosting capacity of these networks. This public research project is realized as a cooperation of several Universities and in parallel with the company specific research projects aiming for new products and business concepts in the field of global solar PV business with considerable increase in revenues.

SolarX – Maximizing PV integration capacity in energy and power systems
Project leader:
 Matti Lehtonen, Aalto University
Project leader at the University of Vaasa: Kimmo Kauhaniemi 
Research group at the University of Vaasa: Älykkäät sähköjärjestelmät
Project time:01.01.2019–30.04.2022
Funding from: Business Finland
Amount of outside funding:2 140 000 € (University of Vaasa 429 000 €)
Project budget: 3 015 656 € (University of Vaasa 597 105 €)
Contact persons at the University of Vaasa: Kimmo Kauhaniemi
Research partners:Aalto University, Tampere University, LUT University
Cooperation partners:ABB, Ampner, Emtele, Vaasan Sähkö, Danfoss, Wapice, VEO

Project duration
External funding
2 140 000€
External funding for the University of Vaasa
429 000€
Total budget
3 015 656€
Total budget for the University of Vaasa
597 105€
Units and groups
Project actors at the University of Vaasa
Smart electric systems
Marketing and Consumption Research
Technology and Innovations
Principal investigator at the University of Vaasa
Organisation coordinating the project
Funding partners