General and specific objectives

The main objective of the LIFE Factory Microgrid project is to demonstrate that microgrids are the most suitable solution for electricity generation and management at industry in terms of environmental impact, especially in areas with a high share of RES. The proposed approach involves the installation of an industrial microgrid at Jofemar’s factory in Peralta (Navarra, Spain), where near 80% of electricity comes from renewable sources.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • Implement the innovative Factory Microgrid system in a real application environment. The smartgrid integrates the following elements:
    • Renewable Electricity: 120kW wind turbine and 40kW of solar photovoltaic.
    • Innovative Zn-Br flow batteries to store up to 500KWh of electricity. These batteries feature several advantages compared to conventional Li-ion batteries: they can be fully discharged without any deterioration, their response is very fast, they are cheaper than other technologies and they are recyclable and environmentally friendly.
    • 6 bidirectional charging points (V2G) which will supply a fleet of 6 electric vehicles: 3 cars, 2 vans and one minibus.
    • 1 fast charging point for EVs with a power of 50 kW.
  • Test and validate energy management strategies capable of using or storing all the renewable energy generated while reducing energy consumption by managing dispatchable loads up to 100kW.
  • Transfer the acquired knowledge to stakeholders by means of specific education and dissemination strategies and platforms as well as recommendations to policy makers.

The objectives of this project are aligned with themes for LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance. Specifically, Theme 1 ‘Climate Change’ is directly addressed in this proposal. The project is aligned with the favored action “Development of innovative practices in the management of smart grids in the context of a high share of decentralized renewable energy production”.

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