Riga Technical University is the largest technological university and the leading multidisciplinary research institution in the Baltic states. The priority areas for research set by RTU are: Energy & Environment; Cities & Development; Transport; Materials, Processes & Technologies; Information & Communication; Security & Defense. The Institute of Power Engineering is a part of the Faculty of Power and Electrical Engineering, conducting both fundamental and applied research in Power Engineering. The total staff of the Institute is about 50 people. The Institute is the main research institution working on power systems in Latvia. It has strong collaboration with local energy sector players, e.g., Latvenergo AS – the largest electricity producer and trader in Latvia, Sadales tīkls AS – distribution system operator, and AS “Augstsprieguma tikls” – the transmission system operator.
ROLE IN THE PROJECT
Within the INTERRFACE project, RTU will use its expertise in power systems modelling (incl. transmission, distribution and generation assets, large-scale and small-scale energy storage, demand-side resources) and experience in assessment of generation and demand-side flexibility to contribute in designing the Single Flexibility Platform (WP5), investigate the prospective use-cases and market design requirements, and perform a socio-economic analysis before deployment of the platform. Given the extensive experience RTU has had with both the Latvian TSO and the largest Latvian DSO, RTU will also contribute to the deployment and demonstration of the Single Flexibility Platform.