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EDP joins European project to adapt the electrical system to climate change

Monday 11, June 2018

The Clim2Power project seeks to anticipate the weather conditions in the coming season, combine this with forecasts for electric demand and, with this information, plan the management of the electrical system.

This European-wide research has pilot projects in Portugal, France, Sweden and Germany/Austria.

The project is led by the Science and Technology Faculty of Universidade Nova de Lisboa and, in Portugal, it also includes partnership with the Faculty of Sciences of Lisbon and EDP.

Having commenced in September 2017, the project will end in 2020, resulting in a prototype hosted on a digital platform, accessible to all free of charge.

In Portugal, the Douro Basin serves as the basis for the study.

The forecast model to be developed is classified as a “web-based climate service on a seasonal scale, focusing on the way in which climate impacts on the operation of the entire electricity sector, with particular emphasis on hydro, wind and solar stations and the demand for electricity (heating/cooling)."

In addition to the availability of resources and the evolution of demand, the model will also analyze possible changes in the operation of thermal and renewable power stations, as well as impacts on competing uses of water.

The forecasts will enable the final users to make timely decisions on levels of water storage, composition and storage of fossil fuels.

Planning medium- and long-term variations on a seasonal basis will also enable public and private entities to optimize the management and definition of energy, environmental and water policies.

EDP's participation in Clim2Power is part of the Group's climate strategy, based on four main lines of action: mitigation, adaptation, innovation and transparency.

In the field of mitigation, the decarbonization objectives, with the 75% reduction of specific CO2 emissions by 2030, is recognized as scientifically aligned with the goal of the Paris Agreement to keep global warming below 2ºC.