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Independent Bulgarian Energy Exchange EAD (IBEX) is a partner in the FARCROSS project (Facilitating Regional CROSS-border Electricity Transmission through Innovation) whose main goal is to promote state-of-the-art technologies to enhance the exploitation, capacity and efficiency of transmission grid assets, either on the generation or the transmission level.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 864274. The total cost of FARCROSS amounts to EUR 13 643 692.50, of which Horizon 2020 contribution amounts to EUR 9 996 497.25.

The project started in October 2019 and will continue until October 2023.

Strategics goals of the project:

FARCROSS aims to connect major stakeholders of the energy value chain and to demonstrate integrated hardware and software solutions that will facilitate the “unlocking” of the resources for the cross-border electricity flows and regional cooperation.
The project will demonstrate an innovative regional forecasting platform for the improved prognosis of renewable generation and demand response and a capacity reserves optimization tool will be tested to maximize cross-border flows. The non-harmonization of national regulation will be studied, and measures will be recommended to avoid distortion of the technology benefits.
FARCROSS will employ technological innovations to bring forward the additional benefits gained by increasing interconnectivity between neighbouring systems that strongly align with EU vision and policy, and most importantly to:
– Successfully integrate large amounts of renewable generation that is intermittent and there are advantages to geographic dispersion. FARCROSS proposed solutions can be used to increase cross-border flows allowing other countries from importing clean energy and to maximize EU-wide renewable generation.
– Reduce the need to build new infrastructure by first optimizing the existing network, whereas at the same time to achieve reduced environmental impact compared to alternative options and minimise total costs to customers.
– Shorten connection lead-times, as FARCROSS solutions can be installed in relatively short timeframes, can minimize the grid modifications needed to integrate new sources of generation or serve as a bridge solution.

For more information visit: https://farcross.eu/

Meet FARCROSS in a nutshell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_jOvhg4TUU&t=1s

  • Successful second review of the FARCROSS project.

The second review of the FARCROSS H2020 Innovation Action research project with the external reviewer and the Project Officer from the EC side took place on June 21, 2022, wherein the FARCROSS consortium successfully presented the results of the work of the project during the second year of the project. More information is available at the following link: https://farcross.eu/successful-second-review-of-the-farcross-project/.

  • FARCROSS participated in InnoGrid 2022.

FARCROSS participated in the eleventh annual meeting on European innovation in power networks InnoGrid – InnoGrid 2022 “Value of the Grids” organized by European Distribution System Operators’ Association (E.DSO) and the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E).

During the first day of InnoGrid 2022, on 14 June 2022, UBITECH Energy, as technical coordinator of FARCROSS, presented the solutions that are being developed within the project to expand the capabilities of the grids in order to increase the security of supply in the SEE region, without adding new infrastructure.

A video of the webinar is available at the following link: https://youtu.be/InEEIWd_KOA

  • A novel methodology for critical span identification for Dynamic Line Rating system implementation has been published

The full text is available here: https://zenodo.org/record/6638332#.YqhFHKhBxPZ

  • Modular Power Flow Control demo of FARCROSS awarded in the Annual Strategy Meeting 2022 of IPTO

Find more information at the following links:


Find out more details about the demos here:

EUROPAN: https://farcross.eu/europan-demo-pan-european-deep-modelling-framework-for-improved-system-operation-planning-forecasting-and-analysis-on-the-inter-tso-level/

OPTIM-CAP: https://farcross.eu/optim-cap-demo/

WAMS: https://farcross.eu/wams-demo-implementation-of-a-wide-area-protection-automation-and-control-system-wampac-applied-to-cross-border-transmission-systems/

DLR-H: https://farcross.eu/drl-h-demo-complex-grid-management-technology-for-handling-cross-border-transmission-line-capacity-related-issues/

MPFC: https://farcross.eu/new-release-on-mpfc-demo-video/

  • First meeting of the FARCROSS project partners

The FARCROSS consortium met in Athens 23rd and 24th of October 2019. The cross-border cooperation and the application of smart grid innovations for increasing cross-border capacity were the topics of the meeting.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is EU_flag-2.pngThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 864274.