TAURON carefully analyzes the changes in the environment that affect its entire value chain. Its individual elements determine or are likely to have a significant impact on this chain in the foreseeable future.

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We see an intense development and potential importance of distributed power generation sources, the advancing digitization of the distribution grids and the change in the role of the electricity consumer, who, from being a passive market participant, is turning into its active player or even the so-called prosumer. We do not perceive the technological progress as a threat, but as an opportunity to become the sector’s leader of innovation.

Due diligence procedures and internal regulations

R&D and innovation activities, which are emphasized strongly by the TAURON Group in its Strategy, are reflected in the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) adopted in 2018 and steadfastly implemented in 2019. Portfolio based management of research and development projects has been introduced as part of the Research and Development Area, in line with the priority directions of innovative as well as research and development activities.

SRA is a document that precisely describes the directions for the development of innovations and provides a more detailed elaboration of the Strategy. A separate project portfolio has been created for each direction, in which key challenges, development goals and research areas have been identified. Such a structure of SRA supports the selection of specific projects and rejection of others, as well as allows for an optimal allocation of the financial resources. SRA includes the following portfolios:

Customer and Their Needs

Smart Grid Services

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Distributed Energy

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Low-Emission Generation Technologies

Thus, the TAURON Group’s research and development as well as innovation activities are implemented and expanded based on complete and detailed strategic assumptions – with clearly defined goals and results set on the time horizon.

SRA is consistent with and complementary to the other strategic documents, developed or adopted by the TAURON Group, including, first and foremost, with respect to the investment (capex) projects or asset management.

Actions taken and results achieved

The implementation of SRA takes place on several levels, forming the so-called innovation ecosystem, including in the pro-climate context. In addition to the traditionally understood research and development activities (research and development projects, cooperation with scientific units and innovative business partners), the cooperation with start-ups, implemented under the accelerator programs and the Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) – EEC Magenta fund, has also gained significant importance at the Group.

Research and investment projects aimed at ensuring the reliability of electricity supply and promoting sustainable development within the Group and by the TAURON Group are illustrated in the table.

2019
INVESTMENT PROJECT CATEGORIES Investment project type – investment project name (broken down into categories in the table) Description of a given investment project Costs (incurred in relation to the implementation of the investment project) PLN
Renewable energy technologies Developing a platform allowing for aggregating the generation and regulating (adjustment) potential of the distributed renewable energy sources and energy storage devices as well as the selected categories of controllable loads Creating an innovative Virtual Power Plant platform (hereinafter referred to as “VPP”) – allowing aggregation of the generation and regulating (adjustment) potential of the distributed renewable energy sources, energy storage devices and selected categories of controllable loads. Adaptation of the required infrastructure of the Lubachów Hydroelectric Power Plant to operate in the Virtual Power Plant mode. 6,124,491.00
TOTAL COSTS IN THE CATEGORY 6,124,491
Electricity distribution Distributed energy 2.0 operating model – self-balancing power grid areas The goal of the project is to develop technologies that enable setting up local power grids, called microgrids. The algorithms to be used to control the operation of the system will be developed, and a comprehensive database will be created, while in order to obtain full information on the microgrid’s parameters a number of tests will be carried out to evaluate the correctness of the operation of the individual components and of the technology as a whole. The result of the Project will be a pilot installation and a detailed technical documentation of the solution, which would allow for its implementation both in the Polish market and in the foreign markets. 288,536.97
MV/LV station monitoring system with a functionality enabling detecting events in the medium voltage grid The goal of the project is to verify the technical assumptions and evaluate the business usefulness of the metering system provided by iGrid, an enterprise selected as part of the startup support accelerator program: Pilot Maker. The system allows for a faster detection of some events occurring in the medium voltage grid, based on the measurements on the 0.4 kV side, as compared to the solution based on the balancing meters, as a result of which it is possible to locate faults in the MV distribution grid faster. 622,655.00
System for assessing the propagation and improving the electricity quality parameters in the distribution grids (SOPJEE) The project’s goal is to develop a system for assessing the propagation and improvement of the electricity quality parameters (SOPJEE) in the distribution grids. TAURON Dystrybucja’s existing metering infrastructure (more than 220 fixed and more than 200 mobile metering points) will be used for this purpose, as well as a new, extended system for the monitoring and evaluation of the propagation of electricity quality parameters (JEE) will be built. 578,980.00
TOTAL COSTS IN THE CATEGORY 1,490,172
Transmission and distribution technologies Imaging of the overhead lines Verification of the ability to employ new technologies for inventory taking and assessing the technical condition of our LV infrastructure on a larger scale in a comprehensive and efficient manner. The project’s goal is also to reduce the time and cost it takes to inspect the grid, increase the quality of the materials and data acquired, and increase the fault detection efficiency. In addition, verification of the ability to link (share) the obtained data with the systems used by TD (in particular ZMS). 1,286,356.00
Distribution grid operation automation Development of an innovative system for effective monitoring and support of the protective devices that meet the DMS (Distribution Management System) assumptions, along with the development of the protective device controller prototype (including signaling devices) in the MV network. 1,210,930.00
Integrated Grid Diagnostics System The goal of the project is to conduct R&D works aimed at developing a prototype of an IT system supporting the process of managing the HV/MV transformers based on the multi-parameter analysis of the measurement results (ZSDS for short). 751,730.00
TOTAL COSTS IN THE CATEGORY 3,249,016
Advanced technologies (storage, recovery, etc.) Hybrid system for reducing the emissions of acid components and fly ash in the flue gas The goal of the project is to test, in the conditions of a demonstration installation, a hybrid filter installed to replace an electrostatic precipitator. The hybrid filter responds to the market demand for a universal and flexible solution enabling the modernization of the existing flue gas dedusting and treatment systems or the construction of new ones. In addition, the compactness of the solution allows for the installation of the device in places where the local conditions or the existing infrastructure prevents expansion or modernization. 1,128,313.96
CO2 methanation system for storing electricity through the production of SNG The project involves the conversion of CO2 into synthetic natural gas. The main goal of the CO2-SNG project is to develop an advanced flexible methanation reactor and a CO2-SNG installation, enabling the storage of surplus electricity, e.g. from the renewable sources. 527,204.04
Flexibility of the existing power generating units with limited capital expenditures The project focuses on developing a control and monitoring system for improving flexibility (IFCAMS), which would lead to the flexible use of the coal fired generation units. It is expected that the technology developed will allow power plants to be operated efficiently taking into account the new requirements for power (load) ramp (run) up / run back. The use of IFCAMS will shorten the time of the power (load) ramp (run) up and run back and will reduce the operational costs associated with numerous unit failures (due to the reduction of the current technical minimum). 230,710.00
Development of an industrial design of carbonate fuel cells and ceramic electrolyzers enabling the integration with the power-to-gas installations The goal of the project is to improve the chemical energy storage process (a substitute for natural gas, SNG), mainly based on the higher efficiency of the high temperature electrolysis and the use of the carbonate fuel cells for CO2 capture from the flue gas, which does not require the supply of electricity from the power plant to the capture system. In addition, both of the innovations introduced enable their integration on the heat and electricity generation side. 438,230.00
e-BUS project Energy storage using the mobile infrastructure 46,280.00
Energy storage systems for the DSO needs Demonstration project involving the use of a fixed energy storage system as the grid operation stabilization element, Smart Grid element (ESS Cieszanowice), uninterruptible power supply system for the consumers in the distribution grids (sESS). 133,083.00
Development and implementation of a technological process for reducing the HCl emissions in the flue gas from the fluidized bed boilers The goal of the project is to adapt TAURON Wytwarzanie’s Generating Units in an optimal manner to the new environmental and market requirements, in force beyond 2021, related to the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2017/1442 of 31 July 2017 establishing the best available techniques (BAT) conclusions for large combustion plants. The works are carried out at the Łagisza, Jaworzno and Siersza power plants. 2,608,200.00
Developing and testing an adaptive electricity storage system based on the second life of the batteries coming from electric vehicles The goal of the project is to develop a prototype of a battery storage in two capacity variants, based on the reuse of the lithium-ion batteries from electric transportation, and to test it, in 3 use cases, including the preliminary definition of the model of the production accompanying processes related to the transformation of the batteries for a new application and supply chain model. 156,000.00
Development and implementation of a technological process for the processing of waste from the fluidized bed boilers, using CO2 for the production of a cement substitute The goal of the project is the construction and commissioning of a demonstration installation for the processing of waste from the fluidized bed boilers, using CO2 in the production process of composites for applications in the construction industry and/or in the geo-engineering applications, to fill the post-mining voids in hard coal mining. The project is in line with the assumptions of the Circular Economy. 180,000.00
TOTAL COSTS IN THE CATEGORY 5,448,021
Innovative related services (e.g. remote meters) Development of advanced technology for the monitoring and predictive analysis of the technical condition of the boiler to increase the reliability of the boiler unit The origin of the project is associated with the need to improve the availability of the 460 MWe unit. The technologies being developed should considerably increase the efficiency and reduce the costs of the diagnostics of the heat exchange surface inside the boiler, improving its availability and increasing the economic efficiency of its operation. The goal of the project is to develop two complementary technologies/tools for the advanced diagnostics of the wear of the heat exchange elements inside the boiler. The first solution would be used for the precise (detailed) monitoring of the technical condition of the heat exchange elements inside the boiler, which could operate at high temperatures, the second solution would be used for the analysis and interpretation of the results obtained in the context of the prediction of the erosive wear of the heating surfaces of the boiler’s furnace chamber and the required repairs. 301,610.00
Internet of Things (IOT) Development of the Internet of Things technology in cooperation with the city of Wrocław. The project’s goal is to develop a platform for collecting data and managing a smart city, which will be expanded with the arrival of new types of various sensors, for measuring various quantitative parameters. In the first phase, the project focuses on air quality monitoring, waste management and parking space management. 1,989,790.00
HEMS (Home Energy Management System) program The purpose of the Program, addressed to retail customers, is to prepare the TAURON Group to acquire a new revenue stream for the Group’s subsidiaries, by developing a strategy, organization and model for the provision of the services and the sale of the products under HEMS, based on the existing as well as the new products and services. 5,850.00
Platform for managing data coming from the advanced metering infrastructure (MDM – Meter Data Management) The goal of the project is to develop a platform for managing data coming from the advanced metering infrastructure. It will enable conducting advanced analyses of large metering data sets, based on the innovative mathematical and statistical models. This, in turn, will contribute to achieving increased capabilities of observing the distribution grid, making more efficient decisions with respect to the maintenance and development of the grid infrastructure, increasing the operational efficiency and numerous business benefits for the DSOs. 651,330.00
TOTAL COSTS IN THE CATEGORY 2,948,580
TOTAL AGGREGATE COSTS 19,260,280

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