GARPUR: Generally Accepted Reliability Principle with Uncertainty modelling and through probabilistic Risk assessment

Collaborative R&D project co-funded by the European Commission (7th Framework Programme)

Power system reliability management aims to maintain power system performance at a desired level, while minimizing the socio-economic costs of keeping the power system at that performance level.

Historically in Europe, network reliability management has been lying on the so-called “N-1” criterion: in case of fault of one relevant element (e.g. one transmission system element, one significant generation element or one significant distribution network element), the elements remaining in operation must be capable of accommodating the new operational situation without violating the network’s operational security limits.

Today, the increasing uncertainty of generation due to intermittent energy sources, combined with the opportunities provided e.g. by demand-side management and energy storage, call for imagining new reliability criteria with a better balance between reliability and costs.

The GARPUR project designs, develops, assesses and evaluates such new reliability criteria to be progressively implemented over the next decades at a pan-European level, while maximising social welfare.

Coordinated by SINTEF Energy Research, the GARPUR project is performed by collaborative efforts of 7 TSOs (Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Iceland and Norway), 12 R&D providers and 1 innovation management expert. The overall project costs are estimated to 10.9M€, with the corresponding requested contribution from the European Commission of 7.8M€. GARPUR started September 1st 2013 and will run for 4 years until August 31st 2017.