Overview of GRID4EU

Grid4EU: A Large-scale demonstration project of advanced smart grids solutions with wide replication and scalability potential for Europe

Designed in response to a call for projects from the European Commission, the project lays the groundwork for the development of tomorrow's electricity grids. Financed to the tune of €25 M by the European Commission, and costing €54 M overall, it is the biggest smart grid project to be funded by the European Union.

GRID4EU brings together a consortium of 6 European energy distributors (ERDF, Enel Distribuzione, Iberdrola, CEZ Distribuce, Vattenfall Eldistribution and RWE).

It will test the potential of smart grids in areas such as renewable energy integration, electric vehicle development, grid automation, energy storage, energy efficiency and load reduction.

GRID4EU consists of six demonstrators, which will be tested over a period of four years in each of the European countries represented in the consortium. The emphasis will be on fostering complementarity between these projects, and on promoting transversal research and sharing results between the different energy distributors involved.

GRID4EU also draws on the know-how of other industrial and scientific partners, thereby bringing together thirty or so partners from around ten different EU countries.

A European Smart Grid project under EC FP7 Research Program

  • Carried by 6 DSOs (cover more than 50% of the metered electricity customers in Europe)
  • 27 partners (Utilities, Energy Suppliers, Manufacturers, Research Institutes)
  • Duration: 51 months (November 2011 - January 2016)

Main objectives

  • Develop and test innovative technologies
  • Define standards through the set up of demonstrators
  • Guarantee the scalability of these new technologies
  • Guarantee the replicability over Europe
  • Analyse Smart Grid Cost-benefits (Business Case)

Main R&D challenges

  • Using more Renewable Energy Sources connected to distribution networks
  • Implementing active, more efficient participation of customer to electricity markets
  • Secure energy supply - Network reliability
  • MV / LV network Supervision & Automation
  • Improving peak load management through increased interactions between network operation and electricity customers
  • Demand Side Management (DSM), VE, Storage, Micro Grids