The European Commission published, in the framework of the FP7 (the Seventh Framework Program for EU Research), a call projects for major smart grid demonstrations integrating production from renewable energy and management mechanisms active demand management (Smart Grid).
The project received a favourable agreement of the European Commission. It has begun on 1st of November 2011 and the Grant Agreement signature is expected in December 2011.
Grid4EU : Large-scale demonstration of advanced smart grid solutions with wide replication and scalability potential for Europe
A European SmartGrid 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: 4 years (November 2011-December 2015)
- 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 SmartGrid Cost-benefits (B-Case)
R&D main 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
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Interactions and synergies between the 6 Demonstrators
Each demonstrators managed by a DSO, has specific boundaries conditions.
Overview of Project Flow
The interest of the project is to operate coordination between the different demonstrators, in order to avoid uselessly duplicating mutual work and to define the co required by the replication and the scaling-up of the results at a regional, national and European level
Task Force 1
How to improve existing distribution networks in order to integrate more DER and Active Demand in to the electric system?
Task Force 2
How DER and Active Demand can contribute to increase the flexibility and the resilience of existing distribution networks?
Task Force 3
How to maximize smart districts benefits through the use of future distribution networks architecture and operation?