EDSO members are involved in pilot projects across Europe, whether part of EU-funded initiatives or the testing of new solutions locally. Where not directly involved as partners, EDSO and its members also provide support to other projects of European added value, through Advisory Boards, also reviewing select draft deliverables. Please find below information on some of these.
Projects which have been awarded the EEGI label have been indicated below. The label acknowledges that a project is in line with the spirit and functional objectives of the EEGI (i.e. European added value, scalability and replicability, knowledge sharing of results, system level innovation, etc.).
DISCERN stands for Distributed Intelligence for Cost-Effective and Reliable Distribution Network Operation, and seeks to provide DSOs with a better understanding of best-practise system solutions for monitoring and control of their low and medium voltage (LV/MV) grids. Based on the recommendations from DISCERN, DSOs will be enabled to implement solutions that have been tested and validated in various countries and circumstances. The project aims to give DSOs the tools to answer complex questions like: How much intelligence do I need in my distribution network to ensure a cost effective and reliable operation of the network? What is the most cost-effective solution to implement this intelligence in the network? How should the ICT-infrastructure be designed to serve the requirements of a DSO?
Duration: February 2013 – February 2016
EDSO member partners: RWE (coordinator)
More info: www.discern.eu
DREAM will lay the foundations for a novel heterarchical management approach of complex electrical power grids, providing new mechanisms for stable and cost effective integration of distributed renewable energy sources, as well as for enhanced consumer involvement in economic and ecological electricity use. Applying the principles of autonomous agent-based systems to the control and management of the electricity distribution grid will allow the system to constantly adjust to current operational conditions and make it robust to exogenous disturbances.
Duration: September 2013 – September 2016
EDSO member partners: HEDNO
More info: www.dream-smartgrid.eu
The DRIP project, funded by the EU’s LIFE+ programme and lead by EDSO member, RWE, is designed to demonstrate the economic viability of load management in medium industrial customers (demand response resources, DR) to help in a cost-effective way, to participate in the operation of the electricity system, facilitating the integration of renewable energy sources (RES) into the European power system and reducing CO2 emissions. DRIP provides an innovative approach to customer flexibility evaluation through analysing the impact that proposed demand response actions may have on each individual energy consuming processes throughout the course of industrial production. In particular, DRIP represents a novel approach to flexibility in the meat and paper sector, where customers have traditionally been unwilling to change any element or parameter of the industrial processes due to sensitivity to supply conditions and direct relation to quality of final products.
Duration: September 2012 – February 2015
EDSO member partners: RWE
More info: www.drip-project.eu
ELECTRA stands for European Liaison on Electricity Committed Towards long-term Research Activity and is an FP7 funded Integrated Research Programme on smart grids, bringing together partners of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Joint Programme on Smart Grids (JP SG) to reinforce and accelerate Europe’s medium to long-term research cooperation in this area and to drive a closer integration of the research programmes of participating organisations and of the related national programmes. EDSO provides support to the project through participaton on the Advisory Board, where stakeholders can follow and provide insight to the project’s development.
Duration: December 2013 – December 2017
More info: www.electrairp.eu
Part funded by FP7, GRID4EU is based around six demonstration projects that are testing the potential of smart grids in areas such as renewable energy integration, electric vehicle development, grid automation, energy storage, energy efficiency and load reduction. Financed to the tune of €25 million by the EC, and costing €54 million overall, it is the biggest smart grid project to be funded by the European Union. GRID4EU brings together a consortium of six European energy distributors (ERDF, Enel Distribuzione, Iberdrola Distribución Eléctrica, ČEZ Distribuce, Vattenfall Eldistribution and RWE) and looks to foster complementarities between these projects, promoting transversal research and knowledge sharing across the demonstrations and beyond.
Duratution: November 2011 – January 2016
EDSO member partners: ERDF (coordinator), ČEZ Distribuce, Enel Distribuzione, Iberdrola Distribución, RWE, Vattenfall
More info: www.grid4eu.eu
iGREENGrid is a collaborative project co-funded by the EC under FP7 and stands for IntegratinG Renewables in the EuropEaN Electricity Grid due to its focus on increasing the hosting capacity for Distributed Renewable Energy Sources (DRES) in power distribution grids without compromising reliability or jeopardising quality of supply. The projects share knowledge and promotes best practices, identifying potential solutions for the effective integration of DRES in the six demonstration projects in LV and MV grids participating in the project and validating these solutions via simulations in other environments to assess their scalability and replicability at EU level.
Duration: June 2013 – December 2015
EDSO member partners: Iberdrola Distribución (coordinator), Enel Distribuzione, ERDF, HEDNO, RWE, Unión Fenosa Distribución
More info: www.igreengrid-fp7.eu
INCREASE addresses increasing the penetration of renewable energy sources in the distribution grid by developing control strategies and using ancillary services and aims to provide an answer to the significant rise in distributed renewable energy sources. Five scientific and eight industrial partners gathere in INCREASE and aim to overcome the DRES challenges with innovative three-phase grid-connected inverters and new operational and control strategies in order to maintain the ability of the system to provide consumers with a reliable supply of electricity at an acceptable power quality level.
Duration: September 2014 – December 2016
EDSO member partners: Eandis, Energienetze Steiermark
More info: www.project-increase.eu
The SuSTAINABLE project addresses Smart distribution System operation for maximising the Integration of renewable generation and will develop and demonstrate a new operation paradigm, leveraging information from smart metering and short-term localised predictions to manage distribution systems in a more efficient and cost-effective way, enabling a large-scale deployment of variable distributed resources.
Duration: January 2013 – December 2015
EDSO member partners: EDP Distribuiçao, HEDNO
More info: www.sustainableproject.eu