The SPRING Project, which is an evolution of the INTENSYS4EU project, is a coordination action aimed at achieving the energy transition towards a low-carbon, reliable, resilient and accessible, as well as cost-efficient and market-based, pan-European integrated energy system.
The Project runs the ETIP SNET (European Technology and Innovation Platform Smart Networks for Energy Transition) in support of the Strategic Energy Technology plan (SET-plan), or rather a starting point issued by EU to enhance the transition towards a climate neutral energy system: the SET-plan aims to achieve the 2050 energy and climate goals, through the development of low-carbon technologies in a fast and cost-competitive way.
SPRING also includes the management of the BRIDGE Initiative, supported by Horizon 2020, that unites EU R&I projects in the areas of Smart Grid, Energy Storage, Islands, and Digitalization as to create a structured view of cross-cutting issues encountered during the demonstration activities.
The project progresses are following two main branches:
• The reinforcement and integration of the innovation practices and solutions, in order to reach the targeted 32% of renewable energy hosting by 2030, while keeping the energy system safe and secure in line with the climate neutrality target set for 2050.
• To extend and foster the current R&I roadmaps by means of permanent and direct interactions with all the Member States and energy stakeholders, additionally, funding mechanisms will be undertaking as validation of the innovative solutions portfolio.
• (Foster the R&I roadmaps thanks to the continuous and direct interactions of all Member States and energy stakeholders. The current roadmap, which should be carried out towards the practical achievement of the functionalities needed for the implementation of an Integrated Energy System by 2030, will be accomplished through the gathering of products and solutions derived from 120 research and demonstration tasks. Each task, which is linked to a research area (RA) and a research sub-area (RSA), has impacts on one or more functionalities that must be implemented before 2030.)
Coordination strategy is the key. In line with it, the project identifies policy hurdles, coordinates the stakeholder and experts exchange within ETIP SNET and BRIDGE Initiative. Furthermore, it monitors, prioritises and disseminates the state-of-the-art innovations and beyond.
E.DSO, as a member of the renewed consortium with ZABALA as project leader, ICCS – NTUA, BACHER ENERGIE AG, CLERENS, INYCOM, ENTSO-e, and EASE, contributes to the development of strategic documents regarding R&I in the energy networks for the energy transition. Guiding the increase in resilience, security and smartness of the energy system , as key action of SET-plan and contributing to ETIP SNET and BRIDGE Initiative Vision 2050 to reach a carbon-neutral and circular economy.
In addition, E.DSO members contribute with direct involvement and expertise to four ETIP SNET and BRIDGE Initiative working groups, which, together with other industry experts, cover the following topics:
• WG1: Reliable, economic and efficient smart grid system
• WG2: Storage technologies and sector interfaces
• WG3: Flexible generation
• WG4: Digitisation of the electricity system and customer participation
• WG5: Innovation implementation in the business environment
E.DSO members’s collaboration in the SPRING Project is aimed at achieving certain objectives, such as:
– Improve management processes within ETIP SNET and BRIDGE
– Maximise the respective impacts of ETIP SNET and BRIDGE
– Increase their attractiveness through efficient communication
– Facilitate R&I policy and strategic planning of the EC
Tender: INEA/2020/OP/0004 Support office for ETIP SNET and BRIDGE
Period: September 2020 – August 2023
Consortium: ZABALA, BACHER ENERGIE AG, ENTSO-E, E.DSO, I.C. BELGIUM SCRL (Clerens), EASE, EERA, INYCOM, NTUA – ICCS.