The FP7-funded GRID+ project was launched in 2011 as a support action to help the European Electricity Grids Initiative (EEGI) to pass through the 2012-2014 period, critical for the EU’s internal energy market objectives but also in terms of preparations for the first year of the EU’s new research funding programme for 2014-2020 (Horizon 2020). The EEGI is one of the European Industrial Initiatives under the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and proposes a nine year European research, development, and demonstration programme to accelerate innovation and the development of the European electricity networks of the future. Predominantly funded under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), the project will run until October 2014. Below are the most relevant support tools delivered by GRID+:
- Knowledge sharing platform: the Grid Innocation Online platform is a dynamic virtual library structuring the new knowledge generated by R&I projects contributing to the EEGI roadmap
- Scaling and replicability factors assessment tool
- KPIs: Key performance indicators covering three levels (overarching, cluster specific and project level)
- RD&D gap analysis: the mapping of gaps in research, development and demonstration, feeding into the EEGI Roadmap and Implementation plans, but also the JRC’s smart grid project database
- Interaction workshops between smart grid project representatives
- EEGI project labelling: providing more visibility for demonstration projects that are aligned with the EEGI’s goals
Research and development.
The project runs from October 2011 – September 2014.
European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO) with specific members involved: ERDF, Enel Distribuzione, Iberdrola Distribución, EDP Distribuçao, ČEZ Distribuce), Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE) (coordinator), ENTSO-E, ZABALA Innovation Consulting, TECHNOFI, SINTEF Norway, VITO Belgium, Bacher Energie AG, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Universidad Pontificia