Today in the Lab – Tomorrow in Energy?
Highlighting research projects under development in the Technology Collaboration Programmes
What is the aim of this project?
Intelligent power networks, or smart grids, are urgently required to integrate the growing number of distributed energy sources and generators into the energy system. The aim of the ERIGrid and ERIGrid 2.0 project is to bring together, integrate and open up key national and regional research infrastructure to all European researchers, from both academia and industry, to ensure the optimal use and joint development of smart grids.
How could this technology be explained to a high school student?
A sustainable energy supply requires the integration of renewable energy resources. Such integration can be accomplished using concepts and technologies that turn the existing power system into an intelligent entity, a smart grid. To create such a system, it will be necessary to transform current electricity grids by rapidly deploying new technologies that need extensive testing and validation. ERIGrid and ERIGrid 2.0 address the challenge of effectively testing and validating new technologies and solutions by providing a single entry point to a vast amount of research infrastructure and partner laboratories, offering a broad spectrum of services to researchers active in smart grids.
What is the value of this project for society?
At what stage of development is this project?
Phase 1 of the ERIGrid project began 1 November 2015 and finished on 30 April 2020. ERIGrid 2.0 started on April 1 2020 and will run until 30 September 2024. It will not only build on the first phase but also extend the testing and validation concepts and tools, with an emphasis on research infrastructure integration and automation for long-term sustainability. The project will focus on the entire energy system, providing unparalleled opportunities for research and development in the smart energy research community.
What government policies could bring this from the lab to the market?
About the Technology Collaboration Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN TCP)
The ISGAN TCP is a strategic platform to support high-level government attention and action for the accelerated development and deployment of smarter, cleaner electricity grids around the world. Operating as both an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, and as a TCP, the ISGAN TCP provides an important channel for communication of experience, trends, lessons learned, and visions in support of clean energy objectives, as well as new flexible and resilient solutions for smart grids.
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