Eighteen research institutions from throughout Europe have been brought together to form a project to look at the commercial potential of smart grid technology.

The ERIGrid project is being led by the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and includes British representation through the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow.

The consortium will look at the challenges of connecting renewable energy sources to smart grids.
It will also work on the development of full-scale commercial grids.

Sharing findings

Thomas Strasser, Senior Scientist at AIT, said: “We intend to make the innovative methods, concepts and processes developed within this top-class network available to other interested researchers, industrial enterprises, system operators and standardisation institutions.

“By networking European smart grid research infrastructure through the ERIGrid project, we are driving technological developments and the creation of intelligent networks in Europe.”

Other participants include the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources & Savings (CRES) in Greece and the European Distributed Energy Resources Laboratories (DERLAB) in Germany.

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