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Relevant EU projects


Connecting SmartGrids Initiatives – Moving towards 2020
The GRID+ Project aims at designing a set of accompanying activities to make sure that the European Electricity Grids Initiative will pass through the critical 2012-2014 period. This involves preparation of the 8th Framework program of the EC, initial operation of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), and increased specification duties of the network operators.

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Innovative Tools for Electrical System Security within Large Areas
The purpose of the iTESLA project is to develop a toolbox which will support the future operation of the pan-European electricity transmission network. This toolbox shall bring forward a major innovation: carry out operational dynamic simulations in the frame of a full probabilistic approach, thus going further that the current “N-1” approach and optimizing the transit capacities of the grid at different spatial (national, regional, Pan-European) and time (two-days ahead, day-ahead, intra-day, real-time) scales.


Innovative tools for the future coordinated and stable operation of the pan-European electricity transmission system
This starting project will develop a toolbox to support the grid security approach of transmission system operators. The approach will rely on the simulation of uncertainties related to market activities and renewable and the optimization of corrective actions on different timescales, and the development of risk based assessment concepts.


Modular Development Plan of the Pan-European Transmission System 2050  
The eHIGHWAY project is aimed at developing a methodology to support the planning of the Pan-European Transmission Network, focusing on 2020 to 2050, to ensure the reliable delivery of renewable electricity and pan-European market integration.


Model for pan-european electricity markets
The OPTIMATE project aimed at developing a numerical test platform to analyse and to validate new market designs which may allow integrating massive flexible generation dispersed in several regional power markets. OPTIMATE therefore contributes to the construction of a pan-European electricity market.


Pan European Grid Advanced Simulation and state Estimation
The PEGASE project has produced new tools to enhance the cooperation among transmission system operators for the real-time control and operational planning of the Pan-European transmission network.


Transmission system operation with large penetration of Wind and other renewable Electricity sources in Networks by means of innovative Tools and Integrated Energy Solutions
The TWENTIES project aims at demonstrating by early 2014 through real life, large scale demonstrations, the benefits and impacts of several critical technologies required to improve the pan-European transmission network, thus giving Europe a capability of responding to the increasing share of renewable in its energy mix by 2020 and beyond while keeping its present level of reliability performance.

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A Prototype of Smart Grid in Europe
The key idea of EcoGrid EU is to introduce market-based mechanisms close to the operation of the power system that will release balancing capacity, particularly from flexible consumption. In total 2000 households on the Danish island Bornholm will by means of more flexible consumption show how Europe can manage over 50 % wind power and other fluctuating and less predictable renewable sources.


A Framework for electrical power sysTems vulnerability identification, dEfense and Restoration
The AFTER project addresses the challenges posed by the need for vulnerability evaluation and contingency planning of the energy grids and energy plants considering also the relevant ICT systems used in protection and control. Project emphasis is on cascading events that can cause catastrophic outages of the electric power systems.