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Grid4EU - A European smart grid project under EC FP7 Research Program

Large-scale demonstration of advanced smart grid solutions with wide replication and scalability potential for Europe

  • Carried by 6 Distribution System Operators (DSOs) - cover more than 50% of the metered electricity customers in Europe
  • 27 partners (utilities, energy suppliers, manufacturers, research centers and untiversities, industrials and system integrators) 
  • Duration: 51 months (November 2011 - January  2016)


This project gathers a consortium of six European DSOs : ERDF (France), ENEL (Italy), Iberdrola Distribucion (Spain), RWE (Germany), Vattenfall Eldistribution (Sweden) and CEZ Distribuce (Czech Republic) covering more than 50% of the electricity supply in Europe, and more than 25 partners from several countries (industrials, system integrators, research centers and universities).

Main objectives:

  • Develop and test innovative technologies
  • Define standards through the set up of demonstrators
  • Guarantee the scalability of these new technologies
  • Guarantee the replicability over Europe
  • Analyse Smart Grid Cost-benefits (Business Case)

R&D main challenges:

  • Using more renewable energy sources connected to distribution networks
  • Implementing active, more efficient participation of customer to electricity markets
  • Secure energy supply - Network reliability
  • MV / LV network Supervision & Automation
  • Improving peak load management through increased interactions between network operation and electricity customers
  • Demand Side Management (DSM), Storage, Micro Grids

ABB’s involvement:

The Grid4EU project comprises six large-scale, smart grid demonstration networks in six different countries. ABB will participate in three of these pilot installations working with RWE in Germany, Vattenfall in Sweden and CEZ in Czech Republic.
Demo 1 (RWE)
Demonstrate that autonomous systems using agent functions can become an industrial solution to manage medium voltage networks thus enabling

  • Integrating an increasing number of distributed generation units in the medium voltage network and underlying low voltage networks
  • Achieving higher reliability, shorter recovery times after grid failures, improving workforce-management
  • Avoiding unknown overloads
  • Supervision and remote control in medium voltage networks

Demo 2 (Vattenfall)
Demonstrate that the use of data collected by existing and future automatic metering technologies to support

  • Visibility, monitoring and control of the low voltage network to enable the connection of distributed generation
  • Extention of power quality information usage
  • Network operations and customer information exchange to reduce commercial and technical network losses
  • Demonstration how to minimize future investment cost in the area of automatic metering technology

Demo 5 (CEZ)
Test improvement of grid quality and security on medium and low voltage networks during island operation and to test influence from automated quality and reliability operations in the demonstration area

  • Management of island operation
  • Medium voltage and low voltage grid automation and failure management

Further details on demonstration projects

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