It is vital to the increase the reliability of the European electricity system. The electricity grid needs to be ready for a drastic increase of renewable energy and more resilient to future shocks (such as cyber-attacks). That is why 77 partners, from 15 European countries, have come together through the TwinEU consortium project to create a digital twin of the entire European electricity grid. TU Delft is one of the prominent partners within this project and is very excited to have won the grand proposal together with all the leading stakeholders.
A digital twin of the energy system is a virtual representation of reality, and a digital version of the real energy grid. The digital twin makes it possible for researchers to run various different simulations to explore everything that might happen when there are disruptions in the grid. The goal of the TwinEU project is to develop a digital twin of the whole EU electricity system. And its vision is to improve the management, operations and resilience of the EU grid by supporting the research and development of new technologies to foster an advanced concept of the digital twin.
The TwinEU project is funded by Horizon Europe. This is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation. The budget for this project is 20 million euros. As one of the primary partners within the project, TU Delft receives 1 million euros.
The consortium is led by the German applied research organization Fraunhofer and it includes Transmission System Operators (like TenneT), Distribution System Operators (like Alliander), energy market industry players, research institutes and large pilots or demonstrators. These demonstrators will create, develop and test leading and innovative digital twin technology and will demonstrate its performance.
TU Delft will lead both the Dutch and French demonstrators (TU Delft, TenneT, RTE, Alliander, Stedin, Jedlix). Their digital twin innovation will be demonstrated in the Control Room of the Future (CRoF) technology centre at TU Delft. The Control Room of the Future is a unique, future-ready, and multi-domain experimental setup used as a hub for research, development and demonstration of cyber secure, future-proof power grid technologies.
The TU Delft research team of this exciting project consists of Alex Stefanov (Project Lead), Peter Palensky and José Rueda Torres. If you are interested in more information about the project, you can contact Alex Stefanov at A.I.Stefanov@tudelft.nl.