European Research Infrastructure Supporting Smart Grid and Smart Energy Systems Research, Technology Development, Validation and Roll Out
ERIGrid (European Research Infrastructure supporting Smart Grid Systems Technology Development, Validation and Roll Out) is a Horizon 2020 project funded and supported by the European Commission. ERIGrid aims at integrating and enhancing the necessary research services for analysing, validating and testing Smart Grid configurations. It tackles a holistic, cyber-physical systems based approach by integrating 18 European research centers and institutions with outstanding research and jointly develops common methods, concepts and procedures. The overall objective of ERIGrid is to optimize the use and the further development of the best Smart Grid research infrastructures in Europe. The European scientific community needs these to remain at the forefront of the advancement of research, foster the innovation process and help the industry to strengthen its base of knowledge and validate its technological know-how.
Validating Smart Grid technologies and developments is a task that requires a holistic view on the overall process. The entre domain spectrum of future Smart Grids has to be taken into consideration. Besides the technical components, such as the grid infrastructure, storage, generation, consumption, etc., it also comprises customers, markets, ICT, regulation, governance, and metrology to name a few. A holistic approach demands integrating all prospective R&D sites and stakeholders, e.g. hardware/software simulation labs as well as academic and industrial research. With this networking activity the next generation of researchers and engineers are being trained.
Joint Research Activities
A core activity in ERIGrid is the provision of a distributed and integrated research infrastructure which is capable to support the validation and testing of Smart Grid configurations. Overall 21 installations provided by the consortium members are available for trans-national access projects.
With the trans-national access (TA) to the integrated research infrastructure of the ERIGrid members European industrial and academic researchers active in the Smart Grid domain are targeted. This access is funded by the project and is therefore oﬀered free of charge to researchers planning to carry out research projects at a high level of excellence and innovation. For each TA, two calls for proposals will be organized by the consortium per year. The consortium will publicize a description of each facility on the project website in order to provide technical information and the central entry point to potential users. The projects submitted by industrial and academic researchers will have to tackle challenging scientific and complex technical impacts. The use of several facilities within the project and/or the presence of several partners will be fully monitored and rewarded.
Rishabh Bhandia is a doctoral researcher in the Intelligent Electrical Power Grids group in Delft University of Technology. He received his B.Tech degree in electrical engineering from Sikkim Manipal University, India in 2011 and his M.S degree from Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, France in 2015 in Smart Grids and Buildings. He has worked at Schneider Electric in Grenoble, France for his master thesis. His research interests are in the application of advanced algorithm for the anticipation and mitigation of faults in the power system. His other interest relate to co-simulation of complex power systems. He is currently involved in ‘ERIGrid’, a H2020 European Union project. He is a student member of IEEE.
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