European Research Infrastructure Supporting Smart Grid Research, Technology Development, Validation and Roll Out
What will Europe's energy system look like in 10 years? The 2030 targets for decarbonising the EU economy have been agreed upon. The transition is underway. The integration of renewable energy resources and turning the existing power system into a smart grid are among the top goals. The EU-funded ERIGrid 2.0 project will address the challenges of the energy transition by widening and advancing access to European research infrastructure. Serving as a single-entry point for researchers active in smart grids and integration of renewables, the project will develop a broad spectrum of improved services, methods and tools.
ERIGrid 2.0 is a Horizon 2020 project funded and supported by the European Commission. It serves as a single point of reference, promoting research, technology development and innovation on all aspects of smart grids, smart energy systems, and integration of renewables. This is achieved through a pan European approach by integrating 20 over European research centres and institutions. This is to co-develop novel methods, test procedures and use cases for future smart energy systems. Developing a coordinated and integrated approach using each partners’ expertise and infrastructures, more effectively, adds value to research projects and investments at all levels. Thus, spearheading European leadership in smart grids, smart energy systems, and renewables’ integration even further. The project also facilitates a wider sharing of knowledge, research services, and corresponding tools/techniques across fields and between academia and industry all over Europe. Based on the results from the ERIGrid 1.0 project, the successor project ERIGrid 2.0 will expand the research services and tools of research infrastructures for validating smart energy networks with the electric power grid as the main backbone. Committed to the holistic and cyber-physical systems-based validation approach, ERIGrid 2.0 will foster system-level support and education for industrial and academic researchers in power and energy systems research and technology development.
V. Subramaniam Rajkumar
Vetrivel is a PhD researcher in the Intelligent Electrical Power Grids section. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Anna University, India in 2013 and his MSc. in Electrical Power Engineering from TU Delft in 2019. He carried out his master thesis as part of the ERIGrid 1.0 project, on virtual interconnection of EU Smart-Grid Laboratories. His areas of interest are cyber-physical energy systems and smart grids, with previous research experience in the field of micro-grid design and cost optimisation. His doctoral research is focused on cyber security and impact of cyber attacks on power systems. He is a student member of IEEE.