Financed to the tune of €25 M by the European Commission, and costing €54 M overall, Grid4EU is the biggest smart grid project to be funded by the European Union. The project is led by six European DSOs covering more than 50% of the electricity supply in Europe: CEZ Distribuce (Czech Republic), Enel Distribuzione (Italy), ERDF (France), Iberdrola Distribucion (Spain), RWE (Germany) and Vattenfall Eldistribution (Sweden). Altogether 27 partners from several countries (including manufacturers, system integrators, research centres and universities) are collaborating in the project.
The main objectives of Grid4EU are:
Grid4EU consists of six demonstrators (one per DSO leading the project), which will be tested over a period of four years. The emphasis will be on fostering complementarity between these projects, and on promoting transversal research and sharing results between the different DSOs involved.
The interactions and synergies between the 6 demonstrators are illustrated as follows:
The main R&D challenges of the project are:
Grid4EU also draws on the know-how of other industrial and scientific partners, thereby bringing together thirty or so partners from around ten different EU countries.
For more information, please visit http://www.grid4eu.eu/.