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Integrated cyber-physical solutions for intelligent distribution grid with high penetration of renewables

Project description

Powering the future of renewable energy integration

The dynamic nature of renewable energy sources creates complexities in managing their fluctuating generation and ensuring a reliable power supply. Integrating these distributed energy resources into existing grids requires advanced technologies. In this context, the EU-funded UNITED-GRID project aims to achieve at least 80 % renewable-based energy production on an annual basis, with a 50 % improvement in reliability performance and a 10 % reduction in grid losses. It will develop a toolbox that encompasses an array of groundbreaking technologies. These include real-time system awareness and control solutions, short-term generation and load forecasting, setting-less protection schemes, and novel business models. The integration of these technologies into a professional system ensures interoperability and seamless integration with existing systems.


"UNITED-GRID aspires to be the arrow-head within “Integrated cyber-physical solutions for intelligent distribution grid with distributed energy resources” and addresses the challenges in the “competitive low-carbon energy"", relevant to next generation of active distribution grids.

UNITED-GRID will develop a tool-box with technologies enabling at least 80% renewable-based energy production on an annual basis, with an increased reliability performance of 50%, while decreasing grid losses by 10%. The developed technologies include e.g. solutions for real-time system awareness and control, short term generation and load forecasting, setting-less protection schemes and new business models. The tool-box will be integrated into a professional system ensuring interoperability and smooth integration with existing EMS/DMS on the market. To enhance future impacts, at least 2/3 of novel solutions which have been positively validated will have an agreed and financed development processes for the next TRL level beyond the project.

The project team has been selected carefully and has proven R&I, demonstration and deployment capabilities as well as established regulatory and policy channels. The team includes experienced research organisations (SP, TU/e, CEA, and Chalmers), 3 DSOs, a DMS provider and expert SME partners to ensure the exploitation of the developed solutions.

To further enhance the deployment towards a low carbon energy society, the project will together with at least 20 market actors define pathways to navigate in the rapidly changing energy environment. Furthermore, at least 25% of the test-pilots will sign a letter of commitment to execute parts of the developed pathways.

The real-life demonstrators, covering more than 80% of European market conditions, are provided by the project partners in-kind to an estimated value of €4.1M. With the requested EC contribution of €4M, the project encloses €8M, matching the UNITED-GRID projects ambitions and objectives.

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Net EU contribution
€ 806 200,00

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Södra Sverige Västsverige Västra Götalands län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 806 200,00

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