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Distributed Intelligence for Cost-Effective and Reliable Distribution Network Operation

Objective

As the patterns of power generation and distribution are rapidly changing in Europe towards a highly dispersed and volatile system, Distribution System Operators need to completely change traditional ways of grid operations. Currently developed solutions to increase the intelligence of medium and low voltage grids to cope with this task are often highly specialized, non-replicable and therefore not cost-effective.

It is therefore the aim of this project to assess the optimal level of intelligence in the distribution network and to determine the replicable technological options that will allow a cost-effective and reliable enhancement of observability and controllability of the future distribution networks in Europe. DISCERN will build on five demonstration projects operated by major European DSOs. The involved demonstration sites unite a variety of technological approaches addressing different challenges. They hereby constitute the main resource of DISCERN. In addition, DISCERN will liaise with other EEGI smart grid innovation projects in Europe in a series of workshops and leverage on their results. Hence, DISCERN will become part of the EEGI family of projects.
Based on comparative assessment, guided by a set of Key Performance Indicators, of technological options, solutions and operational processes, the project will define recommendations on replicable solutions. Moreover, DISCERN will demonstrate innovative solutions in field tests and simulations.

As a result, DISCERN will enable DSOs to more rationally manage their networks and to plan their extension thereby facilitating the large scale introduction of renewable generation necessary for the transformation of the energy system.

To achieve its objective, DISCERN builds on a strong European consortium which includes five DSOs, technology providers, research institutes and universities as well as a technical consultancy.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2012-1-2STAGE
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

RWE DEUTSCHLAND AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Address
Kruppstrasse 5
45128 Essen
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 974 287,67
Administrative Contact
Thomas Wiedemann (Mr.)

Participants (11)

ABB POWER GRIDS SWEDEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 296 582,60
Address
Kopparbergsvagen 2
72183 Vasteras
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sabinah Mangion (Ms.)
FUNDACION CIRCE CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION DE RECURSOS Y CONSUMOS ENERGETICOS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 499 188
Address
Parque Empresarial Dinamiza, Avda. De Ranillas, 3D
50018 Zaragoza
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Enrique Morgades Prat (Mr.)
I-DE REDES ELECTRICAS INTELIGENTESSA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 404 944,50
Address
Avenida San Adrian 48
48003 Bilbao
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jesus Varela Sanz (Mr.)
KEMA Consulting GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 289 195
Address
Kurt-schuhmacher-strasse
53113 Bonn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jutta Otten (Mrs.)
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 628 540
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Annica Johannesson (Ms.)
OFFIS EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 384 207
Address
Escherweg 2
26121 Oldenburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mathias Uslar (Mr.)
SOUTHERN ELECTRIC POWER DISTRIBUTION PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 285 088,58
Address
Vastern Road 55
RG1 8BU Reading Berkshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nigel Bessant (Mr.)
UFD DISTRIBUCION ELECTRICIDAD SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 427 239,40
Address
Avenida San Luis 77
28033 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fernando Garcia Martinez (Mr.)
VATTENFALL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 479 523,25
Address

814 26 Alvkarleby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefan Melin (Mr.)
ZIV COMMUNICATIONS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 129 921
Address
Calle Antonio Machado 78 Edificio Australia
08840 Viladecans Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alejandro Maeso (Mr.)
SCOTTISH AND SOUTHERN ENERGY PLC

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Dunkeld Road Inveralmond Hs 200
PH1 3AQ Perth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Brian Shewan (Mr.)