European Project Seeks To Aid Renewable Energy Integration
Feb 13, 2013 - renewgrid.com
A dozen electricity distribution and research institutions have launched a
project that aims to improve the reliability, stability and quality of the
European electric distribution grid as it integrates larger amounts of renewable
The initiative, called the iGREENGrid project, will last for three years and
has been allocated a budget of 6.5 million euros. The project is headed by
Iberdrola, with participation from ERDF (France), Enel (Italy), Gas Natural
Fenosa (Spain), RWE (Germany), Energy AG Netz (Austria), Salzburg AG (Austria),
HEDNO (Greece), AIT (Austria), Tecnalia (Spain), RSE (Italy) and ICCS-NTUA
iGREENGrid will combine and coordinate research efforts made in leading initiatives
carried out in this field in Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Greece and Spain.
The ultimate goal of the project is to define and pool procedures, technological
advances and best practices that will contribute to increasing the capacity
of electric grids to receive distributed generation from renewable energy sources.
iGREENGrid falls under the scope of one of the most crucial lines of research
in the area of smart grids, Iberdrola says. In countries like Germany, generation
from renewable energy sources and connected to medium- and low-voltage grids
already accounts for more than 50 GW. In others, such as France, 99% of renewable
energy is connected to the medium-voltage grid.