Madrid, 28th of January 2013
The 28th of January in Madrid, Miguel Angel Sanchez Forunier, Chairman of the Board of Iberdrola (project coordinator) announced the launch of the European Smart Grid demonstration project IGREENGrid.
The project has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement number 308864. It is financed to the tune of €4.3M by the European Commission, for an overall budget of €6.6M. The project duration is 3 years (January 2013 to December 2015).
The IGREENGrid project brings together a consortium of 8 European electricity distributors (Iberdrola, ERDF, Enel, Unión Fenosa Distribución, RWE, HEDNO, EAG and Salzburg AG) covering almost 50% of the electricity supply in Europe, with the additional skills of different R&D partners (RSE, Tecnalia, AIT and ICCS-NUA).
Based on the experience reached in six world-class DRES integration demo projects in low and medium voltage grids (led by some DSOs, EEGI members), the main result of IGREENGrid will be a set of guidelines, consisting of a portfolio of accurate methodologies and tools for an appropriate integration of small and medium size variable renewable resources, in distribution networks (in medium and low-voltage). The project will consider different climatic, technical and regulatory conditions in Europe. This project focuses on increasing the hosting capacity for DRES in power grids without compromising the reliability or jeopardizing the quality of power.
The kick-off meeting took place in a plenary session marking the official launch of the project.