Technical Workshops

4nd ELECTRA Researchers Exchange Workshop,Turin

Turin, 26th-29th September 2017

A special session about " ELECTRA IRP Researchers Exchange (REX)" has been organized at the ISGT Europe 2017.

Presentations of the papers can be downloaded with the links below.

Joint Workshop ELECTRA IRP–ERIGrid, EERA JP Smart Grids Steering Committee and Assembly

Kassel (DE) September 6th - 8th 2017  

On September 6th Fraunhofer IWES hosted in Kassel (DE) the workshop "Designing and Validating Future Intelligent Electric Power Systems" co-organised by ERIGrid, ELECTRA IRP, , EERA JP Smart Grids, SIRFN and DERlab. The event took place in the test centre for smart grids and electromobility (SysTec) of Fraunhofer IWES and gathered over 70 participants and stakeholders in the domain of distributed energy resources and smart grids.

 kassel0In the first part of the workshop the ELECTRA team has the opportunity to present last advances in definition and validation of the Web-of-Cells concept and on the valuable experience gained in the Researchers Exchange (REX) Programme. Moreover the 7th REX call was pre-announced and will be opened in September-October 2017. The workshop continued with a session dedicated to ERIGrid project and with a panel discussion about the role of microgrids research in future power systems. The Workshop also gave the chance to attend a lab tour of SysTec - one of the 19 laboratories available for open Transnational Access in ERIGrid (

On September 7th the EERA JP Smart Grids Steering Committee was mainly dedicated to define structure and content of the Description of Work (DoW) for the next four years. The Steering Committee approved the Strategic Plan of the new DoW. Significant progresses were also made in defining the Sub-Programmes topics and activities to be further detailed in the JP SG Implementation Plan.
On September 8th, in the frame of the EERA JP Smart Grids 3rd General Assembly, five keynote speeches were delivered on the topic "EERA Joint Programmes added value for EU stakeholders R&D needs". Among others, Nils Rokke, EERA Chair, highlighted EERA strategy for the near future, while Norela Constantinescu presented ENTSO-E view about research priorities in the smart grids field and past and present opportunities for cooperation with EERA and R&D organizations. Finally, during the Round Table "Contributing to the EU R&D Needs as well to the broader Mission Innovation context", the EC officer Remy Dénos (DG ENER) connected by video conference and provided an overview of the topics related to smart grids in the upcoming Energy calls of H2020 WP 2018-2020.


ELECTRA team at the First Workshop of Mission Innovation Challenge Smart Grids

Beijing, 4th – 6th June 2017  

The Eight Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8) and the Second Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI-2) events were held from 6th to 8th June at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing.

As a side event of CEM8 & MI-2, the first deep-dive Workshop of Mission Innovation Challenge Smart Grids (MI IC#1) was co-organized by the three co-leading institutions: IEE CAS (CN), RSE (IT) and IIT (IN). The event, gathered experts, policy makers and innovators of Smart Grids from all over the world and consisted in a two-day closed door meeting - at the IEE CAS premises from 4th to 5th June - and a public side event of CEM8 & MI-2 at the China National Convention Center on 6th June, where IC#1 was officially launched.
With the presence of representatives from 12 member countries, the EC, IEA, IRENA and Austria as an observer, the successful closed door meeting, allowed experts who are active contributors in Smart Grids to meet and exchange experiences, best practices and common issues on Smart Grids development.
The ELECTRA team, coordinated by Luciano Martini, actively attended the meeting, providing the European view on Smart Grids under technical, business and policy points of view.
The closed door meeting allowed to outline key messages, such as the importance of Smart Grids to connect renewable energy to the power system and the role of IC#1 in discovering how to get to a 100% clean energy system.


In addition, the main objectives of the side-event held on June 6th were publicly announced: accelerating clean energy revolution towards the road on 100% renewable energy and enabling future grids powered by affordable, reliable, decentralized renewable electricity systems.

IC#1 was officially launched by Ministries of the co-leading countries (China, India and Italy) and the participants shared their ideas and expectations for Smart Grids. Three panel discussions focused on strategies and plans, R&D challenges and business opportunities for Smart Grids, allowing ministers, business leaders and experts to share their knowledge and perspective on the importance of public investment for innovation and the ways that the public and private sectors can engage more effectively.
The participants from all over the world shared their innovation activities in Smart Grids and clean energy technologies, products, and business models. Industrial companies expressed their interest and availability to further interact with IC#1 and possibly support the related activity.

The progress of IC#1 is dramatically accelerated through this successful event and the future activities will be carried out aiming to support the achievement of Mission Innovation goals.
Finally, the IC#1 activities are fully aligned with the International Cooperation strategically carried out in ELECTRA, making more possible their implementation.

ELECTRA participation to INNOGRID 2020+ -2017

Bruxelles, 25th – 26th June 2017  

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InnoGrid2020+ is the European event on innovation in electricity networks organized every year in Bruxelles by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO).
The ELECTRA IRP project participated to the sixth edition of the conference focused on topics particularly relevant to the scope and activities of the project: the arising network of networks. These innovative networks aim at integrating power grids and transport, telecom and IT in an unprecedented manner. Special attention was devoted to the rapidly evolving transmission-distribution interface.
The event gathered experts, policy makers and innovators belonging to the European community of Smart Grids stakeholders and consisted in a one day and a half meeting, at "The Square" conference centre. During the meeting panel discussions, poster sessions and key note speeches were organized.
The ELECTRA team, coordinated by Luciano Martini, actively contributed to the meeting. In particular, Luciano Martini participated to the panel session "Prosumers empowerment and active system management" and illustrated the contribution that the activities of ELECTRA are providing to the challenges of fostering new flexibility services and demand response and of engaging end customers in this process.
Moreover two banners were prepared and illustrated to the audience: the first banner summarized the structure, the goals and the activities of ELECTRA, while the second advertised the 6th Researcher Exchange call.

Relevant contribution of ELECTRA to CIRED 2017

Glasgow, 12th – 15th June 2017  

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Busy days for ELECTRA team at CIRED 2017 ! Two oral presentations were delivered in the main sessions and nine posters displayed. 

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ELECTRA team organized the round table "Innovative grid architectures and control strategies for 2030+ power systems" on Wednesday 14 June, in the room Boisdale. The round table was chaired by Luciano Martini RSE, the ELECTRA IRP coordinator.Four panellists delivered their presentations and answered to questions from the audience about future control scenarios and architecture of the grid in order to couple with power system changes. Helfried Brunner AIT, ELECTRA technical coordinator and Alexander Prostejovsky DTU, presented, respectively, the "Web of Cells" concept and the "Balance Restoration Control" developed inside ELECTRA. George Kariniotakis MINES ParisTech and Stephen McArthur University of Strathclyde, presented other approaches for power system control, namely the "Fractal Grid" approach and the "Autonomic Power System" developed in national R&D projects. Finally a booth was set up along with the ERIGrid project in the exhibition area. Congress delegates had the chance to get directly in contact with the ELECTRA team, pick-up technical brochures describing ELECTRA approach and further discuss about ELECTRA results and perspectives.