Project Partners

Energy research Centre of the Netherlands

The Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) develops knowledge and technologies for the future energy supply. The 900 employees work in the transition area between the fundamental work of universities and the application of knowledge in the market. The Intelligent Energy Grids group is charged with the development of technologies that support the transition towards a reliable, sustainable and cost-effective energy network, which can accomodate large numbers of intermittent and decentral energy sources. These technologies include ICT solution to coordinate supply and demand of energy in a grid, the coupling of decentralised and intermittent sources in the grid while maintaining the stability of the grid and cost effective electrical storage systems.

Technical University Eindhoven (Netherlands)

The Technical University Eindhoven was established in 1956 as a polyethnic and has grown over the years into a technical university with eight departments. The Electrical Power Systems (EPS) group of the department of electrical engineering researches the understanding and development of technolgies that support the supply and efficient use of electrical energy. Intelligent power grids is one of three research lines in this group.

Technical University Delft (Netherlands)

The Electrical Power Systems Section (EPS) of the faculty Electrical Engineering at the Delft University of Technology (TUD) studies the electric power flow from the various kinds of electric power generation to the consumers in transmission and distribution networks. The networks vary from large-scale networks, like the European transmission network and the Dutch 380 kV network, to small regional and domestic networks. To study the transient, dynamic and steady state behaviour a profound and up to date knowledge of all system components, electrically and mechanically, is crucial in order to maintain stable power flows and adequate protection of the systems components.

Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)

The research group ESAT/ELECTA at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) performs research on the production, transmission, distribution and rational use of electrical energy. The production research focuses on distributed generation, with attention to renewable energy sources (small-scale photovoltaics, biomass to off-shore wind). The transmission and distribution are dealt with in research on high-voltage grid (of Belgium) behaviour under congestion and the impact of undispatched distributed generation on the grid’s stability and power quality. The use of energy features a.o. in research on electrical machines design and drives control, lighting technology and electroheat.

Engineering themes covered in these research topics are power electronics (with own developed inverter platforms), power quality (impact of PQ problems), measurement technology (metering), electromagnetic field simulation (FEM code for design), control and dependability.

Polytechnics University of Bucharest (Romania)

The research group at Politehnica University of Bucharest (Romania) has a strong tradition and international reputation in electrical engineering, power converters and associated control equipment, pursuing research on conversion of different forms of energy, modeling, design, optimization, testing of power converters, variable speed drives, renewable energy sources (wind, photovoltaic and biomass). Special attention is given to the efficient use of electric energy, power quality, electrical traction including electrical cars and energy storage (fuel cells). The group has advanced experience in DSP control being active in research cooperation with major companies in the field: Texas Instruments, Analog Devices and Motorola. Recently, the group was involved in 3 European projects focusing sustainable development strategies: PV-Enlargement; New high efficiency electric machines solutions for mild hybrid applications – ELMAS; Techniques and Equipments for Quality and Reliability of Electrical Power - TEQREP.

Fundacion LABEIN (Spain)

LABEIN is a private, non-profit technological research & innovation centre, located in Bilbao (Spain). It was founded in 1955. The members of the LABEIN Foundation are regional administration bodies of the Basque country, as well as around 30 enterprises (both SME’s and large ones) representing a number of industrial and service sectors from Spain, including the energy sector. LABEIN is now the Basque Country’s largest Technology Centre. The Energy Unit of LABEIN employs 36 people and is accredited by ENAC (Spanish Accreditation Organisation) according to EN ISO/IEC 17025 in several testing areas, like Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Low Voltage Security, power, distribution and measurement transformers, electrical switchgear and control gear.

3E NV (Belgium)

3E aims to contribute to the development of a sustainable energy supply by providing services in project development, product development, applied research, market studies and consultancy. 3E groups a cross-section of professionals having extensive experience in the renewable energy field: engineers, legal experts, economists – they all bring their own special point of view. Their participation in the business organisation guarantees strong personal commitment. 3E takes the client’s challenges to heart while maintaining an open-minded approach. 3E is driven by real energy concerns and acts independently of other players on the energy market – 3E is therefore not under obligation to any energy supplier or energy technology supplier.

UfE GmbH (Germany)

UfE is founded in 1978 in West-Berlin (Germany) by a a groop of eight students and craftsmen who started with solarthermic systems and wood fired central heating. Experiment on connecting solar cells to the grid started in 1986 and so some of the first grid connected PV Inverters and complete rooftop systems in Germany came from UfE. In the German 1000-Roof-PV-Progam UfE introduced an Inverter which used grid frequency step detection as a third criterion to detect uncontrolled Islanding. Ufe specialized on Islanding control systems for PV-Inverters and developed the ENS islanding control devices. This development is also used in licence by Inverter manufacturers including Fronius, Mastervolt, Philips and Xantrex. Now UfE is developing a multifunctional load and generation control relay based on analysing frequency and voltage patterns.

Electrica S.A. (Romania)

SC Electrica SA (Romania) is a state-owned company, subordinated to the Ministry of Economy and Commerce. Its core activity is electricity distribution and supply and provision of the infrastructure of communications and information technology, which should allow high-quality management on the liberalized market, taking into account the competition in the field. The company’s main activities are the operation and development of the systems of distribution, communications and information technology, as well as the activities related to the supply of electricity to our customers. With the founding of the Department of Energy Services Maintenance, the company’s area of activity developed considerably, extending the range of services it offers to customers; these include services of electrical installations maintenance, design and counseling, repair of electric equipment, auto and commercial transportation, related activities, etc. SC. Electrica SA can operate other activities as well in order to sustain its object of activity, in compliance with the legislation and its own status.

Liander (Netherlands)

Liander, formerly known as Continuon Netbeheer is the grid operator for (parts of) the Dutch provinces Friesland, Flevoland, Gelderland, Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland and has been appointed to control the gas and electricity networks in these areas. Liander is responsible for building and maintaining the network, while they are also responsible for the distribution and transmission of electricity and gas for everyone that wants to produce or consume.