An integrated pan-European research infrastructure for validating smart grid systems

Thomas I. Strasser, F. Pröstl Andrén, E. C.W. De Jong, J. E. Rodriguez, A. van der Meer, R. Bhandia, G. Arnold, Q. T. Tran, V. H. Nguyen, More Authors

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A driving force for the realization of a sustainable energy supply in Europe is the integration of distributed, renewable energy resources. Due to their dynamic and stochastic generation behaviour, utilities and network operators are confronted with a more complex operation of the underlying distribution grids. Additionally, due to the higher flexibility on the consumer side through partly controllable loads, ongoing changes of regulatory rules, technology developments, and the liberalization of energy markets, the system’s operation needs adaptation. Sophisticated design approaches together with proper operational concepts and intelligent automation provide the basis to turn the existing power system into an intelligent entity, a so-called smart grid. While reaping the benefits that come along with those intelligent behaviours, it is expected that the system-level testing will play a significantly larger role in the development of future solutions and technologies. Proper validation approaches, concepts, and corresponding tools are partly missing until now. This paper addresses these issues by discussing the progress in the integrated Pan-European research infrastructure project ERIGrid where proper validation methods and tools are currently being developed for validating smart grid systems and solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)616-622
Number of pages7
JournalElektrotechnik und Informationstechnik
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • education
  • hardware-in-the-loop
  • research infrastructure
  • simulation
  • smart grids
  • testing
  • training

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