Public Consultation on Network Codes and Guidelines for 2018

Public Consultation on Network Codes and Guidelines for 2018

The European Commission is consulting energy stakeholders on the priorities for the development of network codes and guidelines for 2018 and beyond. The European Commission has to establish in accordance with Article 6(1) of Regulation (EC) No. 714/2009 (“the Electricity Regulation”) and Article 6(1) of Regulation (EC) No. 715/2009 (“the Gas Regulation”) an annual priority list identifying the areas to be included in the development of network codes.

Target group:

Public authorities, Member States authorities, private organisations, industry associations, SMEs, consultancies, other relevant stakeholders and citizens (inside and outside of the European Union).

The consultation is open until 20 December 2017.

How to submit your response:
You are invited to reply to this public consultation by sending your input by e-mail to

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Apply for ELECTRA Researcher Exchange till 22 October

Apply for ELECTRA Researcher Exchange till 22 October

The ELECTRA project opened the last call for applications for smart grid researcher exchanges till 22 October 2017. The call is open to applicants from research or industrial organisations, within three parallel streams:


  • International cooperation stream – this supports Global Exchange applications involving collaboration between an organisation from outside Europe and an ELECTRA/EERA partner
  • Industry cooperation stream – this supports European or Global Exchange applications between an industry partner (as host or sending organisation) and an ELECTRA/EERA partner
  • Intra-ELECTRA or European-ELECTRA cooperation stream – this supports exchange applications between European research organisations

The aims and objectives of research stays encompass two aspects: ELECTRA’s research goals for advanced real time control in smart grids, and its ambition for establishing working relationships with leading international research organisations.

More details on priority research topics and the application process here

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Join Asian Clean Energy Summit in Singapore

Join Asian Clean Energy Summit in Singapore

Exhibition 24 – 25 October 2017

Conference 24 – 26 October 2017

Singapore, Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands


Organised by the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), Asia Clean Energy Summit (ACES) is Asia’s leading event focusing on clean energy technology, policy and finance supported by leading government agencies, research institutes and industry in Singapore. ACES provides a common platform for thought leaders in both the public and private sector to collaborate on critical issues and opportunities in harnessing clean energy for the future.

Also, being the regional platform to share and co-create innovative clean energy solutions, ACES supports the vision to be a clean energy hub for Asia and:

  • Provides a platform to discuss, understand and experience Singapore’s “living laboratory” for solar adoption, the integration of renewable energy and electric vehicles, and learn how sustainable energy management is essential to liveable cities.
  • Helps shape the future of clean energy and smart-sustainable cities.
  • Explores collaboration and innovative clean energy solutions within a vibrant ecosystem of technology / service companies, research institutes and energy leaders.

Highlights of the three-day programme include:

      • The Clean Energy Leaders Dialogue

    is a high-level forum bringing together leaders in the regional solar and renewables space. The Dialogue witnesses top utility leaders, PV manufacturers and developers and policy professionals exchanging best practices and debating trends and solutions in the clean energy industry

      • Solarising Singapore and Solarising Asia

    Given Singapore’s strategic location in the Asian Sunbelt and the high cost of electricity, there has been a growing interest in solar PV over the years. This session brings the adopters of solar technology together with companies providing technologies and solutions as well case studies of successful supplementation.

      • The Financial Summit

    will feature two new and exciting tracks that focus on the perspectives of PV project development and system ownership, as well as solar investment and financing. Except to see a diverse mix of movers and shakers from the solar industry, as well as the finance and insurance sectors.


    Find out more and register for ACES here

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Fraunhofer IWES contributes to a new smart grid laboratory in Brazil

Fraunhofer IWES contributes to a new smart grid laboratory in Brazil

An important technical step for a new smart grid laboratory at Cepel in Brazil has been successfully designed by Cepel together with the Fraunhofer IWES and FOKUS in Berlin. This laboratory will be able to assess the interoperability between all system components and compliance with relevant standards. Several test areas have been developed for equipment and hybrid systems with decentralised energy resource components. The setup of this national reference laboratory in the region of Rio de Janeiro can now go ahead.

The cooperation between Cepel and Fraunhofer has made it possible to design a powerful new smart grid laboratory, which is located in the region of Rio de Janeiro. The recsources are provided by Fraunhofer Institute IWES and funded by the Brazilian Energy and Mineral Sectors Strengthening Project (META project). The new smart grid laboratory in Brazil is planned to be the national reference laboratory. It will provide a component test area for equipment up to 2 MVA in the final stage (e.g. photovoltaic inverters). Furthermore a test environment for hybrid systems has been designed with various DER components (e.g. photovoltaics and battery inverter together with diesel generators). The behaviour of individual components in system context can be investigated within a power hardware in the loop (PHIL) test stand.

© Photo Fraunhofer IWES | Norbert Henze

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Conference “Efficient and Stable Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Sources” in Berlin (DE) on 30-31 January, 2018

Conference “Efficient and Stable Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Sources” in Berlin (DE) on 30-31 January, 2018


The conference “Efficient and Stable Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Sources” (German: Zukünftige Stromnetze für erneuerbare Energien) will take place in
Berlin (DE) on 30-31 January, 2018. It will deal with questions covering a broad range of topics regarding renewable energy sources and the electricity grid, and discuss possible solutions to current and future challenges.

The key subjects of this conference will be:

  • Grid equipment – decentralised feed-in, energy storage, electrical load management, etc.
  • Smart grids and smart markets
  • Security and quality of power supply
  • Ancillary services
  • Information management and communication technology
  • Regulations
  • Flexibility options and their utilisation
  • Planning and operating under growing insecurity: new planning practices, new electrical equipment, new plant management tools
  • Digitalisation
  • Integration of electric mobility
  • Integrated energy

Among the participants will be grid operators, power supply companies, research facilities focusing on utilisation, regulators and policy members, device manufacturers,
and many more.

For more information, please visit the conference website (German only).

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Workshop “Designing and Validating Future Intelligent Electric Power Systems” in Kassel (DE) on 6 September, 2017

Workshop “Designing and Validating Future Intelligent Electric Power Systems” in Kassel (DE) on 6 September, 2017


On 6 September 2017 the public workshop “Designing and validating future intelligent electric power systems” gathered in Kassel (DE) over 70 stakeholders in the domain of distributed energy resources and smart grids. Co-organised by ERIGrid, ELECTRA IRP, EERA JP Smart Grids, SIRFN, DERlab and Fraunhofer IWES, the event garnered attention of participants from multiple networks and enabled fruitful exchange of ideas on the crossroads of objectives in each project and network.


Participants of the “Designing and validating future intelligent electric power systems” Workshop


Presentation 1 Presentation 2 Presentation 3

The event addressed a wide range of topics in the following presentations:




Labtour 1 Labtour2 Labtour3

Taking place at the premises of Fraunhofer IWES, the workshop included a lab tour around the testing facility SysTec one of the facilities provided for free open access within the ERIGrid Transnational Access programme. Therefore the workshop participants had a unique opportunity of a guided tour and a live demonstration of the laboratory’s testing capabilities.

The application deadline for the current ERIGrid call for Transnational Access ends on 15 November.


Researcher mobility is also one of the aspects in ELECTRA IRP: the 7th call for Researcher Exchange was pre-announced at the workshop and will be opened in September-October 2017. More details and further information will follow shortly on the ELECTRA website.

Register for ERIGrid session at European Utility Week.
ELECTRA Researcher Exchange

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