ERIGrid: European Research Infrastructure supporting Smart Grid Systems Technology Development, Validation and Roll Out

Period: 01/11/2015–30/04/2020

Project coordinator: AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (AIT)(Austria)

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020-INFRAIA-1-2014-2015 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 654113.




ERIGrid Partner

Facilities Provided for Open Transnational Access


AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (AIT)

-Project Coordinator


Smart Electricity Systems and Technologies Laboratory (SmartEST)


Commissariat à l'énergieatomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA)


PRISMES Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulator and Multi Microgrid Test Platform


Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES)


Distributed Generation Laboratory (DG-Lab)


European Distributed Energy Resources Laboratories e.V. (DERlab)




DNV GL Netherlands B.V. (DNV GL)


Flex Power Grid Laboratory (FPGL)


DanmarksTekniskeUniversitet (DTU)


SYSLAB & Intelligent Control Lab (ICL)


InstitutPolytechnique de Grenoble (GINP)


PREDIS Real-Time PHIL Simulation Platform


Institute of Communication and Computer Systems - National Technical University of Athens (ICCS)


Electric Energy Systems Laboratory (EESL)


Fraunhofer IEE (IEE)


Test Center for Smart Grids and Electromobility (SysTec)


Ormazabal Corporate Technology, A.I.E. (OCT)


Demonstration & Experimentation Unit (UDEX)


OFFIS EV – Institute for Information Technology (OFF)


Smart Energy Simulation and Automation Laboratory (SESA-Lab)


Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE)


Distributed Energy Resources Test Facility (DER-TF)


SINTEF Energy Research (SIN)


National Smart Grid Laboratory (NSGL)


TECNALIA Research & Innovation (TEC)


Smart Grid Technologies Laboratory (SGTL)


Delft University of Technology (TUD)


Real Time Digital Simulator Lab (RTDS)


University of Strathclyde (UST)


Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC)

Distribution Network and Protection (D-NAP) Laboratory


VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)


Multipower Laboratory (MP-Espoo)

Oulu Smart Grid Laboratory (SG-Oulu)




Electricity Meters Laboratory of Laboratories and Radios Section (L&RS)

 Main Objectives:

Renewable energy sources are key enablers to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and to cope with the anthropogenic global warming. The intermittent behavior of them and their limited storage capabilities present new challenges to power system operators in maintaining power quality and reliability. However, the increased availability of advanced automation and communication technologies has also provided new intelligent solutions to these challenges. Previous work has presented various new methods to operate highly interconnected power grids with corresponding components in a more effective way. As a consequence of these developments the traditional power system is transformed into a cyber-physical system, a Smart Grid. Previous and ongoing research activities have mainly focused on validating certain aspects of Smart Grids, but until now no integrated approach for analyzing and evaluating complex configurations in a cyber-physical systems manner is available.

The lack of system validation approaches for Smart Grids is especially addressed by ERIGrid. By providing a Pan-European research infrastructure ERIGrid supports the technology development as well as the roll out of Smart Grid solutions and concepts in Europe. It tackles a holistic, systems based approach by integrating 18 European research centers and institutions with outstanding research infrastructures and jointly develops common methods, concepts, and procedures. ERIGrid also integrates and enhances the necessary research services for analyzing, validating and testing Smart Grid configurations. System level support and education for industrial and academic researchers in is provided as well to foster future innovation.

ERIGrid addresses these challenging aims by providing a single entry point to the provided research infrastructure and offering a broad spectrum of services to researchers active in Smart Grids. This will strengthen the technical leadership of Europe in the energy domain.