The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology is Austria\'s largest non-university research institute. Comprising five departments, the AIT is a highly specialized research and development partner to industry. Its researchers are focused on the key infrastructure issues of the future: Health & Environment, Safety & Security, Energy, Mobility, as well as Foresight & Policy Development. AIT takes a leading position in the Austrian innovation system and a key role in Europe as the RTO focuses on the key infrastructure topics of the future. As a national and international network node at the interface of science and industry, AIT enables innovation through its scientific-technological expertise, market experience, tight customer relationships and high quality research infrastructure. With more than 50 years of experience in laboratory development, research and accredited testing, international research activities are now the basis for an extensive collaboration with industry.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the only U.S. national laboratory solely dedicated to advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies from concept to commercial application. For 35 years, NREL innovations, analysis, and expertise have enabled the emergence of a U.S. clean energy industry and led to numerous success stories from across the laboratory.
NREL’s 327-acre main campus in Golden, Colorado, is a living model of sustainable energy. The laboratory also operates the National Wind Technology Center on 305 acres located 13 miles north of its main campus.

The University of Seville is an institution with more than five centuries of history that have left a legacy of renowned academic tradition and a unique cultural heritage. Currently, its main asset is the extensive university community made up of more than 70.000 students, 4.400 professors and 2.400 administrative professionals.

The RTDS installation at TU Delft consists of 8 racks with 10 PB5 and 36 3PC cards, capable of simulating grids in 2 µs and 50 µs step size.Additionally the racks have analog/digital I/O, remote I/O, two GTNetx2, and one GTSync card. The RTDS Simulator allows to test protection and con-trols in real time, where an hour in the real world equals an hour in the simulator. Utilizing modular custom computing hardware and software, simulations performed encompass results from DC up to electromagnetic transients. Inherently, these results include information regarding the system load flow and transient stability, as well as that of harmonics and faster disturbances.

The European Liaison on Electricity Committed Towards long-term Research Activities for Smart Grids Integrated Research Programme on Smart Grids (ELECTRA) brings together the partners of the EERA Joint Programme on Smart Grids (JP SG) to reinforce and accelerate Europe´s medium to long term research cooperation in this area and to drive a closer integration of the research programmes of the participating organisations and of the related national programmes. Powerful European Research Infrastructure is necessary to reach consensus on harmonized solutions that allow collaboration on the technical level and thereby accelerate the development and implementation of smart grids. ELECTRA aims at fostering the coordination and collaboration among the research infrastructures of the IRP participants.
ELECTRA has received funding from the European Union´s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No.: 609687.

In the project COTEVOS (Concepts, Capacities and Methods for Testing EV systems and their interoperability within smart grids), the interoperability of Electric Vehicles and their smart charging will be assessed in several laboratories below according to the new test procedures developed in COTEVOS.

ECN is the main institute for energy research in The Netherlands. ECN develops high-quality knowledge and technology for the transition to a sustainable energy supply, and introduces this technology to the market. ECN’s focus is on energy conservation, renewable energy and an efficient and clean use of fossil fuels.evelops high-quality knowledge and technology ECN Solar Energy, with its staff of 85 experts, offers a wide range of R&D activities on PV materials and -processing technologies, cell- and module design. These are available for transfer and implementation on laboratory-, pilot- and production scale. Our extensive facilities for solar cell processing and characterisation are well suited to study almost all R&D issues currently relevant for the PV industry.

18 of Europe's top research institutions have joined forces in order to pool together their know-how and improve research infrastructures within the smart grid sector. The EU-funded ERIGrid project (European Research Infrastructure supporting Smart Grid Systems Technology Development, Validation and Roll Out) aims to develop an integrated research infrastructure for smart grid systems. Intelligent power networks are urgently required to integrate the growing number of distributed energy sources and generators into our energy system. Researchers get assisted and free-of-charge access to the ERIGrid research infrastructure facilities in Europe through the provision of 21 different laboratories provided by the ERIGrid partners.

Project duration: 1 November 2015 - 30 April 2020

The European Commission`s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has a significant activity in the field of photovoltaics, which takes place in the Renewable Energy unit of the Institute for Energy. A major feature is the European Solar Test Installation (ESTI), which is a European reference laboratory for the verification of the power and energy generation of photovoltaic devices. Within the SOPHIA project, JRC is leading the networking sub-task on energy prediction and participate in the joint research activity on module lifetime, as well as offering access to its facilities.

Jülich is an interdisciplinary, publicly funded research center with a staff of about 5.000 members working on the areas of health, energy and environment. One of the institutes at Jülich, the IEK5-Photovoltaik, concentrates its work on thin film silicon solar cells and related materials for several decades. Jülich Supercomputing Center JSC operates several high performance supercomputers. Access to on of these supercomputers is provided via Sophia trans national access.

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