EMN Smart Electricity Grids | Newsletter Issue 1 | March 2022

Working together to shape the future of grid metrology

Smart electricity grids are at the heart of our future sustainable energy supply.

The transition towards a more sustainable energy supply based on renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, is having a profound effect on electricity grids. EURAMET’s European Metrology Network for Smart Electricity Grids (EMN Smart Grids) is providing measurement science expertise to utilities and industry experts, to ensure the security and quality of our electricity supply during this transition.

EMN Smart Grids members have joined forces to make the network the first point of contact in this field across Europe. Network members are additionally working to set up robust and accurate measurement facilities across European metrology institutes, traceable to well-established and internationally-accepted standards, helping to improve the reliability of our future electricity supply. By bridging the gap between research and end-user communities, and taking specific stakeholder needs into account, the network is taking important steps towards establishing a sustainable, zero-carbon electricity supply.

Gert Rietveld, the EMN Chair, comments:

"Our EMN works closely with leading industry partners to support the enhanced uptake of renewable energy sources by our electricity grids via reliable measurements. I am extremely pleased with the extensive involvement of our stakeholders, both in the development of our strategic research agenda and in joint research projects."

News from the Smart Electricity Grids community

Smart Electricity Grids EMN holds successful stakeholder workshops

Towards the end of last year, EURAMET’s EMN Smart Grids held three stakeholder sessions to consult on 'Measurement challenges related to smart electricity grids'; each with a specified focus.

Keynote speakers from outside of the metrology community attended and lively discussions among audience participants unfolded as a result. 




European project helps tackling the need for improved smart meter test methods

A recently completed EMPIR project, 'MeterEMI', has developed new standardarised methods to improve the accuracy of smart electricity meters. More specifically, project researchers focused on addressing the effects of electromagnetic infererence on static meter readings.

Project results will help to restore consumer confidence in smart meters for measuring electrical consumption. 




EMPIR project calibrates sampled value-based digital electricity meters

'FutureGrid II', a joint research project within EURAMET’s European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research, has played an important role in improving the precision and reliability of measurements of electrical power.

The project has specifically focused on calibrating sampled value-based digital meters for measuring electrical power, where project results will help to provide real-time control and monitoring capabilities for electricity grids across Europe.


Solar energy panels in the background high voltage power substation


Partnership on Metrology successfully passed EU Parliament & Council

In mid-November 2021, the European Partnership on Metrology was officially approved. As a key implementation tool of the Commission's Horizon Europe research programme, the partnership will support and speed up the transition towards a green, climate-neutral and digital Europe.

One of the goals of the Metrology Partnership is to establish sustainable European Metrology Networks in highly competitive areas, where the EMN for Smart Electricity Grids is playing a critical role in helping to meet electricity grid stakeholder needs. 


EMN for Smart Electricity Grids Members and Contacts

An overview of Smart Electricity Grids Members and Contact Persons can be found at the network's website >>

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