Smarter grids will enable integration of renewable energy sources and electric vehicles into Europe’s electricity distribution networks. Such ‘smart’ grids will require new measurement infrastructure, but without high-level strategic coordination vital metrology might not be ready in time, risking delays in implementing energy policies. Smart grids will also be disruptive: already fifteen EURAMET projects have provided metrology and normative support to address the challenges, but a coherent approach is needed to meet stakeholders’ technological and strategic needs.
This project will support the European Metrology Network on Smart Electricity Grids by coordinating R&D strategies and research to stimulate specialisation by NMI facilities. The network will promote uptake of research, raise the profile of smart grid metrology, and provide knowledge transfer. Aligning and focussing R&D activities will increase scientific output, stimulate scientific cooperation between NMIs and universities, and ensure stakeholders needs will be met consistently. This will make smart grids more competitive and deliver energy supplies with lower CO2 emissions.