Related research projects

Related research projects

Parker project

The aim of the Parker project is to validate that series-produced electric vehicles as part of an operational vehicle fleet can support the power grid by becoming a vertically integrated resource, providing seamless support to the power grid both locally and system-wide. Furthermore, we seek to ensure that barriers regarding market, technology and users are dealt with to pave the way for further commercialization and not least to provide an evaluation of specific electric vehicles’ capability to meet the needs of the grid.

Ultimately, Parker will contribute to ensuring the role of electric vehicles as contributors to securing an economic and reliable power system based on a high share of renewable energy.

Ecogrid 2.0

In EcoGrid 2.0, we are demonstrating an electricity market with flexible power consumption in private households. We are remotely controlling 1,000 heat pumps and electric radiators on the Danish island of Bornholm in an attempt to optimise their power consumption in line with the amount of power available in the power system at any given time. We don’t want the residents to freeze, which is why we are looking into what is required for homeowners to allow their power consumption to be regulated for them, and what their comfort limits are. We are also developing the link between private households and the electricity market with a new actor in the market: The aggregator.


he ELECTRA Integrated Research Programme on Smart Grids 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. ELECTRA's joint research activity and collaborative support actions build on an established track record of collaboration and engagement.

Together, the JP SG and ELECTRA will establish significant coherence across national research efforts critical to the stable operation of the EU power system of 2020+. The EU energy strategy sets ambitious goals for the energy systems of the future that foresees a substantial increase in the share of renewable electricity production.

The whole-sale deployment of Renewable Energy Resources connected to the network at all voltage levels will require radically new approaches for real time control that can accommodate the coordinated operation of millions of devices, of various technologies, at many different scales and voltage levels, dispersed across EU grid. ELECTRA addresses this challenge, and will establish and validate proofs of concept that utilise flexibility from across traditional boundaries in a holistic fashion. The Electra consortium believe that a new control concept is needed and set out to develop and test vertically-integrated control schemes reinforced with horizontally-distributed control schemes to provide for a dynamic power balance that is closer to its equilibrium value than a conventional central control scheme.

In addition to the joint R&D activities, coordination work packages in ELECTRA build on existing efforts established through EERA and will significantly escalate these through the coordination and collaboration amongst EU leading research infrastructures, researcher exchange across EU and internationally, and actions on international cooperation. The support received at proposal stage from 16 national funding agencies, ENTSOE, EDSO4SG, ETP SG, T&D Europe as well as from a number of international organisations will be developed to leverage the research effort in ELECTRA and to strengthen its exploitation potential.