Project: Non-conventional voltage and current sensors for future power grids

National grid companies are investing billions of euros to develop infrastructure and manage their networks, as the increase in distributed energy sources such as wind farms and solar panels is reducing the quality of transmitted electrical power from the grid. Varying power quality can also make it difficult to trade energy fairly and reliably between countries and across different networks. Modern instruments such as smart meters are installed to monitor power supply between networks, prevent any grid failures from spreading and help pinpoint their origin; however, conventional electrical transformers currently limit their performance. This project will support the introduction of new, non-conventional technologies for electrical sensing by addressing their current lack in accuracy. These new technologies will enable lightweight and accurate measurement systems for voltage and current, enabling more robust and reliable control of the network. This will reduce negative effects associated with renewable energy sources, clearing the way for their further introduction.

Acronym ENG61 FutureGrid (Reference Number: ENG61)
Duration 01/06/2014 - 31/05/2017
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
(after finalisation)
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2013 - Energy and Environment

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy Coordinator Finland
2 Cesky Metrologicky Institut Partner Czech Republic
3 Fundación para el Fomento de la Innovación Industrial Partner Spain
4 Laboratoire national de métrologie et d'essais Partner France
5 Eidgenössisches Institut für Metrologie METAS Partner Switzerland
6 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Partner Germany
7 Slovenský Metrologický Ústav Partner Slovakia
8 SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut AB Partner Sweden
9 Turkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu Partner Turkey
10 VSL B.V. Partner Netherlands
11 University of Strathclyde United Kingdom
12 Technische Universitaet Dresden Germany