Institution Description

INEA is the leading company in Slovenia in the field of energy management solutions, industrial automation, process computer control and manufacturing informatics.

Inea was founded in 1987 and now SME with 70+ highly educated employees develops, installs and supports industrial energy management and control systems. Its major interests lie in the areas of efficient energy use, CHP implementation and development and implementation of energy monitoring and targeting systems. INEA’s experts are active in research projects in the fields of smart grid solutions, advanced control technologies and fuel cells and hydrogen technologies.

INEA’s relevant experiences include those with peak-demand levelling, load shedding, process scheduling and the use of internal power generation facilities in the field of electricity and heat management. More than 50 Demand response management system have been implemented and installed in various industries with total installed power of 250 MW, generating in total 35 MW demand response. Partnering with Slovenian biggest DSO company INEA implemented and demonstrated the first Virtual Power Plant system based on own Demand Side Management technology.

INEA is currently demonstrating demand response solutions across several demonstration sites in EU and Slovenia. Company has received several awards for innovative technologies within energy sector: Slovenian Most innovative energy company, Best poster awardfrom Smart Grids Forum, Dubai Expo 2020 initiative, Seal of Ecellenceat SME Instrument, and many others.

Main tasks attributed in the project

INEA will be the project coordinator for the GIFT project. The main activities:

  • –  Technical coordination of the project

  • –  Coordination with EC

  • –  Overall project management (risks, KPIs, IPR, time management)

  • –  System integration: INEA’s natural role is system integrator therefore it will make sure, that all of the solutions are properly integrated to form complete and functional solution.

  • –  Dissemination and exploitation through replication boad


Intracom SA Telecom Solutions – Greece

Institution Description

Intracom SA Telecom Solutions (ICOM) is the largest multinational provider of telecommunications products, and integrated ICT solutions & services in Greece with a proven track record of over 35 years of international presence and more than 100 customers in Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Its expertise lies in the development of telecommunication products, smart cyber-physical systems and end-to-end integrated solutions. ICOM has a vast experience in designing, developing and producing state-of-the-art telecommunication and energy management equipment, and has combined its expertise in those two fields in order to meet the demands of the evolving market domain related to the Smart Grids.

Main tasks attributed in the project

ICOM will be involved in the study of the project relevant use-cases, in the elicitation of the functional and non- functional requirements, in the definition of the system architecture and the specification of the relevant technical and business flows. ICOM will devote the majority of its effort towards the implementation of an Enterprise Service Bus for the interaction among the project’s internal and external IT systems. Also, a web based visualisation component will be implemented with the aim to support visualisations of the project’s KPIs. ICOM will participate in the activities related to the system integration and validation within a laboratory environment, and eventually in the deployment in selected pilot sites. Finally, ICOM will participate in the project’s horizontal activities (dissemination, communication, exploitation, and contribution in the BRIDGE initiative).


Trialog – France

Institution Description

TRIALOG is an expertise and consulting company which provides expertise in innovation for system specification, system validation, interoperability, internet of things, cyber-security and privacy by design, in embedded and industrial systems.
Our work mainly focus on three domains: Energy (Smart metering, Smart Grids), Transports (e-Mobility, Intelligent Transportation System), and Social & Health (Active Ageing Living).

In Energy sector, Trialog is helping worldwide DSOs to design, develop and validate smart metering and smart grids systems. In particular, Trialog is an active partner of Enedis for the full rollout of Linky smart metering project (35 million meters) since 2008. Trialog has participated to several Smart Grid projects and pilots in France and Europe.

In Transports sector, Trialog provides its expertise on the whole value chain of electromobility, supporting the stakeholders with its know-how and skills on communication, proof-of-concept and platform development. Trialog focuses on charging infrastructure, vehicle-to-grid systems and autonomous vehicle. Trialog has also a well-established leadership in car communication for the car 2 car networking where security of communication and privacy are two key enablers.

In the Social & Health domain, Trialog is developing software building blocks for the eHome market in several areas (energy management, home control, AAL). He is the leader of a French innovation project called AMISURE, which aims at improving the organisation of actors in the care service areas.

In all these domains, Trialog mainly provides expertise on telecom, standards, interoperability, resilience, privacy, security, system design, validation and operation.

TRIALOG is also a founding member of G3-PLC Alliance, a worldwide industrial consortium to support and promote the use of G3-PLC standard. In this alliance, TRIALOG is leading the Interoperability and Certification working groups.

Main tasks attributed in the project

TRIALOG will contribute to:

  • Use-cases, requirements and architecture definition, including KPIs definition
  • Data management
  • Vehicle-to-grid EMS module
  • Interoperability tests
  • Scalability and replicability analysis
  • Liaison with other H2020 projects within BRIDGE


Institution Description

Etrel is a privately-owned SMEs established in 2007. The company’s core activities are:

  1. Design, development, and manufacturing of AC electric vehicle charging stations for public and private use
  2. Design, development and implementation of software solutions for electric vehicles charging and support of business processes in the field of electromobility
  3. Design, development, and maintenance of complex information systems for the energy (electricity) sector including integration of ICT systems and processing devices
  4. R&D projects in electromobility (smart charging of electric vehicles)
  5. Consulting for the energy and electromobility

The company’s core team is very experienced in the energy industry (with projects and studies performed for different stakeholders in power sector – transmission and distribution system operators, retailers, producers, regulatory agencies, municipalities, governments, and others). Ever since its founding in 2007, the goal of the company has been to apply this knowledge to the design of its product line for electromobility.

Etrel’s decision to enter the electromobility market in 2009 was based on the prediction that electric vehicle (EV) batteries (and EV loads resulting from their charging) will become one of the most important elements of power grids on all levels (from households to residential and business buildings, and public grids). Due to impact of EV charging to operation of power grids it should mandatorily be integrated with other systems influenced by EV charging load in a controlled, smart manner. To this end, the company was active in educating the consumers, organising expert conferences and workshops, contributing to elaboration of necessary legislation and technical regulation, connecting with AVERE (The European Association for Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

– Etrel also designed and managed its main web portal for a couple of years), and founding the Slovenian national association for electric vehicles. Etrel is also an active member and participant in the CIVINET group, EEMCG, and IEC TC69.

Cooperation with high-level industry associations and developments carried out within large FP7 and H2020 R&D projects enabled Etrel to participate in some of the first important pilot projects for electromobility in the region. Etrel’s first projects were in the field of public charging infrastructure and the associated ICT systems for the management of charging infrastructure. In 2010, the company started working with a number of clients to design, produce, and commission several public charging stations, which were later connected into back-office systems for charging infrastructure management (also developed by Etrel). Today, Etrel is also hosting several instances of its back & front office SW solutions for electromobility for clients in Slovenia, Greece, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Poland, Faroe Islands, and Croatia.

Etrel’s focus on electromobility will be strengthened even further with the aim to remain a trend-setter and grow into a leading provider of advanced solutions for EV charging. Special emphasis is placed on smart charging where sophisticated ICT solutions need to be introduced to integrate the EV charging into various energy management systems. This integration will finally enable a full exploitation of EV charging as a load capable to contribute to optimisation of grid and energy market operation.

Main tasks attributed in the project

Etrel will act as a provider of technology related to EV charging. The tasks will comprise:

  • Development of algorithms for determination of optimum charging load of a single or several EVs connected to building’s internal network,
  • Full integration of information acquired from EV into charging load management,
  • Definition of algorithms for determination of EV charging demand response potential (load flexibility ranges),
  • Definition and development of interface for interaction between charging load control and higher-level system (aggregator / flex agent, flexibility trading platforms),
  • Lab and integration testing of developed solutions
  • Delivery  of  charging  stations,  installation  and  integration with GIFT energy management system on demonstration sites; monitoring and evaluation of results.


Institution Description

SYLFEN develops a fully integrated energy-storage and cogeneration system, the Smart Smart Energy Hub, based on the rSOC technology (reversible Solid-Oxide Cells). This technology is a breakthrough for the world of energy, because it leads to a decentralised production and management of energy. It solves the problem of intermittency with renewable energy sources, by offering local high capacity storage in the form of hydrogen. It leads to more resilient grids and lower CO2 emissions. At the heart of SYLFEN’s innovation lies a rSOC technology, working both as Solid-Oxide Electrolyser (to store electricity by forming H2) and Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell (to produce electricity and heat from H2 and/or CH4). This technology benefits from 10 years of R&D by the CEA-Liten institute of Grenoble, 40 million euro invested and for which there are 22 patents granted and some critical know-how protected by secret. SYLFEN has a worldwide exclusive license on this intellectual property. CEA has demonstrated in 2014 the best efficiency in SOEC world-wide. CEA Liten has developed a strong expertise in building these rSOC stacks and operating them under the most optimised conditions (temperature). This knowledge is transferred to SYLFEN this year by the setting up of a first stack manufacturing workshop, property of SYLFEN and operated by CEA and SYLFEN. The challenge today is to successfully assemble this highly-flexible energy processor into a ready-to-be-used system to meet market demand, while answering both overall efficiency and economic constraints. A first integrated prototype including the rSOC plus batteries, the hydrogen storage subsystem and a first generation of smart energy management software is now running in Grenoble and will be delivered to SYLFEN’s first customer (a large French utility) in May 2018. The first full scale Smart Energy Hubs will run in real conditions field-tests in 2019.

The GIFT project will allow SYLFEN to improve the integration of its Smart Energy Hub inside a global energy management system to deliver both valuable electricity and heat to the consumers as well as grid services by testing it in real conditions and convert it into a market-introduction ready product. This will be made possible thanks to close collaboration with European partners, leaders in their fields.

SYLFEN, founded in June 2015 in Grenoble (France), is currently owned by its co-founders Nicolas Bardi, Caroline Rozain and Marc Potron, plus CEA-Investissement (a subsidiary company of CEA investing in CEA partner start-ups) and EIT InnoEnergy. SYLFEN has received numerous awards in 2016 and 2017 and financial support of BPI France.

SYLFEN is in the process of closing a large first Equity raise which will make it possible for Sylfen to hire and reach a >20 staff in 2019 and take part in ambitions innovation and development projects.

Main tasks attributed in the project

Task 5.3 : Multi-vector energy storage development (leader) SYLFEN develops an in-house piloting software that calculates in real time the energy optimisation strategies for its Smart Energy Hub according to direct and forecasted renewable energy production and electricity and heat consumption of buildings and mobility services.

A first generation of global control & command software, along with a supervision unit is integrated in a small scale prototype (10kW power range for r-SOC unit and 10 kWh batterie) named Smarthyes: a first generation of the “smart software”, deciding the best strategy and shifting from one pre-programmed mode to another has been implemented successfully in February 2018 on the Smarthyes.

Based on this tool, Sylfen will define a methodology for the use of the different storage technologies combining batteries, hydrogen and thermal storage in the GIFT project. The definition of the piloting strategies to provide the different services (peakshaving, ancilliary services, …) is one of the priorities of the GIFT project.

WP6 : System integration and validation and WP8 : Demonstration 3 (solution provider)

Sylfen will install one module of its Smart Energy Hub (40 kW in electrolysis mode, 5 kWe + 5 kWth in fuel cell mode) combined with 50 kWh batteries and 50 kg (1650 kWh) H2 tank. The Smart Energy Hub will be charged by renewable electricity and will provide when needed electricity and valuable heat to the islands consumers. Both storage technologies (hydrogen and batterie) will be used to provide grid services and helps towards a complete integration of renewable production on the island.

A first integrated prototype including the rSOC plus batteries, the hydrogen storage subsystem is now running in Grenoble and will be delivered to SYLFEN’s first customer (a large French utility) in May 2018. Furthermore, the first full scale Smart Energy Hubs will run in real conditions field-test in Torino in 2019 in the context of the European REFLEX project.

Elestor – The Netherlands

Institution Description

Elestor develops an unique HBr flow battery (patented), whereby the full focus is on minimising storage cost. This battery uses a simple chemical commodity, being hydrogen bromide (or HBr) as its active material. Using HBr, the storage costs per unit of electricity can be two to three times lower than the cost of Lithium batteries, and potentially as low as 5ct/kWh. The technology is particularly well suited for large scale stationary storage of electricity at the lowest possible cost.

Elestor BV was founded in June 2014, in Arnhem (The Netherlands). After four years of growth, the team today consists of 20 employees. Elestor’s skill set covers all disciplines to develop the complete battery technology, combined with extensive business development experience.
The innovative character of the technologies developed are acknowledged, as is illustrated by the awards won over the last three years:
–          Voted 2018 VPRO Tegenlicht Greentech pioneer
–          Winner of the 2017 IDTechEx award for the ‘Best Technical Development in Energy Storage’
–          Winner of the 2016 Sweco Sustainable Energy startup award
–          Awarded the 2016 Jan Terlouw Ambition Award at the Annual KiEMT Conference
–          Winner of the 2015 KIC InnoEnergy Benelux Challenge Trophy
–          Awarded the 2019 ‘Pearl of the region’

Main tasks attributed in the project

Elestor will install a 50kW-250kWh grid connected HBr flow battery in Hinnoya (No). It will be the first time worldwide that this innovative approach to electricity storage is installed on an island. The battery will be charged by renewable electricity. The project will allow Elestor to prove that this combination is a cheaper way for reliably supplying electricity than diesel generation. This evidence of a sound business case will be the best way to trigger large-scale replication on other islands with similar energy challenges.

In the field of HBr flow batteries Elestor competes with three rivals, all based in the US. Out of these four, Elestor is the only company which has already validated and demonstrated complete systems in field tests. In November 2016 the first pilot system was installed in Deventer (NL). This system was succeeded by improved versions in October 2017 and March 2018. The deployment in Hinnoya is essential to fully qualify a complete system in a tough environment such as the north of Norway. Doing so will allow Elestor to maintain and extend its technology leadership versus the American competition.

Odit-E – France

Institution Description

Odit-e develops disruptive analytics and software dedicated to low voltage network planning, operation, asset management and maintenance. Odit-e is a young and innovative start-up aiming to provide a service offer dedicated to Distribution System Operators who must face energy transition challenges. Odit-e has the ambition to digitise the low voltage grid with a very innovative approach based on machine learning, using data collected by smart meters and sensors information located at the distribution substation level. This low voltage digitisation offer enables the DSO to perform asset management, low voltage state estimation and impact prediction of renewables and electric vehicles. Moreover Odit-e enable the DSO to reduce the distribution grid technical and non-technical losses, and optimise investments required for energy transition.

Odit-e is part of Think Smart Grids organisation and is also supported by the national Tenerrdis “pôle de compétitivité”.

Main tasks attributed in the project

Odit-e will mainly contribute to the WP3 by providing grid observability and predictions.

Odit-e replaces the theoretical network model with an empirical model: rather than collecting information about the network architecture (cable sections and lengths… information that is not necessarily accessible or reliable), the model is directly and automatically built from the field measurements. communicating meters (so-called data-driven approach).

The construction of the grid model goes through a “learning” phase of the network, thanks to machine learning algorithms. This phase is based on the load and voltage curves collected by the smart meters during a given period (typically one month), which are previously anonymised.
For this learning phase, and in the case where the voltages could not be transmitted by smart meters, Odit-e will have to add extra sensors in the network. Possibly, weather measurements (temperature, sunshine, …) could be added to improve accuracy.

Once the learning phase is completed, the model can be used to predict the voltage impact of any load or production change.

Ens Kepler University

Linz (EI


Hafenstrom – NORWAY

Institution Description

HAFEN is a SME having background from intelligent transport systems and mobility services, smart energy solutions, ICT, security and safety, commercialisation, marketing and standardisation. HAFEN is developing components for new, climate-friendly transport and energy solutions for intelligent transport hubs in order to contribute to the Paris agreement to reduce emission from transport by 40%. Relevance to the call deals with tools for assessing the rapid change in sharing economy by utilisation of renewable energy sources, batteries, e- vehicles, harbour infrastructure and distribution of traffic load. These tools will be integrated into a service allowing for flexibility for users, lower emissions by sharing, and balancing energy sources used to fulfil the need for transport. Consequently, HAFEN would join the GIFT project in order to obtain early access to results, provide its feedback and help guide to the emerging market for renewables, also addressing specific requirements for intelligent transport hubs.

Main tasks attributed in the project

WP5 and WP7, but also contributing to WP2, WP10 and WP11.


Institution Description

Established in 1997, Euroquality is a service provider specialised in innovation consulting and project management. Its main activities are innovation consulting, economic studies, policy evaluation, technological and technical studies, development of communication material, training, and the management of national and European projects. For 20 years, Euroquality has been able to adapt the different technological mutations and always be at the top of the state of the art, advising international clients on the development of their innovations. Euroquality has also been involved as a partner in a large number of projects on PF6, FP7, H2020, LIFE +, LIFE, Leonardo and Erasmus+ programmes, bringing its knowledge on several technical topics and its strong expertise on the management of EU projects and rules. This expertise is considered essential by most coordinator of projects EQY has worked with, as it helps ensuring the right implementation of the project in due time and by respecting the rules, using already approved methodologies and tools.

Main tasks attributed in the project

Euroquality will be responsible for the information management, will animate the consortium and develop tools that will facilitate know-how exchanges and collaborative work. Euroquality will also be in charge of the communication activities in close collaboration with the coordinator and all partners of the project. Finally, Euroquality will take care of the exploitation and develop the business plan for the sustainable solutions developed in the project in order to ensure their economic and technical feasibility.

Euroquality has a strong experience in these domain, occupying the role of Exploitation manager the H2020 S- PARCS and the role of Project manager and Administrative and Financial manager in the FP7 WINETWORK project.

Hålogaland Kraft – NORWAY

Institution Description

Regional energy production and distribution service operator publicly owned by the seven municipalities of Harstad, Kvæfjord, Skånland, Tjeldsund, Ibestad, Gratangen and Lødingen. HLK has 30.000 customers on energy and internet. DSO license area covers the seven owner municipalities and operates power transmission in regional and local distribution networks. Overall, DSO owns and operates a network extensively 3.164 km consisting of high-voltage and low-voltage lines, earth cables and sea cables. DSO operates 1250 network transformers with a total performance of 319.875 kVA and has 24.585 measurement points for online customers. The energy is distributed through 19 main stations with a total output of 351 MVA. Total energy consumption in the licensing area amounted to 657, 5 GWh in 2016. Non-energy amounted to 81, 1 MWh divided between 25.5 MWh planned and 55.5 MWh unplanned interruptions. Total energy consumption in 2016 was 412 GWh.

Main tasks attributed in the project

WP leader of Lighthouse demonstrator 1 Hinnøya (WP7) providing integration, data analysis, impact and optimisation recommendations. Participant in WP9 Business case on follower islands, WP10 Dissemination & exploitation, WP2 Pre-study and functional requirements.

Energieinstitut an der Johannes Kepler University

Linz (EI


Harstad Kommune – NORWAY

Institution Description

Main municipality in Norway’s biggest island Hinnøya focusing on making services more user-friendly by adding an emphasis on user needs, providing good support, simplify and automate; develop our digital expertise to Harstad municipality gets digital, committed and competent employees and managers; make digital interaction to a natural first choice, so that professional digital dialogue becomes a hallmark of Harstad municipality; be an innovative and development oriented organisation to realise the great ideas and prioritise activities that will benefit our citizenry; leverage available and future-oriented solutions. Professional interaction between the individual services and ICT centre will ensure solutions that deliver on the service needs. The individual service takes ownership of the development and management of its digital solutions. ICT centre support services’ needs and allocate resources for development and support.

Main tasks attributed in the project

Participant of WP2 Pre-study and functional requirements; acquiring solution providers for Lighthouse demonstrator 1 Hinnøya (WP7) and acts as Demonstration site manager; participant in WP9 Business case on follower islands and in WP10 Dissemination & exploitation.

Comune di Procida – ITALY

Institution Description

The municipality of Procida is the local authority that represents its community, cares for its interests and promotes its development. The organs of the municipality are the mayor and the council.


Main tasks attributed in the project

Participant of WP2 Pre-study and functional requirements; acquiring solution providers for Lighthouse demonstrator 2 Procida (WP8) and acts as Demonstration site manager; participant in WP9 Business case on follower islands and in WP10 Dissemination & exploitation.

Energieinstitut an der Johannes Kepler University

Linz (EI


Centro de Investigação em Energia REN – STATE GRID, S.A. – Portugal

Institution Description

Centro de Investigação em Energia REN – State Grid, S.A. (R&D NESTER) is an energy research centre created through the partnership between REN (REN Redes Energéticas Nacionais, SGPS, SA) and State Grid Corporation of China (Transmission System Operator – TSO and Distribution System Operator – DSO in China). This partnership started on May 24th of 2013, during the last phase of REN’s privatisation in 2012.

As an energy research Centre, our mission is to provide an international platform for knowledge, delivering innovative solutions to be applied into energy systems; provide new tools, strategies and processes. The main areas of activity are Power Systems Simulation, Renewable Energy Management, Smart Grid Technologies and Energy Markets & Economics.

R&D NESTER has been recognised by Portuguese government in the field of R&D for the technical-scientific knowledge domain of conception and energy grid field innovative solutions development. Since December 2015, R&D NESTER becomes a Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) certified company, in accordance with Portuguese standard NP 4457:2007

Main tasks attributed in the project

Task 2.2 Technical and business process flow (Leader)

R&D Nester develops work on interface specifications for TSO-DSO information exchange based on specific Use Case (design of business and system use cases) and mapped to IEC standards (e.g. 61970/61968/62325), in order to support automated information exchange and network analysis between system operators and other relevant actors in the electrical power sector.

R&D Nester supervised the demonstration of the capability of a wind farm to provide frequency and voltage control at the point of interconnection in the Portuguese electrical grid, and at the level of a solar inverter for photovoltaic systems, as well as research on the market design enabling the provision of these ancillary services by wind and solar generation.

Relevant projects: OSMOSE (H2020), TDX-ASSIST (H2020) and Renewable Energy Dispatch Tools (In- house project).

Task 3.3 Energy system modelling for short-term online forecasting of supply and demand (Leader)

The in-house development of self-adaptive ensemble-based forecasting method providing optimal point predictions under the square loss function, consistent with the power limits at the point of interconnection. The output point forecast is used to center a new nonparametric probabilistic power forecast that leverages the interpolation of the order statistics, thus providing forecast uncertainty estimations.

Image processing techniques applied to local sky-cameras and satellite images improve the opacity/cloudiness index estimation. The methods were applied to forecasting the national Portuguese wind power and solar power production and to operational reserve sizing.

Relevant projects: Renewable Energy Dispatch Tools (In-house project) WP5 – Synergies through multi-service multi-vector energy storage (Leader)

The in-house developed Dispersed Energy Storage Planning (DESPlan) tool allows the network planners to consider cost-effective energy storage solutions in their medium and long-term planning alternatives. The tool considers multiple planning scenarios, a network model, time-series of generation and load, and energy storage technology costs to evaluate the best siting and sizing for the energy storage solution that minimises the overall cost. It can be used for the maximisation of renewable energy integration into electricity systems, or for the extension of the life cycle and investments deferral for some network assets (such as power lines and transformers), or for the reduction of costs of power curtailment practices (for both generation and load) associated with network congestions.
R&D Nester develops studies on the identification of the optimal mix of flexibilities in the electricity system and innovative market designs and regulation. R&D Nester develops engineering processes addressing the interoperability related challenges, to promote flexibility solutions, including using IEC
61850 standard and through Hardware in the Loop (HIL) tests in the R&D Nester’s RTPSS laboratory. Relevant projects: Energy Storage Planning (In-house project), OSMOSE (H2020), Smart Substation Testing and Implementation (In-house project)


Institution Description

NTNU is Norway’s primary institution for educating the future’s engineers and scientists. The university also has strong programmes in social sciences, teacher education, arts and humanities, medicine, architecture and fine art. Today, NTNU is the largest university in Norway, with 39,000 students and 4053 researchers and academic staff. NTNU is involved in 120 EU projects and seven topics for Horizon 2020. NTNU’s cross-disciplinary research delivers creative innovations that have far-reaching social and economic impact and help contribute to a better world. Energy and Sustainable societal development are identified as two of NTNU’s four strategic areas 2014– 2023.

Department of manufacturing and civil engineering of NTNU has multidisciplinary researchers and education profiles. The department has a strong research tradition in Sustainability assessment, Energy systems in buildings and transport, Geographic information systems and building information modelling.

Main tasks attributed in the project

NTNU will work on project Performance, lead WP3 and have a major involvement in WP7.

NTNU already has finished an on-going development digital twins for buildings, transport system and area, focusing on energy system, life cycle environmental impacts and cost.

Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving – Greece

Institution Description

“The Center for Renewable Energy Sources & Saving (CRES) is the Greek National center for Renewable Energy Sources (RES), Rational Use of Energy (RUE) and Energy Saving (ES). CRES was instituted as the National co- ordination centre in its areas of activity by the Law 2244/94 (Production of Electricity from RES) by the Greek government. CRES is a public entity, supervised by the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climatic Change, having, nevertheless, financial and administrative independence. Additionally it is the Wind Turbine certifying authority in the country and a member of ECWETS. The general objectives of CRES are the promotion of Renewable Energy (RE), Rational Use of Energy (RUE) and Energy Saving (ES, the R&D on RES/RUE/ES systems through close collaboration with similar research centers, universities and industry and the dissemination of information. During the thirty (30) years of its operation CRES has participated in more than 700 European and national projects. These include research and development, demonstration projects, projects dealing with energy information systems, feasibility studies, technical and economic studies, market research, as well as promotional activities for the use of RES/RUE/ES. Today CRES has a scientific staff of more than 120 highly experienced and specialised scientists and engineers. CRES is coordinating the implementation of the “Green Island Ai-Stratis Initiative” funded with 8.5 million euro by the Greek Government. CRES is a member of European and international networks of similar organisations, such as: MEASNET, EnR, MEDENER, FEDARENE, Energy Cities, EUFORES, OPET, EUREC Agency, Efficiency 2000, etc. CRES cooperates with large international organisations such as IEA, UNESCO, ISES, PLEA, IEC, CEN/CENELEC, etc.

The Division of Renewable Energy Sources (D-RES) of CRES includes the following departments: Wind energy, Biomass, Photovoltaics, Geothermal energy, Solar Thermal, Hydro and Wave Energy, RES and hydrogen technologies. D-RES employs 40 scientists and engineers, focusing its activities on the design, support and execution of European and national RTD&D programs for the development of economically viable and environmentally friendly RES/RUE/ES technologies. Over the years D-RES has been successfully involved on more than 150 European projects in the areas of its expertise (JOULE, THERMIE, AIR, FAIR etc.).

The Department of PV and Distributed Generation Systems is involved in applied research, mainly control and management at distribution level. Within these activities, the Hybrid system/Microgrid test site and PV systems Laboratory have been developed. The department’s facilities have the capability of conducting characterisation tests, evaluation and running operation application cases according to international standards. The department also cooperates with organisations for the promotion of PV technology, Distributed Generation and Smart Grids, such as SolarPower Europe, and the European Electricity Grid Initiative, the ETP for Photovoltaics, EERA PV and SmartGrids Joint Programmes.

Main tasks attributed in the project

During the project CRES will be coordinating the replication activities. In addition, CRES will support other activities of the project such as the technology pre-study and the storage implementation analyses.Through its research activities as well as technology applications by means of extended cooperation with industry (CRES is the official consultant of the Greek government on matters of RES/RUE/ES in national policy, strategy and planning), the department has developed a substantial knowledge background in terms of autonomous and grid- connected power systems, microgrids, minigrids and distribution grids, with extended coverage of topics such as energy management, security of operation, ICT technologies etc. bringing a substantial set of competencies for GIFT. Also, through ongoing and past research projects, CRES has gained significant experience in terms of power systems simulations in various timescales of interest.


Institution Description

ARMINES ( is a private non-profit research and technological organisation (RTO), funded in 1967, having common research centres with the Ecoles des Mines -Paris (Mines ParisTech), Albi-Carmaux (Mines Albi-Carmaux), Alès (Mines Alès), Douai (Mines Douai), Nantes (Mines Nantes) and Saint-Etienne (Mines Saint- Etienne)- gathering public and private personnel and means, to collaborate on an arms lengths basis and perform research contractual activities and academic research training. The Joint Research Units and the collaboration between ARMINES and the Ecole des Mines are organised within the frame of a convention signed with each Ecole des Mines in conformity with the Law dated April 18th, 2006, under the administrative authority of the French Minister of Industry; ARMINES having in addition, the duty to manage research contractual activities and the related intellectual property rights. ARMINES currently shares 48 Joint Research Units (Common Research Centres) with the Ecoles des Mines. ARMINES also collaborates with ENSTA ParisTech, Ecole Polytechnique, ENPC and Ecole Navale.

With a total turnover of more than €42,2 million (2016), ARMINES is amongst the top of private contract research institutions affiliated to higher education entities. ARMINES is also member of EARTO (European Association of RTOs), EIRMA (European Industrial Research Association Management) and of the Carnot Institute.

In terms of European activity, ARMINES through the Joint Research Units are involved in European projects since 1994 (FP4) and obtained, within FP7, 11 projects as coordinator and 87 as partner, and within Horizon 2020, 30 projects, including one as coordinator and 4 ERC grants.

ARMINES’ linked Third Parties (Article 14) :

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (Mines ParisTech)

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (MINES ParisTech –, founded in 1783, is one of the oldest French higher education institution in engineering. The aim is for academic excellence with 286 research professors, 100 thesis and 400 articles or books in key research fields published every year. The School is a leader in many areas, among which five major fields: 1/ Earth sciences and the environment, 2/ Energy and process engineering, 3/ Mechanical engineering and materials, 4/ Mathematics and systems and, 5/ Economics, management and society. With 15 research centres, , joint research units with ARMINES extending over five different fields, MINES ParisTech is the leading school in France for the volume of contractual research of its research centres through ARMINES. Its major research themes are essentially based on issues raised by industry, including MITAL, EDF, TOTAL, RENAULT, PSA, SAFRAN, SNECMA, GDF and SAINT-GOBAIN, as well as society as a whole. MINES ParisTech is also member of the Carnot Institute and of Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University (PSL –

The ARMINES/Mines ParisTech common research centre “Centre de Mathématiques Appliquées,” (CMA) will be involved in the project.

The ARMINES/MINES ParisTech common research centre “Centre de Mathématiques Appliquées” (CMA) will be involved in the project. Created in 1976 in France, the Centre for Applied Mathematics (CMA) at MINES ParisTech has developed a scientific expertise by offering fundamental skills in modelling, optimisation and mathematics of control and decision-making to tackle increasingly complex systems related to energy and climate. Its prospective approach is based on the optimisation models of the MARKAL/TIMES family developed as part of the International Energy Agency program for which the CMA represents France. The CMA has particularly invested in developing the unique French model TIMES-FR and the TIMES-ALyC model (the Latin American and Caribbean TIMES model). Key research topics relative to energy modelling are: climate negotiation and policy, water energy nexus, operational flexibility of electric systems, impacts of large wind power shares, low-carbon energy systems, renewable energy, carbon capture and storage, and demand side management and storage.

Main tasks attributed in the project

As task leader, ARMINES/CMA will lead the modelling of the energy system of the considered islands. By means of the TIMES approach, a generator of bottom-up long-term optimisation model, ARMINES will developed these specific models and will analyse their possible and plausible evolutions under different relevant policy and technical scenarios which may include not only the commitments in matters of environment and energy but also potential technological developments. A set of relevant scenarios will be produced and technical choices will be discussed including their subsequent policy and technological impacts on the system on the long-term. It is expected that the other partners provide some inputs and data when necessary, so ARMINES will manage these collaborative exchanges.

Then, the purpose is to analyse which power reliability conditions are enforced over time in these long-term planning exercises and so, to discuss the long-term and short-term plausibility of the different possible futures. Indeed, tackling the considerable challenge of grid decarbonisation and the subsequent massive introduction of intermittent electricity production requires a general framework that aggregates the space characteristics of the power grid and reconciles the short-term dynamics of power system management with long-term prospective analysis.

The contribution of ARMINES/CMA is based on its experience on regional long-term modelling and on the improvement of multisectoral energy model to seize the dynamic of the energy system as a whole and to assess with high precision, the regional variability in potential, demand, and future possible trajectories of energy systems. Its prospective approach is based on optimisation models of the MARKAL/TIMES family developed in the context of the IEA program (International Energy Agency) where the CMA represents France. Second, it is based on relevant and patented experience of assessment of long-term power reliability of power system (through different indicators).


Institution Description

Sapienza University of Rome (UNIROMA1), which was founded in 1303 in Rome, is one of the oldest universities in the world and one of the top performer in international university rankings. The research unit involved in the proposal is within the Dept of Astronautics, Electrical and Energetics Engineering (DIAEE) of the Civil and Industrial Engineering Faculty.

The Department of Astronautical, Electrical and Energy Engineering (DIAEE) promotes and coordinates scientific research, academic teaching, PhD courses, and third parties in the following areas: Energy Saving and Distributed Micro Generation, Renewable Energy Sources, Hybrid energy systems, Energy and Environment, Energy Planning and Management, Building performance assessment and historical building refurbishment, etc.

DIAEE has extensive experience in participating in and coordinating EU co-funded projects in programmes such as H2020, INTERREG, ENPICBCMED, etc. In the last years, it was involved in more than 10 EU projects. With academic staff from a range of disciplines, together with a highly experienced administration, DIAEE combines a breadth of technical expertise with a high level of project management competence.

Main tasks attributed in the project

The members of the research unit have an extensive experience in network studies related to planning, design, operation and protection of transmission and distribution networks; as well as in developing of simulation models for static and dynamic studies related to the integration of distributed generation, demand response, storage systems and EV charge systems in smart and micro grids during normal operation or fault conditions.

That is why they will be in charge of the replicability studies on the follower islands, and they will bring their expertise to the demonstration site of Procida.