Project partners

The project consortium comprises five partners from research institutes and DSOs:

The Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) is the leading centre for energy research and development in the Netherlands. ECN conducts technology and policy research to find solutions to meeting social needs for a safe, efficient and clean energy supply and use. ECN comprises 700 staff, structured into eight business units: Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Biomass, Energy Efficiency, Clean Fossil Fuels, Fuel cells, Renewable Energy in the Built Environment, and Policy Studies. ECN Policy Studies is coordinating the IMPROGRES project.

The ECN Policy Studies Unit was established in 1976 and employs 50 scientific staff of various disciplines. ECN Policy Studies has extensive experience in the research areas of climate change related studies, energy and environmental policy design and energy system modelling, sector studies on energy efficiency, transportation and energy-intensive industry, clean fossil fuels, renewable energy, policy instrument evaluation and competition in and regulation of energy markets.

Universidad Pontificia Comillas is represented in this project by the Institute for Technology Research. The IIT is a universitary institute devoted to research and training of researchers on technological fields, mainly related to the energy sector in general, and in particular, to the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. IIT is the leading institution in Spain on the development of integrated models for the operation and planning of electricity systems under deregulation, and has provided extensive international consultancy on electricity market designs and network regulation. It gathers more than 40 researchers and 60 full time doctoral students. It is an interface institution working with the industry in a self-supported base with an annual budget of 3,5 million Euros.

Among some other aspects, one of the goals of the IIT is to support decision-making processes and technical, economic, regulatory and environmental analyses of generation, transmission and distribution in the electricity sector. Its main activities are focused on the design and development of computational models of the diverse aspects of electricity systems as well as on advising and consultancy tasks, mainly about the analysis and design of new regulatory frameworks. IIT has actively consulted private firms and governments in Spain and several Latin-American countries, as well as the European Commission, regulatory bodies in Europe and in pre-accession countries, and international institutions such as the World Bank or the Inter American Development Bank.

The main fields of Power Systems where the IIT has developed its activities can be classified in four points: Regulation and economics of the Electricity Sector; Planning and operation of Power Systems; Environmental management and renewable energies; Electrotechnical modeling, analysis and control of Power Systems.

The 'Institut für Solare Energieversorgungstechnik e.V.' (ISET) was founded in 1988 as a non-profit research institute, associated with the University of Kassel. There are about 75 employees working on two sites. Besides a basic grant from the Hessian Ministry for Science and Art, about 75 % of the annual budget of about 10 Million Euro is financed by project-funds from national government, the EC and industry. ISET concentrates on the electrical and systems engineering aspects which arise both on component and grid integration level. The main technology fields addressed include: wind energy, photovoltaics, energetic biomass, electro-traction, energy storage systems, fuel cells, power conditioning and electronics, hybrid systems and efficient use of energy.

ISET is a key actor in the field of DG and RES at the European level. Currently coordinator of the European Cluster IRED (Integration of RES and DG into the European Grid), ISET has gathered a working group of more than 100 participating institutions from research, industry and the utility sector to assess current R&D needs and pave the way for future EC funded research program in that area.

Risø is a national laboratory under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Risø’s mission is to promote value-generating and sustainable technological development within the areas of energy, industrial technology and bio-production through research, innovation and consultancy.

The objective of the research within the Systems Analysis Department is to develop and apply analysis methods and models to provide Danish society and international organisations with an improved basis for decision-making concerning technological priorities. The aim of the research programme Energy Systems Analysis is to develop methods and models for analysis of energy, environmental and economic issues, including integrated analysis and the adaptation of new technologies to complex energy systems. The programme employs a multidisciplinary team of about 10 scientists. The programme currently participates in several EU projects concerning on the implementation of the RES-E Directive. In addition the programme has many years of experience from various project on the development of the electricity market in northern Europe, and development and application of models focusing on electricity generation by renewables on a large-scale. This experience will be utilized within the proposed project, focusing on the implementation of intermittent electricity generation (mainly wind power) into optimisation models such as TIMES.

The Energy Economics Group (EEG) is within the Institute of Power Systems and Energy Economics at Vienna University of Technology. The core areas of research of the EEG are:

  • Dissemination and grid integration strategies for renewable and new energy systems
  • Competition in energy markets (liberalisation versus regulation)
  • Energy modelling, forecasting and analysis of energy policy strategies
  • Global and local environmental aspects
  • Sustainable energy systems and climate change

EEG has managed and carried out many international as well as national research projects founded by the European Commission, national governments, public and private clients in several fields of research, especially focusing on renewable and new energy systems. EEG employs a permanent scientific staff of 20 people. EEG keeps up many national and international co-operations.

UNION FENOSA DISTRIBUCION is a company belonging to the group UNION FENOSA, the third electrical Spanish company. Its main activities are grouped in the sector of electricity and gas. Internationally, the Group has presence in more than 40 countries and direct investments in 15 of them, which are specially grouped in the North and Central America. It is a reference company in production and supply of electricity in Latin America. It also has significant interests in the gas business and this is the reason because it participates on large gas infrastructure projects development in Egypt and Oman.

MVV Energie AG is a successful energy distributor and energy service company for industries and communities, both nationally and internationally. We have combined our traditional core competencies with innovative solutions, which have enabled us to offer our customers electric power, district heating, gas, water, and waste management as well as on-site (combined) heat and power generation and telecommunications. Our Europe-wide energy trading now numbers among the leading energy-trading enterprises in Germany.

Continuon Netbeheer is a distribution system operator in the Netherlands and is responsible for the management of the transmission en distribution electricity grids of 400 V up to 150 kV and the distribution natural gas grids of 30 mbar up to 8 bar. Continuon manages about 1/3 of the grids in the Netherlands and has about 2.8 million customers on its electricity grids and about 2 million customers on its natural gas grid.

Continuon aims to become an innovative grid company optimally facilitating distributed generation technologies and wishes to assist in the development of a sustainable energy system. For this purpose Continuon has started a number of (research) projects analysing the impact of distributed generation on the distribution network.