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REALISEGRID: a new EU project for promoting an optimal development of the European trans-national transmission grid infrastructure
The European electricity system is facing major challenges to implement a strategy for a reliable, competitive and sustainable electricity supply. The development and the renewal of the transmission infrastructure are central and recognised issues in this strategy. Indeed, the transmission system is a complex and strongly interconnected infrastructure that offers a wide range of benefits like reliability improvement, promotion of competitive electricity markets and of economic growth, support for development of new generation and for exploitation of renewable resources.
The mission of REALISEGRID, a new project co-funded by the European Union (EU) within the 7th Framework Programme, is to develop a set of criteria, metrics, methods and tools to assess how the transmission infrastructure should be optimally developed to support the achievement of a reliable, competitive and sustainable electricity supply in the EU. The project moves along three axes:
The project REALISEGRID encompasses 30 months of activities, carried out by 20 partners from 9 Countries. The total budget is more than 4.2 million Euro. The consortium features the presence of four major European transmission system operators, an important manifacturer of transmission hardware and several international research centers and universities.
REALISEGRID is co-ordinated by ERSE (former CESI RICERCA), that is also leader of the WP "Electricity transmission investments: a pan-European framework to assess transmission expansion benefits".
last update: 2009-10-12