Prestigious EU project of 16 M€ will revolutionize European SmartGrid

A consortium of 12 European partners has won one of the largest European research and innovation projects ever in the field of SmartGrid & Storage. The new Horizon 2020 EU project, INVADE, will deliver a cloud-based flexibility management system integrated with EVs and battery storages at mobile, distributed and centralized levels. The goal is to change the way energy is used, stored and generated by utilizing renewable energy more effectively, optimizing the supply of electricity and making services more end-user-centric.

The project will use advanced ICT cloud based technology to deliver the new INVADE platform by integrating EVs and batteries to empower mobile, distributed and centralized energy storage in the distribution grid. The project integrates different components such as flexibility management systems, energy storage technologies, electric vehicles and novel business models.

INVADE is a result of political, environmental and market pressures, and seeks to test, validate and propose new and innovative energy solutions within the European market. INVADE will boost competition in the energy market and will promote a shift in business models and strategy for existing companies, as well as trigger start-ups of new, innovative players in the energy sector.

“We are proud to be awarded such a major project together with our excellent energy, technology and academic partners. The consortium’s expertise and knowledge provide the basis for interdisciplinary research, integrates different technological components, envisages innovative business models and involves a full chain of stakeholders in bringing a successful product to market”, says Dieter Hirdes, Director R&I at Smart Innovation and coordinator of the INVADE project.

Large-scale pilots in five European countries

The INVADE platform will be integrated with existing infrastructure and systems at pilot sites in Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Norway and the Netherlands. The pilots will be validated through mobile, distributed and centralized use cases in the distribution grid by large-scale demonstrations. An integration of the transport sector is represented in Norway and in the Netherlands; the two countries with the highest EV penetration worldwide.

The development of the platform will be based on Big Data Analytics-technology, and the consortium will test and update the platform using real data from the pilots in order to prepare a nearly-ready-for-market product.

“INVADE is spearheading the introduction of cyber-physical systems to the energy industry” says Jørgen Kildahl, former Executive of Statkraft and E.ON SE. “Finally, we are on our way to delivering tools that thrive on complexity, allowing us to solve extremely complex problems, which legacy systems cannot handle. With the support from EU and our partners, INVADE will conquer new territory and erect cairns for others to follow”, says Jørgen Kildahl.

INVADE meets the future demands in the energy sector

The global market for storage-based solutions, which aims at increasing the share of renewable energy uptake in the distribution grid, is expected to expand rapidly in the years to come. INVADE’s integration of ICT cloud-based battery and flexibility management systems with renewable resources represents the missing link in this market and is therefore highly sought for by European energy industries and the authorities. Prosumers, who both consume and produce electricity, will be empowered by utilising the strength of novel ICT solutions to optimize their own flexibility in energy consumption, production and storage, including the storage capacity of their electric vehicles.

Renewable energy is considered a strategic field of development for a sustainable future and by aiming to increase the share of renewables in the smart grid, INVADE helps to create a healthier and more resource- efficient environment. The project will facilitate the use of more environmentally-friendly energy, and to optimise the European energy system by reducing energy losses, improving the energy balance and increasing security of supply.

Additional information

For additional information please contact:

  • Mr. Dieter Hirdes, Project Coordinator e: m: +47 905 50 268
  • Mrs. Mette Magnussen, Director Communication & Visualization, e:, m: +47 959 98 143

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Smart Innovation Østfold AS (NO, coordinator), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – CITCEA (ES), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NO), Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT oy (FI), eSmart Systems AS (NO), NewEn Projects GmbH (DE), Albena JsCo (BG), Schneider Electric Norway (NO), LYSE (NO), Estabanell y Pahisa Energia (ES), ElaadNL (NL) and GreenFlux ASSETS B.V. (NL)

11. august 2016 – Mette M. Magnussen