​​ERIGrid Invites Applications From Researchers And Industry Professionals

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Renewable energy is a major component of a clean energy future, but it presents drawbacks due to the intermittent behavior of renewable energy types. Their limited storage capabilities ​also ​present new challenges to grid operators to main​tain​ quality and reliability.

​The good news is that​ solutions are cropping up, thanks to advanced automation and communication technologies ​that can help overcome those challenges. The EU-funded research infrastructure project ERIGrid is focused on improvin​g​ those solutions with an integrated approach for analysing and evaluating complex configurations in what it calls 'cyber-physical' systems.

To do so, the proj​ect​ is inviting application​s​ from researchers and industry experts. The successful applicants will gain cost-free access to laboratories of ERIGrid's testing and simulation facilities and partners​, with​ a wide range of installations and strong competencies for assisting users within the ERIGrid Transnational Access.

S​upported by concentrated know-how and best practices​, the researchers can​ conduct their own research and experiments at Europe’s leading infrastructures.

Among the topics available are power system components characterisation, smart grid ICT / automation, co-simulation, real-time simulation and power/controller hardware-in-the-loop testing​, besides others.​

The deadline for ​the ​third call for ERIGrid Transnational Access is 15 November and both individual researchers and groups can apply. Besides access to the facilities, elected applicants can get travel expenses, including food and accommodation, reimbursed.

For those who cannot apply for the November call, ​there are other opportunities down the line​. Applications will be open every six months, with the next call opening in February 2018. For more information on the application process, go here.

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