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Slovenia’s ELES leads international project on integrating renewables more efficiently

A consortium of companies from Slovenia, Austria and Croatia designed a project for optimising the use of existing grid infrastructure and enabling the integration of an increasing amount of renewable energy sources more efficiently and cost-effectively into the transmission and distribution networks.

Project partners include ELES, Elektro Celje, Elektro Gorenjska, Elektro Ljubljana and GEN-I from Slovenia, Austrian KNG-Kärnten Netz GmbH, Croatia’s TSO, HEP Distribution System Operator and Hrvatska elektroprivreda. The parties will invest in primary infrastructure and introduce various technologies, platforms, and functionalities for developing smart grids. They will combine this with battery energy storage systems and highly digitized information systems.

As the regulation of consumption and generation is crucial for the future development of the network and coordinated optimization of the transmission and distribution grid, the project will enable consumers to become active players in the electricity market.

The so-called GreenSwitch project, coordinated by Slovanian ELES is listed on the 5th PCI list of the EU. In addition to the GreenSwitch project, there are four other PCI projects concerning smart grids. Two of them (ACON Smart Grids and Danube InGrid) were already on the fourth PCI list, and their status was extended. But there are two new projects besides GreenSwitch.

With the so-called Carmen project, the Romanian-Hungarian consortium intends to improve the quality of the distribution service provided to the customers and implement the mandatory performance standards for the electricity distribution operators via smartification.

With the Gabreta project, the German-Czech consortium aims to digitalize and modernize the distribution grid of project promoters and foster cross-border cooperation between Germany (Bavaria) and the Czech Republic.

The projects were evaluated according to the criteria set out in the TEN-E regulation. The key focus was on the contribution of these projects to market integration, sustainability, security of supply and competition from an EU energy policy perspective.

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