Coordinating research in energy networks

EERA JP Smart Grids

European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Joint Programme on Smart Grids.

**Fourth Call for Smart Grid Research Exchanges: deadline extended to July 31st 2016**

Find out more by clicking the mobility tab at www.electrairp.eu.

The following provides an introduction to the collaborative efforts of the European Energy Research Alliance Joint Programme in Smart Grids and associated projects, and the opportunities for UK participation and involvement.

EERA (European Energy Research Alliance) is an alliance of European public research centres and universities. It is one of the cornerstones of the European Union's Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). More than 150 research centres and universities are already active across 16 Joint Programmes (JPs), and the growing membership brings together collaborators from many national research initiatives. More information is available on the EERA website.

The EERA Joint Programme on Smart Grids supports cooperation between researchers from across various national initiatives, with over 20 participating organisations from more than 15 European countries. The JP has organised a number of European and international workshops, provided coordinated research input into other European initiatives (including the smart grids ETP), prepared a number of joint reports on key smart grid topics, coordinated dialogue with national smart grid efforts around the world, and thus supported stronger research understanding and cooperation across Europe. Further information is available on the EERA Smart Grids website.

The Integrated Research Programme on Smart Grids, ELECTRA (European Liaison on Electricity Committed towards Long-term Research Activity), brings together the partners of the EERA Joint Programme to reinforce and accelerate Europe's medium to long term research cooperation within this domain. In addition to its dedicated joint R&D programme, ELECTRA leads a coordination programme that builds on the efforts established through the JP. This involves coordination and collaboration amongst the EU?s leading research infrastructures, researcher exchange across the EU and globally, and actions on international cooperation. Together, the JP SG and ELECTRA aim to establish significant coherence across national research efforts critical to the stable operation of the EU power system of 2020+. Further information is available on the ELECTRA website.

One of the key coordination activities is the ELECTRA REX Researcher EXchange programme, which publishes calls for applications from those interested in using researcher exchanges to further key smart grid innovations and research ideas. The Fourth ELECTRA REX Call is open to mid July 2016, click the mobility tab at the project web site for the call text and online application .

The Second and Third ELECTRA REX Calls were published in 2015 supporting a further twelve successful applicants with their exchanges. A number of them will share their experiences and results through a number of co-authored papers presented in the second exchange workshop in Ljubljana at IEEE PES ISGT Europe 2016 (9-12 October). Come along to session to learn first-hand of their experiences and find out more about the opportunities for involvement.

If you are interested in participating in the EERA Joint Programme or wish to find out more then contact Professor Graeme Burt at the University of Strathclyde.

Jan von Appen (IWES) enjoying his exchange in CSIRO Energy Centre, Australia

Alexander Prostejovsky (DTU) at PNDC, University of Strathclyde, Scotland