Smart Grids – Bright Future


With the EU targeting climate neutrality by 2050, the demand for energy grid flexibility is set to increase up to sevenfold. Scientists at the University of Calabria, Italy, and the Catholic University of Lille, France, are at the forefront of Europe’s push towards renewable energy integration. These institutions are tackling the challenge head-on by implementing smart-grid technologies, energy storage, and renewable energy systems on their campuses.

Through projects like ebalanceplus, they’re optimizing energy consumption, reducing peak loads, and engaging local consumers through mobile apps. At Calabria, diverse renewable energy sources like geothermal and photovoltaic systems are utilized, while Lille focuses on instrumenting buildings for energy efficiency and autonomy. Cutting-edge control units manage energy systems, while data analytics enable precise optimization for cost and CO2 reduction. These initiatives demonstrate the feasibility of energy flexibility and pave the way for a sustainable energy future in Europe.

The ebalanceplus project was completed in spring 2024.


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