An EirGrid-led consortium has secured €20m in funding under the Horizon 2020 programme to carry out research into renewable energy development.
EirGrid is the overall EU-SysFlex project co-ordinator, while French electricity group EDF will act as technical co-ordinator.
Fintan Slye, chief executive of EirGrid, described the funding as an endorsement of the company’s groundbreaking work in renewable energy.
Slye said: “Our engineers have been working to meet the challenges of operating the electricity system while achieving high renewable electricity targets. Running the power system with the current high levels of renewable energy is unprecedented and presents significant challenges for its real-time operation.”
The project, which involves 34 organisations from 15 countries across Europe, has an overall budget of €26m and will run for four years until 2021.
The aim of the EU-SysFlex project is to identify issues associated with integrating large amounts of renewable energy, provide practical assistance to power system operators across Europe, and create a long-term roadmap to facilitate the large-scale integration of renewable energy.