Towards the grid of the future

Our objective is to transform the European energy system into an integrated one, with emphasis on customer, on flexibility and end to-end digitization to integrate different technologies and market services.

One System of Integrated Systems

Decentralised generation and increased electrification require TSOs to adapt and support a market expansion with a focus on ‘One-System of Integrated Systems’ centred around optimised cross-sectoral integration. Coordination between TSOs, DSOs, market participants, and customers must go beyond mere integration of markets and operations and expand into proactive planning.

Power Grid, the Backbone of the Energy System

Future market integration requires increased grid capacity, optimisation, and integration of new technologies. As a mid-term goal, the transmission grid will have to transport higher volumes of renewable electricity over long distances; hence, embedding controllable devices and control systems in the cross-border infrastructure will ensure that resource management can be optimised.

Cyber-Physical System

Large penetration of power electronics, further digitalisation, and stronger connectivity require TSOs to take further actions to ensure the technical soundness of the cyber-physical power systems. System resilience, security, stability, and restoration after a black-out are and must remain the primary mandate of TSOs. In the short-term securing the interoperability of grid components, both hardware and software, is a high-priority task.

TSOs & EU research

The ETIP Smart Networks for Energy Transition (SNET) role is to guide Research, Development & Innovation (RD&I) to support Europe’s energy transition.

ENTSO-E supports the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan activities, through its participation in the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Smart Networks for Energy Transition (ETIP SNET) at various levels: Executive Committee, Governing Board and Working Groups.

The objective is to share with stakeholders from the whole energy sector at EU level the results achieved by TSOs’ R&I activities, but also their R&I needs, and to work together towards an integrated R&I vision.


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