SmartNet Project

Developing a more efficient and flexible electrical grid

SmartNet explores the application of new technologies to improve the efficiency and stability of the electrical grid.

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The role of the distribution company in the operations of the electricity system of the future will be different to its current role since new consumers will also be producers of energy. Aware of this, e-distribución is a member of the European Consortium SmartNet which explores the application of new technologies to aggregate the demand of small-scale consumers and generators, with the ultimate purpose of improving the efficiency and stability of the electrical grid.

The aim is to explore the opportunities and challenges of the electricity system of the future together. The European Consortium SmartNet is made up of 22 companies and institutions of 9 European countries and has a budget of 12.6 million euros.

The purpose of the project is to define the increasingly active role of the electricity distribution company in the electrical grid of the future. A grid which will become more flexible and sustainable. This will be achieved thanks to an improvement in the interaction and exchange of information between the grid and transmission companies. The ultimate goal is to make the life of the prosumers of the future easier, i.e., energy consumers and producers, making this bidirectional activity something that can be carried out with a flexible and aggregated approach, always from the distribution company and thanks to the use of smart grids.

With its participation in the SmarNet project, e-distribución shows proof of its commitment to innovation, research and the development of the services of the electricity market.

It is for these reasons that e-distribución is leading one of the three experimental projects being carried out in Europe. The aim of this pilot project, which is currently being rolled out in Barcelona, is to demonstrate that we can act as a small-scale consumer and producer aggregating agent to expand this vast network of collaborative energy in the future.