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Grid4EU is a four-year, multi-national project that comprises six smart grid projects by utilities in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Sweden, and the Czech Republic. Together these projects cover more than half of Europe’s electricity supply. With an ecosystem of 27-partners, the project is focusing on smart grid solutions for renewable energy integration, grid automation and energy efficiency.  This will effectively lay the groundwork for future electrical grids, while empowering consumers as marketplace participants.  Ultimately, improving consumption management and cost-effectively achieving greater network reliability, flexibility, and resiliency.

According to Marco Cotti, Head of Smart Grids Development at Enel,

“The GRID4EU project represents the first important step in the implementation of the European Electricity Grid Initiative roadmap and we are convinced that it will become a reference for the development of Smart Grids in Europe and beyond”

Cisco is supporting two major project demos in Italy and the Czech Republic. In Italy, Cisco along with Siemens, RSE, and Selta are supporting Enel increase the hosting capacity for decentralized energy resources (DER) on Medium Voltage (MV) networks.  By leveraging the new technology, Enel plans to implement generators, controllable loads, and storage that establish active control and demand response capabilities.  This will help Grid4EU increase the distribution network’s flexibility with the implementation of advanced network operations and energy management efficiencies.

In the Czech Republic, Cisco along with Siemens, ABB, and Current are supporting Cez Distribuce demonstrate that by using smart metering technology along with combined heat and power (CHP) units, existing distribution networks have the capability to host automatic islanding, while ensuring a stable power supply.

On these projects, Cisco is working with the Grid4EU team to deliver substation and security architectures for utility field area networks. The scope of the engagement spans substation architecture, WAN infrastructure and network security as it relates to substation data flows and data center security architecture.

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