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IRED - "Integration of Renewable Energy Sources and Distributed Generation into the European Electricity Grid" is a large European Cluster of RTD projects funded by the European Commission and coordinated by ISET, Germany.

The activities of the European research cluster on the integration of renewable energies and distri┬Čbuted generation into the European electricity grid started in 2002 under the initiative and guidance of the European Commission – DG Research with the aim of coordinating the European projects in the fields of RES and DG in a high level steering group. Since 2004 the EC has funded the cluster in the frame of the IRED Coordinated Action for four years. During this time the cluster membership has been expanded by including representatives of new European projects in the area.

Our Vision:
A major contribution coming from Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and other sources of Distributed Generation (DG) to the European electricity network within the first quarter of this century.

Our Mission:
To facilitate the integration of Renewable Energies and Distributed Generation into the future European electricity network and to create a competitive European industry for a sustainable and reliable future power supply.
Objectives:
  • Increase stakeholders awareness of the growing importance of RES and DG.
  • Contribute to remove technical, economical and regulatory barriers for the grid connection of RES and DG.
  • Create a favourable environment for socio-economic acceptance of intermittent RES and DG without risks to quality or safety.
  • Create a knowledge infrastructure for design, realisation and operation of the future European smart electricity grid.

Most Important Initiatives:
  • International exchange and conferences in 2004, 2006 and 2008.
  • Set-up of the European Technology Platform "Smart Grids" for the electricity networks of the future.


SCIENTIFIC OFFICER EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Hugues van Honacker, Directorate General of Research,
Energy Directorate / Bruessels
Hugues.VAN-HONACKER@ec.europa.eu
CO-ORDINATOR OF THE CLUSTER
Philipp Strauss, ISET / Germany ired@iset.uni-kassel.de
AREA CO-ORDINATORS
Power quality, reliability and security
Nikos Hatziargyriou, NTUA / Greece nh@power.ece.ntua.gr
ICT relevant for the operation of the electricity grid,
power sources and consumers
Hans Akkermans, EnerSearch / The Netherlands hans.akkermans@akmc.nl
Laboratory activities
Philipp Strauss, ISET / Germany pstrauss@iset.uni-kassel.de
Pilot installations and field tests
Britta Buchholz, MVV / Germany b.buchholz@mvv.de
Socio-economic issues
Frits van Oostvoorn, Martin Scheepers, ECN / Netherlands oostvoorn@ecn.nl
scheepers@ecn.nl
Co-ordination with regional research programs on DER
Raul Reyero, CIDAE / Spain rreyero@cidae.org

IRED-Flyer with more detailed information for download (3.4 MB)
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