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€40 million CEF funding to connect Slovenian and Croatian electricity grids

Creation date: May 22, 2017

INEA Director Dirk Beckers and ELES Director Aleksander Mervar signed today a grant agreement releasing €40 million of EU funding from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for a smart grids project that enhances links between the electricity grids of Slovenia and Croatia and boosts the use of renewable energy in the region.

SINCRO.GRID - CEF grant agreement signature

From left to right: ELES Director Aleksander Mervar, Director-General of DG ENER Dominique Ristori, INEA Director Dirk Beckers

The project will integrate several innovative technologies to ensure that grids have the capacity to efficiently transmit electricity across the border between the two countries. A new virtual cross-border control centre, that makes use of specialist IT infrastructure and software, will also regulate the flow of electricity from renewable sources. The project will also ensure that more energy can be generated by smaller, local power sources. In addition, it will increase energy storage capacity in the region, so that energy generated can be kept in reserve for when it is most needed.

Once complete, the project will also improve security of energy supply in the region. The new technologies applied in this project have the potential to be used to connect other regional energy systems in Europe. The project has also been highlighted as a 'technologically advanced smart grid project' in the World Energy Council's World Energy Trilemma Index 2016, which ranks countries on their ability to provide sustainable energy.

The project will receive EU funding as a Project of Common Interest (PCI). The CEF grant will co-finance the first phase of the SINCRO.GRID project.

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