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Inauguration of the Smart Grid Interoperability Laboratory

Smart Grid Interoperability Laboratory in Petten
Smart Grid Interoperability Laboratory in Petten
Nov 29 2018

Our houses are fast becoming smart homes, with smart thermostats, domestic appliances and security systems activated by apps on our smartphones. But this is just the beginning. Smart homes are growing into smart communities and smart regions – even smart cities. In the future, we will live in an intelligent digital eco-system, where virtual power plants connect up sustainable energy systems, where electric cars behave as intelligent batteries, and where citizens produce energy as well as consuming it.

In order to achieve an intelligent digital eco-system, all systems need to be able to communicate with each other. They need to be interoperable. But as citizens, how do we know if the appliances we buy are compatible; as investors and producers, what gives us the confidence to invest in specific products and to design new components?

At JRC Petten, we will offer to stakeholders a laboratory facility to evaluate interoperability in smart homes and communities, fostering the adoption of a common testing methodology. The work will be carried out in conjunction with other JRC facilities supporting the interoperability of smart grids and electric vehicles. With these actions, the JRC will contribute to the implementation of EU policies aiming at the clear energy transition and the digitalisation of energy.

On the occasion of the inauguration of the Smart Grid Interoperability Centre, the Joint Research Centre offers a press visit to its laboratories located in Petten (The Netherlands).

The programme of the day includes presentations by JRC scientists on the work carried out by the JRC linked to interoperability and a visit to the new Smart Grid Interoperability Laboratory.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Interested journalists should confirm their place as soon as possible, and in any case no later than 23 November, by writing to and indicating their name, media outlet and the number of their national press card. Confirmation will be sent via email with specific details about logistics and additional information required from participants for security purposes.

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