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Smart Sector Integration, towards EU System of Systems

The goal of the paper is to address topics related to the EU sector integration strategy, beyond the focus on the technology of energy conversion. It is a follow-up to the first Sector Coupling Paper published by ETIP-SNET in 2020. The energy transition context and the closely linked hydrogen strategy developments are presented considering all the relevant building blocks: architectures, enablers, economic assessment criteria, regulatory and market issues, as well as the related research and innovation needs.


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ETIP SNET – Guiding research and innovation activities to support Europe’s energy transition

The updated ETIP SNET brochure provides a general overview of our mission, organisation and how to get involved.

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Energy Stories Compilation

The “ETIP SNET Energy Stories” are designed to bring successful applications in energy transition technologies, often developed through public funding, closer to the citizen, highlighting whenever possible the direct benefits of the latest technologies to the energy consumer. In this publication you will find a collection of 20 stories.

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Connecting R&I priorities of ETIPs and PPPs for a common path to achieve the Energy Transition by 2050

In the virtual workshop which took place on 18th June 2020, the priorities identified by ETIP SNET in the 10year Roadmap 2020-2030 and Implementation Plan 2021-2024, and the R&I priorities of the invited ETIPs and PPPs have been shared. The goal has been to create progress in connecting the priorities of the invited ETIPs and PPPs with ETIP SNET priorities and support and collaborate towards achieving the energy transition in 2030-2050.

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ETIP SNET R&I Implementation Plan 2021-2024

The ETIP SNET R&I Implementation Plan 2021-2024 describes the required R&I activities that must be performed by 2024 in order of priority. 24 topics have been proposed and are based on the 6 Research-Areas specified in the ETIP SNET 10 year Roadmap 2020-2030. These topic descriptions intend to serve as a basis for the (co-funded) R&I projects to be launched in the coming four years.


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Flexible Power Generation in a Decarbonised Europe

This White paper briefly evaluates all major energy generation systems. It highlights how fit they are and what needs to be done to guarantee unlimited dispatchability and flexibility to the end-use sectors (households, industry, transport). Decarbonised thermal power generation can compensate any available limitations of on-demand renewable power generation (incl. hydro power and bio-mass, …), such that it will strongly contribute to support the transition towards a future carbon-neutral energy supply. Flexible thermal generation technologies for electricity and heat powered with “green” fuels generated by renewable sources will close the existing gap between power supplied by variable renewable energy sources (vRES) and the demand profiles from different end-use sectors smartly shaped by demand-site energy management (DSM) systems.

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ETIP SNET R&I Roadmap 2020-2030 (UPDATED)

This ETIP SNET R&I roadmap covering 2020-2030 is the update and integration of the previous ETIP SNET R&I Roadmap 2017-2026. The profound review was deemed necessary to take into account the development path drawn by the ETIP SNET Vision 2050 and the very clear policy messages outlined in the legislative package “Clean Energy for all Europeans”. It considers systematically the encompassing interaction among the different sectors linked with energy (i.e. electricity, gas, heating and cooling, transport, water, communication etc.), addressing the flexibility needs and the related conversion, storage and solutions integration towards a thorough decarbonisation.

This roadmap synthesizes consolidated and balanced stakeholders’ views for the future R&I needs of the Integrated Energy System with electricity as its backbone. It relies on a detailed analysis of monitored and reviewed national, European and international R&I projects, on experts revising tasks of the previous roadmap, several intermediate consultations and a multi-year series of regional workshops involving national stakeholders of ongoing or recently finished R&I projects.

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Disclaimer: Please consider this publication as the final version of the ETIP SNET R&I Roadmap 2020-2030, which substitutes the previous published version released in January 2020.

Sector Coupling: Concepts, State-of-the-art and Perspectives

There are great expectations about the role of sector coupling in the achievement of a swift, economical efficient green transition with a high security of supply, but it is unclear to which extent current technologies can provide on this agenda.

Sector coupling brings new challenges such as: amount and shape of electric demand growth with electrification of heating and transport; how much distribution-grid based system reinforcement is needed to accommodate the charging of Electric Vehicles (EV) or electricity needs of Heat Pumps (HP), and when in the coming decades or years these devices should be installed; whether the costs of electrolysers for power-to-gas decreases significantly , and how that affects the economics of electricity vs. gas transmission and distribution.

This ETIP SNET White Paper aims to elaborate on those questions, starting with clarification of concepts and assessment of potential impacts

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ETIP SNET & CIGRE 10 Messages for European Green Deal

The European Technology and innovation Platform for Smart Networks in Energy Transition (ETIP SNET) and the International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE) strongly welcome the announcement of the European Green Deal by the European Commission and to take this opportunity to highlight 10 key messages that illustrate our common Vision of the energy sector to be achieved by 2050.

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Synergies and Complementarities of European and International Initiatives Towards Energy Transition

This document proposes an analysis of the key organisations that act on a daily basis to research priorities that allow a deep transformation of our energy system, informing public authorities who can make the transformation happen on where to prioritise funding and putting such recommendations into practice with research and development programmes.

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White Paper: Holistic architectures for future power systems

A cost effective and secure transition to lower carbon electricity system will require fundamental transformation of the power system control from a traditional centralised to a decentralised paradigm. This fundamental change will require development of novel architectures that can reliably meet the needs of the emerging power system. One of the key tasks associated with the new emerging architectures is to enhance the controllability associated with future power system operation in order to enhance the infrastructure utilisation while cost-effectively managing security and resilience.

In this context, this White Paper sets out the holistic architecture vision that should inform future demonstration projects that would enable large-scale rollout of the new control paradigms.

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Coverage analysis of the present roadmap (2017-2026)

The 10-year RD&I roadmap will be updated by 2020 to define the RD&I activities planned for the period 2021-2030. In this aim, a thorough assessment of recent and ongoing RD&I projects contributing to the activities planned within the roadmap, needed to be done. This is the purpose of the “monitoring activity” carried out by the INTENSYS4EU support team.

The objective of the monitoring activity is two-fold:

  1. To analyse and to disseminate results from RD&I projects being in the scope of the ETIP SNET towards the energy community;
  2. To measure the coverage degree of each RD&I item of the roadmap and decide which RD&I activities deserve to be maintained, and which are sufficiently well covered by results of recent and ongoing projects and could consequently be removed (“gap analysis”).

The first sub-objective of the monitoring activity focusing on the analysis and dissemination of RD&I projects’ results lying in the ETIP SNET scope has been published by the end of 2018.

The present report contributes to the second sub-objective of the monitoring activity by analysing in detail the degree of coverage of each RD&I item of the 10-year RD&I roadmap covering 2017-26.

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ETIP SNET’s reply to Public Consultation – October 2018

On July 17, 2018, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the “Future climate and energy policy – a Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reductions.” This document covers the ETIP SNET’s view on the types of transformations required, level of ambition and key actions to achieve it.

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ETIP SNET Annual Report 2018

This annual report summarizes the ETIP SNET’s internal organisation and main achievements in 2018.

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ETIP SNET Action Plan 2019

This report summarizes the ETIP SNET’s 10-year Roadmap & Implementation Plan as well as the ETIP SNET’s main activities and events to be carried out in 2019.

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Presentation of Recent and Ongoing R&I Projects in the Scope of the ETIP SNET

The 10-year R&I roadmap will be updated by 2020 to define the R&I activities planned for the period 2021-2030. In order to do this, a thorough assessment of recent and ongoing R&I projects contributing to the activities planned within the roadmap is to be done. This is the purpose of the “monitoring activity” carried out by ETIP SNET.

The present report contributes to the monitoring activity by analysing and disseminating R&I projects’ results lying in the ETIP SNET scope. It has been elaborated following a survey conducted towards 250+ projects, amongst which 121 projects have contributed: 43 of them are co-funded by FP7 or Horizon 2020 and 78 are funded through other instruments, in general at national or regional level.

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Digitalization of the Energy System and Customer Participation

The objective of the technical report “Digitalization of the Energy System and Customer Participation” is to address the use and impact of Information and Communication Technologies as a pervasive tool along the entire value chain of the power generation, transportation and use, and mainly on enabling customer participation.

The summary document presents the main conclusions and recommendations, drawn from the technical paper, to energy stakeholders that may be less concerned with the technical specifications mentioned in the former.

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ETIP SNET Position on Missions for Horizon Europe

The current EU proposed Missions for Horizon Europe do not include Energy. This omission creates a risk of not prioritising future research needed to meet the Paris agreement targets. We are asking the members of the Council and the European Parliament to include Energy and Decarbonisation among the themes of the first missions that will be adopted at the end 2018-early 2019.


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ETIP SNET VISION 2050 – Integrating Smart Networks for the Energy Transition: Serving Society and Protecting the Environment

The ETIP SNET Vision for 2050 is:

A low-carbon, secure, reliable, resilient, accessible, cost-efficient, and market-based pan-European integrated energy system supplying the whole economy and paving the way for a fully CO2-neutral and circular economy by the year 2050, while maintaining and extending global industrial leadership in energy systems during the energy transition.


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ETIP SNET Annual Report 2017

This annual report summarizes the ETIP SNET’s internal organisation and main achievements in 2017.

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Minutes of ETIP SNET Regional Workshops 2017

The workshops were organised for 2017 according to the schedule presented below:

  • Regional Workshop 1 – Location: Aachen (Germany) 18-19 September 2017
  • Regional Workshop 2 – Location: Lisbon (Portugal) 28-29 September 2017
  • Regional Workshop 3 – Location: Nicosia (Cyprus) 23-24 November 2017
  • Regional Workshop 4 – Location Riga (Latvia) 7-8 December 2017

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ETIP SNET Implementation Plan 2017-2020

The ETIP SNET IP 17-20  aims at listing the short-term priorities for research and innovation (R&I) in relation with Smart Networks for the Energy Transition. The Implementation Plan is based upon the ETIP-SNET R&I roadmap 2017-2026 (published in January 2017) which specifies the long-term R&I targets for the evolution of the European energy system. You can download the ETIP SNET IP 17-20 and accompanying briefing here below:

ETIP SNET Implementation Plan 2017-2020

ETIP-SNET IP 17-20 Briefing

ETIP SNET Public Consultation IP17-20 – Assessment of comments

10-year ETIP SNET R&I roadmap covering 2017-26

The new 10 year ETIP SNET Research & Innovation Roadmap 2017-26 provides a System view of the entire energy transition. It addresses a scope larger than smart electricity grids by encompassing interactions with the gas and heat networks and focuses on integration of all flexibility solutions into the power system, including energy storage technologies.

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