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Projects in Europe 


Active Distribution networks with full integration of Demand and distributed energy RESourceS (ADDRESS) is an integrated project included in the Seventh Framework Programme for Research of the European Union. Iberdrola Distribución Eléctrica is involved in the leadership of this project, in which 25 European partners, including manufacturers, technological centres and universities, participate. 

The project will develop new architectures for active networks, based on the provision of distributed intelligence along the national grid, placing special emphasis on the end user. This architecture will enable the end users to react in real time (around 20 minutes) based on price signals.

The competitive advantage of this project is focused on using the flexibility made possible by the ADDRESS architecture in order to expand the new possibilities for balancing load and generation. The results of this project will confirm that active distribution networks have the capacity to accelerate mass implementation of clean distributed generation and significantly optimize the network's load.

The project contributes more specifically to:

  • Transmit energy prices in real time to all the users
  • Improve supply security
  • Increase the efficiency, security, reliability and quality of power supply at European level in the context of a common energy market.


The Coordination Action CAPIRE will prepare and support the realization of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) sustaining and putting into practice the European Green Cars Initiative. Its activities will be focussed on two major fields: a careful consideration of options for the aims, shape, and implementation paths a PPP, and the identification of technology roadblocks and the respective research needs within FP7. Major outcomes will be an appropriate and proven PPP implementation model and a dedicated roadmap based on an elaborated and deep analysis of R&D needs, respective milestones and supporting measures. The goal is to increase by a joint approach of the involved economic sectors and the public authorities the competitiveness of global European Automotive Industry in the domain of energy efficient, safe, non-polluting and CO2-free vehicles.The duration of the project is 4 year and the EU will contribute as much as 1.5  million.

Iberdrola Distribución Eléctrica is the only company of the electric sector and the only Spanish company that participates in the project its role is to provide  recommendations related to:

  • Infrastructure development and standardisation which is a key issue for EV and PHEV generalisation in Europe. Today’s electric energy supply infrastructure does not match with this ambition. In cooperation with the European Technology Platforms like SmartGrids, specific roadmaps as well as recommended actions for improvement shall be done.
    The results of CAPIRE shall serve as a guideline for automotive R&D and European road transport policy related to the Green Cars topic. Their deployment will require a strong cooperation between OEMs, automotive & technology suppliers, road and traffic operators, energy and service providers, Universities and public authorities to reach the ambitious target related to key technologies in a medium and long term perspective.


Flexible Electricity Networks to Integrate the eXpected “energy evolution” (FENIX) is an integrated project included the Sixth Framework Programme for Research of the European Union. Iberdrola Distribución Eléctrica leads the project, in which another 20 partners and European research centres and universities also participate.

The goal of FENIX is to transform distributed generation from passive into active generation, contributing to the operation of the national grids and thus adopting a role similar and complementary to that of centralised generation:

  • Supporting the networks with its contribution of reactive power and voltage control
  • Contributing with active power reserve when it is needed in the system
  • Helping to solve network overloads

This operation will contribute to greater penetration of distributed and renewable generation, with the resultant benefits to society.

FENIX represents one more step towards the networks of the future, whose management will be much more sophisticated than today's.


The European Commission has kicked off a 4 year cross-European initiative to promote electromobility. The 42 partners in the initiative comprising industrial companies and automobile manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, universities, and technology and research institutions are to input, exchange and expand their know-how and experience in selected regions within Europe (Madrid and Ataun in Guipuzcoa are two of them). Electromobility will make an important contribution toward reducing carbon dioxide emissions and the smart grids are a key issue. Green eMotion is intended to ensure the fast-track success of electric vehicles. The project volume has been budgeted at EUR 42 million, of which the EU will contribute as much as EUR 24 million.


Designed in response to a call for projects from the European Commission under FP7 Research Program, the project lays the groundwork for the development of tomorrow's electricity grids. Financed to the tune of €25 M by the European Commission, and costing €54 M overall, it is the biggest smart grid project to be funded by the European Union.

Grid4EU brings together a consortium of 6 European energy distributors (ERDF, Enel Distribuzione, Iberdrola, CEZ Distribuce, Vattenfall Eldistribution and RWE).

It will test the potential of smart grids in areas such as renewable energy integration, electric vehicle development, grid automation, energy storage, energy efficiency and demand side management.

Grid4EU consists of six demonstrators, which will be tested over a period of four years in each of the European countries represented in the consortium. The emphasis will be on fostering complementarity between these projects, and on promoting transversal research and sharing results between the different energy distributors involved.

Grid4EU also draws on the know-how of other industrial and scientific partners, thereby bringing together thirty or so partners from around ten different EU countries.


Mobile Energy Resources in Grids of Electricity (MERGE) is an integrated project included in the Seventh Framework Programme for Research of the European Union. Iberdrola Distribución Eléctrica is involved in the leadership of this project, in which 16 European partners, including System Operators (transmission and distribution grids), automotive connected partners, technological centres and universities, participate.

The project mission is the evaluation of the impacts that Electric Vehicles (EV) will have on the EU electric power systems regarding planning, operation and market functioning.

The focus will be placed on study the charge of the EV, maintaining  power quality, together with renewable energy increase, leading to CO2 emission reduction through the identification of enabling technologies and advanced control approaches.


PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution (PRIME) is an industrial project led by Iberdrola Distribución Eléctrica that works on the definition and testing of a new public, open and non-proprietary communications architecture that supports the new remote meter processing functionalities and enables progress to be made in the building of the national grids of the future, or SmartGrids.

The final goal of the project is the establishment of a full set of international standards that enable interoperability between equipment and systems of different manufacturers, thus encouraging competitiveness in this market for the benefit of all the participants, particularly the end users.


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