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The GreenSwitch project on the 5th list of Projects of Common Interest

The 5th PCI list has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Listed is also the GreenSwitch project, coordinated by ELES.

A consortium of companies from Slovenia (ELES, Elektro Celje, Elektro Gorenjska, Elektro Ljubljana, GEN-I), Austria (KNG-Kärnten Netz GmbH), and Croatia (Croatian Transmission System Operator, HEP Distribution System Operator, Hrvatska elektroprivreda) designed a project for optimizing the use of existing grid infrastructure and enabling the integration of new technologies and advanced functionalities into transmission and distribution networks in Slovenia, Austria, and Croatia. Namely, the partners found out they could solve the challenges associated with integrating an increasing amount of unstable renewable energy sources more efficiently and cost-effectively through cooperation. 

Project partners will invest in primary infrastructure and introduce various technologies, platforms, and functionalities for developing smart grids. They will combine this with battery energy storage systems and highly digitized information systems. As the regulation of consumption and generation is crucial for the future development of the network and coordinated optimization of the transmission and distribution grid, GreenSwitch will enable consumers to become active players in the electricity market.

In addition to the GreenSwitch project, there are four other PCI projects in the thematic area of smart grids. Two of them (ACON Smart Grids and Danube InGrid) were already on the fourth PCI list, and their status was extended. But two projects, like GreenSwitch, are new. With the Carmen project, the Romanian-Hungarian consortium intends to improve the quality of the distribution service provided to the customers and implement the mandatory performance standards for the electricity distribution operators via smartification. With the Gabreta project, the German-Czech consortium aims to digitalize and modernize the distribution grid of project promoters and foster cross-border cooperation between Germany (Bavaria) and the Czech Republic.

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