Press Release

Valencia (Spain), 5 October 2022

Launched R²D² project to improve the security and resilience of the EU grid

On 1st October 2022, the new project R²D² on Reliability, Resilience and Defense technology for the grid, funded by the Horizon Europe Programme with €9.7 million and set for 3 years, was launched. As part of a consortium of 17 partners in 9 countries throughout Europe working on the project, ETRA I+D will coordinate the consortium.

ETRA Investigation y Desarrollo, S.A. (ETRA I+D) is the hi-tech unit within ETRA Group, one of the leading industrial groups in Spain.

R²D² aims at improving the resilience and reliability of current Electrical Power and Energy Systems (EPES) against a growing number of threats and vulnerabilities that may affect such critical infrastructure, exposing weaknesses with harmful and damaging effects on different stakeholders and final customers.

This will be done through the deployment of four tools dedicated to the prevention, protection and restoration of EPES in two different independent but complementary scenarios in the energy value-chain – from regional coordination between TSOs, to privacy of LV customers. The project will build on top of strong energy coordination actions in South-East Europe (SEE), following EU legislation and in alignment with the recent activities promoted by ENTSO-E about cyber-security in transmission systems.

Through the demonstration and integration of the innovative solutions proposed by R²D², it will be possible to achieve a more secure, reliable and resilient energy system in Europe, making a positive and tangible impact throughout the European EPES value chain. In this context, R²D² will deliver a palette of complementary solutions synthesised into four Products: “Multi-risk assessment framework for power system”, “Resilience suite for TSO & DSO” , “Prevention Systems For Energy Infrastructures Security” and “Enhanced Assets Maintenance And Management Toolkit”.

R²D² results will be tested and validated in 4 large-scale complementary demonstrators in Greece, Serbia, Spain, and Slovenia involving representative and complete value chains, a wide variety of energy sources, networks, systems and assets, and spanning heterogeneous climatic, geographic and socioeconomic conditions which will facilitate replicability, scale-up and eventual market launch.

Thanks to a smart, efficient end-to-end monitoring and control of power networks as the R²D² tools do, EPES benefit from an overall system costs reduction coming from reduced system power losses (technical and nontechnical), lower number and duration of outages or lower investment in disaster recovery.

About ETRA I+D

ETRA Investigation y Desarrollo, S.A. (ETRA I+D) is the hi-tech unit within ETRA Group, one of the leading industrial groups in Spain. ETRA’s mission is putting technology to work for serving society in the fields of energy efficiency, mobility, security and communications. ETRA leads the 17 partners’ consortium developing R²D² project.

ETRA will contribute to improving the resilience and reliability of the power grid electricity grid, as well as reducing the number of failures and extending the useful life of the components. To do this, thanks to autonomous drones and artificial intelligence, it will develop new solutions that integrate automation and robotics in predictive maintenance and the optimal management of assets in electricity transmission and distribution networks.

Further information:

Ugo Stecchi (Project coordinator)

This project has received funding from the  European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101075714.