TESTBED2: "Testing and Evaluating Sophisticated information and communication Technologies for enaBling scalablE smart griD Deployment", is a Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) project under Horizon2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) 

Project Duration: 02/2020-01/2024

Grant Agreement No.: 872172

Led by Durham University (UDUR), the TESTBED2 project partners include University of Tuebingen (EKUT), Heriot-Watt University (HWU), University of Klagenfurt (AAU), University of Northumbria at Newcastle (UNN), Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA), Dotx Control Solutions (DOTX), BEIA Consult International (BEIA), DEPSys S.A (DEPS), Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE), Princeton University (PU), University of California, Santa Barbara (UC), University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL), Institute of Electrical Engineering Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Sun Yat-Sen University China, Southeast University (SEU), and Jinan University (JNU). 

Motivations and Objectives

Smart grids represent an electricity network that can intelligently integrate generators, consumers and energy storage in order to efficiently deliver electricity. There is a clear consensus that smart grids can provide many innovative services. Decision-making plays a vital role in these services. But the computational complexity of decision-makings could grow explosively with the size of smart grid infrastructure, the number of devices/users, or the amount of data; If this scalability issue was underestimated, smart grid services can end up with poor performance or limited function, making these services impractical to meet the needs of real-life or industrial-scale deployment. Hence, there is an urgent need to solve the research problem: to what extent the performance and function of smart grids can be maintained without having significant increase of the computational complexity when its scale is changed in terms of smart grid infrastructure size or the number of devices/users?

TESTBED2 is a major interdisciplinary project that combines wisdoms in three academic disciplines - Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Computing Sciences and Macroeconomics, to address the aforesaid problem. The main focus is on developing new techniques to improve the scalability of smart grid services, particularly considering the joint evolution of decarbonised power, heat and transport systems. Moreover, new experimental testbeds will be created to evaluate scalable smart grid solutions. Overall, the main objective of this project is to coordinate the action of 12 Universities and 5 enterprises (3 SMEs and 2 large enterprises) with complementary expertise to develop and test various promising strategies for ensuring the scalability of smart grid services, thereby facilitating successful deployment and full roll-out of smart grid technologies.