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TESTBED2 Project Kicks off

(25 March 2020)

On Monday, members of the Testbed2 project met via Goto for a 4 hour project kick off meeting. The TESTBED2 is being led by Durham Energy Institute Fellow, Dr Hongjian Sun and is a European Union funded, Horizon2020 staff exchange project involving 17 partners from Europe, China and the US.

Over the next four years, 30 secondments will take place between the partner organisations with the aim of encouraging the knowledge exchange of best practices in the design and implementation of smart grid and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies between academic and industrial sectors.


The project is a continuation of the Horizon2020 MCSA-Rise TESTBED project “Testing and Evaluating Sophisticated information and communication Technologies for enaBling scalablE smart griD Deployment" which was also led by Durham University and ended in May 2019. The initial exchange was deemed so successful that the project was enlarged to include more partners in more countries, some of whom are not eligible for funding.
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 (6 in EU, 3 in US, and 3 in China) 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.

Further information and updates on the project can be found here: https://www.testbed2.org/