CINELDI is one of the Centres for Environmental-Friendly Energy Research in Norway

CINELDI enables a cost-efficient realisation of the future flexible and robust electricity distribution system by developing new concepts, technologies and solutions. By providing new visionary smart grid-solutions and testing them in laboratory and real-life environments, the knowledge and experience gained helps grid companies, the system operator, manufacturers and ICT companies to develop and integrate new technologies and work processes, stimulating innovations.

These innovations will in turn contribute to a more sustainable energy system by increasing influx of renewables, electrification of transport and more efficient energy use. To achieve this, the digitalisation of the distribution system is needed.

Long-term research is needed in order to digitalise the electricity grid and make the necessary transformation of the grid for the future. This will pave the ground for increased distributed generation from renewable resources, electrification of transport, and more efficient energy use.

CINELDI presentation

By acting as a national hub for long-term research and innovation within intelligent electricity distribution, CINELDI brings together many innovative stakeholders for the development and implementation of new technologies, work processes and solutions to develop the electricity grid of the future.

CINELDI is equipped to tackle the challenge with its unique combination of academic resources, computer modelling and simulation facilities, the Norwegian Smart Grid Laboratory infrastructure, and pilots and demos integrating the involvement from industry partners.

One of the main goals of transforming today’s ageing and passive electricity grid into a flexible, intelligent and robust grid for the future, is to lay the foundation for reaching the energy and climate goals related to increasing distributed generation from renewable energy sources, electrification of transport and

Providing electricity with a high security of supply, which is also affordable, while at the same time ensuring the environmental goals, is often termed the energy trilemma, as these three goals are partly contradicting.

To reach its main goal, CINELDI therefore seeks to balance the three goals related to the electricity distribution grid as explained in the following:

Economy: CINELDI shall enable a socio-economic, cost-efficient realisation of the future flexible and robust electricity distribution grid and reduce the total distribution system costs compared to the ”business as usual”- solutions by reducing operational (OPEX) and investment costs (CAPEX).

Environment: CINELDI will pave the ground for increased distributed generation from renewable energy sources, electrification of transport and efficient use of electric power and energy.

Security of electricity supply: CINELDI will ensure the security of electricity supply, comprising the energy availability, power capacity, reliability of supply and voltage quality, as well as the cyber security, safety and privacy – as important parts of developing the electricity grid of the future.


The Norwegian SmartGrid laboratory is a unique and important resource for the research in CINELDI as well as living labs at the grid companies where pilot projects will be running.