CINELDI develops knowledge, methods, and tools that will be tested in laboratories, simulated environments, and field pilots.

The pilot projects are as such important parts of CINELDI and is an integrated part of the research and development in the FME. The pilot projects support the objectives and vision of CINELDI as well as the scenarios for the future distribution system developed in WP6. Pilot projects in CINELDI contribute to develop cost-efficient solutions and innovation on the system level of the future electricity distribution system of 2030-2040.

The main objective of pilots in CINELDI is to test and verify technologies and solutions for the future intelligent electricity distribution system, in real environments.

The sub goals are to:

  • Test and verify new products, services, functionality and interoperability, in real situations. This is an important step on the road to large scale/full-scale solutions in the distribution system, by
    • Making the technology/solution probable,
    • Identifying benefits and barriers,
    • Gaining experiences, and
    • Provide directions for large-scale demonstrations and solutions.
  • Speed up the possibilities for innovation during and after CINELDI (cf. IC committee work plan)
  • Contribute to arenas for involvement from user partners in particular, and interaction between partners, fostering new ideas and innovation
  • Test and verify research results and hypotheses
  • Contribute to new research and innovation activities and to define new IPN-, KPN- and EU R&I projects. Pilot projects might be a very good foundation for innovation actions in EU research programs.

CINELDI works together with The Norwegian Smartgrid Centre and Demo Norway.

Priority areas for pilot projects

CINELDI has decided on five priority areas for pilot projects for 2019-2020:

Each of the priority areas cover several of the work packages in CINELDI, as illustrated in the figure. It is planned several pilot projects under each priority area.

Map Pilot projects
Work packages and priority areas for pilot projects.

Innovation
Coordination of pilot projects in CINELDI and the activities planned in this workplan will contribute to system innovations and to ensure standardised and cost-effective solutions for the future distribution grid.

Other innovations include:

  • New process for handling pilot projects that can be used in other research projects.
  • Common methodology and guidelines for the different phases of pilot projects
  • Data management plan for collection, storage and distribution of data from pilot projects

Innovations from the various pilot projects are described in the relevant WP work plans.