Grid2030 Program

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Grid2030 is a multi-year, innovation, collaborative program where Red Eléctrica de España and InnoEnergy together explore radically new socio-economic or technical innovations in the power transmission industry.

With the support of multiple stakeholders, we envision the future of power systems, identify strategically important challenges and accelerate the development of disruptive technology solutions.


Grid2030 projects focus on innovation development with the objective of demonstrating that technology (below or at TRL4- Technology Readdiness Level 4), basic products, services or processes can work in a (future) business set up.

Who is it for Grid2030 program
Researchers Startups Corporates
  • Build a commercialization strategy for your technology.
  • Find the right partners to bring value to your idea and convert it to reality.
  • Work with public and private leaders in the power sector.
  • Accelerate your go to market strategy.
  • Find the right partners to bring value to your idea and convert it to reality.
  • Receive extensive public exposure to your business.
  • Work with public and private leaders in the power sector.
  • Co-develop solutions with researchers and startups.
  • Strengthen you leadership by sourcing new technologies and business opportunities.
  • Connect with other public and private leaders.

If you belong to one of three previously mentioned groups and you want to join the program

Why come on board?

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  • Image of networkAccess Red Eléctrica and Innoenergy network of experts and partners
  • Image of engagementEngage your teams in a one of a kind innovation program
  • Imagen of public exposureGain extensive public exposure
  • Image of ecosystemWork hand in hand with your ecosystem


InnoEnergy is the Innovation engine for sustainable energy across Europe. We support and invest in innovation at every stage of the journey – from classroom to end-customer.

With our network of partners we build connections across Europe – together we accelerate the development of market-ready solutions, and create a fertile environment in which we can sell the innovative results of our work.

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In a future society with a CO2 free energy system the TSO must ensure continuous energy supply and maintain current levels of reliability in an efficient way. Among the many technical challenges to support this mission, Grid2030 will focus on the following:

Challenge 1 accelerate the widespread deployment of power electronics
Challenge 1: To accelerate the widespread deployment of power electronics in the system.

To accelerate the widespread deployment of power electronics in the system. Removing existing barriers to mass deployment of power electronics in the power grid of the future by reducing costs associated with these facilities or improving performance. This requires developing new configurations and optimized designs, new materials and advance control methodologies and interoperability, among other changes that could cause a disruptive change to the current state of technology.

System development based on power electronics solutions enables more reliable power management. Several features justify its deployment: It is adaptable to a wide range of applications because of its fast transient response capability, such as voltage and frequency instability problems; it is also a key technology for renewable generation, storage and facilitation of the active customer approach. Power electronics devices should be completely flexible and modular and allow for a compact and smart replacement of traditional solutions, thus implying low distortion in the network. Among other developments that could cause a disruptive change to the current state of technology, are:

  • Development of new configurations, converter topologies and optimized designs with flexibility, robustness, compactness and modular features.
  • Improvements on material (such as SiC and GaN) performances, in terms of: higher power ratings (so that they can be widely adopted for electric power applications); higher thermal conductivity (allowing high temperature operation with reduced cooling requirements); high saturation current velocity, giving high current density; higher breakdown electric field (increasing maximum blocking voltage of devices); and electron mobility (giving lower specific resistance for a given blocking voltage).
  • Advance in control strategies, methodologies and interoperable capabilities with open communication architecture. Permitting an economic and technical optimization of local and global control levels regarding the application, facilitating high control and stability of the system as well as fast and high quality response;
  • Explore how power electronics with advanced cable technologies can become an attractive alternative in future.

There are particular situations of special relevance for the application of power electronic solutions which an applicant may consider:

  • Scenarios with a high penetration of wind power generation with high variability in short periods,
  • Power flow modification,
  • Isolated electrical systems,
  • Voltage control support.
Challenge 2 system flexibility
Challenge 2: To develop new resources for system flexibility compatible with a carbon free energy system.

To develop new resources for system flexibility compatible with a carbon free energy system. Promoting advances in controllability of renewable generation, new or improved storage systems and components driving to significant cost reduction for the energy system as a whole. These improvements could come from the use of different materials, advances in production processes, design of new solutions or technologies, etc.

Flexibility is the amount of electrical power that can be modulated, based on the needs of the system within a specific unit of time. This refers mainly to high-speed generation response and load resources, as well as storage devices (that can play both roles according to system needs). Nevertheless, the grid could become a source of flexibility itself with technologies that have similar effects as the aforementioned to cope with system constraints (examples are DLR systems and active devices). However, in order to garner as much benefit as possible from these resources, it is necessary that the flexibility is managed and performs properly under all circumstances.

Specific topics on this challenge could be (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Developing and testing of new storage technologies and/or hybrid solutions that could provide a full range of system services.
  • Upgrade the performance of RES generators in order to provide system services and to overcome technical limits to their maximum penetration (voltage regulation/support; short circuit current, synthetic inertia, black start, …).li>
  • New schemes to integrate demand side management as system service providers.
  • Enhanced management capabilities and observability of EVs and other flexible loads.
  • Tools and algorithms in order to monitor real time system flexibility.
  • New components or techniques focused on better seizing the existing capabilities of the grid and increasing its operational limits.

Calendar of stages Grid 2030

Until summer 2017

Opportunity spacing, challenge definition

Grid2030 started with a visioning session where experts from a range of backgrounds together made sense of the modes of work and living in the future. We then associated these modes of society with the kinds of energy systems that would best enable such socio-technical developments.

From there came a list of specific socio-technical problem areas, all related to the energy systems of the future. These problem areas within the future energy systems serve as the basis for the innovation calls within the Grid2030 program.

From November 23rd 2017 to February 8th 2018 (and further editions)

Call for application

Participants apply to as many challenges as they wish while the call is open.

Grid2030 team supports applications, answers questions and provides feedback to help participants draft the best applications.


From March 2018 to June 2018

Orchestration stage

The proposals with highest quality are invited to participate in the Orchestration stage. Here, several complementary applicants are matched together and receive support to commonly compose a proposal for a Grid2030 project. The main goal of the orchestration stage is to align the parties towards composing a proposal for maximum impact via integrated activities.

  • To challenge and improve their proposal in a highly professional environment in order to increase their chances for success.
  • To have an early access to the required ecosystem to successfully materialize their concept (whole value chain, first or exploratory customer, experts, network, etc.).
June 2018 onwards

Project execution stage

The best project proposals coming from the Orchestration stage are selected for execution and funding based on:

  • The project description, plan and budget.
  • The alignment of the proposal to the topic of the call.
  • Featuring a collaborative approach, ideally involving the value chain and the adoption chain for the innovation. Special attention will be put on industry involvement.
  • A maximum project duration of 2 years. Effort is to be covered both by the Grid2030 funding and the applicants own resources.
  • An early commercial orientation and target towards disruptive business impact.
  • An adequate and motivated development team led by a skilled and empowered project manager.
First Grid2030 workshop helps 27 selected proposals to maximize their impact on the electricity sector

The main objective of the workshop was to bring together the program organizers (Red Eléctrica de España and InnoEnergy) and the 27 selected applications to offer them a ground for interaction to facilitate dialogue and idea exchange among all participants. Thanks to the presence and active contribution of 15 cross-...

First Grid2030 workshop
High participation in Grid2030 first Call for Applications

More than 80 European entities have applied to the Grid2030 Program with proposals covering the two challenges on power electronics (19 applications) and power system flexibility (60 applications evaluated). The bulk of applications comes from an equilibrated mix of top-notch R&D centres, prestigious universities and influential companies and non-profit,...

Initial Business Opportunity Assessment Committee (BOAC)
"The Grid2030 program is looking for researchers, entrepreneurs, SMEs and corporations"

Eduardo Garcia Sanchez is head of the Innovation Department at Red Eléctrica de España (REE) and talks to us today about Grid2030, the innovation program freshly launched by REE and InnoEnergy

Eduardo, tells us about REE and its role on the future of electricity networks?

At REE, we...

Eduardo Garcia Sanchez is head of the Innovation Department at Red Eléctrica de España
You can now sign up for the Grid2030 program!

The call for applications will be open from November 23th 2017 to February 8th 2018. In this site you can find all the relevant information about the program, conditions to participate and how to register.

We are looking for motivated participants and innovative ideas with early...


Program Guidelines

Here you can download all the information regarding the requirements of the Grid2030 program.


Project Agreement

Application Form

Here you can download the program registration form. Once you have filled it out, you need to send it to our e-mailbox.


In order to submit an application, the following steps should be taken:

  1. You can get in touch with the Grid2030 program team in this address We can help you in preparing your proposal by clarifying doubts or answering the necessary questions.
  2. Complete the application form (download below). In doing so, please take the quality criteria described in the guidelines into consideration.
  3. Submit your application before the 8th of February 2018 at 23:59h (CET), by sending the signed and stamped application form to If you present an application as a group of organizations, signatures and stamps of all organizations are required.