Within the frame of the “Connecting Europe Facility” programme, the EU invests €444m in key energy infrastructure. On 17 February 2017, the member states approved to the European Commission’s proposals on how to invest that large amount of money beneficially. Among the eighteen projects selected for funding is the smart grid project SINCRO.GRID destined to lead to a more efficient use of the electricity transmission grid in both Croatia and Slovenia. The EU supports SINCRO.GRID with €40m.
The two TSC members ELES, the Slovenian transmission system operator (TSO), and HOPS from Croatia participate in SINCRO.GRID. Two distribution system operators from Croatia and Slovenia respectively supplement the consortium. Since Croatia and Slovenia are central to the European electricity transmission system, the respective national TSOs host significant east-west electricity transit flows. The increase in renewables in the south-east European region will further enhance such transit. Both TSOs acknowledge their responsibility in ensuring supra-regional system security and therefore are taking actions to contribute to the European targets for a not only a secure, but also a sustainable and efficient future energy system.
SINCRO.GRID involves innovative systemic approaches in order to solve short term operational security issues affecting Slovenia, Croatia and whole south-east Europe. Synergy effects enable ELES and HOPS to manage the additional renewable energy with the current infrastructure. The result is a secure energy supply without the need of building new overhead lines.
Picture based on a SINCRO.GRID illustration
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