Study group on power system integration for renewables in Europe

The European Commission has appointed Germany's solar research institute ISET is to take charge of co-ordinating the 37 partners involved in Dispower, a EUR 17 million, four year project to examine how new wind stations and other green power plant can be integrated into the European electricity transmission network. Among the organisations involved are France's Electricité de France, Spain's Iberdrola Redes, Italy's ENEL and Austria's Verbundplan, as well as engineering company Alstom and renewable institute Fraunhofer Institut für Solare Energiesysteme (ISET). "The reliability of the transmission network is not in danger," says Jürgen Schmidt, head of both ISET and the Dispower project. "On the contrary, once we have recognised that structures are altering away from monopolies to a wide variety of suppliers and consumers and we link these with modern technology, we'll have a paradigm leap into a new quality of electricity supply, to a really free market."

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