Real proven solutions to enable active demand and distributed generation flexible integration, through a fully controllable LOW Voltage and medium voltage distribution grid

UPGRID project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 646.531

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20.02.2016 · Kick off meeting of the UPGRID Project (News)

20.02.2016 · Kick off meeting of the UPGRID Project (News)

20.02.2016 · Kick off meeting of the UPGRID Project (News)

20.02.2016 · Kick off meeting of the UPGRID Project (News)


The UPGRID project started in the beginning of 2015 under the H2020 program and is being developed by a European consortium, composed of 19 partners from 7 European countries: Spain, Portugal, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom, France and Norway.

The project includes 4 demonstrators that are being deployed from April 2015 to June 2017 at Bilbao area in the North of Spain, Parque das Nações in Lisbon (Portugal), Åmål in Dalsland in the South of Sweden, and Gdynia in Pomeranian Region (Poland).




Budget (M€)

Project Information

Call H2020-LCE-2014-3
Topic LCE-2014: Distribution grid and retail market
Type of action Innovation Actions (IA-2)
Coordinator Iberdrola Distribución Eléctrica, S.A.U.
Partners 19 Partners · 7 European Countries
Project budget 15,7 M€ · 11,9 M€ funded
Execution Period 01/01/2015 – 31/12/2017


The project will develop and validate solutions to enable the implementation of advanced functionalities over existing technology, to form a truly integrated intelligent system.

With this project, an improvement of the monitoring and controlability of low voltage (LV) and medium voltage (MV) grids is expected, as a way to anticipate technical problems associated with large scale integration of DER (Distributed Energy Resources), bringing also end users closer to system operation and planning.

Expected Results

Observability and control of LV grid

  • Achieve sound LV network representation
  • Functional specification of LV dispatch
  • Deployment of tools to support LV operation of field crews
  • Improvement in Operations and Maintenance of LV grid
  • Improvement of QoS to customers

Enhance the role of DSOs to facilitate and open market for services

  • Evaluation of incentive and market framework in demo regions
  • Identification of investment alternatives for UPGRID innovative concepts
  • Assessment of optimal business models for market participants

Extensive use of AMI Infrastructure

  • Integration and processing of meter events in the OMS (Outage Management System)
  • Deployment of Multiservice PRIME subnetwork
  • Development of LV grid remote control operation over Smart Metering PRIME infrastructure

Participation of customers, distributed generation and energy storage in network management

  • Improvement of customer capacity building web-based systems
  • Development of interactive communication campaigns
  • Societal research on the socio-economic impact of Smart Grid solutions on the demo regions

UPGRID within H2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

UPGRID addresses the topic ” Distribution grid and retail market” (LCE 7– 2014) of the call for competitive low-carbon energy (LCE) (H2020-LCE-2014-3) within the “Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014-2015”, Societal Challenge “Secure, clean and efficient energy”.

The call for competitive low-carbon energy addresses the need to progress energy storage and reduce the barriers associated with new storage concepts integrated into the distribution grid and at building/house level. For local storage applications, it is desirable to include the interaction between the electricity grid and other energy uses – such as the district heating/cooling network, CHP, micro-generation, local renewables – and to include the most advanced ICT for optimising the entire system. Noting the various barriers that energy storage is currently facing, local/small storage activities should include the anticipation of potential market and regulatory issues with due consideration to the social, socioeconomic aspects and improved models to demonstrate energy storage systems.



The LCE 6 to LCE 10 projects within the Horizon 2020 Electricity Grid Energy Storage 2014-2015 Calls are managed by EC/ DG ENERGY.

The integrated approach demands, that all demonstration projects shall integrate innovative Technology development, innovative Business models, develop plans for market uptake (including scaling-up and replication) and check existing market barriers and work out proposals for solutions (policy, legislation, regulation, etc.).

Further the knowledge sharing among LCE 6 to LCE 10 is very important. The cooperation of the H2020 projects on Smart Grid & Storage kicked-off with the 1st Workshop held in Brussels 21 May 2015. Four working groups have been established for further joint work: Data management, Business models, Regulations, and Customer engagement. The four working groups will meet regularly.

Further information:

  • EC: What is H2020?
  • Joint website of the Horizon 2020 Smart Grids and storage projects


Structure of the Project


Roberto González Sainz-Maza
Iberdrola Distribución Eléctrica


Ángel Díaz Gallo

WP3 - Demo 1 · Spain


Location and nature of work that will be performed

The Spanish demonstrator will be carried out in an area around Bilbao in the province of Bizkaia (Basque Country) in the distribution grid operated by Iberdrola Distribución. The demonstrator area is characterised by 1,075 Secondary Substations (SSs) (from which 100 SSs are equipped with Advanced LV supervision devices what means having more than 800 LV lines supervised) and more than 190,000 customers will be involved. The massive Advance Metering Infrastructure (AMI) deployment in the area was completed before UPGRID.

The Spanish demonstrator is mainly focused on monitoring and control of LV network and network management methodologies for network operations, although it must be underlined the selection of two sub-functionalities related to novel approaches to asset management.

WP7 - Market & Business Framework

WP leader: Goran Strbac, Imperial College

This WP aims at:

  • identifying strengths and weakness of the present market and incentives framework,
  • existing barriers and gaps in facilitating investment in innovative technologies, proposing alternative policy and incentive regimes,
  • developing novel business models for different market participants to facilitate roll out of cost effective UPGRID solutions.

WP2 - Innovative distribution grid applications and functions

WP leader: Eduardo García, Tecnalia

This WP aims at identifying common specific use cases and functions that will be deployed by different demos in the project in relation to:

  • Improved supervision and management of MV/LV grid: state estimation, events and alarms supervision, load & generation forecasting, fault location tools, outage management
  • Services provided by DSOs to the retail market: DSM services, smart analytics of load curves, design of neutral access platform
  • Use of CIM as the reference data model for the project

WP1 - Scope and boundaries of project demos

WP leader: Raúl Bachiller, Iberdrola

The objective is to define the scope of the four demonstrations by getting answers to the questions:

  • What elements are needed, which are already in place and which ones will be developed in the project
  • What is the size of the demos, boundary conditions and use cases to be tested/validated
  • Which are the applicable standards for the used solutions
  • Which are the KPIs for monitoring the demos
  • Which are the preliminary business opportunities envisaged for the different actor

WP8 - Monitoring & Impact assessment of project demonstrations

WP leader: Alvaro Sánchez, Universidad de Comillas

The objective is the analysis of the to compare results, advantages and disadvantages of implementation and operation, expected life cycles and cost- benefit analysis, taking also into account the indirect impacts like environmental issues and social benefits.

In this way, it will be possible to extrapolate its results to an immediate exploitation of industrial results, and to verify the scalability and replicability of the demos.

WP9 - User engagement, societal research and dissemination of project results

WP leader: Luis Seca, Inesc

The main aims of this WP are twofold:

  • To make aware the final users and the society in general, that the Smart Grid technologies bring benefit to them and to propose actions to address some concerns that the citizens could have in relation with these technologies.
  • To broadly disseminate the results and findings of the project to the general audience and to those actors more directly involved in the technical and socioeconomic domains of the Smart Grid.

WP4 - Demo 2 · Portugal

WP5 - Demo 3 · Sweden

WP6 - Demo 4 · Poland


The Spanish demonstrator is being carried out in Bilbao area in the North of Spain. The demonstrator area is characterised by 1.075 Secondary Substations (SSs) and more than 190.000 customers are involved.

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The Swedish demonstrator takes place in a rural part of southern Sweden (west side), close to the small town of Åmål. The demonstrator area is characterised by 2 MV lines with a total of 51 SSs involving 528 customers and LV lines are mostly overhead.

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The Portuguese demonstrator is deployed in Lisbon within the parish of Parque das Nações. The demonstrator area is characterised by 2 substations, 140 SSs, 13.450 residential consumers (LV) and 16 EV charging stations.

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Polish demonstrator project is located in the city of Gdynia that is a city in the Pomeranian Region. The demonstrator area is characterised by 55 MV/LV SSs, 38 km of power MV, 102 km of LV lines which supply near 14.700 customers.

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UPGRID Project Poster

Poster presented at the Innogrid 2020+ Conference in Brussels in March 2015, describing the UPGRID project. Available for download here


UPGRID Demos Poster

Poster presented at the Innogrid 2020+ Conference in Brussels in March 2015, describing the demos in the project. Available for download here


Ir a Biartzain


Kick-off of the UPGRID Project

Iberdrola`s Headquarter, Madrid

UPGRID starts at Iberdrola headquarters to allow the electricity market to be open in the future allowing competition in the final use of the energy. Mr. Roberto González, Iberdrola, as Project coordinator, remarked that the Project success is the success of all demos and transversal activities from all the partners. He closed the event highlighting the common target of making UPGRID become a Lighthouse project and encouraging the cooperation to achieve it.

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Nov 26-27, 2015

3rd IGREENGrid-SiNGULAR-SuSTAINABLE Global Joint Conference in Caparica, Portugal, on 26-27 November 2015

Jan 28, 2016

UPGRID Consortium General Assembly, in Lisbon (Portugal).

For any information about this project, please contact us

Mr. Roberto González Sainz-Maza, Iberdrola

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UPGRID project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 646.531