SHIFT2DC EU Project kicks off in Lisbon

16 Jan 2024

Shift2DC Project Team Lisbon

The SHIFT to Direct Current (SHIFT2DC) project, a Horizon Europe Programme initiative led by INESC-ID, hosted its Kick-off Meeting on December 12 and 13 at Instituto Superior Técnico gathering members from the 33 partner Institutions from 13 different European countries, both onsite and remotely.

With a substantial funding of over 11 million euros and supported by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA), the SHIFT2DC project has the goal of creating smarter, more efficient, and environmentally friendly energy infrastructures through direct current (DC) solutions.

The event gathered over 40 participants from the consortium, with an Opening by the project Coordinator and researcher at INESC ID, Hugo Morais, who will lead the consortium throughout the project’s 42 months: “We are thrilled to be launching a new project that will carry several challenges but also high expectations. Our main goal is to create a greener and smarter energy landscape for the benefit of communities, industries, and to be used worldwide using effective DC solutions.”

The European Climate, Infrastructure, and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) was represented remotely at the meeting by Project Advisers Antonios Marinopoulos, who was involved throughout the Grant Agreement preparation and presented a general overview of the European Commission and CINEA, of the grant agreement and expected actions from the SHIFT2DC consortium; and Andrea Feltrin who is now taking the role as SHIFT2DC Project Officer.

INESC ID will be responsible for leading the WP2 “DC Solutions Integrations: Tools, methods and applications” focused on developing a tool for the design of DC solutions, specific libraries for DCs, Buildings, Industries, Ports etc.and the WP6 “Knowledge transfer and Dissemination”, responsible for documenting all dissemination and communication activities of the project. Under the WP7, INESC ID will lead the project management and coordination, ensuring financial, administrative, data and risk management while securing the quality of the project outputs.

More about SHIFT to Direct Current (SHIFT2DC)

The SHIFT to Direct Current (SHIFT2DC) project aims to transform the way direct current (DC) solutions are used in our power systems. To do so, the consortia will establish comprehensive guidelines and a roadmap for the widespread application of DC in diverse energy scenarios.

The EU initiative will implement a top-down, application-agnostic approach to design, simulate, test, validate, and apply DC solutions at both medium (MV) and low voltage (LV) levels. To guarantee the promotion of greener energy alternatives, the consortium will conduct thorough analyses, including feasibility, cost-benefit, life cycle, and environmental impact assessments. This will ensure that the proposed DC solutions are not only practical and cost-effective but also sustainable.

Over the course of the project, three field-test demonstration sites will be implemented: two DC living Labs and one digital twin demonstrator centered on testing solutions for Data Centres, Buildings, Industry and Ports.

It will be crucial to demonstrate the effectiveness and adequacy of these DC solutions to enhance confidence in their use and the planning and conception of systems based on DC. With this in mind, SHIFT2DC will develop, integrate, and demonstrate several solutions specifically designed for DC applications including:

– Sustainable and smart DC Cables, developed for DC installations,
– Micro Solar DC Systems
– LVDC measurement device
– Pre-Charging Units for DC circuit breakers
– LVAC-LVDC Interlink converter
– high density power sources,
– Smart PDU High Density V2X DC stations, among others. 

Funded through the Horizon Europe Programme, SHIFT2DC is planned for 42 months, bringing together a group of 21 beneficiary partners, 6 affiliated entities, and 6 associated partners for a total of 33 partners including: a certification laboratory (Laboratoire National de Métrologie et D´Essais; LNE, France), a system operator (Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira, SA; EEM, Portugal) that will collaborate in the port demonstrator, an engineering office (SETEC BATIMENT, France) that will test the DC design tools, and the two most important DC promoters namely, Stichting Current OS (Netherlands) and ODCA (represented in the project by ZVEI e.v., Germany).

List of 33 partners (by Country):

●      Austria (1): Eaton Industries

●      Belgium (1): European Heat Pump Association (EHPA)

●      Czech Republic (1): Eaton Elektrotechnika SRO

●      Estonia (1): Tallinn University of Technology (Taltech)

●      France (6): Setec Batiment; Laboratoire National De Métrologie Et D’essais (LNE) ; Electricité De France (EDF);  Schneider Electric Industries (SCHN), Nexans France (Nexans), Watt & Well; Setec Batiment.

●      Germany (8): Zvei E. V.Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen); Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Zur Forderung Der Angewandten (Fraunhofer); Bachmann Gmbh; Eaton Industries (Eaton); Phoenix Contact Electronics (Phoenix Contact); Phoenix Contact Power Supplies; Phoenix Contact Gmbh & Co KG.

●      Hungary (1): PCB Design

●      Italy (1): Fincantieri SI

●      Netherlands (3): Stichting Current OS; Hiro Microdata; DC Systems B.V.; 

●      Portugal (5): Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores: Investigação e Desenvolvimento (INESC ID); Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (EEM); Centre for New Energy Technologies SA (EDP CNET); Administração dos Portos da Região Autónoma da Madeira (APRAM); Associação do Instituto Superior Técnico para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento (IST ID);

●      Spain (3): Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation (Tecnalia); Fundacion Circe Centro de Investigación de Recursos y Consumos Energéticos (Circe); Hitachi Energy Spain (Hitachi);

●      Sweden (1): NEXANS Sweden

●      Switzerland (1): JJ Cooling Innovation

Press Release

Horizon Europe SHIFT2DC project secures over 11 million Euros for the Advancement of Greener and Smarter Energy Solutions

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