The involvement of distribution network operators has two stages:
  • the first one concerns the definition of the scenarios of operating conditions of future electrical distribution networks. This will support the research activity concerning the identification of the requirements of the developed technologies.
  • the second phase refers to the validation of the FURIES outcomes in terms of large-scale demo/pilot projects that might involve small scale low-voltage microgrids to large scale urban/rural grids.

The items that are of interest for this category of industrial partners are the following:

  • real-time monitoring of medium and low voltage network,
  • centralised vs decentralised control strategies of distribution networks with large penetration of non-dispatchable energy resources,
  • definition of ancillary services support to distribution grids from distribution dispersed generation, loads and storage,
  • demand-side management,
  • coupling of electrical distribution grids with other energy systems with respect to the concept of ‘energy hubs’.



The interest of Axpo concerns two major items. The first one refers to the assessment/definition of the potential ancillary services provided to transmission grids by distribution network in presence of embedded generation. The second one is linked to the consequent planning approaches for the transmission grid refurbishment and upgrade. The outcomes are dedicated simulation tools and grid codes.



BKW is the largest distribution grid operator in Switzerland. This key distribution network operator is interested in the activities of WP1 and WP4 with particular reference to the activities related to grid control methods; smart buildings and demand side management; and solid-state transformers. More precisely, the involvement of BKW refers to study, and deploy in demo sites, new approaches for the real-time monitoring of distribution grids enabling the possibility to deploy demand-side management strategies allowing not only the traditional peak-shaving but, more specifically, primary ancillary services like voltage control in distribution networks and frequency-regulation support to the transmission grid. The experimental outcomes of these studies will be, then, transferred into relevant grid codes.
Elektrizitätswerk des Kantons Schaffhausen AG (EKS) is the Distribution system operator of the Canton of Schaffhausen (SH) supplying electricity to approximately 110,000 customers in the Switzerland and neighbouring regions in Germany.
Romande Energie


Romande Energie is one of the biggest Swiss Distribution Grid Operators and major actors in SCCER-FURIES.
During Phase I, the involvement of RE was expanded along WP1, WP3 and WP4. More precisely, RE was involved in activities such as: Smart metering infrastructure (S1.1), Demand side response/management (S.1.2), Ancillary services for distribution grids (S1.3), Low Voltage grid control enhancement (S3.4), Storage system in MV for grid ancillary services (S3.5); and  Embedded systems for the electrical grids real-time monitoring (S4.4).
For the Phase II, RE chaired the Demonstrator task forces which resulted to large-scale demonstrators. The biggest of them will be implemented in two sites of RE’s grid, in Rolles and Onnens (VD) with the participation of 11 academic partners and 4 industrials and deployment of several monitoring and control technologies developed over the Phase I.


Swissgrid, which is the unique Swiss Transmission System operator, is a major partner of SCCER-FURIES.
Over Phase I, Swissgrid was involved in several activites of WP2 concerning all the sub-tasks. The activities that were particularly of Swissgrid interest include (a) the study of  new planning and operation approaches for the Swiss transmission grid capable of dealing with massive stochastic distributed generation; and (b) the consequent influence of stochastic massive electricity production on market evolution.
During Phase II, a coordinated approach among the company and WP2 and WP3 academic partners resulted to the development of 5 projects of key importance of Swissgrid. The 2 of them were directly supported by the company through the funding of 4 PhD students; and the provision of data and personnel. 



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Power Technology and Services Companies



ABB is involved in all the 4 WPs of the SCCER-FURIES. During Phase I, this ABB contributed to projects on voltage control and ICT (WP1); Utility-scale batteries control and optimal grid integration (WP2); HV electronics’ technological and economic aspects (WP3); and Solid-state transformers and Very Fast Transient (VFT) in DC installations (WP4).
This fruitful collaboration will continue in the Phase II of the SCCER-FURIES with new collaboration with the academic partners..
Alpiq Intec’s involvements in SCCER-FURIES builds upon the close collaboration of the company with WP1 and particularly SUPSI-ISAAC partner. This collaboration has resulted to the development of an advance grid monitoring and control devices, called GridSense.
During Phase II, these devices will be implemented in the REeL Demonstrator. This will enable their validation, further improvement and interaction with other technologies developed in the frame of FURIES.
Ampegon AG, based on Turgi (AG), was established in 2012 as a result of the merging of Thomson Broadcast with recently acquired companies. The company is active on the field of high frequency; power electronics; signal processing; control systems; and electrical and mechanical engineering.
Andritz Hydro
The involvement of Andritz Hydro is mainly related to Phase I’s sub-task S4.3. Addressing instability of hydro power plant during their design. In particular, their contribution concerns new approaches in the design of modern pumped hydro power plants. The outcomes of the collaboration will be deployed in dedicated simulation tools.
During Phase II, new collaborations will be established among Andritz and the FURIES’ partners working on the integration of the hydropower technologies into the grid.                  
DEPsys SA, based in Puidoux (VD), provides GridEye solution for digitalization, automation, monitoring, control, and management of distribution grids. The contributions of DEPsys in SCCER-FURIES are mainly focused on the activities related to distribution grids.
GridSteer is working on the industrialization of software agents – and related software tools – compatible with the COMMELEC framework – A Composable Framework for Real-Time Control of Active Distribution Networks, Using Explicit Power Set-Points.
The use of this technology enables the exploitation of inherent flexibility available in distributed energy resources. The technology requires a small piece of software running in easy-to-install microcontrollers along with distributed resources.
These microcontrollers communicate with a central controller that orchestrates the grid operation, independently of the nature of the distributed resources.
Leclanché SA involvement into the Phase I of SCCER-FURIES was principally related to a pilot project developed at the EPFL in collaboration with the EPFL-DESL partner. Leclanché’s interest was to validate and improve the performance of its storage solution in order to satisfy the multi-objectives set by the DSOs.
This collaboration was expanded in Phase II with the financial and in-kind participation of the company to the REeL Demonstrator. 
NEPLAN is interested in participating in all the four workpackages of FURIES by providing the appropriate modeling and simulation software. More specifically, NEPLAN products could be used for  steady state calculations, power quality and optimization aspects, protection design, and model wind and solar power plants. Also, the power system analysis tool NEPLAN could be used  for creating models of new components or optimizing controls.
Predictive Layer  
predictive layer Predictive Layer is an innovative company based in Rolle (VD) and focused on delivering automated predictive analytics solutions to various sectors such as Energy, Utilities, Industry, Retail, Supply chain & Transport.
Siemens‘ involvement in the Phase I of SCCER-FURIES was mainly focused on the sub-tasks: S3.1. Multi-terminal HVDC system design and operation, S3.2. Fault clearing in multi-terminal HVDC and S4.2. Life-cycle optimization of power system components and reliability analysis.
During Phase II, the participation of Siemens has further increased with the company leading the Arbon Demonstrator and contributing to the Joint Activity-RED. Further collaborations on smaller projects are under development.


Streamer International AG
Streamer International became SCCER-FURIES at the end of Phase I. Its involvement in Phase II will be mainly focused on the activities of the sub-task S3.2. Fault clearing in multi-terminal HVDC.
tiko Energy Solutinos Ltd (aka. Swisscom Energy Solutions Ltd) is working on smart energy management systems and European-wide demand-response aggregation. The company has built up the intelligent storage network tiko.
Weidmann Electrical Technology AG, based in Rapperswil (SG), is part of the 130 years-old family-owned WICOR Group. The company develops high-voltage insulation materials, components and systems as well as sophisticated diagnostics and engineering services, sensors and monitors for transformers.
Zaphiro Technologies is an EPFL spin-off (VD) providing the power utilities with a Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) based platform for monitoring and automation system for distribution grids.



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Holdings, Association and Research Institutes (not eligible for funds)



CSEM, Swiss Center for Electrotechnic and Microtechnic
Within the area related to the control of massive DG and distributed storage, relying on past consumption measurements (at building level), past renewable energy generation measurements, (local) weather predictions and storage element state, the CSEM works on the development of: (i) a consumption prediction model allowing consumption prediction at 24/48 hour horizon, (ii) a production model allowing production prediction at 24/48 horizon. Within the area of demand side response, it contributes to the development of an energy contracting schemes with customers such as building. Similarly what above listed, relying on past consumption measurements (at building level), past renewable energy generation measurements, (local) weather predictions and storage element state, it developa: (i) a building consumption prediction model allowing consumption prediction at 24/48 hour horizon, (ii) a building production model allowing production prediction at 24/48 horizon.
HES-SO, School of Engineering, Energy and Environnemental Engineering   (Prof. Philippe Jacquod)  
Prof. Jacquod is the holder of the Associate Professor energy grand from the Swiss National Research Foundation. In SCCER-FURIES, he performed studies around topics represented in WP1 (S1.2 : demand side response/management ; S1.4 : forecast of renewable energies production for both photovoltaic and wind generation) and WP2 (S2.2 : location of renewable generation and the limited predictability of these sources as well as location of storage devices, both large scale, i.e. pumped hydro storage, and distributed devices). Specifically related to WP1, Prof. Jacquod collaborated with his colleague and FURIES’ partner Prof. Dominique Gabioud on demand-side management.
HSLU, Luzern University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Prof. Vinzenz Härri)
The group works on the hardware and software of decentralized-energy-storages for the implementation of a large amount of decentralized generation. Driver of these storages application, as e.g. self-sufficient home and grid-supporting measures, support the implementation of such storages in microgrids.
University of Basel, Research Center for Sustainable Energy and Water Management (Prof. Hannes Weigt)
The FoNEW team serves as a strong link between SCCER-FURIES and SCCER-CREST. It contributes by: (i) providing access to an economic network model of the Swiss electricity market (SwissMod): transmission level via DC-Load Flow approach, detailed hydro representation, coupled with an European electricity market model (Elmod, Leuthold et al. 2012); (ii) linkage to socio-economic research results: particular impact of different policy and market design options on electricity markets, (iii) feedback of technological research results obtained in SCCER 2 into economic modeling in SCCER 5 (e.g. restrictions in vocational utilization of intermittent renewable generation) as well as in relevant external frame conditions for Swiss hydro power (SCCER 4).



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