This project is testing a new concept called “Smart Rural Grid”. The concept will use telecommunication, control and storage technologies as well as other systems and tools to revolutionize existing structures and to secure a successful beginning.

The Smart Rural Grid project’s goal is to develop smart distribution grids in rural areas where supply is based on simple radial grids, and furthermore to determine the best way to migrate to new distribution grids in these areas.

Intelligent control technology is being developed as well as power electronics for micro grids based on smart power routers (Intelligent Distribution Power Routers).

The project has played an important role in creating EMPOWER, and experience and research results from Smart Energy Hvaler have been an important stepping stone to establish the EU Smart Rural Grid project.

Program: EU FP7

Smart Rural Grid (2014-2016)

Project manager:
Bernt Arild Bremdal

CG Power Systems Ireland Ltd. (IR), Estabanell y Pahisa Energia (ES), KISTERS AG (DE), Smart Innovation Østfold, Stadtwerke Rosenheim Netze GmbH (DE), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – CITCEA, Xarxa Oberta de Comunicacio i Tecnologia de Catalunya SA (ES), ZIV Communications (ES)

Bernt Arild Bremdal
Phone: + 47 900 61 173

Project website:


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 619610.