Depicting European transmission grids for scientific research

Project state
In the SciGRID project, the European transmission system shall be modelled for scientific and technical purposes.
In the SciGRID project, the European transmission system shall be modelled for scientific and technical purposes.
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Until now, reliable data for the transmission systems in Europe has not been generally available. That complicates research activities, such as those relating to the optimal design of electricity grids and the network planning of energy systems. The project is mainly concerned with developing the SciGRID grid model for the European transmission grids. Its systematic documentation will enable it to be used as a reference model for scientific and technical studies and it will be the first model of its kind to be available free of charge under the Open Database Licence (ODbL). The focus will be on the use of geodata from, which is likewise available under the Open Database Licence. In contrast to other freely available data sources, the use of such sources explicitly enables the derived results and data to be published under an open licence, as is envisaged by this project. The methods being developed in this project for creating and validating the grid model will also be provided under an appropriate licence for free use and further utilisation.

With this approach the project managers are striving to involve new players, in particular from the scientific and grid planning fields and related areas. This in turn will accelerate innovative solutions that can boost innovation in the grid planning sector. In addition, this will also make it easier to compare already established methods and models. The methods developed and made available as part of the project will enable the analyses to be transferred to similar power supply systems, for example in other parts of the world or at other voltage levels.

Documentation for sustainable uses

The development processes for existing transmission grid models, which provide the basis for scientific studies and have been developed over prolonged periods, are often insufficiently documented. In developing the SciGRID model, considerable importance is therefore being placed on the scientific documentation. In particular, challenges will include defining criteria for selecting, abstracting and processing data. The technical challenges are concerned with dealing with spatial differences in the quality of the source data such as at

Project duration

09/2014 – 08/2017


Dr. David Kleinhans
Project coordinator
NEXT ENERGY - EWE-Forschungszentrum für Energietechnologie e.V.
Carl-von-Ossietzky-Str. 15
26129 Oldenburg, Germany


Website with further details about the project

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