Key Info

Basic Information

Prof. Antonello Monti, Ph.D.
Faculty / Institution:
Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Societal Challenges
Project duration:
01.10.2016 to 30.09.2019
EU contribution:
4.996.652,50 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727481.  


Renewables in a Stable Electric Grid


Future energy systems will use renewable energy sources to minimise CO2 emissions. Currently large generators powered by fossil fuel turbines maintain the stability and quality of energy supplies through their inertia. The inertia of these generator-turbine groups gives providers a significant time window in which to react to network events. We urgently need to find ways to stabilise energy systems with up to 100 percent RES (where inertia is often lost due to power converter mediated energy transfer) to generate “RE-SERVEs” so that society can relax in the knowledge that it has a stable and sustainable energy supply. RE-SERVE will address this challenge by researching new energy system concepts, implemented as new system support services enabling distributed, multi-level control of the energy system using pan-European unified network connection codes.


  • Ericsson GmbH, Germany (Coordinator)
  • Compania Nationala de Transport al Energiei Electrice "Transelectrica" S.A., Romania
  • Centrul Roman al Energiei - CRE, Romania
  • ESB Networks Ltd., Ireland
  • Flexible Elektrische Netze FEN GmbH, Germany
  • Gridhound UG (haftungsbeschränkt), Germany
  • Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  • Universitatea Politehnica Bucuresti, Romania
  • University College Dublin, National University of Dublin, Ireland
  • Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland

Success Story

In 2021, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) published a report on EU research and innovation (R&I) projects in the field of smart grids funded by the European Commission. This report points out that, among universities, RWTH Aachen University has been the most successful applicant in the field of smart grids in the last years. On behalf of RWTH Aachen University, Prof. Antonello Monti, Ph.D. and his team from the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems participated in 18 EU projects from which he coordinated three projects.