• Type organisatie: Kennisinstituut

GridFriends is funded through the joint programming initiative ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus, with support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

GridFriends is a proposed research project with the ambition to orchestrate the electric appliances at the specific pilot sites involved in the project.
  • We will extend an existing demand-side management controller for local cooperatives:
    • The German research partner will primarily develop the IT system architecture (server-appliance communication for data collection and control)
    • the Dutch research partner has a focus on optimisation algorithms and future scalability (vision of 120% self-sufficiency
    • future interaction between cooperatives)

The pilots provide their scenarios (appliances and grid specification, user flexibility and constraints e.g. in temperatures or timing) and participate in on-site tests (e.g. several one-week trials) with the option to roll out the latest version or reverting to the status quo.

Link to the GridFriends Call


  • ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus Launch Event 12 – 13 March 2015, Vienna, Austria 
  • Advisory period 23 March 2015 – 21 April 2015 
  • Project outline proposal deadline 8 April 2015, 14:00 CET 
  • Full project proposal deadline 2 June 2015, 14:00 CET


  • CWI (Amsterdam), Center for Mathematics and Informatics
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM


Management of storage, supply and demand in largely autarchic energy cooperations.
 Science Park 123
       1098 XG Amsterdam,
       , Nederland
  Michael Kaisers, GridFriends    +31 20 592 4035