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LC-SC3-CC-5-2018– ASSET: Holistic and Scalable Solution for Research, Innovation and Education targeting Energy Transition

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  • News: ASSET has published the tutorial Video of MOOC training (please refer to the bottom of this website)
  • News Postdoc Mashood Nasir attended the 2nd General Assembly Meeting of ASSET Project on January 13-14,2020 in Athens. Several WP follow-up presentations were given and a Train the Trainers workshop on January 15 was held.

ASSET GA meeting in Athens

  • News: Professors Josep Guerrero and Juan Vasquez attended the kick-off meeting held on May 28 and 29, 2019.

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Project description

Welcome to ASSET project!

Europe’s energy transition towards a low carbon society and its target for sustainable leadership in the energy domain mandate the realisation of a quiver of activities: to upskill the sector’s staff, to cultivate new talents with multidisciplinary competencies, to continue and intensify research, to liaise industry with research, to promote innovation exploiting research results, to strengthen societal understanding of low carbon importance and much more. All these activities require a significantly closer relationship between the industry and the academia than the existing one.


The challenge is too big to be handled by individual universities, or industrial players or even from associations of universities, given a) the volume and diversity of audience: students, citizens, current workforce and unemployed people from different countries (different languages, different policy frameworks and different cultural backgrounds) and different learning characteristics (preferred styles, backgrounds), b) the fact that the new talents and competencies have to be built very fast for EU actors to catch the energy transition hype. Last but not at all least, interdisciplinarity is not at the focus of current university programmes in the field. This is a major deficiency as for the energy transition to be realised, societal awareness and acceptance must be specifically addressed, and knowledge of energy economics is absolutely necessary for the engineers and service designers of 21st century. This educational need becomes even clearer in the light of the new report from International Energy Agency on world energy investments 2018i, that reveals that there is a 7% decrease in the investment of renewables and energy efficiency and fossil fuel increased its share in energy supply.

Figure 1: The actors involved in ASSET hub and the corresponding benefits

ASSET´s goal is twofold: first, to create a sustainable and scalable ecosystem which brings together a) Companies from the energy sector, b) Universities and training actors, c) Authorities and policy makers and d) Society at large and second, to deliver the framework and means for continuous collaborative definition of the knowledge-competencies-skills required for the energy transition and for continuous resource pooling to efficiently educate/train large numbers of people in diverse and interdisciplinary topics and carry out research and innovation activities. ASSET offerings will be validated through the project lifetime by tens of companies, thousands of students and the society at large to ensure sustainability.

Figure 2: The ASSET ecosystem

ASSET hands-on experience: ASSET will exploit the infrastructures available in the universities of its consortium to offer training through hands-on experience in three different courses to 60 people in total. Namely, RWTH is equipped with a real-time simulation laboratory that is routinely used in teaching for demonstrating concepts and operation of modern power systems and controls. The learners are both students and employees of E.ON. or other companies. It has developed and holds (though publicly available) the software for realizing the interconnection between different infrastructures. In ASSET, RWTH will develop the missing interfaces to create a hands-on environment for a Praktikum (hands-on course) on substation automation based on standard IEC61850. This course will be offered to a group of 10 people from the ASSET community in the framework of the ASSET project.

At AAU, the most important facilities relevant to ASSET are the AC Microgrid Research Lab, the DC Microgrid Research lab and the recently built IoT Microgrid living Lab (please refer to section 4 for more details). AAU will use these world class proof-on-concept which facilitates the real-time control, operation, and optimal energy management of renewable energy integration together with energy storage systems and consumption. AAU will use this powerful experimental-research-oriented environment, to offer training to one group of 10 students and another group of 10 engineers from the industry. Furthermore, University of West Attica will exploit the infrastructure of its High Voltage and Power Systems Research Lab to offer 2 days training of 20 workers in the Greek Energy Industry on a programme that the members of the community will define.

Fig 3. Research environment in connection to ASSET programme at AAU.

ASSET Interdisciplinary research: ASSET will leverage the participation of UNINA with its sociology department in the consortium to ignite collaboration at research level first, between UNINA and ASSET technological universities and second, between relevant actors in the ASSET ecosystem, so as to mainstream interdisciplinary research between sociology and technological disciplines. To achieve this vision, ASSET partners have committed to commonly identify research topics on which they will work on during the first year and then, they will exploit ASSET dissemination and communication events and organise dedicated workshops or round tables to widen the application of this vision.


Professor Josep M. Guerrero
E-mail: joz@et.aau.dk

Professor Juan C. Vasquez
E-mail: juq@et.aau.dk


Postdoctoral Fellow Mashood Nasir

Postdoctoral Fellow David Tinajero

Research Assistant Ali Akhavan

Grant and period

This project is granted by HORIZON 2020 – WORK PROGRAMME

Call identifier: H2020-LC-SC3-2018-2019-2020

Topic: LC-SC3-CC-5-2018
Type of Action CSA


  • ATOS - Spain
  • University of Naples Federico II - Italy
  • RWTH - Germany
  • OTE - Academy Greece
  • AAU - Denmark
  • University of West Attica - Greece
  • Polytechnic University of Valencia - Spain
  • LogicalSoft - Italy
  • ENOSTRA - Italy
  • ECOPOWER - Belgium
  • EASE