BRIDGE — accelerating smart grids and storage deployment by removing barriers to innovation

BRIDGE is a European Commission initiative which offers a discussion forum to the currently running Horizon 2020 Smart Grid and Energy Storage projects, to create a structured view on cross-cutting issues which are encountered by the demonstration projects and might constitute obstacles to innovation.

The initiative aims to map the eventual implementation barriers identified by the running Horizon 2020 Smart Grids and Energy Storage projects, along four axes identified by the projects as being relevant: Data Management, Business Models, Regulations and Customer Engagement. Those four axes are reflected in the four Working Groups active under the BRIDGE cluster.

The strength of the BRIDGE initiative is based on the expertise and diversity of its members, which include stakeholders covering the whole energy value chain, the ICTs and the system integrators, as well as the end users. Recommendations are based on field experiences collected from the demonstrators of the participating Horizon 2020 projects.

During the today session, the Chairs of the four BRIDGE Working Groups will present the projects' recommendations for facilitating the deployment of smart grids and energy storage solutions that could increase the share of production from renewable sources, in particular wind and solar, and contribute to decarbonising the European electricity system. Discussions will be framed - between others – in the context of the current developments under two of the European Commission priorities: the Energy Union (Clean Energy for All Europeans package) and the Digital Single Market (Building the European Data Economy initiative).


Policy Officer, DG ENER
European Commission
EU/Transnational subsidized programs
Enel SpA
Business Models WG co-Chair
Senior Researcher
Piraeus University Applied Science - Soft Energy Applications and Environmental Protection Laboratory
Senior Lecturer in Business and Climate Change
Norwich Business School | Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Team Leader Smart Grids, DG ENERGY
European Commission
Programme Officer, DG CONNECT
European Commission
Project Officer
European Commission, INEA
Project Manager
INEA, European Commission
Policy officer for new energy technologies and innovation, DG ENER
European Commission