About the ADVANTAGE project

ADVANTAGE (Advanced Communications and Information processing in smart grid systems) is a major inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral 4 year research project between power and communications engineering research and development communities, training 13 Early Stage Researchers.

Smart Grid systems represent a significant new technology to provide more energy efficient power delivery systems that reduce carbon emissions and can handle a mix of energy sources from small scale renewable energy to large power stations. The design and implementation of the smart grid will be very complex, involving a large number of systems, layers and relationships. In order to make the infrastructure of smart grid systems work effectively, engineers need to be trained to have a detailed understanding of both power engineering and communications issues. Many related research projects to date involve either mainly power engineers or mainly communications/signal processing researchers, limiting the interaction and knowledge exchange between these two communities. However, smart grid engineers should be able to appreciate the power network that the smart grid is designed for and how to communicate and process data concerning the power grid, so that it can be controlled effectively.

The approach of ITN ADVANTAGE that couples the strong research capabilities of the academic partners (recognised within the European research community) and the practical expertise from the private sector partners will foster advances in smart grid research and development.

ITN ADVANTAGE offers a unique opportunity to Early Stage Researchers to be exposed to wide range of environments and learn by examples from experiences of companies situated at different business levels and to understand a variety of business activities ranging from those involved in running a start-up company to those that characterize very large enterprises.