TESTBED: "Testing and Evaluating Sophisticated information and communication Technologies for enaBling a smartEr griD", is a Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) project under Horizon2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) 

Project Duration: 01/2017-12/2019

Grant Agreement No.: 734325

TESTBED is a major interdisciplinary project coordinated by Dr Hongjian Sun at Durham University that combines insights from three academic disciplines - Electronics Engineering, Power Engineering and Computing Sciences, to address the difficulties of data transmission in smart grids. The EU funded project will coordinate action of 5 Universities and 3 enterprises, to build and test sophisticated ICT to facilitate the successful implementation of smart grid applications. The kick-off meeting was successfully held in Brussels in January 2017. 


Smart grid represents a significant new technology of improving the efficiency, reliability, and economics of the production, transmission, and distribution of electricity. It is crucial to exchange and use information for performing smart grid applications. However, in reality the exchange of information over multiple networks is unreliable, leading to unpredictable network Quality-of-Service and thus unreliable smart grid applications. What’s worse, there are massive data, including metering data and measurement data, structured or unstructured, making it challenging to exploit useful information. Hence, there is an urgent need to solve the research problem: how to coordinate multiple networks to reliably transmit data, and then manage ICT system resources to efficiently extract useful information for supporting smart grid applications? 

Led by Durham the TESTBED project partners include Heriot-Watt University (HWU), the Institute of Electrical Engineering Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Sun Yat-Sen University China, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems in Greece (ICCS), Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE) and Dotx Control Solutions from the Netherlands. 

The main focus of the project is on improving the communication layer interoperability and the efficiency of data analytic. The project will develop and evaluate function-driven communication frameworks, as well as develop and verify new data integration techniques for enhancing power grid operations. These will be extensively tested and evaluated in 4 well-equipped Laboratories. These will support the European Smart Grid Architecture Model (SGAM) Framework and will complement and enhance International Standards.