CONNECT - Innovative smart components, modules and appliances for a truly connected, efficient and secure smart grid

« CONNECT investigates new concepts and technologies for power conversion that will be specifically developed for bidirectional power exchange with the grid and thus supports the extended integration of local storage and renewables such as PV. High efficiency, low-cost, low-weight, and compact high-power density converters with embedded communication capabilities will be developed for different application levels of the grid. Power quality optimization will be explored in order to avoid unnecessary energy flows in the grid.

The enhanced capabilities of the power conversion fit seamlessly to the smart energy management systems researched in CONNECT applicable for single/multiple buildings and quarters. Monitoring approaches and advanced control algorithms will be developed which take into account renewable energy sources, local storage and electric vehicles for peak demand reduction and optimization of local generation, consumption and storage.

In order to fully exploit the advantages of the aforementioned technologies it is necessary to enhance the data transmission capacity of the smart grid communication infrastructure. For this purpose CONNECT will develop solutions for high interoperable, high data rate local and wide area communication in the grid with enhanced security in order to protect this critical infrastructure against attacks. Particular effort is spend to minimize the power consumption of the developed solutions. » 


The CONNECT Consortium consists of several European partners with expertise in various areas of smart grids and secure communication.

  • Infineon Technologies AG
  • NXP Semiconductors Germany GMBH
  • Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen
  • RWTH Aachen University
  • Devolo AG
  • Mixed Mode GmbH
  • Slovenska Technicka Univerzita v Bratislave
  • Enexis BV
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
  • GreenFlux Assets PV
  • Acondicionamiento Terrasense Associacion
  • Centre Tecnologic De Telecomunicacions De Catalunya
  • Iquadrat Informatica SL
  • STMicroelectronics SRL
  • Enel Distribuzione SPA
  • Politecnico de Bari
  • Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario Per La Nanoelettronica
    • University of Bologna
    • University of Ferrara
    • University of Padova
    • University of Pisa


Jens Hiller, M.Sc.
E-Mail: jens.hiller[[at]]


Communication and Distributed Systems
RWTH Aachen University
Ahornstr. 55
52074 Aachen, Germany

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