Smart RUE (Smart grids Research Unit of the Electrical and Computer Engineering School) is one of the Research Groups of the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS). It belongs to the Electric Energy Systems Laboratory (EESL) of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens. It was founded by Professor Nikos Hatziargyriou and operates under his supervision. It is composed of Professors, post-doctoral scientists, postgraduate students and highly specialized researchers and collaborators. It is technically and administratively supported by the personnel of EESL.
The main activities of Smart RUE focus in research and technology development in the area of Smart Grids. Smart Grids have been defined by the European Technology Platform of Smart Grids as “electricity networks that can intelligently integrate the actions of all users connected to them – generators, consumers and those that do both – in order to efficiently deliver sustainable, economic and secure electricity supplies”. According to this definition, the main Smart Rue activities deal with planning and operation of modern power systems characterized by high penetration of renewable energy sources, distributed generation and flexible loads. For the efficient solution of related problems advanced control and ICT technologies are employed.
Smart RUE has coordinated and participated in a large number of European and national R&D projects and studies. It has organized several international Conferences, Seminars and workshops and it has published numerous papers in international journals and conference proceedings. Its members are active in several EU and international organizations. It maintains excellent connections with many Universities, Research Centers, Utilities and Power Industries active in the area of Smart Grids both at national and international level.