The Communication “Towards an Integrated Strategic Energy Technology Plan: Accelerating the European Energy System Transformation”, set up the new frameworks for R&I activities: the European Technology and Innovation Platforms (ETIPs). These structures merge the former SET Plan European Industrial Initiatives (EIIs) and the European Technology Platforms. At the same time, funding tools – through the Horizon 2020 program – have shifted from a technology-driven approach to a challenge-driven approach.
New stakeholders and market players (in generation, storage and market services) are on board with new opportunities for consumers. This puts network operators in a pivotal role and implies a higher responsibility towards society. The transmission grid, as the backbone of the power system, is the key enabler to facilitate the transition to a low-carbon energy system.
TSOs have a key role as system integrators of different components based on technologies (e. g., ICT, materials, storage, and power electronics). The TSO community should also be prepared to face game-changing modifications such as new actors entering the power system. Moreover, TSOs should ensure that the three dimensions of innovation – technology, process and business model – are addressed.