The Smart Grid Interoperability Lab (SGIL) of the JRC in Petten, the Netherlands is a testing facility on the interoperability of smart grid systems. Its aim is to assess technological implementations according to proposed standards, use cases and processes in conjunction with applicable reference architectures. The goal is to contribute to policy making and industrial innovation regarding the modernization of the electricity grid.

Location: Petten, Netherlands

The SGIL works on the verification of the interworks among grid components, benchmarking of different solutions, and identification of gaps and challenges. The work is performed in collaboration with industry and research institutions. The lab allows interoperability testing of smart grid components following experimental procedures, simulations and emulations and utilising accepted standards. The assessment of interoperability is done with reference to use cases and quantitative assumptions stipulated by industry and standardization bodies. The focus is extended in identifying also the factors that could potentially compromise interoperability. The following test bed infrastructure is available in the SGILAB-PTT and supported for TA in ERIGrid 2.0:

Smart Home

  • Smart appliances (washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, oven, etc.)
  • Heat Pump
  • Smart plugs (various brands), light bulbs, sun-blinds, etc.
  • Different kind of sensors (temperature, movement, light, etc.)
  • Home automation system
  • “Anyplace” EMS (prototype EMS from H2020 project “Anyplace”)


  • Battery Energy Storage
  • PV roof-top installation
  • Electronic Load Emulator
  • 4KWp PV carport

Battery Energy Storage Systems

  • BESS 1: 15kW/45kWh with Lead acid batteries (VRLA) – indoor
  • BESS 2: 75kW/150kWh with Li-ion (LFP) batteries – outdoor
  • BESS 3: 75kW/150kWh with Li-ion polymer batteries – outdoor

Real-time Simulation

  • Opal-RT real-time simulator
  • Load emulator (15kVA/13.5kW)
  • Super-computing power
  • 1 Speed Goat RTS (FPGA)


  • 1 Plug-in Hybrid car (2013 model)
  • 1 full electric car (2019 model)
  • 4 EV chargers (including 1 V2G charger)
  • 5 electric bikes (500Wh)
  • 1 solar EV charger

SCADA, monitoring 

  • Open source system for control, data collection, automatisation, etc.
  • Database, Back-up versioning
  • Visualisation

Other equipment

  • Diesel generator (with Synchronizer and electronic speed control unit)
  • Smart meters
  • National Instruments (real-time controller, FPGA)
  • Oscilloscope and digital precision multimeter
  • Fluke power quality analyzer

As part of the ERIGrid 2.0 TA infrastructure, JRC provides the following services to TA user groups:

Smart grid system expertise and validation/testing activities, for example (list not exhaustive):

  • Power quality (PQ) lab tests
  • Quality and performance of DER components including storage and systems
  • Energy storage system validation
  • Electric vehicle supply equipment/charging system validation

Smart grid simulation/HIL-based activities, for example (list not exhaustive):

  • Validation of energy management systems and distribution SCADA
  • Interoperability and communication testing

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the scientific and technical arm of the European Commission. It is providing the scientific advice and technical know-how to support a wide range of EU policies. The JRC has seven scientific institutes, located at five different sites in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.

The JRC Smart Electricity Systems and Interoperability team is located both in Petten (NL) and Ispra (IT). We, as European Commission’s in-house science service, perform independent scientific research and support EU policy-making on transformations towards smarter and interoperable electricity systems.

Our work revolves around four pillars:

  • Data Gathering and Processing – We constantly develop, update our extensive databases of power systems/networks and smart grid projects in Europe. This work feeds into our modelling, experimental and dissemination activities as explained below.
  • Smart Grid Interoperability Lab – Our Lab analyses behaviours and characteristics of evolving power grids incorporating more renewables, electric vehicles, dispersed energy resources.
  • Integrated Assessment – Our aim is to support policy initiative and study smart grids as complex techno-socio-economic systems with multiple physical, cyber, social, policy, and decision making layers.
  • Cooperation and Dissemination – Our work builds upon synergistic cooperation with key stakeholders to reach a critical mass. Tailored communication initiatives are adopted and customised dissemination tools are developed to get our message across.”

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