The new ICAI Lab ‘AI for Energy Grids’ was launched on 20 April, in order to research the application of AI to distribution networks. It will combine Alliander’s considerable industrial capabilities with the academic strength of TU Delft, Twente University, Radboud University and the HAN University of Applied Sciences. The lab represents an excellent fit with TU Delft’s ambitions to accelerate the energy transition.

At present, the Netherlands’ electricity grid is reaching the limits of its distribution capacity. A strong and smart electricity grid is essential for the energy transition, so it is essential to improve the grid’s transport capacity. The AI for Energy Grids Lab focuses on expanding that transport capacity in two ways – by improving grid operations, and by conducting research into infrastructure expansion. This will involve analysing grid data, and developing new AI methods and tools that learn from this data.

“Knowing how to build and use AI technology effectively in the context of energy systems is a crucial scientific step that helps us move forward in the energy transition,” said Geert-Jan Houben, Pro Vice Rector Magnificus AI, Data and Digitalisation.