The Smart Grids Research Unit (SmartRUE) is a research group of the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) and it belongs to the Electric Energy Systems Laboratory (EESL) of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). The main activities of Smart RUE focus on research and technology development in the area of Smart Grids, mainly dealing with planning and operation of modern power systems characterised by high penetration of renewable energy sources, distributed generation and flexible loads, with the employment of advanced control and ICT technologies. 

The Rural Electrification Research Group ( is part of the Smart RUE and a member organisation of the Wind Empowerment Association and the Hydro Empowerment Network. The RurERG is an interdisciplinary group of engineers developing open source hardware solutions for renewable energy microgeneration applications, including technologies such as small wind turbines, pico-hydro turbines, solar home systems and data logging devices. 

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Type of organisation

  • Academia/Research Institute

Rural electrification expertise

  • Capacity Building
  • Consultancy
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturer
  • Project Developer
  • Project Management
  • Research
  • Service Provider
  • Supply & Construction
  • Technology Provider
  • Training
  • Utility - Energy Sector

Off-grid system used

  • Grid-connected
  • Micro/Mini-grid
  • Stand-alone

RE-technology used

  • Solar PV
  • Hydro
  • Wind
  • Battery / Energy Storage
  • Inverters / Power Components

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Nikos Hatziargyriou