The goal of the REN is based on pillars as the internal know-how and technological skills, so the importance of recognizing a continuing stake in these areas.

REN has an active role in technological innovation and development of the energy sector, through participation in projects or developing new differentiating solutions with current and future impact on the company's performance and activity in the areas of electricity and natural gas.

During 2015, is to highlight the active participation of REN in the following projects:

As a TSO, REN has present the importance of the participation in European projects, particularly in the context of the 7th framework programme of the European Commission (FP7), stands out in 2015 for the completion of Project E-Highway2050 (2012-2015).

Released to 3 and a half years ago, the e-Highway2050 project-Modular Development Plan of the Pan-European Transmission System 2050, partially funded by the European Commission, is an innovative project and of great relevance for the European TSOs, whose main challenge was the definition of the type of infrastructure that Europe should have in 2050.

For this achievement, throughout these months of work, the partners of this project including 28 electricity transmission operators, energy associations, a non-governmental organization, academic institutions and companies had worked in order to blaze an implementation plan on the Horizon 2020-2050 suite, a new planning methodology for a modular and robust expansion of the Pan-European network.

The REN lead one of the work packages, WP4-validation of the operation and implementation of the scenarios projected for 2050 network.

It was in this context that in may 2015 that REN received the Steering Committee of this European project, which preceded the attainment of a final Conference in Brussels in November 2015, for the presentation of the main results achieved published that can be found on the official website of the project

In the final stage, is the project iTESLA (2012-2015) coordinated by RTE (France), which involved a total of 20 participants, including REN, this project aims to develop and validate a flexible Toolbox, with 2015 on the horizon, may support the future operation of a pan-European electricity transport network, promoting greater coordination/harmonisation of procedures between network operators.

Examples of other European projects in which REN participates, is the case of the EUPORIAS Project (2012-2017)-European Regional Impacts Assessments on Provision Of Seasonal and Decadal Timescales

This is a project coordinated by the MET OFFICE (UK) and with the involvement of 24 participants of whom REN as Stakeholder.

Aims, explore the value of seasonal and weather forecasts for decades in Europe. Through the access to this information, the project aims to develop methodologies to make use of such predictions, in an appropriate form and to be applicable in different sectors of national economy, clearly exposed to meteorological factors, although with different levels of sensitivity.

R&D National projects

At the national level and as usual, we have cross-cutting projects taking place in several directions techniques of REN, both in the area of transmission of electricity as gas transmission and more recently, since your creation in 2013 the current projects in Energy Research Center Inc-State Grid, s. a. (R&D Nester).

REN energy research center-State Grid, s. a. (R&D Nester)

For the activities developed during the year 2015 in R&D Nester, significant advances in developing projects with 4 results recognized by the technical-scientific community, including through several scientific papers published and presented in international conferences.

Applications to the Sifide

During the year of 2015, three applications were submitted to this program of tax incentives for businesses: national grid, s.a, REN Pipelines, S.A. and REN energy research center-State Grid, S.A.

Certification in RDI

At the end of 2015, the Energy Research Center Inc-State Grid, S.A. (R&D Nester) acquired the status of certified company in research, development and innovation (RDI), according to the Portuguese standard NP 4457:2007.