The project

About the Project

The MOST project aims to develop an innovative and targeted Master’s program on Smart Grid Technologies to train the Smart Grid professionals of the future. The Master’s program will be available in a number of leading universities around Europe.

Our Motivation and Strategy

Today, the conditions are particularly suitable and affordable for an industry transformation towards distributed energy generation thanks to the development of smart grids, renewable energies, and lower costs to install renewable energy capacity. Smart grids are the enablers for a new era in sustainable energy. However, to unleash the full potential of this new and constantly evolving technology, well-skilled experts must be trained.

The current educational system in Europe lacks in its employability of graduate students, who play a vital role in the deployment of the clean-energy smart grid infrastructure. Alignment of academia with the labor market is needed to teach the students both theoretical and practical, hands-on skills directly applicable in the working environment. Our project takes on this responsibility by designing a master’s program on Smart Grid Technologies which will cover not only the smart grid operation fundamentals but also all aspects of smart grid integration. These range from energy market & policy and smart grid models to modern technologies in the power sector. As a result of the project, the Master’s degree will be available at three European universities - the University of Cagliari in Sardinia, the University of Cyprus, and the Western Macedonia University of Applied Sciences in Greece.

Why Smart Grids?

Smart grid = electricity supply
Smart grid = network that uses digital communication technology to detect and react to local changes in usage

Benefits:

  • Accommodates all generation and storage options
  • Allows direct participation by consumers
  • Enables new products, services, and markets
  • Providing power quality for the digital economy
  • Resilience to attack and natural disaster.

Innovative approach

The main innovation of this project, aside from the development of adaptive and targeted course content, will be the creation of three Living Labs and a Virtual Smart Grid lab.

Students’ future qualification

The students graduating from this Master’s program will be sought out by the industry, as both the theoretical and practical training obtained during the studies will be fine-tuned to correspond to the job market needs.

Impact

Thanks to the development of this targeted and highly competitive study program, the project will contribute to bridging the gap between education and work.

Activities

1. Development of high-quality didactic content on Smart Grid technology for higher education
2. Development of 3 Living Labs in Higher Education Institutions