Smart RUE (Smart grids Research Unit of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the NTUA) is one of the Research Groups of the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS-NTUA) 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.

It was founded by Professor Nikos Hatziargyriou and operates under his supervision. The team consists of forty researchers who study the various aspects of modern power systems. These include optimal operation of distribution systems, participation in energy markets, grid resilience, advanced control schemes for smart grids, microgrids and islanded systems, regulatory framework of energy communities, smart meters, EVs, load side management and more. Moreover, the laboratory facilities of EESL offer advanced testing and validation services. One of them utilizes a Digital Real Time Simulator, with which real hardware controllers and power components can be tested in real conditions with minimum risk. Finally, the team is involved in several implementation projects around the world in the themes of rural electrification, education and networking with practitioner networks.

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(Vasiliki Michopoulou, a journalist of the news website "Startupper", visited the Electric Energy Systems Laboratory (EESL) and discussed with members of the "Smart RUE" team about the energy transition and the research interests of the group.)