Centro de Investigação em Energia REN – State Grid, S.A. (R&D NESTER) is an energy research centre created through the partnership between REN (REN – Redes Energéticas Nacionais, SGPS, SA) and State Grid Corporation of China (Transmission System Operator – TSO and Distribution System Operator – DSO in China). This partnership started on May 24th of 2013, during the last phase of REN’s privatization in 2012. As an energy research Centre, our mission is to provide an international platform for knowledge, delivering innovative solutions to be applied into energy systems; provide new tools, strategies and processes. The main areas of activity are Power Systems Simulation, Renewable Energy Management, Smart Grid Technologies and Energy Markets & Economics.

R&D NESTER has been recognized by Portuguese government in the field of R&D for the technical-scientific knowledge domain of conception and energy grid field innovative solutions development. Since December 2015, R&D NESTER becomes a Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) certified company, in accordance with Portuguese standard NP 4457:2007.


  • WP1–“Optimal mix of flexibilities”- Task – Leader
  • WP2– “Market designs and regulations allowing the optimal development of flexibilities with high shares of RES generation”- Tasks – Participant
  • WP7– “Scaling up and replication”- Tasks – Participant and SubTasks – Leader
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement n°773406