MIT Energy Initiative welcomes the electricity transmission operator Terna Group to its Future Energy Systems Center

The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) has welcomed a new international member company—Terna Group, one of the leading European and global electricity transmission operators. The Italian company joined on July 1, 2022, as the first transmission and system operator to become a MITEI member. Terna Group operates a high-voltage national transmission grid with about 75,000 km of lines, around 900 electrical substations throughout Italy, and 26 interconnections with foreign countries.

With a three-year membership agreement, Terna Group will participate in MITEI’s Future Energy Systems Center, which is aimed at facilitating in-depth interactions between MIT’s faculty and researchers and member companies to address pressing energy challenges and develop solutions for decarbonization to bring to the marketplace. The Center is pursuing a series of member-funded research activities, including projects aimed at the evolution of the electricity sector.

“We are grateful to have Terna as a Member of MITEI’s Future Energy Systems Center,” said Robert C. Armstrong, MITEI director and the Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT. “Terna will bring important transmission and electricity system operation wisdom and experience to this consortium, which will help us accelerate progress towards the energy transition.”

“We are honored to join the MIT Energy Initiative and bring Terna’s contribution and expertise to MITEI’s Future Energy Systems Center,” said Stefano Donnarumma, CEO of the Terna Group. “The goal of the collaboration between Terna and the MIT research community is to combine Terna’s experience on grid technology and development with MIT engineering, economic, and regulatory competencies to promote the improvement of the electric grid as a driver for the energy transition and to curb climate change.”

As a vital component of MIT’s Climate Action Plan for the Decade and MITEI’s research program, the Future Energy Systems Center conducts integrated analysis of the energy system, providing insights into the complex multisectoral transformations that will alter the power and transportation systems, industry, and built environment.

As a member of MITEI’s Future Energy Systems Center, Terna will be represented on the Center Advisory Committee and offer its guidance to the Center and its future research priorities. MIT faculty take in member advice and independently decide the Center’s research agenda. Terna will also benefit from joining regular seminars on important emerging energy technologies and topics, as well as periodic interactive workshops for the purpose of disseminating research findings and to facilitate discussion amongst members and MIT researchers concerning ongoing and prospective research projects.

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