About us


Mission and Values

Centro de Investigação em Energia REN - State Grid, S.A. (R&D NESTER), an entity 50% owned by the REN Group, was established in May 2013 with the goal of creating a global and independent R&D centre, with a multicultural DNA and a long run strategic thinking, innovating for a smart, clean, efficient and sustainable energy system.


Our mission:

  • Provide an international platform for knowledge, delivering innovative solutions, approaches and methods to be applied into energy systems.
  • Provide new tools, strategies and processes, well-tuned to the new energy paradigm, and serving as a driving force towards more efficient and sustainable energy systems.
  • Enhance the shareholders' international reputation, in the fields of power systems operation and planning.


Our vision is to be a research, development, and innovation centre with international prestige and a leadership position in the intelligent planning and management of energy systems.



A people centered and talent-based culture enables people to capitalize on their talents and provides a work environment that challenges and rewards efforts, inspiring enthusiasm, dedication and passion to pursue the research goals.

We search for excellence. Excellence in scientific and technical knowledge that we produce, excellence in solutions and services we provide.

Our teams are made of people

  • with scientific recognition and high technological capacity;
  • with the talent to manage science establishing connections and using knowledge networks;
  • with the talent to manage creativity, knowledge, and interactions for innovation.



Multiculturalism stimulates creativity and act like a catalyst  to bring innovative and advanced technologies and solutions.

Our teams are made up of people

  • with complementary skills and a very rich multicultural diversity;
  • leading to the interaction between different cultures;
  • fields of knowledge, technologies, areas of expertise, and business experiences.



The audacity to create, to innovate.

The audacity to change the future of energy and shape the future of Humanity.

Our teams are made of people

  • with the audacity to tread new paths, to create, to change;
  • with the courage to face challenges, take risks and overcome obstacles.



The agility and flexibility that enhance changes and create an environment that is conductive to ongoing innovation.

Our teams are made of people

  • with the agility and flexibility to adapt to new global realities;
  • face challenges and find solutions fast;
  • to adjust to production requirements of a smarter grid;
  • to manage human relationships, form collaborative networks and forge partnerships;
  • to manage applied science generating social and economic value.

The energy system itself needs flexibility at all levels - generation, transmission, distribution and final use.




The R&D Center's works shall be pursued through three interdependent acting vectors:

  • Research, development, innovation and demonstration in the power transmission area;
  • Consulting services in the scope of R&D activities;
  • Education and training services.


POWER SYSTEMS SIMULATION: Steady-state analysis; Transient stability analysis; Large-scale Power Systems analysis

POWER SYSTEMS OPERATION AND PLANNING: Smart Operation Tools; Optimal Network Planning; System Flexibility; TSO/DSO Interface

RENEWABLE ENERGY MANAGEMENT: Renewable Energy Sources (RES) Forecasting; RES Dispatch; Grid Integration of RES

SMART GRID TECHNOLOGIES: Cyber-Security; Energy Storage; ICT Technologies; Interoperability; Super Grids; Smart Substations; Microgrids

ENERGY MARKETS AND ECONOMICS: Demand Response; Market Operations; Novel Market Services; Reserve Tools; Market Regulation


Following the commitments expressed in the Company's bylaws approved by the Shareholders (Feb 27, 2013), in particular the statement "promote, both internally and in partnership with other entities, the research, development and innovation in the field of services provided, business organization, processes and communication "as well as in the statement referred in Centre for Research in Energy REN - State Grid, S.A. (R&D Nester) Shareholders Agreement (Feb 27, 2013), in which it is explicit that "The company's purpose is to implement a Research and Development Centre in Portugal dedicated to research, development, innovation and demonstration in the power transmission and system management areas, the provision of consulting services and education and training services within the scope of these activities, as well as the development of all other related activities and the provision of services which are complementary, related with or accessory to the abovementioned purpose.", the Management of the Centro de Investigação em Energia REN - State Grid, S.A. (R&D Nester), confirms its commitment to the purpose of:

1. Consolidating a culture of innovation and creativity;

2. Ensuring that the needs and expectations of stakeholders are met through the development of R&D and innovation projects in the field of energy systems, guaranteeing innovative solutions tailored to their needs;

3. Developing innovative, efficient, sustainable and value-added solutions for the energy sector;

4. Encouraging continuous improvement of the Research, Development and Innovation Management System performance and its alignment with the company's innovation strategy;

5. Setting up and managing a portfolio of research, development and innovation projects, consistent with the organisation's innovation strategy;

6. Having an active participation in Projects under national and international R&D&I framework programs (usually developed in consortia with R&D partners such as universities, industry research centers, and innovative SMEs), allowing working on cutting-edge topics together with other experts, while minimizing the financial risk of investing in emerging technologies. These projects should make it possible to test new products, services, and markets in multi-scale pilot projects;

7. Building long lasting relationships with stakeholders in the energy sector, by celebrating collaborative partnerships with national and international R&D institutions, industrial partners and energy associations, establishing appropriate interactions with scientific and technological community, with the market and the society in general, to thrive a global technology network;

8. Ensuring full compliance with the requirements expressed in the Portuguese Standard NP 4457;

9. Ensuring full compliance with the legal requirements applicable to R&D Nester activities.


As R&D Center, we are concerned in following and implementing with effectiveness the best practices in matter of Innovation as well as in matter of Environment, Quality, and Safety. As proof of that, we are a certified company in:


R&D Nester is a certified company (since 2014) according to ISO 9001, ISO 45001 and ISO 14001, making part of the integrated management system of REN (Portuguese TSO and R&D Nester shareholder). 


R&D Nester is a certified company (since 2015) in research, development and innovation activities on solutions in the power systems field, according to the National standard on R&D and Innovation NP 4457.


Contact Us

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Address: Rua Cidade de Goa, 4-B, 2685-038 Sacavém

Phone: 351 210 011 300

E-mail: info@rdnester.com

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