At the outset of DISCERN (cf. Deliverable 1.1) a number of possible projects to include as demonstration sites in DISCERN were proposed by the DSOs. These projects were all in varying stages of completion, some being in feasibility stage and others having already been successfully concluded. Similarly, the DSOs brought forward several topics which they considered valuable to study within DISCERN. In order to facilitate the exchange of information and provide a consistent means to define a DSO list commitment level, the concept of Leading, Learning and Listening DSO was introduced in the project. This model, referred as 3L for short, is used as a guiding principle to specify the type of commitment the DSO is undertaking throughout the project.
sub-functionalities and associated leader, learner, listener roles
A DSO takes on one of the roles (leader, learner or listener) in relation to a specific sub-functionality. The chosen role then defines the level of commitment that the DSO is assuming. The role of a leading DSO is to mentor on a certain sub-functionality. Leading projects are characterized by the fact that the respective DSO has already developed and implemented a solution for the specific Smart Grid sub-functionality. It is important to note, that some solutions implemented by leaders represent an improvement in LV network monitoring and control and MV network monitoring and control in an effort to determine optimal levels. Therefore the leaders’ solutions may also undergo modifications during and after the DISCERN project. The DSO is leading by providing input to other DISCERN partner DSOs who are considering to implement this functionality and also making it available to a comparative assessment within DISCERN.
The learning DSOs are the ones who will implement the technical solution of a sub-functionality within the scope of DISCERN. This means the DSOs that bring forward their demonstration sites for learning will evaluate these solutions through simulations and pilot installations.
The listening DSOs will follow sub-functionalities on which they have not yet made any considerations regarding a concrete implementation but are keen to take into consideration the results from DISCERN. A process of knowledge dissemination will be organized between leading/learning and listening in the form of seminars and/or document sharing. The types of output from the listener’s activity may vary from sub-functionality to sub-functionality. As an example, a listening DSO writes a report evaluating the replicability of the solution in its network considering local parameters such as local climate, regulatory framework and network constraints.
In the description of the selected sub-functionalities, the specific commitments by the DSOs to the sub-functionalities are given. The range of commitments varies from sub-functionality to sub-functionality, as the technical solutions employed are different.