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The TILOS Project: Challenging the role of battery storage in a smart grid environment

TILOS demonstrates the optimal integration of local scale battery storage in a smart island microgrid and challenges the interplay between storage, DSM and interconnection. By encouraging public engagement, TILOS addresses the social aspects of community storage and seeks for the development of novel business models.

The Estfeed Project: Innovative data sharing ICT infrastructure for energy market participants

Estfeed project built a software platform capable to integrate many data sources and to provide appropriate services to convert these data into valuable information for energy flexibility management, energy efficiency, audit and benchmarking.

The Energise Project

ENERGISE is a research project of the EU Commission established to perform an analysis for smart grid communication infrastructure together with the different parties on governmental, industrial, DSO and TSO side. The main focus is on identifying the different factors which determine if a dedicated or shared communication infrastructure should be used and aid the decision-making for solution deployment. At the same time the different parties are brought together during workshops and on-site visits in order to enhance the interdisciplinary communication and exchange of knowledge.

The UPGRID project: Real proven solutions to enable active demand and distributed generation flexible integration, through a fully controllable LOW Voltage and medium voltage distribution grid

UPGRID is a research and development project under the European H2020 program that relies on 19 partners from 7 European countries, and 4 demonstrators (Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Poland) supported by different transversal work packages that define the demo scope and analyses their results and impacts based on the project objectives. It involves partners with different expertise in the energy field: DSOs, equipment manufacturers and research centres. It is led by Iberdrola Distribución, S.A.U. The project started in January 2015 for a duration of 36 months.

I3RES: ICT-based intelligent management of integrated RES for the smart grid optimal operation

The I3RES project was financed by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme and more specifically the call ICT-2011.6.1 on Smart Energy Grids. As a result, the I3RES Management Tool was developed.

iTesla: Innovative Tools for Electrical System Security within Large Areas

The main purpose of the iTesla project is to develop a new generation of security assessment tools, able to support the operation of the pan-European grid in the coming years.


In the Harz region in Germany, a model project with a strong regional focus was developed and implemented within the lighthouse Smart Grids programme E-Energy (20098- 2012).

Eighteen partners as well as four associated firms – many of them settled and active in the region themselves including several small-sized regional utilities and SME’s with a focus on new energy services and products - constituted the RegModHarz consortium. Together, the consortium implemented a virtual power plant considering the integration of DER (suppliers), consumers, and the Integration of small-scale storage units.

COTEVOS - Ensuring Electric Vehicle (EV) Interoperability within Smart Grids

COTEVOS project (Concepts, capacities and Methods for Testing EV Systems and their Interoperability within the Smart Grids) aims to establish the optimal structure and capacities to test the conformance, interoperability and performance of the systems to be included in the Electric Vehicles (EV) smart charging infrastructure.

DISCERN project – The Use Case & SGAM approach as a tool for communication between DSO and vendors

Within the scope of Smart Grids, stakeholders coming from different areas of expertise need to co-operate in order to design solutions that optimise electricity network management. Particularly relevant in this context is the information exchange between DSOs and vendors when procuring systems.

DISCERN project – Tool support for managing smart grid requirements and architectures

The DISCERN project proposes a common approach to represent and exchange Smart Grid solutions based on the Use Case methodology, which is a standardised approach to describe system requirements (IEC 62559), and the Smart Grid Architecture Model (SGAM), which is a framework to represent high-level Smart Grid architectures highlighting key interoperability aspects. Moreover, libraries of Actors, Functions, and Requirements have been developed during the project in order to agree on common terms that should be used in the Use Cases and SGAM models. The proposed approach proved to be useful for sharing Smart Grid requirements and architectures both within and beyond DISCERN project.

eTelligence -Working with IEC 61850 to integrate DER and large commercial consumers

Small and medium sized decentralised generation units as well as commercially used consumption applications can play a key role in a future energy supply system. This is especially true for decentralised generation units: they don’t need to rely on the further construction of transmission network capacities since they are situated close to the actual demand side. In addition, from a physical point of view, the total capacity of generation from this type of generation unit can be multiplied in the future.

SmartWatts : The EEBus standard – development and benefits

The Smart Watts project was initiated within the German E-Energy programme on the development and testing of Smart Grids (2008 – 2021). The project consortium‘s declared goal lay in the design and implementation of an unbundling compliant information and control model for the energy system that supplies all market participants with near real-time data on generation and consumption of energy. That way, an intelligent supply management is enabled by a comprehensive control and optimisation of energy portfolios. 

DISCERN – Visualization template

One key aspect in DISCERN refers to the replicability of the solutions. This means that DISCERN should propose non-specific solutions that can be replicated in different distribution networks. In that way, the descriptions of DISCERN solutions should highlight interoperability issues that enable the replicability of these solutions.

The Visualization Template enables users to easily represent and identify interoperability aspects at different layers by providing an intuitive graphical representation of the solutions in a technology neutral manner.



DISCERN – Identification of the present system architecture

In DISCERN, DSO’s current system architecture (SCADA/ DMS/ OMS/ NIS/ EMS/ MDMS) for distribution network operations and their interfaces with station and enterprise zones were analysed.

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(1) aggregated DER (3) aggregator (1) ancillary services (2) balancing (1) Batteries (1) Bi-directional communication systems (4) Common Information Model (CIM) (6) communication protocol (1) compressed air energy storage (CAES) (2) consumer acceptance (1) Consumption data exchange (1) Consumption data standardisation (3) controllable appliances (1) Controllable load (2) corrective action (1) cross-border flows (1) DC Grid (DCG) (1) Demand response signal (1) distribution grid stability (2) Distribution Management System (DMS) (1) Distribution system status information (1) DSO-TSO communication interface (1) DSO-TSO data exchange (1) Dynamic Line rating (DLR) (1) dynamic simulation (1) economic scaling (6) energy management system (EMS) (1) FACTS (Flexible AC Transmission System) (1) Geographic Information System (GIS) (3) grid automation (1) High temperature conductor (HTC) (1) HVAC cable (1) HVDC cable (1) HVDC Circuit Breaker (DCCB) (2) HVDC converter (1) HVDC multi-terminal grid (1) hybrid AC/DC line (1) in-home EMS (2) integration of HVDC lines (1) Interconnection capacity allocation (5) interoperability between standard protocols (1) islanded mode of operation (1) large data mining process (1) large-scale demonstration (2) load aggregation (1) Load shaping (1) long-term planning (2) LV network monitoring and control (1) LV network observability (1) maintenance schedule (1) medium-term planning (1) meshed HVDC network (1) Meter Data Management System (MDMS) (2) MV network monitoring and control (1) offshore wind (1) Optimal Power Flow (OPF) (1) outage management at distribution level (2) Overhead transmission line (OHL) (1) Overload Line Controllers (OLC) (2) Phase-shifting Transformer (PST) (3) Phasor measurement unit (PMU) (1) point to point DC link (1) power flow control (PFC) (2) preventive action (1) public awareness (1) public consultation (1) radial DC connection (1) reconfiguration of distribution network (1) re-dispatching (1) Remote Terminal Units (RTU) (1) replicability (1) replication potential (1) RES forecast (1) reversion of unidirectional flows (1) security assessment (1) security margins (4) smart meter (1) social welfare (1) state estimation (1) Storage (1) Superconducting technologies (3) Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) (1) thermal storage (2) Virtual power plant (VPP) (1) weather forecast (1) Wide Area Monitoring System (WAMS)
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