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UPGRID Report Summary

Project ID: 646531
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.3.4.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - UPGRID (Real proven solutions to enable active demand and distributed generation flexible integration, through a fully controllable LOW Voltage and medium voltage distribution grid)

Reporting period: 2015-01-01 to 2016-06-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

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”, was launched at the beginning of 2015 under the HORIZON 2020 programme and is being developed by a Consortium composed of 19 partners from 7 European countries: Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Poland, United Kingdom, France and Norway. It has a budget of 15.7 M€, with 11.9 M€ financed by the European Commission.
UPGRID project addresses the constraints and needs arisen from poor observability of LV grid, local accumulation of distributed generation, risks and difficulties in managing the distribution network, aging infrastructure and social and environmental restrictions that inhibit the grid development. To be successful, UPGRID proposes an open, standardised and integral improvement of the LV grid.


The Project is focused on four big smart grid demonstrators on going in Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Poland which main scope is the LV electricity distribution network. It is supported by transversal assessment (e.g. data analysis, business models, social research, etc.). The goal is to provide the electrical system with new products and services to enhance the management and operation of distribution networks improving the response to consumer needs (e.g. reduce power supply restoration time, more accurate and immediate information, increase consumer participation in the market, etc…). These objectives are classified in three areas as follows:


The UPGRID description and implementation are explained through the following expected outcomes. All of them are being developed and deployed in the current state of the project.
- Functional specification of LV dispatching.
- Achieve sound LV network representation.
- Deployment of mobility tools to support LV operation of field crews.
- Integration and processing of meter events in the Outage Management System.
- Deployment of equipment in secondary substations (SS) and MV feeders to achieve a supplier independent solution for further deployment.
- LV grid remote control operation over are PRIME infrastructure.
- Multiservice PRIME subnetwork.
- Combined use of AMI and Home Energy Management Systems for Active Demand (AD) Management.
- Web-based systems to increase consumer energy awareness based on the performed social research.
- Specification of the neutral market access platform promoting the exchange of smart metering data between the DSO and different stakeholders on market hub basis.
- Assessment of optimal business models for market participants.
- KPI framework definition to evaluate impacts.
The four demonstrators are complementary but have a common focus on aspects such as improvement of network monitoring and control, reduction of interruption of service and AD as a mean to support RES (Renewable Energy Sources) integration in the LV network. Some particular functionalities are however different, mainly due to countries particularities in terms of automation capacity, end users engagement, regulatory issues, etc. This fact brings diversity to the expected challenges and consequently to the solutions that will become more easily scalable and replicable. Demonstrators started their development at the beginning of April 2015. Next main milestone for all of them is being up and fully running at the end of 2016. A brief description of each demonstrator is presented below:
- The Spanish demonstrator is being carried out at Bilbao area in the North of Spain involving more than 190.000 consumers. It is mainly focused on LV dispatching, deployment of multiservice and manageable PRIME subnetworks and empowering consumers by providing information and characterization tools, specially about their electricity consumption. It is being built on Bidelek Sareak (, an initiative promoted by Basque Government through the Basque Energy Agency (EVE) and Iberdrola.
- The Portuguese demonstrator is being carried out at Parque das Nações in Lisbon (Portugal) involving 13.450 residential consumers. Apart from some subfunctionalities related to LV network management, it approaches active demand topics (i.e. end user engagement through the deployment of AMI and Home Energy Management Systems) and market design (i.e. engagement of stakeholders through a neutral access platform).
- The Swedish demonstrator is being carried out at the town of Åmål in the South of Sweden involving almost 600 consumers (rural area). It is mainly focused on monitoring and control of LV network and smart metering data utilization, stressing the objective of testing the interoperability of equipment from different manufactures with the LV Network Management System.
- The Polish demonstrator is being carried out at Gdynia in the North of Poland involving 14.700 consumers. It is focused on increasing the LV and MV network observability, improving the LV network management, enhancing reliability of power supply and management of distributed generation in the LV network.


Each demonstrator will have a final public deliverable describing its evaluation and conclusions once finished. Moreover, at the end of the project, a final report will summarise the whole project facilitating the identification of results and information depending on the interest area shown by each market player.

Other information of interest:
The UPGRID Consortium is formed by the following partners: Iberdrola Distribución Eléctrica (Project Coordinator), EDP Distribuição, Vattenfall Eldistribution, ENERGA-Operator, Tecnalia, Imperial College, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, INESC Porto, ZIV, WITHUS, NOS, Powel, Schneider Electric, General Electric, ATENDE, Politechnika Gdanska, Instytut Energetyki, ITE and EVE.


The UPGRID started in January 2015 and will be concluded in December 2017.

More information about UPGRID project can be found on the website: or through contact at being:
- Roberto González Sainz-Maza, Project Coordinator
- Ángel Díaz Gallo, Technical Director

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Based on the project structure and planning (see Figure 5), the UPGRID Consortium spent the last year and a half since on achieving the following milestones:
- Demo concepts and KPIs defined, including the non-technical issues analysis potentially impacting the Demos.
- Applications and functions defined for those innovative technical components that are common to several Demos.
- Demos implementation plan defined.
- Communication material & Website launched.
- Relevant project stakeholders identified and segmented.

The results are described in 11 deliverables that have been submitted to the European Commission, from which 3 are made public and should be available on UPGRID website ( In more detail, this has led to:
- Demonstrators’ concepts have been framed from four different points of view: Technical, Non-Technical, Use of standards and KPIs. To measure their impact 25 detailed KPIs have been defined taking advantage the synergy with other European projects and initiatives. All this work is contained in four deliverables which are in use by project partners as reference to develop in detail each of the project topics (e.g. data collection for Business as Usual scenario has started using the KPI definitions, the evaluation of market & business framework has taken the preliminary analysis of non-technical issues as starting point and demonstrators to attain the stated planning).
- Applications and functions defined: Several tools, technologically innovative, have been identified as transversal and potentially relevant for some of the Demos. Eight tools, three of them including two different modules, have been considered defining their functionalities, use cases and technological approach. Five tool are specifically addressed to the Supervision and Management of the MV/LV Grid (MV and LV state estimation, Events/alarms supervision and DER management in LV network, Load and Generation Forecasting, Fault Location, and Outage Management and Support for the Maintenance Crew) and the other three to Services provided by DSOs to the retail market (Services for the Demand Side Management, Smart Analytics of Individual Load Curves for Distribution and Retail Business, and a Neutral Market Access Platform). Completing those tools, a Common Information Model (CIM) fulfilling the applicable Smart Grids-related standards that would ensure the interoperability between the applications. Aside from the CIM, a consolidation and harmonization of the data models of these tools has been carried out in order to facilitate the Demos the analysis of the availability and provision of the data required by these tools. The four demonstrators had their implementation plans defined at the end of Y2015. After fourteen months the most relevant results achieved so far are:
a.1) Deployment of the LV dispatching in progress (Visualization of LV network, Bulk import and data quality procedure in place, Basic User Cases already deployed for LV NMS and LV NMS Mobile Solution).
a.2) IP over PRIME performance test, in laboratory environment and in real installations. New device (PRIME Gateway GTP) to manage a multiservice PRIME network designed.
b.1) Selection of components to be tested tests in a controlled environment: LV state estimation, events alarm supervision and DER management in LV and demand-side management with a home energy management system.
b.2) Requirement analysis, use cases and modular architecture elaborated for a Market Hub Platform. Prototype implementation has already been integrated and tested.
c.1) Requirements to fulfil the IT and Information security regulation completed.
c.2) Procurement process for equipment finished. Six different manufactures. Deliveries expected during next months.
d.1) General description of IT solution and requirements for the DMS system functionalities.
d.2) New equipment (Smart Grid + AMI and modems) purchased, adapted and under field installation since mid-July 2016.

- The UPGRID website ( is up and running with project material. It is updated periodically. Moreover the project have participated already in more than 11 events, has 3 publications (5 abstract sent for next publications) and it is collaborating actively in different knowledge sharing platforms (i.e. Bridge, JRC smart grid project outlook and grid innovation online). The project is also present in social networks (i.e. LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook). This dissemination effort will continue.
- The relevant Stakeholders for the project have been identified in the scope of the project dissemination, the electricity market domain and the social research to be carried out. A taxonomy of General Groups (Residential, Business, Retailing, Public bodies, etc.) and Specific Groups (industries, restaurants, hotels, consumers, prosumers, neighbourhood associations, municipalities, schools, museums, etc.) have been defined specifically for each Demo identifying for each Specific Group the stakeholders that the Demo considered more relevant. These stakeholders have been preliminarily characterized with respect their involvement in the project activities they are considered for, basically the dissemination campaigns, the electricity market actors and business models analysis and the social research.

The Project is currently crossing its equator progressing accordingly.


Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

As referred previously the project is developing and validating solutions to enable the implementation of advanced functionalities over existing technology, to form a truly integrated intelligent system. With UPGRID project, an improvement in the monitoring and controllability of LOW Voltage and medium voltage grids is expected, as a way to anticipate technical challenges associated with the integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER), as End Users get closer to the energy system (e.g. conscious behaviour of efficient electricity use).
The full sensing and monitoring and supervision systems deployment in the LV grid could be considered the main progress of the project with respect the present state of the observability, remote operation, maintenance and planification of the LV grids.
The standardized Common Information Model (CIM) as the reference data model of the project implies a relevant progress with respect the proprietary data models usually existing in the grid management systems improving tremendously the integration and interoperability possibilities of the applications.
Some of the transversal tools and Demo functionalities directly addresses the deployment speed up of the DER (remote control units will be connected to the DERs in order to consider them in the global regulation of the electrical quality variables of the MV/LV grid) and ADM (integration of Home Energy Management Systems and Demand Management simulation tools) in the Distribution Grids.
The PLC PRIME-based tele-management system constitutes a very interesting and innovative approach to the grid supervision and operation taking advance of the already existing electric infrastructure as the telecommunication mean.
UPGRID also completes its technical approach with innovative grid-based services addressed to the smart grid awareness and engagement of the grid customers and the stimulation of emerging business opportunities for the energy market actors basically consumers, prosumers, retailers, aggregators and energy services enterprises.

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