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TSO-DSO-Consumer INTERFACE aRchitecture to provide innovative grid services for an efficient power system

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - INTERRFACE (TSO-DSO-Consumer INTERFACE aRchitecture to provide innovative grid services for an efficient power system)

Reporting period: 2019-01-01 to 2020-06-30

With the growth of renewables, the increased interconnection of European grids, the development of local energy initiatives, and the specific requirements on TSO – DSO cooperation as set forth in the different Network Codes and Guidelines, TSOs and DSOs face new challenges that will require greater coordination. The European Commission adopted legislative proposals on the energy market that promote cooperation among network operators as they procure balancing, congestion management and ancillary services. The measures encourage procurement of services at both the transmission and distribution level, recognizing that this will enable more efficient and effective network management, will increase the level of demand response and the capacity of renewable generation. TSOs and DSOs must now define the services they want to procure in collaboration with market participants, and must set up ways to procure them in a coordinated manner. Digitalisation is a key driver for coordination and active system management in the electricity grid, enabling TSOs and DSOs to optimise the use of distributed resources and ensure a cost-effective and secure supply of electricity but also empowers end-users to become active market participants, supporting self-generation and providing demand flexibility. To support the transformation, the INTERRFACE project will design, develop and exploit an Interoperable pan-European Grid Services Architecture to act as the interface between the power system (TSO and DSO) and the customers and allow the seamless and coordinated operation of all stakeholders to use and procure common services. State-of-the-art digital tools will provide new opportunities for electricity market participation and thus engage consumers into the INTERRFACE proposed market structures that will be designed to exploit Distributed Energy Resources.
During the first 18 months of the project the following achievements can be reported:
• Addressed the ethical issues and requirements of the project and outlined the project approach on the procedures to be implemented for data collection, storage, protection, retention and destruction and confirmation that they comply with national and EU legislation
• Identified the needs of the main stakeholders from the electricity sector: customers, grid, and market players
• Analysed the existing tools and services to provide in-depth insights on the various developments used by different operators and other actors of the energy value chain for data collection and delivery
• Described the current electricity markets which are in place all over Europe
• Performed a thorough review of the regulatory framework across Europe
• Identified new research domains that will be explored throughout the project and the first illustration of the research methodology applied to flexibility markets
• Defined the roles and interactions for the different parties involved in the provision of the services treated in the INTERRFACE project
• Defined different market options as an extension of the active system management report
• Defined the Business and System Use Cases of the INTERRFACE demonstrators and the IEGSA Platform
• Translated the information captured through the interaction with the stakeholders as well as the technical and operational partners of the demonstrators into functional and non-functional requirements
• Extracted the coordination schemes that describe the interactions between the roles and the relevant interfaces defining the data exchange
• Designed the Integrated pan-European Grid Services Architecture (IEGSA) architecture
• Selected the IT technologies that will be utilized for the IEGSA implementation, whereas defined a first version of the database that will be used in the core of IEGSA
• Started development of (a) tools and applications to be used in each demo, (b) the data governance middleware, and (c) the backend infrastructure to host the IEGSA
• Formulated the integration and development plan
• Successfully completed the data collection of the Osimo city-scale multi-energy microgrid in order to provide a baseline for the “DSO and consumers alliance” Demo
• Designed the hardware of the IDN, the detailed engineering works have been conducted and the manufacturing has started in the “Intelligent Distribution Nodes” Demo
• Defined the “Single Flexibility Platform” Demo core business scope with IT components view vision (core modules as TSO-DSO coordination, Flexibility Resource Register, Market Interface)
• Ensured the LV grid typology data and prepared the local market basic concept in “Asset-enabled local markets” Demo
• Identified various platforms for Blockchain implementation for “Blockchain-based TSO-DSO flexibility” Demo
• Initiated the data handling and EUPHEMIA model development process for “DERs into Wholesale” Demo
• Gathered data for the initial tests with full details on the market orders for “Spatial aggregation of Local Flexibility” Demo
• Performed a thorough research for cascade funding mechanism, EU funding regulations, various cascade funding methodologies of H2020, PCI Projects and national ones
• Prepared and/or participated in communication and awareness raising activities promoting the project and its results in web, social and physical means:
o The project logo, flyer, poster, general presentation, website and social networking sites on LinkedIn and Twitter, all of which are continuously updated with progress and achievements.
o Project presence in partners’ websites.
o Several scientific publications
o Participation to events at national and European level (conferences, events and workshops)
o Participation to BRIDGE initiative activities and meetings
o Established contact with our twin-project CoordiNET
o Issued the 1st Newsletter
o Performed a study around flexibility platforms in Europe and organized a related webinar
o Established a synergy with the OPEN DEI H2020 project
• Timely and appropriate trouble-shooting, immediate reaction to problems and misunderstandings and adequate use of all project resources by the project and technical management
• Formulation of the External Advisory Board
INTERRFACE supports pan-European RES penetration, sector development, and global leadership by implementing and testing cutting edge technologies in a cost-effective and coordinated manner. It is a crucial enabler to achieving the EU Energy Union and is in line with the Clean Energy Package, which sets out the EU’s ambition to its global leadership in RES, market integration and the need for consumers to be active and central players of the energy market of the future. INTERRFACE helps to integrate the roles of energy sector actors and to engage energy assets such as renewable generation and demand response. The project provides an architecture that can integrate the main tools and data for TSOs, DSOs, power exchanges and market participants, and enables communication between different data hubs and market participants, facilitating market integration.
INTERRFACE will demonstrate services for congestion management and local flexibility in the network, supporting the integration of new and existing distributed generation projects, and promoting innovative business models relating to emerging technologies such as bulk electrical energy storage. It will engage energy assets such as renewable generation and demand response in new ways in the energy market.