INTERPRETER – Interoperable tools for an efficient management and effective planning of the electricity grid

  • Dates: October 2019 – September 2022
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  • Leader: CIRCE
  • Grant agreement number: 864360
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DESCRIPTION

The transition towards a low-carbon economy is significantly transforming the power system from a unidirectional, centralised and fossil-based system towards a bidirectional, distributed and renewable-based one. In this context, DSOs and TSOs are facing more complex grid operations, including challenges like reverse power flows, additional power flows in transmission systems and grid stability issues. Available tools for grid management in this changing environment have often underperformed for several reasons (e.g. unavailability of grid models, data management restrictions, use of conventional approaches to the application algorithms, etc.).

INTERPRETER will overcome limitations of existing tools through a modular grid management solution consisting of a set of 10 software applications for an optimal design, planning, operation and maintenance of the electricity grid – with a special focus on the distribution network – that will be offered to grid operators through an open-source interoperable platform. These tools will support DSOs and TSOs to move from a traditional grid management approach to an active system management approach, considering the rapid deployment of distributed energy resources as well as growing environmental concerns.

INTERPRETER activities will be conducted by a strong and well-balanced consortium composed by 5 RTOs, 2 DSOs, 1 SW developer company leader in its sector and 1 SME specialised in communication & dissemination. The project includes an ambitious validation phase, in which the solutions will be tested in 3 pilots in Belgium, Denmark and Spain, thus ensuring a high replicability across Europe. Overall, the project aims to achieve an annual economic impact in the project pilots from investment deferrals of 36.6 M€ due to the remuneration of assets and of 28.15 M€ due to the amortisation of the capacity assets, as well as a recovery of 665,576 € from non-technical losses detection and 11,422 € from reduced outage frequency.

OBJECTIVES

  1. To complete the existing information that grid operators have about their networks with a tool able to generate new grid models from different available sources
  2. To increase the efficiency of the grid management – including both operation and maintenance – through a set of innovative, interoperable and modular software applications making use of the new grid models
  3. To improve the sustainability and to reduce the costs in the electricity grid design and planning through a set of innovative, interoperable and modular software applications making use the new grid models
  4. To ensure the smooth and flexible integration of INTERPRETER tools into the existing systems of the grid operators through an open source platform (FUSE) as the core part of a complete hybrid multi-cloud solution
  5. To test and validate INTERPRETER solutions using a set of representative use cases defined in collaboration with 2 different European DSOs from Spain and Belgium
  6. To promote the adoption of INTERPRETER modular approach and overall solution through intense dissemination and the knowledge transfer of the project’s main outcomes towards the targeted stakeholders
  7. To test and validate INTERPRETER solutions using a set of representative use cases defined in collaboration with 2 different European DSOs from Spain and Belgium
  8. To discuss and provide recommendations and insights in several areas of the project – interoperability, cybersecurity, data protection – to key stakeholders in the framework of relevant I, such as BRIDGE

CIRCE´s ROLE

  • CIRCE is the Coordinator of INTERPRETER, being responsible for all management activities and the creation of the web of the project and the dissemination materials in the dissemination activities related to the project.
  • CIRCE will lead WP3, using its expertise for the development of a LV grid modelling tool
  • CIRCE will participate in WP4-WP6 being the responsible for the development of 3 SW applications for grid operation and planning and their integration into FUSE platform
  • CIRCE will be in charge of the phase first of the validation of INTERPRETER solution in its RTDS
  • CIRCE is the Coordinator of INTERPRETER, being responsible for all management activities and the creation of the web of the project and the dissemination materials in the dissemination activities related to the project.
  • CIRCE will lead WP3, using its expertise for the development of a LV grid modelling tool
  • CIRCE will participate in WP4-WP6 being the responsible for the development of 3 SW applications for grid operation and planning and their integration into FUSE platform
  • CIRCE will be in charge of the phase first of the validation of INTERPRETER solution in its RTDS

PARTNERS