July 15, 2020


ISGAN and ETIP SNET join forces to promote the energy transition

ISGAN and ETIP SNET sign an MoU to cooperate on common fields of research and innovation areas related to smarter, cleaner electricity grids around the world On 7th July, the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and the European Technology and Innovation Platform Smart Networks for Energy Transition (ETIP SNET) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to raise awareness of the innovation needs of the energy system and help foster collaboration and knowledge sharing amongst their stakeholders

Specifically, the partnership seeks to: 

  • exchange in a structured way the respective knowledge-base, in order to grasp greater awareness of the needs of energy system’s final users and society at large, from diverse geographic perspectives;
  • promote more efficient efforts in technical-scientific R&D, targeting both short- and long-term solutions for power system stakeholders and customers;
  • facilitate insights of present energy transition and forthcoming global trends, for shaping the future of energy systems effectively integrating new technologies, processes and services;
  • to support the respective Working Groups with experts’ contributions, through sharing state-of-the-art advancements in policy approaches, technologies and processes;
  • elaborate joint deliverables on topics of common interest, with the aim to enrich the Smart Grid progress.

With ETIP SNET’s pan-European footprint, a wide stakeholder representation including industry associations (grid operators, utilities and storage, manufacturers, ICT providers) and a technical-scientific orientation to R&D planning and monitoring in the wide area of energy systems and ISGAN’s international footprint spanning all continents and a mainly public membership base (governmental energy agencies, Research Centers and Universities) it is foreseen that a fruitful cooperation can be achieved in several areas including: Flexibility and resilience in power systems, High variable RES and DER integration, Integration among power system and other energy sectors, Holistic grids architectures, grid developments and system planning, Smart grids operations and economics, Digitalization and interoperability of smart grids components and processes, TSO-DSO coordination in operation and planning and Data exchange architecture, protocols, and cybersecurity.

For more information on ETIP SNET please visit: https://www.etip-snet.eu/

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June 12, 2020


19th ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo19)

A highly successful meeting of the ISGAN Executive Committee took place from 19-20 May 2020, premiering as an online meeting due to the circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A special thank you goes to German ExCo representative, Ralf Eickhoff, for his efforts in organizing a physical meeting in Berlin. Unfortunately, ISGAN was forced to cancel the physical 19th ExCo meeting planned for March 2020 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic across Europe.

However, ISGAN succeeded in finding a quick solution and hosted a first web meeting on 24 March, where the most urgent matters were discussed. The 19th ExCo meeting itself took place in the form of a two-day online meeting on 19-20 May 2020.

ISGAN welcomed to the meeting the new Head of Secretariat for the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), Dan Dorner, and wishes him success in his new position.

The Operating Agents of the active Annexes reported to the ISGAN Executive Committee on the progress of ongoing work and planned activities.

  • Annex2: Case Books dedicated to outstanding smart grid applications
  • Annex 3: Tools for the assessment of present smartness of electricity networks
  • Annex 4: Organization of knowledge, key issues, insightful analysis for decision makers
  • Annex 5: SIRFN . Smart grid research and testing facilities, test beds and protocols
  • Annex 6: Improve understanding of smart grid technologies
  • Annex 7: Governance and socio-technical issues associated with smart grids deployment
  • Annex 8: ISGAN Academy – Continuous training on technical skills and updates in the field of smart grids

Regarding ISGAN’s strategy and work programme for 2020 and beyond, Iliana Cardenes, leader of the Incubator Team, and Andrew Stokes presented the results of their work. The main finding is that there is high interest for a new activity within ISGAN, focussed on joint markets and flexibility.

The main achievements of the ExCo19 meeting are:

  • The Executive Committee agreed to the extension of the primary ISGAN theme of flexibility and the supporting themes of digitalization, resilience and interoperability through FY 2020.
  • Several activities are planned in order to update ISGAN’s strategy and structure for the Request for Extension (RfE) process:
    • Creation of a dedicated RfE team
    • Self-assessment of the existing Annexes and in-depth discussions in workshops
    • Continuation of the Incubator team exploring the interest and necessity for having a new Annex on flexibility markets within ISGAN

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May 15, 2020


micro vs MEGA trends

micro vs MEGA: trends influencing the development of the power system

micro and MEGA represent two trends which largely influence the decisions and the evolutionary process of power grids.

The trends are both aimed at enabling very high penetration of renewable energy sources
in the electric power system, from two perspectives:

  • micro focuses on local solutions, while
  • MEGA focuses on system or even intra-system wide solutions

ISGAN Annex 6 has dedicated an activity to study the micro and the MEGA trends, with the objective to present a critical assessment of these trends, based on the questions:

  • Does one trend outcompete the other?
  • Does increased investments from one perspective increase the need for investments
    from the other perspective?
  • To what extent can one perspective benefit from the other perspective?

The intention is not to proclaim one solution being superior to another, rather to provide well
informed insights to the needs of considering both perspectives during the planning
and decision-making process for the sustainable development of the wider energy
system.

The outcome of this activity are communicated through publications, presentations and workshops, with contributions from a large number of parties:

 

  • Workshop and meeting in Montreux
    A highly successful event, gathering a total of 30 participants, with presentations (available here) from Italy, India, Spain, Belgium, France, Germany, Norway and Sweden.
    The participants at these two meeting days have shown a high level of engagement and it has been highly valuable to learn from each other. In short, we can conclude that these meetings were very productive and successful in gathering a large amount of knowledge.

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May 14, 2020


Webinar – InteGrid Scalability and Replicability results & Replication Roadmap – 2nd of June, 2020

The results of the SRA from the InteGrid project are now available and in order to assist with the dissemination process, a stakeholder meeting will be conducted through a webinar on the 2nd of June, 2020. This meeting aims to share the outcomes of the SRA among international participants such that the results, lessons learned and replication roadmap from the project can be shared among a wide range of stakeholders.

Due to the increased penetration of renewable energy sources (RES), numerous DSOs are experiencing challenges such as network violations, reverse power flow and increased network instability. Various smart grid tools and functions have been developed in order to support the integration of these flexibilities for the planning and operations of electrical networks. The change in the energy paradigm also paves the way to the emergence of new actors (such as aggregators) and new behaviors (such as the active participation of prosumers or industrial customers), offering DSO plausible alternatives to costly network reinforcements when combined with proper operational tools. The pooling of the flexibility of loads or generators located in the distribution network through Virtual Power Plants (VPP) can also contribute significantly to the provision of new balancing services for Transmission System Operators (TSO) and Balancing Responsible Parties (BRP) which create a necessity for the DSO to validate and coordinate such operations. This enables the DSOs to become market facilitators. Advanced forecasting algorithms, such as predictive maintenance, traffic light systems (TLS) and load/RES forecasts, are receiving increased attention such that they can be integrated in real conditions by network operators. The smart grid functions developed and demonstrated in the InteGrid project falls within the scope of the two main use cases: Operational planning of medium-voltage (MV) distribution networks and Distributed monitoring and control of low-voltage (LV) networks.

 

Based on the implementation of these smart grid functions within the pilot projects located at three demo sites in Slovenia, Portugal and Sweden, the following key questions remains:

 

  • How will these functions perform during network conditions when there is an increase in RES within the network or when applied to different networks?
  • What will happen if in the future the quantity of RES is scaled-up significantly or if the solution is deployed in another network area with a high penetration of RES?
  • Is the performance of the smart tool affected by large scale-up implementation?
  • Is the telecommunication network infrastructure able to support the increase of renewables and still performs correctly?
  • What are the associated costs and their impact in future scenarios in such solutions?
  • Is the current regulation mature enough to enable new concepts and attract new business models, or does the regulation need to change drastically?

 

To answer these questions, it is fundamental for network operators and technology providers to assess the functional behavior of the tools before they are deployed at large scale within their networks. Therefore, it is necessary to perform a scalability and replicability analysis (SRA) which aims to analyse the impact of future scenarios applied to current networks by identifying potential drivers, barriers and constraints of such deployment. Therefore, the SRA aims to bridge the gap between the demonstration of a technical or business use case in a pilot project and a prior large-scale roll-out by network operators, independent aggregators or retailers, to ensure a correct performance.

 

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More info on INTEGRID project here.


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May 11, 2020


Webinar: Smart4RES – Data science for renewable energy prediction

The prediction of Renewable Energy Source (RES) production is a worldwide challenge for Smart Grids. In this webinar, you will learn next-generation solutions proposed by the European Project Smart4RES: • Future power system applications based on RES forecasting, • Innovative weather and RES forecasting products to increase performance by 10-20%.

5 jun 2020 @ 14:00 CEST

Duration: 1 hour

The targeted audience of the webinar is:

  • decision-makers from the energy sector and and the power system industry (operators of power systems, energy producers, market regulators, energy traders, etc.)
  • senior engineers with experience in renewable energy or statistics / data science.

Key messages of webinar:

  • Collaborative forecasts enable the distributed optimization of energy transactions by multiple actors of power systems, yielding value through data markets while preserving data privacy.
  • High-resolution forecasts give tailored information on the uncertainty of RES production sites, thanks to advanced weather predictions and cutting-edge data science.
  • Artificial Intelligence teams up with human expertise to exploit the big data available on RES production and power systems to optimize decision-making for market applications and grid management.
  • Synergies between RES and storage systems are optimized and validated in practice on various contexts, from a large RES power plant to an entire isolated power system.

George Kariniotakis                 Pierre Pinson


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April 29, 2020


Ground-breaking new collaboration involving four CEM work streams

The Clean Energy Ministerial Horizontal Accelerator for Power System Integration of Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure is an innovative new mechanism strengthening the collaboration and capitalising on the synergies between four CEM workstreams involving the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP), the Electric Vehicle Initiative (EVI) & the Power System Flexibility (PSF) Campaign. The CEM Horizontal Accelerator is a step towards developing a cross-sectoral and holistic approach to power system integration.

On 21-22 April 2020, the accelerator gathered some 70 international experts from 17 countries across four continents for a two-day interactive workshop on the theme Electric Vehicle and Power Systems Nexus: How to support large-scale adoption and effective integration? The COVID-19 called for arranging a virtual workshop. To enable interaction and knowledge exchange between experts ahead of, during and after the workshop as well as transparent project documentation of results, a digital open innovation platform was set up for use by all participants.

The Horizontal Accelerator represents a concerted effort to unify existing CEM workstreams to produce coherent analysis, conclusions and advice that leverage the singular expertise and outreach of each initiative and campaign. This focused and multi-disciplinary approach to EVs offers new insights into power system integration and sector coupling, guiding the development of a modern and integrated energy system of the future.

Project participants consist of a transdisciplinary group of international experts and sector stakeholders from different levels of government, research and industry with complementary knowledge and insights into the EV – power system nexus.

The insights from the workshop and complementary project activities are now being analysed by experts from the collaborating CEM work streams. The results from this first phase of the Horizontal Accelerator will be presented at the 11th Clean Energy Ministerial meeting and will also inform the IEA-coordinated Global EV Outlook Report and the Status of Power System Transformation Report.

Clean Energy Ministerial, 21st Century Power Partnership (21CPP) , Electric Vehicle Initiative (EVI),  Power System Flexibility (PSF) Campaign.


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April 24, 2020


Webinar: New business models for distribution grid stakeholders under high penetration of DER

In a context with high penetration of distributed energy resources, the smartening and digitalization of distribution grids enable unlocking the potential of distributed flexibilities. However, new business models are necessary to make this a reality. This webinar will explore some of these new business models, with a focus on four main agents, namely DSOs, aggregators, end-users, and data service providers. The challenges and opportunities for these stakeholders are discussed, with an emphasis on perspective of the DSO as neutral market facilitator and distribution system optimizer. The work presented in this webinar is part of the European H2020 project Integrid (https://integrid-h2020.eu/).

May 19, 2020 02:00 PM in Brussels

Duration: 1h

The webinar mainly targets DSOs, and potential flexibility providers (VPPs, aggregators, flexible consumers), but it is also relevant to all other stakeholders with an interest in the topics of smart distribution grids, local flexibility services and aggregation. These includes, but is not limited to: regulators, academics and researchers on these topics, retailers, or software and data service providers.

Key messages:
• New business models and solutions are necessary to unlock the full potential of distributed flexibilities and metering data.
• These business models open both new challenges and opportunities for several stakeholders such as DSOs, end-users, aggregators or data service providers.
• The DSO in particular will have a central role as market facilititator and system optimizer.

Presenters:

Ricardo Prata                             Rafael Cossent                          Ricardo Bessa


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March 21, 2020


Webinar. Assessment of smart grid initiatives: the ISGAN smartgrideval toolkit

Smart grid initiatives have grown the complexity of planning activities, the related wide-range impacts require broad approaches for being properly accounted. The webinar analyses current practices and use cases of the assessment approaches. The advantages of combining Cost-Benefit and Multi-Criteria analyses are presented. A tutorial on the smartgrideval software developed as a part of ISGAN activities is provided.

Apr 23, 2020 02:00 PM in Brussels

Duration: 1h

Smart grid initiatives generate wide range impacts which are not captured by the traditional monetary analysis.

Broader and more general assessment tools are required for estimating the actual smart grid potential.

The use of an approach which combines the Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) for the monetary impacts and the Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) for non-monetary impacts is promising to increase the accuracy of the assessment of smart grid initiatives.

As a part of ISGAN activities, the smartgrideval software is proposed a as decision support tool in the context of smart grid assessment.

photo of Fabrizio Pilo photo of Matteo Troncia

Fabrizio Pilo                 Matteo Troncia


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March 11, 2020


POSTPONED => ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo19) in 2020 / Berlin

In reference to the latest developments of the Coronavirus risk assessment and outbreaks across the world ISGAN Presidium would like to inform on the situation regarding the ExCo19 meeting in Berlin.

Unfortunately ISGAN had to cancel the 19th ExCo meeting in March on very short-notice due to the tense situation caused by the Sars-CoV-2 virus. However, ISGAN was able to find a solution and a web meeting on March 24th for urgent matters will be organised. The 19th ExCo meeting itself will be postponed to May. ISGAN Presidium and Secretariat hope that this new date will suit as many delegates as possible.

ISGAN invites to the 19th ISGAN Executive Committee of the International Smart Grid Action Network online on 19 – 20 May 2020.


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February 6, 2020


Webinar: The need to model coupled energy networks to transition to a decarbonized future

The coordination between planners and operators of coupled energy systems will allow the further integration of renewable energy sources in the electricity network by storing energy in fuel form over long periods of time using power-to-gas, the recovery and more efficient use of heat, and the decarbonization of industrial processes and transportation modes that can’t be electrified. Energy networks, such as electricity grids and natural gas pipeline networks, have traditionally been planned and operated independently. In order to enhance the integration and coordination of different energy networks, they must be planned and operated in coupled ways. Different energy networks have historically been and are still modelled by different tools.

27 Feb 2020 @ 14:00 CET

Duration: 1h

In this webinar it will discuss the need to model coupled energy systems in a single framework and we will introduce encoord’s Scenario Analysis Interface for Energy Systems (SAInt), a software application to model, plan, and operate coupled energy networks.

 

Dr. Carlo Brancucci                Dr. Kwabena Pambour


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