On February 21, members of the core team for the ISGAN Lighthouse KSP met to discuss the Global Context & Drivers of Distribution Grid Transformation. We dove into the some of the challenges and innovations shaping our energy grids. A snapshot of what we learned:

  • Megatrends and Insights: We navigated through critical megatrends including climate change, urbanization, digitalization, and more in an attempt to understand their profound impact on grid transformation. Our discussions, inspired by pledges made at COP28, reflected the urgency of adaptive infrastructure and policy evolution.
  • Collaborative Solutions: From infrastructure resilience to innovative financing, the workshop illuminated the multi-facted strategies required to modernize our grids. Emphasizing skills development and international collaboration, we explored how collective knowledge can address the nuanced demands of diverse energy landscapes.
  • Future Directions: As we gear up for Workshop 3, which will take place in person in Copenhagen after Exco 27, we will be integrating insights from industry, policy, academia, and beyond. This inclusive approach aims to harness global perspectives for localized solutions, paving the way for a decarbonized, resilient future.

To find out more about the origins of the Lighthouse Project, check out this post:

Stay connected for updates on the next steps of the Lighthouse!

 


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The Smart Grid International Research Facility Network (SIRFN) embodies a collaborative network of smart grid researchers, featuring test-bed facilities across nations participating in the Implementing Agreement for a Cooperative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN). SIRFN, under ISGAN’s auspices, offers collaborative testing and evaluation capabilities to enhance the design, implementation, and testing of smart grids and their functionalities, including the seamless integration of clean energy technologies.

In fall 2023, SIRFN introduced a new working approach that emphasizes flexible methods that can take advantage of its broad team of international experts. This innovative strategy is manifested through self-organized research sprint projects, known as Joint Research Activities, which aim to explore current and future research topics such as active distribution grids, advanced testing methods, and research infrastructures. A particular focus in the coming years are grid-forming inverters and the capabilities of advanced laboratories. Leveraging tools like Hardware-in-the-Loop, Co-Simulation, holistic testing concepts, and automated testing, SIRFN researchers are empowered to explore innovative solutions and drive advancements in smart grid development and testing technology.

The network’s structure fosters unparalleled collaboration and enables comprehensive testing and evaluation of smart grid technologies. SIRFN’s diverse array of test-bed facilities, distributed across participating countries, provide researchers with real-world environments to validate technologies under various conditions. From optimizing grid operations to integrating renewable energy sources, SIRFN’s test-bed facilities play an essential role in advancing smart grid research.

Moreover, SIRFN’s commitment to collaboration extends beyond physical infrastructure. The network actively promotes knowledge-sharing and capacity-building initiatives, facilitating workshops, training programs, and collaborative research projects. By fostering a culture of cooperation and information exchange, SIRFN empowers researchers to address complex challenges and drive innovation in smart grid technology.

Building upon its innovative work concept, SIRFN has embarked on an ambitious journey with the initiation of four Joint Research Activities (JRAs). These JRAs are designed to focus on critical areas of smart grid technology:

  1. Data Spaces: Creating collaborative environments for data analysis and sharing to enhance grid management and efficiency.
  2. Grid Code Test Automation: Developing automated processes for testing grid codes, improving consistency and reliability by extending the open SVP automation tool.
  3. Grid Forming Inverter Testing: Examining the effectiveness of testing grid-forming inverters in maintaining grid stability.

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February 19, 2024


ISGAN Webinar: Aggregator in digitalised power systems

March 11, 2024, 14:00 CET - ISGAN Virtual Learning and ISGAN Working Group 6 invite you to an insightful webinar on the aggregator role in the upcoming digitalised power systems

Utilizing untapped Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) potential from customers in the distribution grid necessitates TSO-DSO-Customer coordination. Customers, who consume, store, or generate electricity, have shown attractive potential for ancillary services to power systems, but they still face challenges managing and marketing their flexibility in the energy market. Aggregators can facilitate these flexibilities as an intermediary by providing services to different power systems participants. This poses new challenges for monitoring, controlling, and coordinating customers’ and other market player’s needs.

This webinar aims to disseminate knowledge about aggregators in power systems, address the challenges encountered, both technical and non-technical, and share experiences from pilot projects. Participants will gain insights to apply and expand the impact of aggregator roles in the context of their own countries.

Speakers

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Sebastian Lehnhoff

OFFIS

Marcel Otte

OFFIS

Dr.-Ing. Jirapa Kamsamrong

OFFIS

Annike Abromeit

EEBUS

Dr. Christian Kunze

Smart Innovation Norway

Moderates:

Dr. José Pablo Chaves Ávila

Comillas Pontifical University

Intended audience

Policymakers, TSOs, DSOs, NGOs, aggregators, governmental agencies, researchers, interested participants, students, etc.

Key messages

A regulatory framework with a clear definition of the aggregator role should be established in each country to enhance competitiveness, transparency, and societal welfare. Coordination approaches have to be established among aggregators, customers and grid operator with the focus on harmonised and interoperable solutions. Moreover, innovative approaches can be tested in demonstration and R&D projects with temporary regulatory changes and experiments (e.g. regulatory sandboxes), which can help to address the technical and non-technical challenges and support needed for the real deployment.


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January 25, 2024


Webinar – Approaching 5G-based Edge-Cloud Computing: Fostering the digital transition of the energy industry

February 22, 2024, 14:00 CET - ISGAN Virtual Learning and the Smart5Grid EU project invite you to an insightful webinar on modern digital telecommunication infrastructures for the energy industry

Modern digital telecommunication infrastructures will soon allow to be adjusted to the energy industry needs, providing the opportunity to implement edge computing trough cloud native applications.

To simplify the integration of the 5G digital telco infrastructures’ functionalities, increasing reliability and flexibility and reducing the latency, the Smart5Grid project propose the concept of Network Applications, together with a platform to automatically validate and verify those applications, fostering the creation of a new ecosystem of device virtualization experts.

Further reading: https://smart5grid.eu/dissemination-activities/brochures/

Intended audience

System Operators’ O&M experts, Technology experts and researchers, System integrators, Junior engineers and students, SMEs and technologic start-ups, device manufacturers for power plants automation (production, transmission, distribution)

Key messages

  • 5G offers the opportunity to interact with the Core Network to provide services
  • The complexity of such integration is a barrier, but Smart5Grid project proposes an innovative approach
  • We are able to provide a novel concept of Network Application to simplify the 5G complexity
  • Our set of tools can facilitate the access to this technology, fostering the creation of a new market segment for digital services: they are open for everyone who wants to learn more!

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January 24, 2024


WEBINAR: Navigating Australia’s Grid Transformation – A Postcard from the Future

February 28, 2024, 13:00 CET - ISGAN Virtual Webinar and Energy Catalyst invite you to an insightful journey into the heart of Australia's electric power system transformation

Navigating Australia’s Grid Transformation: A Postcard from the Future

Australia’s GW-scale electric power systems are experiencing some of the world’s fastest transformations and provide something of a ‘postcard from the future’ for many jurisdictions. These transformational forces are impacting all vertical layers of the legacy system, including bulk power, transmission, distribution and energy retail.  Australian energy customers are also actively influencing the nature of the transformation to a degree that is without precedent in the history of electric grids.

In the context of accelerating withdrawal of dispatchable synchronous generation, Australia’s transformation is being supercharged by massive deployment of utility-scale Variable Renewable Energy (VRE) and world-leading levels of Distributed Energy Resources (DER).  As the proportion of VRE and DER continues to grow, a step-change uplift in system capabilities becomes essential to ready them for reliable and cost-efficient operation in deeply decarbonized future.

Leveraging Global Insight for Navigation

Digitalisation, interoperability, transport electrification, enhanced asset utilisation and Distribution System Operator (DSO) models, for example, all have much promise in such an environment.  However, it is often poorly understood that all such solutions, and many others, cannot achieve their full potential without the underpinning structural relationships or ‘architecture’ of the grid being made future ready.

The presentation will highlight how the navigation of Australia’s transformation is increasingly informed by an integrated set of tools that support holistic grid transformation, many of which have benefited from seminal global research and development, especially in Europe and North America.

Speaker

Mark Paterson is Energy Catalyst’s Principal and Lead Systems Architect. With over two decades in the energy sector, Mark works at the intersection of strategic futures and scalable, ‘least regrets’ action. At CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, he led several major energy system transformation projects as Chair of the CSIRO Future Grid Forum and Program Director of the CSIRO/ENA Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap. At energy utilities Horizon Power and Energex, he led the innovative development and scale deployment of several technology innovation firsts. Over much of the last decade, Mark has been privileged to develop leading expertise in Systems Architecture-based disciplines which are now increasingly recognised as critical for enabling the deep decarbonization of legacy power systems. He is formally trained in both the Systems Architecture and Grid Architecture methodologies developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the US Department of Energy’s Grid Modernisation Laboratory Consortia (GMLC) respectively. Focused on future-informed action, this expertise is further complemented by Strategic Foresight and Technology Roadmapping methodologies developed by EDHEC in Europe and Cambridge University in the UK.

 

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