“An early warning system for grid security”


The services and solutions offered by TSCNET Services are well known to transmission grid experts: The Munich-based Regional Security Coordinator (RSCs) helps European electricity transmission system operators (TSOs) to keep the grid stable. The German-language edition of “pv magazine”, a trade publication for the photovoltaic industry, could help further expand TSCNET’s level of awareness. Maik Neubauer, one of the two managing directors of TSCNET Services, explains in an interview the challenges posed by the expansion of renewable energies in Europe and why extreme weather conditions require special measures.

Neubauer explains, which services are actually offered and why these are becoming more and more important in the course of the energy transition. Predicting and avoiding congestions and threats within the power transmission system is TSCNET’s core business. For this purpose, large amounts of data from the TSOs are collected and analysed with specially developed tools. When potential hazard signals are identified, they are shared with the TSO partners and jointly evaluated together to ensure grid stability at all times. “We act as an early warning system in the normal operation of the networks, but also as a support system in exceptional situations,” says Neubauer.

While the general risk of blackout, according to Neubauer, is rather low, one must also take into account that the European transmission grid was not originally designed for the fast-growing and highly volatile feed-in of wind and solar energy that accompanies the energy transition. The systematic change in energy production increases the requirements for continuous grid monitoring and forecasting quality. Hence, the supervisory function of RSCs like TSCNET Services has already become essential for today’s energy system and will increasingly be in the future. An important project, for example, is to support the development of a new Common Grid Model (CGM). A fully redesigned data network will be set up in order to guarantee an absolutely secure and harmonised data exchange. “All our services will be based on this new data platform in the future,” says Neubauer.

> See “pv magazine” interview, in German (html)