“The backbone of cross-border trading” at Euroforum Conference

08.12.2018

Euroforum is a prestigious German promoter of first-class conferences, seminars and meetings and a subsidiary of the Handelsblatt Media Group, which publishes the leading German-language business newspaper. The Euroforum events bring together experts from business, science and politics and create forums for the transfer of knowledge and the exchange of opinions. This year’s Euroforum conference on 6 and 7 December in Düsseldorf, the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, was dedicated to the topic of “Intraday trading in the electricity sector – digitisation and automation as growth drivers”.

TSCNET Services as one of the five European Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs) – with fifteen transmission system operators (TSOs) from eleven central and eastern European countries as shareholders – can offer significant contributions on this area, which is why Maik Neubauer, one of the two Managing Directors of the Munich-based company, gladly accepted the invitation of Euroforum to speak at the conference. Mr. Neubauer, who acted in the past also as Board Member of the European Energy Exchange EEX where he already was part of a task force to work on a concept for a pan-European Intraday Trading system, presented the work of the European RSCs to an audience of experts. He stated that the work of the RSCs – largely unnoticed by the general public – is important to ensure a stable transmission network for their TSO shareholders with regional risk analyses. “Without the 24/7 work of the European TSOs and the RSCs to keep the European grid stable there wouldn’t be a sustainable basis for an efficient energy market on the continent,” Neubauer said.

In the conference many discussions had been around the development of the new European Intraday Trading System XBID that helps traders, generators, but also TSOs, to balance out the grids within the day of delivery.

Maik Neubauer presented the transmission grid as backbone of cross-border trading at Euroforum Conference in Düsseldorf, Germany

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> Visit Euroforum Conference website, in German (html)

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First TenneT Offshore Conference

07.11.2018

The EUREF Campus is the sustainability city quarter of the German capital Berlin with a climate-neutral energy supply and hence the ideal location for the first Offshore Conference of TSCNET shareholder TenneT, which took place on 6 November 2018. Headlined “Land in Sight – The Future of Offshore”, 170 decision-makers from politics, business and the media accepted the invitation of the Dutch-German transmission system operator (TSO) and took part in information panels, lectures and panel discussions. TenneT experts provided far-reaching insights into current pilot projects, information on ongoing studies, cooperations and concepts for future digital smart grid management.

“Offshore is a success story,” was how TenneT CEO Manon van Beek summed up the development to date. “Our conviction is that the second, decisive phase of the energy transition – the integration of 60, 70, 80% renewables and more – will only be successful if we address the issues in a bundled way.” This requires next to infrastructural improvements technical innovations, digitalisation, flexibility and the coupling of sectors.” Lex Hartman, Managing Director of TenneT, described the range of the TSO’s future-oriented approach: “From electric vehicles, blockchain storage and power-to-gas projects to the introduction of acceptability increasing underground cable technologies.” Wilfried Breuer, Managing Director TenneT Offshore, highlighted the company’s success in offshore development: “In the German North Sea, TenneT currently operates eleven offshore grid connection systems with a total capacity of 6,232MW to transmit wind energy from sea to land. This means that already now TenneT is almost completely meeting the German Federal Government’s expansion target of 6,500MW of offshore wind capacity by 2020.”

A key element of the conference was the North Sea Wind Power Hub, a visionary interconnection system that combines the generation, storage and transmission of wind energy with a multinational connection of the transmission systems of the North Sea riparian states. Also on display was an electric car already equipped with bidirectionally functioning batteries. As part of a pilot project, these batteries, which can both store electricity and feed it back into the grid, are used for redispatch. But what turned out to be the somehow “secret star” of the event was “ANYmal”, a special robot that – due to its highly developed motion characteristics – in test runs is already independently performing maintenance and repair work in TenneT’s onshore and offshore facilities.

TenneT held its first Offshore Conference in Berlin, Germany, which was attended by a prominent audience (picture: TenneT)

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> See TenneT press release, in German (html)
> Watch “ANYmal” demonstration videos on Twitter (html)

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PowerCoordinationEurope – ElSeC 2018 held in Brussels

17.10.2018

Exactly one year ago today TSCNET Services in cooperation with the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) hosted the first Conference on Electricity Security Coordination (ElSeC) in Munich. Yesterday this year’s edition took place in Brussels, Belgium, under the title #PowerCoordinationEurope. The event was organised by ENTSO-E and Coreso, the Regional Security Coordinator (RSC) for Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain, in partnership with the Florence School of Regulation (FSR). The event is said to “be a unique opportunity to explore the European electricity ‘stellar system’ with its local, national, regional and European dimensions – its market, operations, planning and innovation galaxies with IT as a vehicle for connecting the dots between them”.

In the course of the conference, the so-called Clean Energy Package was repeatedly discussed – with interesting contributions. Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, reiterated his expectation that the “decarbonisation of the power sector will be faster than anticipated”. We from TSCNET Services were also present. Uwe Zimmermann, one of the two Managing Directors, took part in the panel discussion on “A journey across Europe: RSC services and regional specificities”, also covering the needed level of interoperability between the RSCs.

The second Managing Director, Maik Neubauer, was one of the panelists at the session “Digital: enabling power coordination” discussing the impacts of digitalisation and analytical intelligence on grid management and European energy markets, but also aspects like cybersecurity for grid data. Together with Laurent Schmitt, General Secretary of ENTSO-E, and FSR Director Jean-Michel Glachant, he discussed the complexity topics of managing the security in the European power grid, based on rapidly evolving technologies.
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Pictures from ElSeC 2018 #PowerCoordinationEurope (pictures by Coreso)

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The ElSeC 2018 video by Coreso presenting all five Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs) in Europe (Munich and TSCNET Services from minute 5:30)

ElSeC 2018, called #PowerCoordinationEurope, by Coreso in cooperation with ENTSO-E and The Florence School of Regulation was held in Brussels

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> See ElSeC 2018 PowerCoordinationEurope programme (html)
> See ElSeC 2018 PowerCoordinationEurope list of speakers (html)

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PowerCoordinationEurope 2018 in Brussels

21.09.2018

Last year, TSCNET Services, the Munich-based Regional Security Coordinator (RSC), had the great privilege of hosting the first ElSeC conference on Electricity Security Coordination. Now the torch was passed on to the colleagues of Coreso. The Belgian RSC, in close coordination with the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and in association with the Florence School of Regulation, is organising the regional electricity summit under the new banner “PowerCoordinationEurope”.

With Coreso as host, this year’s conference participants will meet on 16 October in the immediate vicinity of European decision-making. ElSeC 2018 will take place in the Albert Hall in Brussels, just a stone’s throw away from the European Headquarters. “PowerCoordinationEurope” will be attended by high-level representatives from RSCs, transmission system operators (TSOs) and energy companies as well as by policy makers, various experts and thought leaders. The main topics to be discussed include the advancement of regional coordination, network code implementation, interoperability of RSCs and the current status of the European Commission’s Clean Energy Package.

It goes without saying that all five European RSCs play a prominent role in the event. TSCNET Services will be represented by its two managing directors, Maik Neubauer and Uwe Zimmermann. The latter will take part in the panel discussion on regional specificities of the RSC business, and Mr Neubauer will discuss the new opportunities for power coordination arising from digital solutions in information and communication technology. We look forward to good talks in Brussels .

PowerCoordinationEurope, the conference on electricity security coordination, takes place on 16 October 2018 in Brussels

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> Visit PowerCoordinationEurope webpage (html)

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Guest at the German Energy Congress

12.09.2018

The 13th German Energy Congress (“13. Deutscher Energiekongress”) is a renowned and prominently attended industry meeting with a focus on energy policy and business models. The congress offers the opportunity for professional exchange and for the mediation of specialist information. It is aimed at high-ranking representatives of the German energy industry. The motto of this year’s congress is “Energy industry in transition”, taking place on 11 and 12 September at the event location of the “MVG-Museum” in Munich, Germany.

As an essential component of the congress, a “Political Evening” took place yesterday evening. This event was moderated by two journalists of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, one of Germany’s leading and opinion-forming daily newspapers. Next to high-profile political representatives ‒ Franz Josef Pschierer, the State Minister in the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology, and Prof. Dr. Martin Neumann, Johann Saathoff and Dr. Julia Verlinden, three members of the German Bundestag with energy policy expertise but also with diverging energy policy ideas ‒ Maik Neubauer, one of the two managing directors of TSCNET Services, took part in the panel discussion.

In the discussion, Mr Neubauer focused on the role of the “energy market expert”, i.e. he did not only comment on political issues, but also provided information on the company TSCNET Services and gave an insight on the European Energy market development from the inside perspective of a Regional Security Coordinator (RSC) for the European power transmission grid. Together with Prof. Neumann from the Free Democratic Party (FDP) in Germany, he actively discussed the role of digitalisation as an enabler of the energy transition in Germany and very important element of future grid and energy market infrastructures. For all market players, maintaining system security in a rapidly and constantly changing energy market is undoubtedly one of the major challenges.

Maik Neubauer, one of the two managing directors of TSCNET, is one of the participants of the “Political Evening” at the 13th German Energy Congress in Munich

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> Open Energy Congress (Deutscher Energiekongress) programme, in German (pdf, 2mb)

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TSCNET Forum 2018 with high scores

01.07.2018

Last week from 26 to 28 June our annual TSCNET Forum took place, as in previous years again in the small village Fall, idyllically situated at the Sylvenstein Lake in the Bavarian foothills of the Alps. The annual event can best be compared to a user conference, but with a lot of supporting programme and plenty of space for personal acquaintance and interaction. The offer ranged from presentations, workshops and demo sessions to wake-up activities in the morning, a “Human Bingo”, and a large team competition with Bavarian Olympics and a quiz show at night.

Except for one power transmission network operator (TSO), operators or operational planners from all 14 TSCNET shareholders were participating. Our additional customer Transelectrica, the Romanian TSO, was also represented. The focus was on the collegial exchange and the presentation of the greatly expanded services of TSCNET as one of the European Regional Security Coordinators (RSC).

Uwe Zimmermann, one of the two managing directors of TSCNET, informed the participants about “RSC Services under new legislation”. The following day, the other Managing Director Maik Neubauer explained the latest developments and the challenges in security coordination. In addition, four workshops (“WOPT 2.0”, “Data Analytics”, “Training Scenarios AMICA”, and “Feedback on current services”), a wallpaper session (“TSCNET exhibition”) and three demo sessions (“MRA Tool”, “TSCNET Academy, and “Valigate”) were held.

Apparently not only our organisation team was very satisfied with the three days of the event (although the second day in particular was unfortunately spoiled by rain): From the participants the Forum received a total of 4.52 out of 5 possible points. Many thanks for the excellent feedback! We are already looking forward to the new edition next year!

Participants of the TSCNET Forum 2018 in Fall, a district of the ski and hiking town of Lenggries, just under an hour’s drive south of Munich.

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InnoGrid2020+ gets ready for the twenties

02.05.2018

In recent years, InnoGrid2020+ has proved to be the European event on innovation in electricity networks. The widely recognised annual conference is jointly organised by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO). This year’s InnoGrid2020+, the seventh edition of the event, will be held at BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts, in Brussels, Belgium, from 15 to 16 May. “Get ready for the twenties ‒ A vision for Europe’s power grid and beyond“ is the most promising title.

The central theme of 2018 addresses the high expectations of customers, market participants and policy makers regarding what the electricity system and network should deliver as services beyond 2020. The circle of speakers consists of high-ranking policy makers, researchers and project developers but also of grid users and citizens. Ben Voorhorst, President of ENTSO-E and Chief Operating Officer of TSCNET shareholder TenneT, the Dutch-German transmission system operator (TSO), will co-host the inaugural session.

InnoGrid2020+ 2018 provides insights and solutions for the challenges of the next decade. In addition to the multifarious presentations there will also be profound project related breakout sessions on concrete issues of power networks and their essential role for the energy future. The relevant key terms here include system and cyber security, flexibility, active system management, sector coupling, and e-mobility.

> Visit Innogrid2020+ website (html)

Picture: Yannick Sas / BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium

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ELES presents innovations at ENTSO-E conference

25.04.2018

“Alpine Power Links”, this year’s regional conference of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) on 18 April 2018 in Basel, was dedicated to the Alpine region and its importance for the European integrated power system. TSCNET shareholder ELES, the Slovenian transmission system operator (TSO), took the opportunity to present its activities in three different innovative energy and smart grid key projects at European level. In addition to ELES, three further shareholders of TSCNET participated in the event: APG from Austria, Swissgrid from Switzerland, and two of the four German TSOs, Amprion and TransnetBW.

Uroš Salobir, M.Sc., General Coordinator for System Development at ELES, emphasised the significance of the ELES projects in view of a European carbon-free future. The respective projects are: FutureFlow on innovative solutions for cross-border balancing and redispatching, the ELES coordinated smart grid cooperation SINCRO.GRID, which deploys, among other things, compensating devices and innovative data processing methods, and OSMOSE on improving transnational interoperability and the interaction of TSOs and distribution system operators in order to increase the techno-economic potential of flexibility solutions.

> See ELES press release (html)
> Open “Alpine Power Links” agenda (pdf, 540kb)

Picture: ELES / ENTSO-E

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The alpine core of integration

02.03.2018

In 2018, ENTSO-E calls for Basel! This year’s regional conference of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity on 18 April 2018 is devoted to the Alpine region. Geographically, the Alps separate southern Europe from central Europe, but with regard to the integration of the European electricity system, the region does not play a separating, but a unifying role.

It was the “Star of Laufenburg”, the first interconnection of the German, French, and Swiss electricity grids, that marked the birth of the integrated network operation in Europe in 1958. The Laufenburg substation in the Swiss canton of Aargau is still one of the largest substations in Europe, which connects electrical networks of several countries. And even before that, the Alps have set the scene for yet another milestone in the history of electricity: In 1929, the world’s oldest interconnection for electric current, the so-called “North-South Powerline” (also known as “Rheinlandleitung” in German speaking countries), was completed. The historical power line linked the Alpine hydro-reserves with the industrial coal areas in the German Ruhr district over a length of 600km.

But also and specifically with an eye on the future, there are many good reasons for ENTSO-E to go alpine. Among the topics of the “Alpine Power Links” conference, that takes place in the northern Swiss city of Basel, are the region’s possible contributions to the power market integration or a training on network codes. Seven transmission system operators (TSOs) with control areas located at least partially in alpine regions participate in the event. Four of these are shareholders of TSCNET: APG from Austria, ELES from Slovenia, Swissgrid from Switzerland, and two of the four German TSOs, Amprion and TransnetBW.

> See TransnetBW news release (html)
> See ENTSO-E conference page (html, with access to registration)

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Big data improves service performance

22.11.2017

The autumn 2017 edition of the OSIsoft EMEA User Conference took place in London, and three experts of the Munich-based Regional Security Coordinator (RSC) TSCNET Services participated in the renowned event. Alexander Küster, Head of Operations at TSCNET Services, seized the opportunity to present Data Quality Management Systems (DQMS) developed by TSCNET. He outlined the current implementation status and explained future plans for data visualisation as well as the analysis system and service. Now the Power Engineering International (PEI), an online magazine for the international power generation industry, has published its report.

TSCNET Services deploys big data analysis to facilitate decision making at RSCs, and to provide detailed energy forecasting services for the operational optimisation of its shareholder transmission system operators (TSOs). In the PEI interview concerning this matter, Alexander Küster explains that TSCNET Services draws upon its “knowledge and deep understanding of TSOs’ operational processes to identify additional potential for optimisation systematically and to establish valid and reliable service performance measures”.

The interest taken in TSCNET’s presentation was notable and the following panel session provided an encouraging feedback. The considerable potential of data management for the daily operations of TSOs seems to be increasingly recognised. With our data management solutions, we at TSCNET Services are convinced to deliver real value to our customers.
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> See PEI article (html, with access to interview video)

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