Retrospect on Innogrid2020+

15.05.2019

This year’s Innogrid2020+ took place in Brussels on 13 and 14 May. Jointly organised by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO), the motto of the prestigious annual event for 2019 was “Connecting Physics and Digits: Power Platforms on the Rise”. So, it was about physical networks and their permeation with information and communication technologies, transforming the energy system into a cyberphysical system. Among the presented projects during Innogrid2020+ were several, in which TSCNET shareholders participate: “Crossbow” with Croatian transmission system operator (TSO) HOPS, “DA/RE” by German TSO TransnetBW, “FutureFlow” (ELES from Slovenia, APG from Austria, MAVIR from Hungary, and Transelectrica from Romania), “MIGRATE” (Amprion from Germany, ELES, and Dutch-German TSO TenneT), and SINCRO.GRID (ELES and HOPS). Besides, Yves Zumwald, CEO of Swissgrid, took part as speaker in the “CEO business track panel on innovation”.

In addition to informative sessions on disruptive technologies, innovation policy or targets for 2030, the event hosts also presented the 2nd European Power Network Awards during Innogrid2020+. The first winner is the Signposting Information project by the British Distribution System Operator (DSO) WPG, which aims to open new neutral markets around flexibility. The second winner is the digital platform “cyberNOC” by CyberGRID, a specialist in the development of virtual power plant solutions. cyberNOC stands for the seamless and secure integration of battery energy storage systems and electric vehicles with aggregators, electricity markets, and grid operators.

On the second day of Innogrid2020+, ENTSO-E and EDSO used the public interest in the event to present six recommendations on energy network innovation to the European Commission in the forefront of the Copenhagen Energy Infrastructure Forum on 23 and 24 May. These recommendations include the promotion of TSO-DSO cooperation, adequate support for research, development and innovation, of sectoral coupling and digitisation, or the linking of EU funding programmes.

This year’s Innogrid2020+ focused on the digitisation of power networks (picture of presentation by Yves Zumwald, CEO of Swissgrid: EDSO)

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ELES presents FutureFlow progress

08.11.2018

The EU-funded FutureFlow project explores innovative e-trading solutions for smart cross-border balancing and redispatching in the control areas of four central-south European transmission system operators (TSOs), all shareholders of TSCNET. The project is coordinated by the Slovenian TSO ELES, the other TSO participants being APG from Austria, MAVIR from Hungary, and Transelectrica from Romania. In times of increasing regenerative energy generation and lack of flexibility services from conventional plants, the FutureFlow consortium considers the prosumer as a new source of flexibility for the transmission grid.

A cross-border pilot with 48MW of flexible power capacity in Austria, Hungary, Romania and Slovenia has already proven that the involvement of the prosumers can save regulating energy. In order to communicate these and other results, ELES representatives took the opportunity to promote FutureFlow during the “European Utility Week” in the Austrian capital of Vienna. At the introductory panel “Interoperable Platforms and Data Exchange for Energy Services” on 6 November, mag. Uroš Salobir, Director of the Strategic Innovation Department at ELES, explained with regard to the cross-border integration of the system service markets: “For automatic frequency control, the FutureFlow project offers 60% savings and up to 57% for redispatching.”

Eles promoted the FutureFlow project for smart cross-border balancing and redispatching on the “European Utility Week” in Vienna (picture based on screenshots taken from FutureFlow promotional video)

Linkup
> See ELES press release (html)
> Visit FutureFlow website (html)
> Watch FutureFlow promotional video “Prosumers as guardians of the power system” (YouTube)

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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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Excellent review for FutureFlow

22.09.2017

The EU funded FutureFlow project has been going on for quite some time, which is why the European Commission audited the progress and the achievements made so far. FutureFlow explores innovative methods of cross-border balancing and redispatching in the control areas of four central-south European transmission system operators (TSOs). The project is coordinated by TSC member ELES, the Slovenian TSO. Two other TSC members – the Austrian TSO APG and MAVIR from Hungary – are also part of the consortium.

The FutureFlow presentation focussed on the design of the future secondary regulation market, platform development, and possibilities of involving final consumers. Sebastien Mortier, Research Programme Manager at the European Commission, expressed his satisfaction with the results, and commended the consortium as a whole as well as the project coordination.

> See ELES press release (html)
> Visit FutureFlow website (html)

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Slovenian smart grid event

10.09.2017

In order to eludicate its significance and its responsibility for the smart development of the energy sector in view of Slovenia’s Energy Concept (SEC), TSC member ELES, the Slovenian transmission system operator (TSO), hosted a stakeholder event on smart grid concepts and their importance for the future power transmission system. The event was attended by high-profile representatives from energy related industries, associations, and institutions.

The renowned Croatian-Slovenian smart grid project SINCRO.GRID, a European Project of Common Interest (PCI), naturally played an important part in the course of the event. But ELES is also involved in further smart grid activities, such as the central-south European FutureFlow project on cross-border balancing and redispatching. The CEO of ELES, mag. Aleksander Mervar, emphasised in a round table discussion the challenges, but also the risks of smart grid concepts – since the technological developement ist still in progress and intense. Mr Mervar sees ELES at a technological breaking point and expects the necessary smart solutions to be functionable round 2030.

> See ELES press release (html)

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Prototype platforms for FutureFlow

17.07.2017

The FutureFlow project explores innovative solutions for cross-border balancing and redispatching in the control areas of four central-south European transmission system operators (TSOs). It collates the expertise of twelve partners from eight countries, including three TSC members: The Austrian TSO APG, the Slovenian TSO ELES (the project coordinator) and MAVIR from Hungary. FutureFlow is progressing rapidly, and now the project partners have created the infrastructural research basis for further development.

A significant potential for flexibility services is hidden in the wide range of devices and processes in the industry, tertiary and household sectors. The FutureFlow partners are aiming at integrating this unused potential into their balancing concept by aggregating distributed generation (DG) and demand response (DR). To implement this ambitious goal, two prototype platforms have been designed. The first platform probes the aggregation of DG and DR involving renewable generation forecasting techniques. The second one is the prototype of the regional balancing and redispatching platform. Its main component is the Common Activation Function, which is destined for cross-border congestion management.

By no means, the participating TSOs would tolerate any risk to the stability of the national transmission systems or interferences with the live operational Load Frequency Control. Nevertheless, the FutureFlow partners want to carry out realistic tests in real time. That is why an innovative pilot test environment has been designed that allows lifelike interacting of adjacent TSO environments with the regional balancing platform.

> See ELES press release (html)
> Visit FutureFlow website

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FutureFlow meeting in Belgrade

07.07.2017

One-third of FutureFlow’s project runtime has passed – time for the participants to evaluate the current project status and to prepare future actions. For this reason the partners of the innovative research project met in the Serbian capital of Belgrade on 4 and 5 July.

The aim of FutureFlow is to explore e-trading solutions for electricity balancing and redispatching in the control areas of four central-south European transmission system operators (TSOs). With the Austrian TSO APG, the Slovenian TSO ELES, and MAVIR from Hungary, three TSC members are part of the FutureFlow consortium coordinated by ELES.

> See ELES press release (html)
> Visit FutureFlow website

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InnoGrid2020+ on networking networks

30.06.2017

This year’s InnoGrid2020+, the conference on innovation in electricity networks jointly organised by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO), has taken place from 26-27 June in Brussels, Belgium. The all outstanding question of the sixth InnoGrid2020+ was, how electricity network platforms can pave the way for Europe’s fourth industrial revolution.

Europe’s energy future doubtlessly is digital and all European operators in the electricity market have to coordinate digitally and smart for more efficiency. Bente Hagem, Chair of the ENTSO-E Board, explained that the aim is to develop “digital links between electricity system operators cross-border and between wholesale and retail” for the benefit of both, climate and economy. Laurent Schmitt, ENTSO-E Secretary General, commented on the necessity for the pan-European energy sector to be interconnected digitally: “The electricity system is made of interlinked geographies: local, national, regional and European. Adding a digital layer that glues these dimensions together is a must.”

More than 400 delegates attended InnoGrid2020+ and profited from many-faceted presentations delivered by high-profile speakers. Among them were representatives from TSC members like Peder Ø Andreasen, CEO at Danish TSO Energinet.dk, and Ben Voorhorst, new elected Vice President of ENTSO-E and COO at TenneT, the Dutch-German TSO. Darko Kramar, Assistant Director TSO Division at Slovenian TSO ELES, used the opportunity to present FutureFlow, an innovation and research project linking the control areas of four central-south European TSOs, including APG from Austria and MAVIR from Hungary.

> See ELES press release (html)
> See ENTSO-E press release (html)
> Visit Innogrid2020+ website (with access to presentations and videos)

Picture: Screenshot taken from InnoGrid2020+ presentation video by ETIP Smart Network for the Energy Transition

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BRIDGE projects presented

27.06.2017

BRIDGE is an initiative by the European Commission for the cooperation of smart grids and energy storage projects under the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme. Now a first BRIDGE brochure has been published.

Among the represented projects are MIGRATE (“Massive InteGRATion of power Electronic devices”) and FutureFlow. The latter project is coordinated by TSC member ELES, the Slovenian transmission system operator (TSO). ELES also plays a leading role in MIGRATE, that additionally includes further TSC members Amprion from Germany and the Dutch-German TSO TenneT, while the Austrian TSO APG and MAVIR from Hungary participate in Futureflow.

> See ELES press release (html)
> Open BRIDGE brochure (pdf, 7.65mb)

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ELES launches Strategic Innovation Sector

05.05.2017

The growing share of the renewables in the European energy system substantially affects the corporate tasks of transmission system operators (TSOs) and is calling for innovative solutions. Hence, grid operation, grid investments and grid assets management is no longer conceivable without sustained commitment to all questions concerning strategic innovation.

Over the last years, TSC members ELES, the Slovenian TSO, has proven to be a leading European player in terms of strategic innovation. ELES participates with great dedication in innovative energy and smart grid key projects on a European Community level such as NEDO, SINCRO.GRID, FutureFlow, SUMO and MIGRATE. To enforce and to bundle the company’s engagement in strategic innovation, mag. Aleksander Mervar, Director of ELES, has introduced a particularly designed Strategic Innovation Sector. The appointed Director of this challenging new company division is Mag. Uroš Salobir.

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