In order to meet the requirements of transmission system operators (TSOs) in terms of data exchange and network codes, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) is constantly striving to improve its data exchange format. In doing so, ENTSO-E conducted its sixth common information model interoperability test from 11 to 15 July at the network’s premises in Brussels, Belgium, in cooperation with 43 participants from TSOs, power suppliers and universities. The common information model for grid model exchange is meant to facilitate the exchange of data necessary for regional or pan-European grid development studies and for future processes related to network codes.
On 15 September, ENTSO-E has published its report on the interoperability test “Common Information Model for System Development and Operations 2016”. The test’s prime goal was to validate the data basis of the new version of ENTSO-E’s data exchange format (“ENTSO-E Common Grid Model Exchange Specification”). The format is based on standards set by the “International Electrotechnical Commission”. Grid model exchange is a complex process that covers a vast variety of use cases. Therefore the interoperability test involved a large number of products. The long-term objective of the periodic testing is the development of ENTSO-E’s own data exchange standard (“ENTSO-E Common Grid Model Exchange Standard”).
During the interoperability assessment ENTSO-E presented different new features of the “Common Grid Model Exchange Specification”. These extensions have become necessary mainly due to new obligations and business processes from a European network code perspective. The outcome of the successfully completed interoperability test meets the expectations of the participants. Detailed results and summaries are presented in ENTSO-E’s comprehensive report listing the specific test case files.
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