Transnational transmission grid within sight


When providing services to our customers, TSCNET strongly relies on the quality of the input data. The data comes from different providers, gets created by different tools, and contains vast quantities of information about the European electricity grid. Monitoring and understanding this data is a key to success. TSCNET finished off a project to process and visualise this set of data more effectively using OSIsoft’s PI System, an application software for real-time data management that is already used by several European transmission system operators (TSOs).

Together with OSIsoft engineers, we configured the system to process the input datasets of the security assessment service securely and store them in a well-structured database. Using the flexible web-based tool for visualisation and four large wall-mounted digital screens, we create a permanent dynamic dashboard for the TSC Operators, to always have a clear overview about the status of the input data, and to get an immediate notification if a predefined set of discrepancy in the data is observed.

The dashbord combines operational data with graphics and core information about grid parameters. For now, our tool comprises data about the status of the generation nodes, the transformers and the transmission lines, and the tap position of the phase-shifting transformer (PSTs). A next step is increasing the tool’s scope by additional services, such as capacity calculation, and including the security assessment results.

TSCNET grid KPI dashboard

Pictures: Data Quality Manager Peter Ambrus explains data visualisation at TSCNET Service


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Seamless performance upgrade with “AMICA”


The common tool for data exchange and security assessments (CTDS) is the key to effective day ahead, intraday, and real time grid security analyses for the customers of TSCNET. After more than two years of preparation, TSCNET’s IT Services & Development team now succeeded in deploying the youngest release.

The new version offers a performance upgrade for the business processes. Part of the existing software architecture and the hardware setup were redesigned. This upgrade significantly shortens computation time of contingency and load-flow analysis and increases overall performance of the solution considerably. This shortens the overall daily and intraday operation and supports faster recognition of security breaches allowing TSCNET operators to act accordingly and to coordinate the planning of remedial actions across Europe.

Speedy roll-out
Hand in hand with the vendor, Unicorn Systems, TSCNET managed all technical challenges and organised a seamless roll-out of the new version to its customers, the TSC member TSOs. The whole deployment process for all customers could be finished within a few days.

Following the redesign and major performance upgrade of the tool and the successful deployment, the management of TSCNET decided to use this event to re-brand the tool to “AMICA” (advanced multisite integral congestion assessment module). “Success depends upon previous preparation,” said Confucius. “AMICA” gives proof.

Faster and future-proof
Siem Bruijns, TSCNET’s Managing Director responsible for Operations and Development, commented: “This upgrade improves system performance and shortens computation time measurably. This allows operators to identify potential problems for a common grid operation soon enough to decide on remedial actions. All that helps us to fulfil our main goal: Secure electricity supply for more than 180 million European citizens.”

Alexander Wirth, Managing Director for Administration and Organisation and responsible for the IT development at TSCNET, stated: “The results of this major upgrade successfully demonstrate the effectiveness of our long-term IT strategy and the excellent cooperation with our IT vendor. In the last two years, we worked hard to jointly re-design the software architecture and the hardware setup. That’s why the management decided to re-brand the tool.”

Miroslav Hasek of Unicorn Systems added: “TSC is our long term customer and we are fully committed to deliver our services to support them in their primary goals. This release was a big step and we believe to deliver high quality services to TSC also in the future.”

Illustration using a picture by Jacey O Samsel (Creative Commons)

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