“RiffReporter” story: The more precise the forecast, the less intervention is required

11.12.2018

A detailed article by freelance journalist Daniela Becker on the German reportage website RiffReporter, an innovative and award-winning project for “quality journalism on future topics”, presents TSCNET Services and the work of a Regional Security Coordinator (RSC) for the European power transmission grid. The article is based on thorough research and a talk with the two TSCNET managing directors, Maik Neubauer and Uwe Zimmermann. Besides the development of the company, the possible consequences of the EU package “Clean Energy for All Europeans” are also discussed.

An article on TSCNET Services has been issued on the reportage platform RiffReporter (picture: TSCNET Services / Quirin Leppert)

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“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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“Mastering the energy transition on a pan-European basis”

19.11.2018

The “THEMEN:magazin” is a German-language medium that reports every two months “on the challenges, opportunities and perspectives of the economy with a focus on energy policy”. In the latest issue (5/2018), readers will also find an interview with Maik Neubauer, one of the two managing directors of TSCNET Services. It followed the Conference on Electricity Security Coordination (ElSeC) 2018 in Brussels, the #PowerCoordinationEurope.

The hot and dry summer of 2018 was a good example of extreme weather conditions that required top performance from transmission system operators, explains Neubauer. Wherever lines fail or threaten to fail, countermeasures must be taken immediately during operation. The interaction between transmission and distribution networks must also function smoothly. TSCNET Services supports these complex processes as a Regional Security Coordinator (RSC).

At the centre is a range of services relating to grid congestion management for transmission system operators (TSOs) to ensure a high level of grid security in Europe against the background of the rapidly growing share of renewable energies within the energy mix. Especially the high generation volatility of PV and wind farms leads to significantly higher demands on the monitoring and management of the European transmission grids.

TSCNET can at any time take advantage of a huge amount of data from almost all European network operators to calculate the network situation in the next hours and days and to identify possible congestions. “We thus act as an early warning system for the identification of potential dangers in the network, continuously evaluate these with our TSO partners and can thus counteract potential blackout situations in Europe in a concerted manner,” summarises Neubauer.

In general, the European high-voltage grid is technically very stable and resilient, but often the limits are reached in the meantime, also because of the slow expansion of the grid. In the coming years, too, secure network operation is still only conceivable with considerable redispatch measures. The electricity from German offshore wind farms in the North or Baltic Seas does not stop at the border. The so-called ‘Clean Energy Package’ also changes the framework conditions throughout Europe. The energy transition is not a German project, but must be mastered on a pan-European basis.

In its current issue, the German-language “THEMEN:magazin” features a detailed interview with Maik Neubauer on TSCNET Services being the “congestion messenger for Europe’s power highways”.

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At the pulse of energy transition – working students at TSCNET

13.11.2018

With 15 universities such as the famous Ludwig-Maximilians-University or the renowned Technical University, Munich is one of the most important educational metropolises in Europe with more than 120,000 students. On the other hand, we at TSCNET Services have to be creative in order to cover our need for additional manpower as a fast-growing company in the booming Munich area. There it seems to make sense to hire working students: We gain highly motivated, fresh employees, and the students gain important insights into practice and can earn part of the cost of their education.

We currently employ a total of four working students. The working hours are agreed individually with the respective manager, taking into account their lecture schedule, and amount to a maximum of 20 hours per week. The working students are almost completely involved in our day-to-day business and support us in administrative, operational or strategic tasks as well as in ongoing projects.

One of our latest additions is Maria Krutikova, a 27-year-old Russian who is doing her “Master of Consumer Affairs, Innovation and Technology” at the TUM School of Management. She already has a Bachelor and a Master in Sociology from the Novosibirsk State University and also has some experience as an IT project manager in the development of iOS, Android and web applications. Only one weakness cannot be overlooked: Although she was born and raised in Siberia, she is always the first to be cold. But she also has a suitable answer: “Siberian is not the one who is not feeling cold, Siberian is the one who is properly dressed depending on the weather!”

The only 23-year-old Nadine Seitler from Bavaria already has a bachelor’s degree in business psychology with a focus on work and organisational psychology and is currently studying business psychology with a focus on leadership and change management in her second master’s semester. The best prerequisites for working in the human resources department of TSCNET Services. The spectrum ranges from recruiting to onboarding and personal development, e.g. through offers from the TSCNET Academy, to the maintenance of personnel files.

Nadine chose our company because it allows her to get to know a completely new industry and at the same time to expand her existing skills and experience in the HR area. She thus embodies the basic idea of working as a working student: Gaining “real-word” experience toward your future alongside your studies. If you or a student you know wants to follow Nadine’s example: Exciting tasks and projects at TSCNET Services are waiting for further candidates, and the benefits are greater than the amount of the paycheck!

Students at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, one of the city’s two “elite universities” under the German Universities Excellence Initiative (picture: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München / Presse LMU)

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TSCNET Services at the Munich Marathon

28.10.2018

“Running! If there’s any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can’t think of what it might be. In running the mind flees with the body, the mysterious efflorescence of language seems to pulse in the brain, in rhythm with our feet and the swinging of our arms.” You don’t have to express it as pathetically as the US-American writer Joyce Carol Oates. It’s actually quite banal: “When it comes to health, even a little bit of running is beneficial—and more is better,” says the health blog of the Harvard Medical School.

Exactly 21,096 runners were at the start of this year’s Munich Marathon in October, the biggest running event in Bavaria. The winner did not even need two and a half hours to complete the 42,195 kilometre course. Admittedly, the about a dozen TSCNET employees who took part in the race in fantastic weather were somewhat slower. And most of them preferred the 10-kilometer distance, to be honest – from the famous Olympic Park through Schwabing to the “Siegestor” (triumphal arch) and back to the Olympic Stadium. A course like a sightseeing tour! Nevertheless: They can all be proud! And we are proud of our running team!

The Olympic Stadium built for the 20th Summer Olympic Games, which Munich hosted in 1972 (picture: designerpoint / Michael Siebert)

Around a dozen TSCNET employees took part in this year’s Munich Marathon in beautiful weather in October

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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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Tenacious New Year’s wishes – welcome, Ines!

16.10.2018

Starting into the new year with lofty wishes and plans, and then later too often finding out that it hadn’t worked out again. “It’s only normal”, many would say. But sometimes it just takes a long time – as with Ines Bernal, the new Business Analyst in TSCNET’s Service Development unit. The 26-year-old Madrilenian was in Munich for the first time during the New Year’s holidays 2008 and thought to herself: “I like it here – I wouldn’t mind living and working here later”. Well, and now here she is.

But Ines has made excellent use of the past years. After studying Industrial Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, she obtained a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago. There she specialised in modelling energy systems in order to develop programmes to optimise network operation. She then returned to Madrid and made an internship with the line maintenance department of REE, the Spanish transmission system operator (TSO). She became familiar with maintenance plans and methods. After her internship, she joined a consulting firm in Madrid about three years ago as a Power System Modeler, where she worked on various projects mainly in developing countries, from generation and transmission planning via wholesale market simulations to evaluating interconnection initiatives and cost analysis of service studies. “Time in countries like India, Egypt, Kenya or Rwanda has taught me a lot about my profession, but also about life as a whole,” she says.

The enthusiastic sportswoman has chosen TSCNET for various reasons. On the one hand, she wants to participate in state-of-the-art activities on a multinational level. On the other hand, she sees the willingness to grow, learn and explore new technologies and methods. As a business analyst, a whole bunch of important tasks awaits her, for example the development of service prototypes, the search for new approaches to business optimisation, carrying out network analyses or coordinating development proposals with our customers. “In the end, it’s all about good solutions that give our customers with all their needs real added value,” summarises Ines. Customers and colleagues alike will love to hear that. Welcome to the team!

Ines Bernal from Spain has joined TSCNET Services as Business Analyst in the Service Development Unit

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Operations in Bavarian – welcome, Mohammad and Vincent!

15.10.2018

We at TSCNET Services are passionate advocates of diversity, especially when it comes to the origins of our employees. People from 24 nations work with us – but then many people are happy when someone truly Bavarian is also part of it. Bavaria has to do with both newcomers to our Service Operations unit, but in very different ways.

With Vincent Helmbrecht (right in the picture) it’s quite easy: The 33-year-old Operations Manager comes from Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm, just 40 kilometers north of Munich, and the gateway to Holledau, the world’s largest hop-growing region. If you don’t know: Hops are the characteristic ingredient for beer, and worldwide Bavaria stands for the so popular brewery product.

After his Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) in Renewable Energies Technologies at the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen, Vincent earned his Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency at the University of Kassel in 2013. After around three years as a photovoltaic researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology (Fraunhofer IEE) in Kassel and in the European Network of Excellence (DERlab), Vincent joined TSCNET shareholder TenneT, the German-Dutch transmission system operator (TSO). There he worked at the Control Center in Dachau, which borders Munich in the west. His focus was on capacity calculations and Week-Ahead, Day-Ahead and Intraday calculations including redispatch for the grid’s n-1 security.

Vincent hired TSCNET for a period of 18 months. He wants to bring in his knowledge from the TSO side and at the same time get to know the work of a multinational Regional Security Coordinator (RSC), such as TSCNET, even better.

It is somewhat more complicated with the Syrian Kurd Mohammad Qasem, whom the family and friends call Bradost or Brad for short. In 2009, he began his studies in Information Technology Engineering (ITE) at the University of Damascus. Before his graduation he had to leave the country because of the civil war in 2012 and went to the Kurdish part of Iraq. There he worked in various humanitarian projects for the Italian aid organisation Un Ponte Per and also developed several database applications, among others financed by UNHCR and UNICEF.

In 2015 Mohammad was accepted into the “Leadership for Syria” programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and continued his studies in Engineering Physics at Oldenburg University, specialising in renewable energies. During his studies, he also had a lot to do with photovoltaics in addition to wind energy and developing new concepts to realise the “Energy Turnaround”. Now that he has graduated, the 26-year-old has moved to Munich with his family and started as Junior Operations Manager at TSCNET, and now we’ ve come full circle when it comes to Bavarian: After Kurdish, Arabic, English, and German, the amateur photographer and music lover now also wants to learn the Bavarian dialect, which is “difficult even for native German speakers in other parts of the country to understand”, as the global edition of “Handelsblatt” says. Perhaps Mohammad’s new colleague Vincent will kindly include some Bavarian in his knowledge transfer project.

TSCNET Services has welcomed Mohammad Qasem (on the left) and Vincent Helmbrecht, the two new colleagues in the Service Operations unit

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Carole and Sonja started as Junior Operations Managers

12.10.2018

Each new co-worker brings new stories and new insights to a team. This also applies to the two new Junior Operations Managers in the Service Operations unit: Carole Rickmouni and Sonja Tomic. Let’s start with Carole, a 27-year-old energy engineer “from a tiny French island in the Indian ocean”, east of Madagascar and 175km southwest of Mauritius: La Réunion. Only a few Europeans should know that the 63km long island has a real three-thousander: The Piton des Neiges volcano at 3,070m above sea level. Translated, the name of the mountain means: snow peak. “In fact, it’s a beautiful ski resort,” confirms one tourism expert. But he adds: “Despite its name, even at the top of the mountain snow practically never falls. The last snow on the island fell a few years ago and some locals almost thought it was the end of the world. The mountain is awesome, so come to visit – but leave the skis at home.” Now in Munich, however, Carole definitely wants to climb mountains and ski.

She also has clear professional goals in mind: “I am passionate about sustainable development and I want to develop my skills in power system operations and electricity markets,” says Carole. “One of the most interesting aspects of energy system transformation is securing the electricity grid, which was originally not designed for renewable energies.” She knows what she’s talking about: For her thesis she dealt with the economic and technical assessment of the Danish power grid.

The 26-year-old Sonja has also already gained some experience in the field of energy. She comes from the small town of Kakanj in Bosnia-Herzegovina, about 50 kilometres north of Sarajevo. With its coal deposits and power station (Termoelektrana Kakanj), it played an important role in the industrialisation of the former Yugoslavia.

The power plant also aroused Sonja’s interest in the energy sector. A good year ago she completed her studies and obtained a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, department Energetics. Already during her studies, she worked in the field of data analysis and started shortly before finishing her studies at an international company with a focus on the energy industry.

In 2016 it was the first time that Sonja visited Munich – “and I immediately fell in love with the city,” she sums up. In addition to the business itself, she was also convinced by the internationality and cultural diversity of TSCNET Services. She wants to learn a lot here and develop further in her team. And she is pretty sure: “My move to Munich – that was a one-way ticket”. If it’ s up to her colleagues: Yes, gladly!

TSCNET Services has welcomed Carole Rickmouni and Sonja Tomic as Junior Operations Managers in the Service Operations unit

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Welcome as 15th shareholder, Transelectrica!

24.09.2018

TSCNET Services is pleased to announce a customer and close partner as a new shareholder: Transelectrica S.A. (Compania Nationala de Transport al Energiei Electrice), the Romanian state majority-owned transmission system operator (TSO) for electricity, is now the fifteenth shareholder of TSCNET. “Bine ați venit!” – welcome!

With the entry of Romania, which became member of the European Union in 2007, TSCNET will provide grid security services to the TSOs of twelve European countries. “Since the Romanian grid already is an integrated part of the European transmission network, Transelectrica plays an important role in the further development of security of supply in south-eastern Europe,” says Maik Neubauer, Managing Director of TSCNET Services.

The Romanian electricity transmission grid consists of 8,759km of overhead lines. “Being a shareholder, allows Transelectrica active involvement in the further development of TSCNET Services as one of the largest European RSCs. This step is also part of a natural and necessary evolution for Romanian Power sector on the European energy map in the context of the implementation of the new model of the internal electricity market, of the European network codes and in the perspective of the Clean Energy Package,” says Adrian Constantin Rusu, the Chief Executive Officer of Transelectrica.

TSCNET Services welcomes Transelectrica as its fifteenth shareholder

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