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The Portuguese Demonstrator aims to foster the management of the distribution grid in a new and more complex reality, combining new Distributed Energy Resources(DER), including the development of customer’s flexibility, with existing assets, in a predictive and integrated way, over a large-scale environment.

While combining the operation of DER and advanced grid automation, it will be using an Integrated architecture to maximize the aggregated benefit of all the stakeholders involved (Consumer, prosumer, DSO, retailer, aggregator, etc..) One of the most challenging objectives will be the enhancement of Medium Voltage (MV) and Low Voltage (LV) consumer’s engagement strategies driven by behavioral science.

Foster new business models via a marketplace for flexibility trading (i.e., DSO as a flexibility “user” and facilitator), will be one of the most relevant outcomes of INTEGRID and is the base for exploiting new technologies and determine new roles and interactions that will be the basis for the future landscape of energy reality.

Work to be developed

InteGrid concepts and approaches will address:

  • » the role of the DSO as system optimizer and as market facilitator

  • » the integration of existing demonstration activities in three different regions allowing to move from single solutions to an integrated management at a higher scale while focusing on the scalability and replicability considering current market conditions.

So, the following concepts will be demonstrated at a high level of technical readiness (TRL 8-9)

  • » Voltage control in distribution grids with DER

  • » Active operational planning of MV networks exploring forecasted information

  • » DSO/TSO cooperation: flexibility activation from DR products, VPP and storage units

  • » Energy Quality Heat Map

  • » Grid and market hub platform that enables exchange of information between DSO and stakeholders and enable flexibility trading the distribution network level

Besides that, it will integrate several components developed in prior projects, which need to be combined to achieve maximum impact and interact with other systems and integrate data coming from multiple sources (such as Renewable DG, Flexible Loads and Storage, EV charging stations. etc…) and incorporate particular features from the other two demos:

  • » Self-sustainability facilitation (WP4) and Consumer engagement towards sustainability (WP5);

  • » Load and generation forecasts for the MV and LV distribution network


The initiative strives for an integrated and strongly market oriented approach with three overarching principles:

  • » Leveraging on already existing SmartGrid projects to demonstrate a set of technologies and solutions, in an integrated environment

  • » Provision of a framework to test new business models performing a large scale DR demonstration

  • » Deployment of an integrated DSO SmartGrid management system that provides better observability and control, by integrating several components which can be used for flexibility, such as virtual power plants (VPP), storage, e-mobility, etc.

Large-scale site, with over 1 million smart meters, with home interface, and over 10 thousand smart secondary substations, focused on the Portuguese consumers’ active participation.

Scalable and replicable functionalities for predictive and integrated management of the MV and LV distribution grid that can be “exported” to different demo sites, such as grid predictive management tools for Ljubljana and LV control and monitoring for MV/LV smart substations in Stockholm.

Demonstration of the combined operation of DER and advanced grid automation


Main deliverables

  • » “Home energy management system and user engagement solutions”

  • » “VPP technology in industrial consumers value chain”

  • » “Predictive grid management tools for MV and LV grids”

  • » “Integrated system for network operation with DER”

  • » “New business models, resulting from the innovative concepts”

Tasks and Timeline

  • Task # 1 - Specifications and alignment to overall use cases requirements / architecture - 12 months

  • Task # 2 - Set-up and integration of tools and hardware - 16 months

  • Task # 3 - Management and execution of the use cases - 13 months

  • Task # 4 - Collection of data from the field tests of the demonstrated use cases - 16 months



  • » EDP Distribuição - Energia, S.A

  • » SAP SE

  • » KTH - Royal Institute of Technology

  • » Staden i Mobilen

  • » GE Grid Solutions (UK) Ltd.

  • » cyberGRID GmbH & Co. KG

  • » Águas de Portugal - AdP SGPS, SA

  • » INESC TEC - Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Tecnologia e Ciência

  • » NEW R&D – Centre for New Energy Technologies, S.A.