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Welcome note

David Fonseca, Portuguese Demo leader

“The InteGrid use cases are closed and the Portuguese Demo is taking off. EDP Distribuição is leading seven use cases and replicating other three from Slovenia and Sweden. This newsletter will focus on the use cases implementation in the three Demos sites and take a closer look to the Portuguese Demo and Grid & Market Hub. “

Use Cases

The use cases below are the use cases for the three Demos of InteGrid project: Portugal, Slovenia and Sweden.

For a more detail information click here.

Portugal Demo – A closer look

This Portuguese demonstration will take place in four main locations around Lisbon: Caldas da Rainha, Valverde, Samouco, and Mafra. On June 4th, in Caldas da Rainha there will be an InteGrid event to promote the project near the local stakeholders

Each pilot has several services as: smart metering, grid communication, storage, renewable energy systems, industry sector with MV, street lighting communication, electric water heater and transformation station.

Grid and Market Hub

InteGrid is developing a cloud-based gm-hub solution to support the provision of services in a neutral standardized way between customer relationship manager/neutral market facilitator (primary roles of this central platform) and stakeholders like electricity retailers, transmission system operator (TSO), aggregators, group of consumers and energy services providers (e.g., Energy Services Company - ESCo, data analytics companies). The main objective is to facilitate market access allowing new business models and services while ensuring efficient and secure network operation as well as highest standards of data security.

The gm-hub operates in a regulated domain. Thus, all the embedded services are regulated and subjected to a suitable regulatory framework for data management and exchange. Furthermore, this central platform should be perceived as an enabler of third-parties’ services that can emerge in the gm-hub ecosystem.

As depicted in Figure 1, the gm-hub ecosystem comprises multiple external roles from market players connected to the distribution system, TSO, market operator, consumer and services providers. These stakeholders will benefit from Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Customer (B2C) services available in the gm-hub. A third-party can extract business value from the services offered by the gm-hub and offer a range of B2B and B2C services external to the gm-hub central platform.

The Figure 2 represents the gm-hub services structure, divided into levels, basic services and advance services. A brief description of each service is also presented below.

Basic Services:

  • Consumer: can perform two main actions: request meter data and authorize data sharing. The first use case corresponds to download its own data in a readable format (in CSV). The second one corresponds to authorize third parties to use their data (in XML).
  • Market player: apart from the registration, this group of users can request consumption data or provide information of flexibility. To perform the former, the user should request an authorization, which the customer needs to allow. In addition, the market player can sign the legal agreements, required to access the customer data.
  • Data Science Company: this actor has the well-defined role of performing analytics. In other words, this group of users extract business value from the use cases related to data access (request consumer data, request authorization and sign legal agreement, request key and validate key).
The search service, enroll into service and authentication use cases are common to all stakeholders. Advanced B2C and B2B services:
  • Traffic light concept (gm-hub B2B): has two main objectives: (a) conduct a technical validation of flexibility for frequency control, activated by the TSO, from distributed energy resources connected to the distribution grid; (b) monitoring of flexibility activation/repression by detecting areas with frequent limitation in terms of flexibility use (input signal for the DSO planning department).
  • Flexibility exchange to support grid operation (gm-hub B2B): gm-hub as a platform (hub) to exchange information about available flexibility in the distribution grid per grid user and communicate the pre-book (pre-activation) of the available flexibility to solve technical constraints in the MV and LV grid.
  • Information feedback about contracted power (gm-hub B2C): consists in providing information to the consumer about the usage of contracted power, considering operating grid conditions, season of the year and home energy management system (HEMS) flexibility from intelligent load management functions.
  • Alarms about high consumption patterns (gm-hub B2C): generate alarms to low voltage consumers about high consumption patterns related to excessive electrical energy consumption. The limits and thresholds are defined per parameters and preferences defined by the gm-hub customer.
  • Consumption profile for service enhancement (third-party B2B service): an Energy Services Company (ESCo) or a retailer uses gm-hub's infrastructure to advertise services to a consumer. The service itself aims to predict the consumption profile of a client to offer value added services that will increase engagement between consumer and retailer.
  • Residential Energy Resources Sizing (third-party B2C service): an ESCo or a retailer offers a service to a LV consumer aiming for an optimal sizing of residential energy resources. This will include the sizing of storage, PV and water heater.

Past Events

Workshop InteGrid in Caldas da Rainha - Portugal, June 2018

A stakeholder consultation workshop was organized under the InteGrid project, in Caldas da Rainha on June 4th, paving the way to the future management of the distribution grid, in a new and more complex reality, toward low carbon energy. More than 100 people attended this event, which included a workshop for residents and dissemination and engagement activities for the municipal authorities and the population.

First, the participants formed small groups guided by specialists on energy efficiency to determine their consumer's profile and debate energy management strategies from a customer perspective.

On the second session, the InteGrid demo site of Caldas da Rainha was presented to the population and local authorities. Miguel Santos, EDP Distribuição Regional Network Director welcomed the participants to this session. João Torres, EDP Distribuição CEO, introduced the challenges and opportunities that projects like InteGrid can have for local communities and the importance of this project in Caldas da Rainha. Fernando Tinta Ferreira, Caldas da Rainha Mayor, talked about the challenges of this project and the benefits of this participation for the municipality inhabitants. Pedro Godinho Matos, InteGrid's project coordinator, briefly explained the vision and goals of the project and the importance of the consumer’s role on this demo. To close the session, André Branco, EDP Distribuição Local Project Manager introduced the particularities of the Caldas da Rainha demo site.

CIRED Workshop 2018 - Ljubljana, Slovenia June 2018

The InteGrid project, under the coordination of EDP Distribuição, contributed with four papers at the CIRED workshop 2018. This edition, workshop's theme was “Microgrids and local energy communities" and took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia on the 7th and 8th of June.

The workshop covered three themes:
  1. Business models, roles, responsibility and regulatory aspects;
  2. Architecture and system development;
  3. Network integration, control concepts and operation.

Jorge Vasconcelos, from NEWES (New Energy Solutions) presented the keynote speech “Governance and regulation of new energy architecture”. João Torres, EDP Distribuição's CEO, presented the keynote speech “New roles of DSOs”.

The papers presented by the project are about diverse areas: residential consumers, LV grids, grid and market hub, EV charging and virtual power plants.

More information about the workshop program can be found here.

Innogrid2020+ Conference 2018 - Brussels, Belgium, May 2018

This year’s edition, on the 15th and 16th of May, focused on the next decade’s challenges for the power grids and to provide insights and solutions through innovative projects, demonstrators and pilots, entitled “Get ready for the twenties, a vision for Europe's power grid and beyond”. João Torres, CEO EDP Distribuição & Vice-chairman of EDSO for Smart Grid opened the first day session: ‘Opening innovation for the Twenties and Beyond’. On the panel ‘Customers in the focus’, Project Coordinator, Pedro Godinho Matos presented InteGrid solutions under development, which allow demonstrating how DSOs may enable the different stakeholders to have an active role in the energy market and to develop new business models, making use of new data management and consumer involvement approaches.

The event presentations can be download here.

Stockholm Workshop 2018 - Stockholm, Sweden, May 2018

Two members of InteGrid's consortium, KTH and Ellevio, with the help of The City of Stockholm, organised a stakeholder consultation workshop in Stockholm on the 14th of May, attended by 18 participants. The goal was to understand the energy habits of the different stakeholders that will take part in the project.

After a presentation of the InteGrid project made by Hossein Shahrokni two issues were addressed,demand-side management and energy feedback. Also, approached at this stage were the most representative incentives related to energy management from a customer perspective.

On the last phase of the workshop, themes like energy storage and electric vehicle were discussed with focus on different economic and social models for these technologies. In addition, subjects like storage inside apartments against community storage, electrical vehicle bi-directional charging versus one-direction charging and storage ownership were also debated resulting in different opinions and compromises from attendees.

Portuguese demonstrator workshop - Lisbon and Évora, Portugal, February 2018

In the scope of Project’s Implementation Plan, NEW R&D, leader of this task, organized, with its partner EDP Distribuição, a two-day workshop, which took place on February 27th and 28th in Lisbon and Valverde, Portugal, with the presence of several international project partners.

The first day was filled by an open discussion with several partners involved in the implementation of each of the use cases that will be demonstrated in Portugal. Previously identified topics were addressed bridging the gap of comprehension. A visit to DSO’s Dispatch Centre concluded the day.

In the second day, a visit to the Valverde village took place focusing in energy storage systems (MV and LV) connected to the grid, as well as equipment present in some local residences, namely the battery kit, inverter, photovoltaic generation and Home Energy Management System (HEMS).

An environment of co-operation and determination was constant during the workshop, resulting in agreements between various partners and important clarifications for successful implementation and subsequently demonstration of the various use cases.

For more information about this workshop you can see here.