UBITECH ENERGY team co-organized the webinar “Innovative solutions for increased regional cross-border cooperation: the FARCROSS project” hosted by International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) that took place virtually on March 1st, 2021.
UBITECH ENERGY participates at the virtual kick-off meeting hosted by ENEL (January 19-21, 2021) and reaching 160 attendees from almost 70 different external companies. 5G is envisioned to be the first global technology standard that will address the variety of future use cases of the energy sector, by ensuring that both the radio and core network performance requirements can be met in terms of endto-end latency, reliability, and availability.
The Smart5Grid project, officially started on January 1st 2021, aims to revolutionise the Energy industry through the successful establishment of four fundamental functions of modern smart grids, i.e., (i) automatic power distribution grid fault detection, (ii) remote inspection of automatically delimited working areas, (iii) millisecond level precise distribution generation control, and (iv) real-time wide area monitoring in a creative cross-border scenario, thus assisting power grid operators and other energy stakeholders.
Smart5Grid introduces an open 5G experimental facility, supporting integration, testing and validation of existing and new 5G services and NetApps from third parties (i.e., SMEs, developers, engineers, etc., that do not belong in the consortium) since underpinning experimentation with a fully softwarised 5G platform for the energy vertical industry is one of the key targets of the proposal.
The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 101016912) and spans on the period January 2021 – December 2023.
Within Smart5Grid, UBITECH ENERGY contributes towards the elaboration of the use cases and the system requirements analysis and to the definition of the system-level technical specifications and technological choices for 5G enabled smart energy grids. Moreover, UBITECH ENERGY will actively contribute towards the integration of high levels of variable renewable energy sources into 5G connected smart grids by overseeing and supporting all the stages of the real-life demonstration; from the preparation of the Smart5Grid field platform and NetApps integration and validation to the actual field demonstrations.
The H2020 Transmission Grids Projects Clustering Workshop, took place virtually on 2nd December 2020. The goal of this clustering activity was the analysis of the efforts by different H2020 projects on Electric Transmission Grid to define TSO-DSO collaboration schemas.
In this context, Ubitech Energy presented FARCROSS project that promotes state-of-the art technologies to enhance the exploitation/capacity/efficiency of transmission grid assets, either on the generation or the transmission level. Mr. Anastasios Tzoumpas, the technical coordinator presented the project concept, the technical challenges, the research activities and expected scientific impact of FARCROSS project.
Then, an extensive discussion took place on ideas for possible further joint activities that have been identified from the project presentations, such as AC-DC hybrid grids, TSO-DSO cooperation, and cross-border power exchanges.
Finally, all workshop participants agreed on potential synergies and opportunities for future actions.
Read the first Press Release of IANOS project here
UBITECH ENERGY participates at the virtual kick-off meeting hosted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (October 29, 2020) of the OneNet Innovation Action, officially started on October 1st, 2020. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 957739) and spans on the period October 2020 – September 2023. The vision of OneNet is to provide a seamless integration of all the actors in the electricity network across Europe to create the conditions for a synergistic operation that optimizes the overall energy system while creating an open and fair market structure. This synergistic process is enabled by open IT architectures that guarantee continental level interoperability. This new open architecture will provide new market mechanisms encouraging new business models which will be developed to support both large population areas and small- and medium-sized DSOs and TSOs, in Europe. OneNet will develop a unique concept of scalable interoperable data management able to unlock flexibility at European level creating fair conditions for all the stakeholders. OneNet will have an agnostic approach to define solutions that are not only open today but also open to future development.
While the electrical grid is moving from being a fully centralized to a highly decentralized system, grid operators have to adapt to this changing environment and adjust their current business model to accommodate faster reactions and adaptive flexibility. This is an unprecedented challenge requiring an unprecedented solution. For this reason, the two major associations of grid operators in Europe, ENTSO-E and EDSO, have activated their members to put together a unique consortium. Thus, OneNet sees the participation of a consortium of over 70 partners. Key partners in the consortium include: already mentioned ENTSO-E and EDSO, Elering, EDP Distribution, RWTH Aachen University, University of Comillas, VITO, European Dynamics, UBITECH ENERGY, Engineering, and the EUI’s Florence School of Regulation (Energy). In this context, the OneNet project aims to address the growing needs of TSO‘s and DSO’s to have real-time insight into the operation of their networks to work in a closely coordinated and synergistic way, while unlocking and enabling new flexibility markets in a fair and open way. Goal is to enable a cost effective, seamless and secure bidirectional power flow to and from network customers as active players while supporting grid operators in their system responsibilities.
Within OneNet, UBITECH ENERGY is the Leader of WP2 “Products and services definition in support of OneNet”, while it will have significant participation as Task Leader and participant in all the others Work Packages. In particular, UBITECH ENERGY revisits European policy frameworks and strongly engages the consumers in order to maximize the flexibility resources that the grid operators can use to meet the clean energy challenges. Moreover, UBITECH ENERGY assures that all legal, regulatory and cybersecurity guidelines and principles are incorporated in the design and the development of the OneNet Interoperable Network of platforms. Emphasis will be given in guaranteeing the security of the individual subsystems, in order to address security concerns, in relation to receiving and sending information and sensitive data, in a satisfactory way. In terms of the monitoring elements that will offer the real-time view of the security posture, this involves collecting data from two levels of sources: network infrastructure level and endpoint level. Network infrastructure level datasets allow to observe threats in a wider scope, whereas endpoint datasets are mostly application specific, allowing the in-depth analyses of threats specific to a certain application type. UBITECH ENERGY develops new security mechanisms to characterize different types of data flows using anomaly detection techniques based on different theoretical backgrounds, learning methods (e.g. clustering).
Finally, as highly competent in the energy services sector, UBITECH ENERGY is well positioned to exploit its strong image and connections to promote the project´s outcomes. Through its wide network of business and academic institutions that is cooperating with, will hold customer innovation events, customer specific innovation workshops through established technical innovation mechanisms, such as R&I organizations and Scientific Communities.
15 October 2020 – European Commission funded project “OneNet” launched on 1 October 2020 to tackle the challenges posed to TSOs, DSOs, and Consumers in the European electricity market.
The project OneNet (One Network for Europe) is funded through the EU’s eighth Framework Programme Horizon 2020. It is titled TSO – DSO Consumer: Large-scale demonstrations of innovative grid services through demand response, storage and small-scale (RES) generation and responds to the call “Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future (LC)”.
While the electrical grid is moving from being a fully centralized to a highly decentralized system, grid operators have to adapt to this changing environment and adjust their current business model to accommodate faster reactions and adaptive flexibility. This is an unprecedented challenge requiring an unprecedented solution. For this reason, the two major associations of grid operators in Europe, ENTSO-E and EDSO, have activated their members to put together a unique consortium.
Under the leadership of Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT) (coordinator Prof. Antonello Monti) and its Center for Digital Energy, the project OneNet aims at developing and demonstrating the key instruments for a European approach to energy flexibility. Many projects addressed this issue in the past, but OneNet’s scope and size are unparalleled with a total budget of over 28M Euro (co-funding of the European Commission of about 22M Euro).
OneNet will see the participation of a consortium of over 70 partners. Key partners in the consortium include: already mentioned ENTSO-E and EDSO, Elering, EDP Distribution, RWTH Aachen University, University of Comillas, VITO, European Dynamics, Ubitech, Engineering and the EUI’s Florence School of Regulation (Energy).
The key elements of the project are:
- Definition of a common market design for Europe: this means standardized products and key parameters for grid services which aim at the coordination of all actors, from grid operators to customers;
- Definition of a Common IT Architecture and Common IT Interfaces: this means not trying to create a single IT platform for all the products but enabling an open architecture of interactions among several platforms so that anybody can join any market across Europe; and
- Large-scale demonstrators to implement and showcase the scalable solutions developed throughout the project. These demonstrators are organized in four clusters coming to include countries in every region of Europe and testing innovative use cases never validated before.
OneNet is an open project; it will benefit from cascade funding from the European Commission, and from the addition of new members to the consortium in the coming three years.
OneNet calls for the creation of a unified vision for Europe’s electricity market to which operators, consumers and stakeholders across Europe are urged to contribute. To this end, throughout the project duration and afterwards, the project will develop and maintain the open forum initiative “GRIFOn”, a platform to freely discuss results with all relevant stakeholders external to the project and collect their feedback.
The OneNet project is part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme open call: BUILDING A LOW-CARBON, CLIMATE RESILIENT FUTURE: SECURE, CLEAN AND EFFICIENT ENERGY | Call ID: H2020-LC-SC3-2018-2019-2020 LC-SC3-ES-5-2018-2020
Prof. Antonello Monti, Ph.D
Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Informationstechnik FIT
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UBITECH ENERGY participates in the virtual kick-off meeting, hosted by CNET (October 7-8, 2020), of the IANOS Innovation Action, officially started on October 1st, 2020. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 957810) and spans on the period October 2020 – September 2024. The IANOS project aims to demonstrate, under real-life operational conditions, a group of both technological and non-technological solutions adapted to harsh islandic conditions, in two (2) Lighthouse (LH) islands, covering a multitude of energy supply, storage and end-use vectors on different climatic and socio-economic conditions, while taking the appropriate measures for their replication into three (3) Fellow islands.
In order to tackle the system resilience challenge, IANOS focuses in the maximization of flexibility harnessing and provision along with self-consumption capability, through the utilization of distributed RE and storage technologies. Operational linkage and coordination of the energy vectors (electricity, thermal, fuels) is performed through multi-source energy storage, demand response (DR) and Power-to-X technologies (i.e. power-to-gas, power-to-hydrogen, power-to-heat, power-to-mobility), supported by an intelligent Virtual Power Plant platform (iVPP). The iVPP design aims in optimal modularity and scalability, offering secured monitoring, aggregation and predictive energy management features, complemented by a set of cloud and fog-enabled software and hardware modules, oriented to serve the needs of island energy market stakeholders.
At the planning level, IANOS streamlines the decision-making process towards tailor-made solutions considering islands’ specific traits, through the Island Energy Planning and Transition Suite (IEPT). IANOS adopts a LEC – oriented design, in which the policy/ regulations decision makers, small prosumers, large energy providers are empowered to create synergies, exchange knowledge and lead community-driven RE investments, also reaping the benefits of their active participation in transactive energy programs and services.
IANOS is helping reimagine future EU Islands through a strong decarbonization strategy. For this purpose, the project takes specific actions into implementing the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and ensuring long-term EU technological competitiveness by testing innovative energy technologies on islands, establishing their cost-competitiveness and performances under harsh environments. IANOS focuses on facilitating the opportunities for local and regional governments to capitalise on cooperation with other islands and accelerate the transformation towards energy sustainability by increasing their capacity in restructuring the current island governance models into more islander-centric ones with clear action plans supported by the island public authorities and services.
Within IANOS, UBITECH ENERGY leads the implementation of the Transition and Investment Decision Support Framework, which constitutes a concrete energy planning and decision-making toolkit to assist the energy transition of geographical islands, integrating a a) dedicated web platform for LCA/LCC studies, b) an equity crowdfunding tool, c) blended with power system modelling and simulation tools and d) a Cost-Benefit tool. In particular, UBITECH ENERGY integrates the LCA/LCC tool for Transition Support and the Equity Crowdfunding tool for Community-driven Investments with power system modelling and simulation tools (INTEMA, Stochastic Load Flow, Monte Carlo Resources adequacy modeling, Stability assessment, Unit Commitment, Reserves Planning), in order to deliver a holistic toolset able to evaluate the overall benefits expected from clean energy/smart grid interventions, from various perspectives, based on the viewpoint from each stakeholder (e.g. Municipality, DSO and community representatives).
UBITECH ENERGY participates in the virtual kick-off meeting, hosted by CIRCE (September 22, 2020), of the TIGON Innovation Action, officially started on September 1st, 2020. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 957769) and spans on the period September 2020 – August 2024. The TIGON project aims to enable a smooth deployment and integration of intelligent DC-based grid architectures within the current energy system, while providing ancillary services to the main network. To do so, TIGON proposes a four-level approach aiming at improving (1) Reliability, (2) Resilience (3) Performance, and (4) Cost Efficiency of hybrid grids through the development of an innovative portfolio of power electronic solutions and software systems and tools focused on the efficient monitoring, control and management of DC grids. These solutions will be demonstrated in two main Demo-Sites located in France and Spain.
TIGON has been conceived as a demonstration project for realizing about the potential of DC-grids in this new energy paradigm. To this end, main TIGON demo-sites rely on the integration of a high share of RES in MVDC and LVDC and their interaction with different AC and DC loads such as electric vehicles (EV) and energy storage systems (ESS), not only reducing energy losses but also optimizing the overall control and operation of the grid in a cost-effective and seamless manner. Main innovations within TIGON project will include smart transformers, innovative DC/DC converter topologies, PE for MVDC connection and DC protection systems. These developments will be supported by an adequate framework composed by modelling, simulation, control, optimization of generation and loads and security analysis activities. Only in this way will be TIGON able to demonstrate a comprehensive solution for DC-based hybrid grids that generates confidence on the market and lays down the foundations for their replication throughout the EU.
Within TIGON, UBITECH ENERGY designs and develops the Cybersecurity Defence System for the TIGON software-based monitoring, control and energy management applications, adhering to the latest Commission recommendations on cybersecurity in the energy sector of 3.4.2019 (C(2019) 2400 final), which strongly emphasize on cyber-resilience as a priority for energy network operators and technology suppliers. In particular, UBITECH ENERGY implements a fast, distributed security framework that intelligently incorporates the physical state of the defended system and blocks incorrect operation actions, incorporating detection of adversarial manipulation by cross-checking commands and configuration changes for consistency with the physical state of the system, while being deployable and interoperable with communication standards, specifying the threat models facing the DC and AC/DC hybrid grids and developing the relative defence mechanisms, realizing a complete implementation plan for cyber-resilience, including Vulnerability Assessment, Security Behaviour analysis, Anomaly Detection, Security Information and Event Management – focusing mostly on Data Integrity Attack scenarios, affecting horizontally all TIGON software-based tools for monitoring, control and energy management services.