Workshop on Smart Grid Observability and Control

Presentation abstracts

Smart Grid European Research – Morning Session (9:00-12:45)

SUNSEED – evolutionary approach to robust networking for smart grids

Ales Svigelj, SUNSEED Scientific Coordinator/WP4 Leader, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenija

Future developments of smart energy grids will show high dynamics, leading to scenarios where typical former consumers households or industry, act on one hand as an energy generators from renewable sources, e.g. photovoltaics, wind) and on the other hand as manageable loads, thus effectively becoming prosumers. Required communication node densities and communication demands in such future smart grid will thus soar immensely. To achieve stable operation of distributed smart grid we must assure that each smart grid node is cost effectively interconnected with reliable and secure communications network. In this presentation we will emphasise the current developments within the Sunseed project towards the robust networking for real-time distribution grid, consisting of high penetration of prosumers.

Smart Distribution System Control Over Heterogeneous Communication Networks – SmartC2Net

Hans-Peter Schwefel, Scientific Director, Forschungszentrum Telekommunikation Wien, Austria

Adding intelligence to the power grid requires communication and computation infrastructure, causing additional investments. To be cost efficient, it is therefore essential to leverage existing communication infrastructures for intelligent power grid operations. The SmartC2Net project developed, implemented, and validated robust solutions that enable Smart Distribution System operation on top of heterogeneous off-the-shelf communication infrastructures with varying properties. The use-cases cover voltage control and power balancing in the low and medium voltage grid with DERs as well as Demand Response via Customer Energy Management gateways. The talk will present the developed solutions for resilient Smart Distribution System Control, show the quantitative impact in a reference grid scenario and discuss the implications for utilities for future Smart Distribution System deployments.

C-DAX: Scalable, Reliable, and Flexible Data Communication for the Monitoring and Control of Future Active Distribution Grids

Matthias Strobbe, iMinds – Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Our power grids are evolving towards smart grids with a lot of dynamic active components distributed all over the grid, such as renewable energy sources or electric vehicles. This dynamicity poses new challenges to the power system stability (e.g., voltage regulation) asking for much more monitoring and control applications that need to process lots of data, often in real-time.Within the C-DAX project ( a unified communication platform is developed based on the Information-Centric Networking (ICN) concept, supporting a heterogeneous set of smart grid applications simultaneously, which is secure, reliable and easy to configure.


The C-DAX middleware has been deployed in a medium-voltage distribution grid in the Netherlands to demonstrate it simultaneously supports multiple applications with diverse and stringent requirements under real-world conditions. The flagship application of the C-DAX field-trial is synchrophasor-based real-time state estimation (RTSE) of the power grid using fine-grained measurements from Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) devices, thus requiring very low communication delays.

Demand Response from two aspects

Uršula Krisper, Head of Advanced Services Department, Elektro Ljubljana d.d., Slovenia

Presented will be two projects.

The first is a research project on the active control of consumers and the production of renewable energy in the distribution network (hybridVPP4DSO): In previous research projects, various market-driven approaches for virtual power plants have been developed. At the same time, different concepts for virtual power plants with a stronger focus on the network and less focus on the market have also been developed, in order to increase the reliability of our future energy supply. The current research project hybridVPP4DSO forms the link between these two approaches and combines grid and market-driven approaches. A concept for a hybrid virtual power plant (hybrid-VPP), including power generators, transmission network operators and consumers (industrial and commercial) is designed and further checked for feasibility. In the course of the project, it will also be investigated, how power supply networks can be ideally prepared for the future challenges which the energy revolution brings along – particularly regarding varying power consumption and a fluctuating electricity generation. Thereby, producing electricity from renewable sources and consumer-side measures can be better coordinated and the electricity system as a whole can be optimized and stabilized. This results in new business and service models for hybrid virtual grids, which will also result in economic benefits for the customer.

The second is also a research project on Designing eTrading Solutions for Electricity Balancing and Redispatching in Europe (FutureFlow). To design and pilot test, at a plausible scale, comprehensive techno-economic models for open and non-discriminatory access of advanced consumers and distributed generators to a Regional Platform for ancillary/balancing and redispatching services. The field tests with real energy customers and distributed generation owners aim to experimentally show the synergetic benefits from the collaboration of such C&I consumers, prosumers and distributed generators in FRR markets combined with the cross-border integration of such markets. FutureFlow also intends to analyse the scalability and replicability potential at EU level of the most promising tested use cases as designed for the four involved countries.

Afternoon Session on Smart Grid Industry (14:15-17:30)

Grid Digitization: creating visibility and control capabilities at all grid voltage levels

Thierry Pollet, Strategy and Business Development Manager Smart Grid, Landys + Gyr


ICT and Internet of Things (IoT) as a focal point in the transforming energy markets

Pim de Groot, Director Utilities, KPN

In this presentation KPN focuses on the transition in the energy markets and on how ICT and specifically the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions can be used as important tools to make this transition possible. In this context KPN distinguishes three important areas: Communication services, Smart Data handling, and Privacy & Security. The presentation will give more details on these areas and on the Internet of Things (IoT) positioning for different communication services such as LoRA, M2M and CDMA.


Alliander – Connectivity for smart meters and smart grid applications

Stefan Verwijmeren, Manager Business Development & Service Delivery, Utility Connect

In 2015 Alliander, the largest Dutch DSO, has taken both a fiber and a wireless network into production. The wireless network is operated by Utility Connect, a joint venture of Alliander and Stedin. In this presentation Alliander will explain the reasoning behind their choice of building private telecommunications networks for critical applications. High voltage applications are connected via a fiber network. Medium and low voltage applications use the wireless network. Small scale roll-out of smart meters and smart grid applications is taking place as we speak. After the presentation you will have insight into the goals, understand current challenges and have an outlook to expected future developments of connectivity for smart grids and smart meters at Alliander.


On the speaker

Stefan Verwijmeren started his career in telecommunications at KPN Research and TNO Telecom. Later he worked for over 10 years at KPN in various roles in management, product management and strategy. He has been involved mobile network strategy, architecture and spectrum auctions as well as in commercial pricing and increasing profitability. Currently Stefan works at Alliander and Utility Connect as manager business development and service delivery, where he is responsible for realizing the connectivity that enables the smart grid and smart meters strategy of Alliander and Stedin.


One Common Smart Energy Standard to Enhance Value Creation

Milo Broekmans, Senior Enterprise Architect, Stedin, The Netherlands

  • How flexibility impacts the system
  • What flexibility market processes look like
  • How working together along one common standard enhances value creation for all
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