The transition towards a pan-European energy system aiming to reach low-carbon emissions, to increase security, safety, reliability and resilience, leads to the transformation of the power system to a more decentralized and mainly variable renewable-based system. In this context, Transmission System Operators (TSOs) and Distribution System Operators (DSOs) are required to solve new arising issues regarding the network’s operations. Already existing tools for grid management in this changing environment have often underperformed for several reasons (e.g. unavailability of grid models, data management restrictions, use of conventional approaches to the application algorithms, etc.).
INTERPRETER overcomes the limitations of already established tools through a solution of 10 software tools for an optimal design, planning, operation and maintenance of the electricity grid – with a special focus on the distribution network – that are offered to grid operators through an open-source interoperable platform. These tools support TSOs and DSOs to a smooth shift from a traditional grid management approach to an active system management approach, addressing the whole power system considering the rapid deployment of distributed energy resources (variable renewables and storage) as well as growing environmental concerns.
From CERTH, 2 out of 5 of its institutes participated in this project: the Chemical Process & Energy Resources Institute (CPERI) and the Information Technologies Institute (ITI)
INTERPRETER was a great opportunity for the Chemical Process & Energy Resources Institute (CPERI) and the Information Technologies Institute (ITI), that participated in this project, to broaden their knowledge and their portfolio in the field of power systems and smart distribution networks.
CPERI performed research to create novel algorithms for Unbalanced Power Flow and Unbalanced State Estimation while ITI developed those algorithms in the programming language Python. ITI was, also, the main contributor towards the development of two major tools regarding non-technical losses detection and predictive maintenance. At the same time, CPERI was responsible for the development of the Environmental (LCA) and economic (LCC) assessment tool and, also, defined the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the INTERPRETER platform as well as its user manual.
CERTH’s goal is the enhancement of standardized grid operation tools with state-of-the-art artificial intelligence techniques, including machine/ deep learning and optimization methods, thus bridging further the gap between power systems and information and communications technology (ICT) that successfully achieved it by its major contribution to the project and by developing the previously mentioned tools.
After three years of successful research and development, INTERPRETER ends, in the Final Event that will take place on the 28th of September in Brussels at Thon Hotel EU (75, Rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels), by Euroquality. The conference will give a complete overview of the results achieved, including the interoperable tools developed and how these are helpful to increase the efficiency of the grid management and improve its stability.
Attending the Final Event (only in person) is free of charge and only a registration is required in the following link: