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    INTERPRETER project creates interoperable tools to improve power grid management

    October 4, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras



      The INTERPRETER project, in which Cuerva has been the grid operator, has developed a modular grid management solution consisting of a set of online and offline software tools for grid design, planning, operation and maintenance, with a specific focus on the distribution grid. This set of tools will be offered to network operators through an open source software platform.

      After 36 months of work, the European INTERPRETER project has come to an end with its closing presentation in Brussels, coinciding with the European Sustainable Energy Week. This project has received funding of 4 million euros from the European Union's Horizon 2020 framework program for innovation and development.

      This project aims to help DSOs (Distribution System Operators) and TSOs (Transmission System Operators) to move from a traditional grid management approach to an active system management approach, addressing the entire energy system (i.e. at both distribution and transmission level) and considering the rapid deployment of distributed energy resources (variable renewables and storage) as well as increasing environmental concerns.

      The closing day was attended on September 28 by the main representatives of the national and European companies, organizations and institutions that form the strong consortium of the project: Cuerva, as grid operator and main pilot of the project in Spain, Circe as project coordinator leader, together with Atos and Turning Tables (technology providers), CARTIF, R&D Nester, CERTH, DTU (research and educational centers) and Ores (also as grid operator and pilot). At the event, the acquired results were presented and opportunities for exploitation of the developed tools were discussed.

      Because a good network model enables more advanced monitoring, operation and maintenance and planning.

      To ensure that the developed applications respond effectively to the needs of the end users and guarantee the widespread impact, three representative companies of the European energy sector have been selected as demo sites, each with different data availability for the testing and validation of the developed applications with different scenarios: Ores, as Belgian DSO, for the demo site with low data availability; Cuerva

      as Spanish DSO, for the demo site with medium data availability; and DTU, technological institute for the demo site with high data availability.

      Ores represents a medium-large DSO (around 1,300,000 electricity customers) with a low degree of monitoring and data availability (no AMI deployment). Cuerva represents a smaller DSO (around 35,000 consumers) but with a high degree of monitoring and data availability (99% AMI deployment). DTU is a Danish technological institute, which has an on-site laboratory for testing and validation of algorithms and control elements, called Syslab.

      These entities have highlighted their experiences and lessons learned on how INTERPRETER tools have helped to improve their network model and resilience, and consequently provide an increasingly better service to the end users, thus increasing the resilience of the network and the quality of supply parameters to the end user.

      A Grenadian test environment under the European spotlight

      Cuerva's main role in the INTERPRETER project has been that of network operator. Cuerva, as distribution grid operator, provides energy to more than 18,000 users located mainly in rural areas close to the city of Granada. Cuerva has an extensive infrastructure in place to deliver energy to these users, with more than 500 transformer stations and 2 substations, one of which is connected to the Spanish transmission grid operator, Red Eléctrica. Innovation projects within the distribution grid have three main objectives: to improve the quality of supply to end users, to automate the operation of the grid and to improve its resilience, being able to integrate new assets and resources from renewable distributors without investing in traditional solutions.

      During his interactive intervention on the closing day, Pablo López, Smart Grid engineer at Cuerva, highlighted that, "although all the tools developed in the project will help us to make strategic decisions based on data to improve the operation, planning and maintenance of the grid, one of the most relevant of the project for us is the Grid Modelling Tool, the grid modeling tool on which the rest of the INTERPRETER tools are based. The first step in the digitalization of the electricity distributor is to have a digital twin of its grid, on which different tools and advanced algorithms can be used to know both the current and future state of the grid, thus anticipating possible supply quality problems derived from the massive integration of renewable resources that we are experiencing". However, he pointed out that it is true that "DSOs must make an effort to digitize the grid and have their databases cleaned and with quality data, data being one of the main assets of the digitized distributor". On the contrary, there is a risk that the tools used and the results obtained will not be accurate and faithful to reality.

      The rest of the day was joined by other actors involved in the project, who also participated in an interactive session to share results and best practices, as well as the synergies between the other projects that are being developed in the current European panorama in order to prepare together the way for future collaborations. Among them, Thierry Coosemans (VUB, from the RENAISSANCE project) indicated that "to address structural barriers and improve legalization, we should have a more uniform, transparent and cooperative framework".

      As a final result, the consortium sharing between research and private organizations ensured an optimal compromise between technology and research development and technology transfer to the market. This close collaboration of all partners provided a set of representative use cases, thus ensuring the replicability and adoption of the INTERPRETER solution across Europe.

      - FIN -

      About Cuerva

      Cuerva, a family-owned company founded in 1939 in Granada, has more than 80 years of history in the energy sector. Having grown and with an international presence in Europe and Latin America, it continues to be a company with family values and focused on finding the best energy solutions through innovation and understanding the needs of people, the sector and society.

      With this vision of the future for more than 8 decades, Cuerva has consolidated its brand image as a reference company within the energy sector. Understanding energy as a process from beginning to end thanks to the exhaustive study of high-value data, it covers the different areas of the energy value chain. From the generation, distribution and commercialization of electrical energy, to a wide knowledge and experience in the operation, construction and maintenance of hundreds of types of electrical infrastructures.

      It has more than 125 alliances in 24 countries with the aim of achieving a positive energy transformation based on collaboration.

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