Validating Coordination Schemes between Transmission and Distribution System Operators using a Laboratory-Based Approach

Filip Prostl Andren, Thomas I. Strasser, Julien Le Baut, Marco Rossi, Giacomo Vigano, Giacomo Della Croce, Seppo Horsmanheimo, Armin Ghasem Azar, Adrian Ibanez

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The secure operation of future power systems will rely on better coordination between transmission system and distribution system operators. Increasing integration of renewables throughout the whole system is challenging the traditional operation. To tackle this problem, the SmartNet project proposes and evaluates five different coordination schemes between system operators using three benchmark scenarios from Denmark, Italy, and Spain. In the project, field tests in each of the benchmark countries are complemented with a number of laboratory validation tests, to cover scenarios that cannot be tested in field trials. This paper presents the outcome of these laboratory tests. Three tests are shown, focusing on controller validation, analysis of communication impacts, and how well price-based controls can integrate with the SmartNet coordination schemes. The results demonstrate important indications for the field tests and also show some of the limitations with the current implementations of the coordinations schemes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2019 Ieee Milan Powertech
Number of pages6
Publication date2019
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-4722-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event13th IEEE PowerTech Milano 2019: Leading innovation for energy transition - Bovisa Campus of Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy
Duration: 23 Jun 201927 Jun 2019
Conference number: 13


Conference13th IEEE PowerTech Milano 2019
LocationBovisa Campus of Politecnico di Milano
OtherPowerTech is the anchor conference of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) in Europe
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  • Laboratories
  • Power transmission
  • Power distribution
  • Flexibility market
  • Ancillary Services.

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