The project is part of the e!MISSON program's 2nd call funded via the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund (KLIEN), managed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) under contract number 853693. The consortium is run by Dr. Angela Berger from Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria.
Project name Integrating the Energy System Austria (IES)
Project office Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria, 1060 Wien, Mariahilferstr. 37-39, Austria
Project duration 01.03.2016 - 28.02.2019
Project homepage www.iesaustria.at
- Technologieplattform Smart Grids Austria
- Tiani Spirit GmbH
- OFFIS e.V.
- Sprecher Automation GmbH
- FH Technikum Wien, Dep. Biomedical, Health and Sports Engineering
- FH Technikum Wien, Dep. Renewable Energy
- AICO EDV-Beratung GmbH
Powered by the Climate & Energy Fund within the framework of the programme Energy Research 2015.
This project conforms entirely with the targets of the European Commission and meets the content of their latest press release „Commission sets out path to digitize European industry“ (Brussels, 19th of April, 2016), which covers the strategy to create a Digital Single Market (cross sector, cross border).
In order to achieve this goal of comprehensive ICT standardisation, Europe needs the convergence of essential digital technology building blocks: 5G communication, cloud computing, IoT, (big) data technologies and cyber security to reach interoperability within the clearly named focal areas: Smart Energy, eHealth, Advanced Manufacturing and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).
Changing a reliable system
The electrical power grid has evolved over centuries into a hierarchic infrastructure from rather centralized energy production and exchange down to the distribution via different voltage levels towards customers. A liberal energy market and distributed regenerative energy production challenge the established grid management. Smart Grids shall provide the means to smoothly integrate decentralized energy production and effectively improve flexibility, distribution efficiency and grid reliability. All this requires vivid communication among subsystems.
Interoperability is thus essential for the transition to Smart Grids and also contributes to the investment protection for operators and manufacturers. A normalized use of technical standards for interfaces and communication protocols is a central requirement for cost-effective systems integration. However, a seamless integration in legacy systems is equally important because the transition occurs gradually as new components and services are deployed step-by-step.
no energy transition toward distributed renewable sources without Smart Grids
no Smart Grids can evolve and flourish without interoperability
no assured interoperability with flexible standards
Interoperability is essential for the success of the energy transition and contributes to the investment protection for users as well as manufacturers and vendors. A normalized use of technical standards for interfaces and communication protocols is the central requirement for cost-effective system integration. All-over interoperability in the Smart Grid is highly important as the transition takes place gradually and new components must be integrated into an existing system.
Therefore, the focus of the IES project is to adapt and implement an existing, vendor-neutral and cooperative method to achieve interoperability within smart grids. The intention is not to define new standards, in contrary, established good practice shall be documented and made available such that vendors can base their designs thereon and run identical system integration tests.
This method – originating from ICT in healthcare - is based on a modular, well-defined process that achieves interoperability by starting with the definition of use cases, followed by cooperatively developing “interoperability profiles” which select, optimise and specify the normalised use of existing technology standards that address the well-defined use cases. These profiles assemble specific “base standards” which together provide complete technical specifications that cover all interoperability issues (e.g. data formats, transport protocols, semantics and security methods).
The transparency of the method and the open platform that is used for technical specifications and profile development will be accessible by technology providers of interoperable products and services. Using this process helps foster investment protection and grow markets with increased competition for product innovation, quality and security.
As a basis, the project utilises the CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Smart Grid Coordination Group (SGCG) and SGAM from Smart Grids Mandate M/490 standards and applies the well-established Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE, ISO/TR 28380) approach for interoperability. IHE established a process for cooperatively developing “interoperability profiles” to address well defined use cases. These profiles assemble specific “base standards” which together provide complete technical specifications that cover all interoperability issues (e.g. data formats, transport protocols, vocabularies, security methods). In the EU Commission Decision 2015/1302 the IHE-profiles were released for public procurement.
In its “European Interoperability Framework (EIF) for European public services”, the European Commission recommends “formalised cooperation arrangements in interoperability agreements”, addressing legal, organisational, semantic and technical interoperability. The IHE and EIF processes (TOGAF-based architectural development provide a valid method to assess and test for interoperability of sector-independent ICT solutions.
Within the SGAM scope (Mandate M490/SGAM), interoperability was also declared a highly important issue. Thus, cross-sectoral knowledge exchange between the project partners with regard to the development of interoperability profiles and the test requirements represents this project's main innovation.