OpenNES - Open and Interoperable ICT Solution for Integration of ReNewablES

Smart Grids become sustainable. Integrating the growing amount of renewable energy into the electrical grid requires an open and interoperable solution like OpenNES.

Short Description

The massive deployment of distributed generators from renewable sources in recent years has led to a fundamental paradigm change in terms of planning and operation of the electric power system. Smart Grids are one of the most promising solutions to use the existing grid infrastructure in a more efficient way, thus allowing higher penetration levels of renewables.

To leverage the benefits of such intelligent power grids, it will be necessary to develop new information and communication solutions, automation architectures and control strategies. However, a common and formal modelling concept for energy applications used in Smart Grids and distributed energy resources is still missing. Moreover, the scalability and openness of today’s utility automation systems needs to be improved due to the lack of common and open interfaces, as well as the usage of a multitude of different protocols.

OpenNES addresses these shortcomings through the development of an open and interoperable information and automation solution for the integration of distributed energy resources in the Smart Grid context. The OpenNES approach therefore comprises remote programmable device functions, an appropriate modelling method for distributed energy resources, and a generic and open communication infrastructure.

One important result of the OpenNES project is the validation of the overall approach in the partners’ laboratory environments. With this proof-of-concept, an evaluation of the OpenNES approach can be performed, and the main benefits of this highly innovative approach can be shown. The OpenNES demonstrator will make a flexible and adaptable automation system available that is able to fulfil future requirements of the Smart Grid.