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Goals and innovation

The main goal of this project is to accelerate the implementation, adoption, and knowledge transfer in the area of digital solutions targeting interoperability of flexibility platforms.

To reach this main goal, DigIPlat project partners set four objectives:

  • Development of a standardized framework for interoperable flexibility platforms and of standardized flexibility requirements
  • Technical testing and evaluation of the standardized framework
  • Economic evaluation of possible welfare benefits of platform interoperability
  • Promotion of knowledge creation in the area of multi-purpose use of flexibility

More about the project objectives

The main innovation of this project is the unique approach for coordination and standardization of flexibility use. DigIPlat presents, analyzes and tests a unique use case of cross-border and cross-platform coordination of flexibility for redispatch, balancing and intraday markets. Targeting interoperability of platforms allows coordination and standardization of flexibility where necessary for system and network security and economically efficient and transparent allocation of flexibility. A standardized framework for interoperable flexibility platforms is a major step towards establishing an open and transparent flexibility eco-system in Europe.

Working methods and scientific approach

The requirements for flexibility and the ways in which these can be standardized to enable a multi-market approach will be analyzed. Both technical and ICT requirements for platform interoperability will be defined. A new multi-market agent-based simulation model will be developed. This model is based on AIT’s market model and will be coupled with KIT’s detailed large-scale power grid simulation model for co-simulation of markets and networks. The benefits of different scenarios can be evaluated by long-term simulations and based on the validations of the proof-of-concepts.

In DigIPlat, project partners aim to implement interoperable flexibility platforms for balancing and redispatch services along with new IT and technological requirements (IT protocols, data interfaces, SCADA systems). A new modular power grid model that can be extended with use-case-dependent, fine-grained distribution grid models will enable a holistic analysis of energy systems and multi-market simulation. For the economic evaluation, the flexibility providing several services, balancing and redispatch, will be modelled from the perspective of a virtual power plant and from the market perspective to evaluate the benefits of different procurement methods. The underlying multivariate spot price dynamics of 15min deliveries are calibrated from the limit order books of the intraday market and the offer curves submitted to the flexibility platforms. In this way, we quantify the impact of incompleteness of short-term forwards on forecasting the fair pricing of redispatch and balancing services.

Expected Results

In DigIPlat, project partners expect to provide a tangible contribution towards international standardization of flexibility products as well as formulation and implementation of requirements for interoperability of flexibility platforms in the DACH region and beyond. This will be achieved by considering technical, ICT and economic aspects of platform operation and developing a standardized interoperability framework based on further development of the partners’ platforms, DA/RE, Equigy and Industry4Redispatch Module. The digital solutions will be applied in a field test for technical evaluation and analyzed in terms of replicability in partner countries. Possible benefits of platform interoperability and standardization are measured using market and network simulation tools. A combination of applied methods will allow project partners to provide concrete recommendations for future implementation of cross-border-cross-platform coordination and optimal use of flexibility.


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