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12th Annual

Electricity Flexibility, Ancillary Services and Balancing Forum  

18 - 20 September 2019
Vienna, Austria

Based on your experience and research, what is the current state of flexibility capabilities throughout Europe?

At the moment it is very heterogeneous throughout Europe. In principle, flexibilities are existent in all countries, on every voltage level, but the ways and possibilities to approach and harness them are often technical and regulatory complicated and expensive. The trend goes in using small scale decentralized flexibilities in LV grids from households and smaller complexes. There is a huge potential and also looking towards more electro vehicles and charging infrastructure, coordinating and using such flexibilities will be the way to success. For both, integrating EV and smoothing sharp generation and consumption peaks.

You have been working closely with various flexibility projects throughout Europe. What are the advantages of the successful implementation of the EU-SysFlex project in particular?

In EU-SysFlex a very strong consortium has been formed, consisting of several TSO and DSO as well as manufactures and research organisations. Since there are more than 20 countries involved, challenges and experience from almost the whole Europe are considered and discussed. One key aspect is that, TSOs and DSOs work jointly together looking for a joined approach for a sustainable energy system in the next 30 years.

The solutions which are worked out in the project are not only of theoretical nature, but most of them will be validated and demonstrated in real life applications at DSOs and TSOs using available resources in the electrical grids. The experience from these demonstrations will then be conducted in a roadmap, which will then be based on applicable and tested solutions.

What are the greatest regulatory factors that influence potential for greater flexibility in the electricity system? Are they substantial?

In my opinion, these are standardized data models and interfaces that are in-part already mandatory for TSO and DSO. These standards enable system operators to “speak” with each other as well as with the field assets. Data exchange between operators, aggregators and asset operators is of significant importance in order to coordinate power flows and flexibilities within the own system but also beyond this.
Entso-e supports this progress by releasing the System Operation Guideline (SOGL) which defines the exchanged information over several voltage levels and improves cross-border communication between system operators.

What would be the greatest threats to the progress in electricity flexibility that we are seeing now? How can we best avoid these?

Low prices for CO2 emissions. This would lead to low prices for flexibilities and the costs for technical realizations will not be justified anymore. Also delayed grid expansion is a crucial thread for flexibilities. We not only need flexibilities for congestion management, but also when the major part of generation is based on volatile renewables, then we need to be able to react on temporal strong demands in consumption. Therefore, in order to use as much green energy as possible when available, we need to distribute it throughout Europe.

What would you like to achieve by attending the 12th Annual Electricity Flexibility, Ancillary Services and Balancing Forum?

I would like to trigger a discussion about technical ways of integrating new approaches and methods into operation of the electrical system. It is very complicated and often costly to realize and implement new functionalities in the control centers. But in a time whereby new approaches are needed in a high frequency, new ways attaching them to the operating systems are needed. This would speed up the progress of coordinating flexibilities until we have a system fully relying on renewables and we need to fully control them.

An interview with:

Sebastian Wende-von BergGroup Leader IT-Systems Grid Operation at Fraunhofer IEE

In 2019, we are at a critical point in the development of European electricity balancing services as intraday trading takes flight, the pressure to hit European regulatory targets begins to settle in and we see Brexit take place. All of this happens while pilot projects in accessing and monetising electricity flexibility go ahead all across Europe. What will happen in the future will be determined by the actions of today. As the markets develop further, there is an increasing drive to unlock greater flexibility from the markets whether it be through innovations in balancing services or through closer integration between TSOs and DSOs. 

This marcus evans conference plays a crucial part in a strategy that involves keeping ahead and gaining the decision-making edge for system operators, power distribution companies and ancillary services in the energy industry. 

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Dr. Sebastian Wende-von Berg is working with Fraunhofer IEE in Kassel since 2015 in the area of energy informatics and mathematical algorithms with the focus on system services and grid optimization. He is coordinating the work of Fraunhofer IEE in a number of national and international research projects dealing with the integration of renewables. He studied physics at the Georg-August- University of Göttingen. He received his MSc in 2007 and his Ph.D. (Dr.rer.nat) in theoretical astrophysics in 2010. Before joining Fraunhofer he was working for five years in PostDoc positions dealing with modelling and optimization problems.

Since 2018 he is also team leader at University of Kassel dealing with artificial intelligence in grid operation related applications. Since 2019 he became a group leader at Fraunhofer IEE and is concerned with IT systems for operational applications and standardized data models and interfaces.

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