The power system industry has been witnessing the ongoing process of change of paradigm in power system operation, from the one where centralised generation follows predictable load variations to the one in which system demand has to be balanced by distributed and intermittent power resources, much less controllable in terms of power production than the conventional generation.
This shift calls for new solutions on all possible levels, including regulations, market models, new, yet fully functional and ready for massive deployment technologies, such as energy storage and demand response, and methodologies to harness the new potential and guarantee stability and security of supply. INTERPLAN focuses on the latter, as it aims to develop a methodology for operation planning of a power system that undergoes this dramatic change in the way it works.
Power system operation planning is a complex and multidimensional responsibility of the power system operators and as such has been treated in this project. The project focused on several challenging and novel planning problems identified in the planning practice of today or expected to emerge tomorrow, for which appropriate solutions have been proposed.
Within INTERPLAN these solutions were developed in the framework of use cases, comprised of carefully selected models, system development scenarios, time series data and sets of planning criteria to be met. Subsequent showcases allowed to demonstrate not only accurate operation of developed controllers and algorithms, but also an ability to integrate use cases, so that several planning problems could be addressed simultaneously. The final development of this project is the INTERPLAN tool, which is a methodology for effective recognition of possible solutions applicable to identified problems in power system operation planning.
Such kind of development projects require a thorough validation of the proposed concepts. Validation which proves that the devised controllers and methods are robust, meaning that they can effectively work in different operation environments than the one they were designed in. Equally important, validation needs to answer the question whether the devised solutions are indeed those that system operation planning is waiting for.
This report, together with complementary reports:
- Approach for generating grid equivalents for different use cases (final version) (D4.3)
- Control system logics: cluster and interface controllers (first version) (D5.3)
- Control system logics: cluster and interface controllers (final version) (D5.4)
contains and describes the final results of INTERPLAN project. The main role of this report is to present validation results of controllers, control functions and models developed within the project.