4th pillar of MAS²TERING: “smart ICT components for local distribution balancing for cost-effectiveness and enhanced grid resilience”

One of the key smartgrid challenges the MAS²TERING project addresses is the implementation of a
hierarchical, distributed optimization strategy in order to enable for both local and (indirectly) global
electricity distribution balancing: Local balancing requires that parts of the grid – including production and
storage facilities, and consumers – will be able to optimize electricity distribution locally, e.g. at district-level.
This is needed to ensure that electricity is, as much as possible, consumed locally – which decreases
energy losses due to long distance electricity transportation and, more importantly, to enhance network
resilience. Here, the main stakeholders are the DSOs – who have to be provided with adequate and timely
information from the grid. However, this requires an extensive monitoring infrastructure, which is not yet
present at the low-voltage level of the network. The issue is, therefore, to identify the best approach to enable
a cost-effective enhancement of this infrastructure, while defining the appropriate business models for the
DSOs to ensure a sufficient ROI.
To deal with this issue, the project will:

  • Design and develop advanced monitoring and management algorithms, for reliable prediction and
    decision-support for district-level energy management (WP3),
  • Select and assess most relevant technologies for advanced (low-voltage) grid monitoring (WP2 and
    WP6).