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March 2020

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the News Update of the Horizon 2020 project INTERRFACE!

Below you will be reading about our very first plenary meeting and its outcomes, our contribution to various workshops and events organized by the European Commission, our recent publications and a new collaboration with our twin Horizon project, CoordiNET.

First Plenary meeting of INTERRFACE

The first plenary meeting of INTERRFACE took place in Budapest, Hungary on 5-6 February. During the two-day event all our 9 Work Package leaders and many more task leaders presented their progress and had constructive discussions on the next steps planned for the second year of the project.

More than 70 representatives of our 42 consortium partners were present which raised a perfect momentum to further elaborate the design and services of the core of our project, the Interoperable Pan-European Grid Services Architecture (IEGSA). This will be the common platform between TSOs, DSOs and prosumers and its design will be based on the findings of Work Package 2(SOTA Analysis and End-user Requirements) and 3 (Services and Market design) and on the requirements extracted by the demonstrators of our project (

Through the Business Use Cases that were prepared by the demos a preliminary high-level architecture was prepared which depicts the main components of the IEGSA that were identified. These are the Flexibility Register, the TSO/DSO coordination platform, the Single Interface to Market and the Settlement Unit. The flexibility register has already been well defined by ENTSO-E in the previous Tasks; the next step is to do the same for the rest of the components. In order to extract the detailed architecture, the preparation of system use-cases by the demonstrators is essential.

The first version of this architecture will be tested in all our 7 demos, including 9 different countries, therefore it is expected to provide the prototype of IEGSA by Q3 of 2020. Through these actions our aim is to develop the final common platform, which will be used as a middleware for different, already existing platforms and to provide interoperable data exchange services in order to foster cooperation between TSOs, DSOs and prosumers, and to enable flexibility sources to reach markets for balancing and congestion management on the grid.

The plenary meeting was hosted by one of our Hungarian partners, Budapest University of Technology and Economics.  
INTERRFACE at European Commission organized events

Data Driven Energy Services Workshop

Local energy cooperatives are expected to be core entities - said George Boultadakis (European Dynamics), project manager of INTERRFACE while presenting how our project will help engage consumers and prosumers at the Data Driven Energy Services workshop on 21st January.

On the event - organized by European Commission's DG Energy and DG Connect - speakers were emphasizing the importance of accessibility to data and interoperability of Distributed Energy Resources throughout Europe, which are both aimed at in project INTERRFACE.

We need demos, we need to test what works and what does not to engage consumers - said Mark van Stiphout Deputy Head of Unit New energy technologies, innovation and clean coal at EC DG Energy. In INTERRFACE we dedicate two different demos for peer-to-peer trading which will look into the options for creating such market and thus enabling flexibility sources of smaller scale in Slovenia, Hungary and Bulgaria.

Future of Flexibility Markets workshop

European Commission organized its second workshop on 'Future of Flexibility Markets and TSO-DSO cooperation' in Brussels on 13th February. On the event Dagmar Ilp (Elering) and Jan Segerstam (Empower) represented INTERRFACE.

In her presentation Dagmar Ilp described the values of the Single Flexibility Platform, which is the core of our Nordic-Baltic demo [] involving Finland, Estonia and Latvia. This platform will integrate flexibility resources on local, DSO and TSO levels to a marketplace that will allow valuation of these resources based on the needs of the different grid levels and market participants. In addition to that, this platform will be part of the IEGSA architecture, which is the main goal of project INTERRFACE.

During this demo, business use cases will be tested and demonstrated in the following areas:
  1. Congestion management (From TSO / DSO side)
  2. Frequency / Balance management (in TSO side, including mFRR, aFRR, FCR products and demonstration in cross-border usage)
  3. Flexible grid connectors (where both contracts and technical feasibility will be demonstrated)
  4. Trading between interested market participants (e.g. BRPs, prosumers)

In his presentation Jan Segerstam presented the market architecture and information exchange concepts that are enabling our Nordic-Baltic demo to implement scalable uptake of flexibility across different networks and market participants. The concept is a part of the IEGSA architecture being developed together by all partners of the INTERRFACE project.
BRIDGE cooperation - General Assembly 2020

The 2020 BRIDGE [link:] General Assembly took place on February 11th and 12th at the European Commission.

During the event the 4 reports produced by BRIDGE Working Groups and Task Forces during the last period were presented, as well as new BRIDGE projects were discovered and feedbacks were given and learned lessons were shared by ended projects.

Project INTERRFACE was presented by Athanasios Dagoumas (UNIPR), while other project members from European Dynamics, ENTSO-E, Florence School of Regulation participated too. Through its members INTERRFACE is active in all 4 Working Groups (Data management, Business models, Regulations, Customer engagement) of BRIDGE.
Publishing our work

Two peer-reviewed articles were published recently related to results of INTERRFACE Work Package 2. Take a look to deep-dive into the details!
Survey Analysis on Existing Tools and Services for Grid and Market Stakeholders and Requirements to Improve TSO/DSO Coordination [link:] M. Al-Saadi, R. Pestana, R. Pastor, G. Glória, A. Egorov, F. Reis, T. Simão (IEEE Xplore, 2020 February)

Flexibility markets: Q&A with project pioneers [link:] T. Schittekatte, L. Meeus (Utilities Policy, 2020 April)
INTERRFACE makes closer friends with CoordiNET!

The INTERRFACE and CoordiNET [link:] projects both answered to the call LC-SC3-ES-5-2018-2020, titled “TSO–DSO–Consumer: Large-scale demonstrations of innovative grid services through demand response, storage and small-scale generation". The projects agreed to jointly produce a common position paper on the topics covered throughout the course of the projects.

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