InteGrid’s vision is to bridge the gap between citizens, technology and other players of the energy system. The project demonstrates how distribution operator systems (DSOs) may enable all stakeholders to actively participate in the energy market and distribution grid management. InterGrid develops and implements new business models, making use of new data management and consumer involvement approaches.
It also tests scalable and replicable solutions that help DSOs plan and operate the network with a high share of distributed renewable energy sources (DRES) in a stable, secure and economic way by using flexibility offered by specific technologies and by interaction with various stakeholders
To move the project forward, InterGrid has established a complementary partnership covering the distribution system value chain. The consortium includes three DSOs and their retailers in three countries, innovative ICT companies, equipment manufacturers and customers, a start-up in the area of community engagement and R&D organisations.
InteGrid’s concept is based on two elements:
• the role of the DSO as system optimiser and as market facilitator;
• the integration of existing demonstration activities in three different regions allowing to move from single solutions to an integrated management at a higher scale while focusing on the scalability and replicability in current and future markets, and in evolving regulatory conditions.
The three conceptual pillars are:
• proactive operational planning with distributed energy sources (DER);
• business models for flexible DER;
• information exchange between different power system actors.
If successful, InterGrid will help maximise the economic, societal and environmental gains from the combined integration of DRES and flexible DER. A market hub platform coupled with smart grid functions and innovative business models will open opportunities for new services and an effective roll-out of emerging technologies in the future.