Ing. Gabriele Fedele
Engineering and Development at areti
Interviewer: Gabriele Fedele, the Local Flexibility Market is one of the key results of the Platone project whose development was coordinated by the consortium partner areti. Let´s assume I am the responsible person of a Distribution System Operator operational control room in a metropolitan area. I have the concrete problem of being able to level out peak power consumption especially in the summer period, possibly maximizing the utilization of distributed energy resource (DER) considering the issues related to the construction of new grid sections (permits). Might the Local Flexibility Market be of interest for this challenge?
Gabriele Fedele: Yes, we have just the appropriate solution for this challenge. In the Platone project we have developed a Local Flexibility Market where DSOs can directly engage DERs in order to solve congestion on the grid.
Interviewer: How does the DSO identify its consumption needs?
Gabriele Fedele: Inside the Local Flexibility Market there is a DSO Technical Platform that is able to determine which will be the possible congestions in the short term through forecast algorithms. This DSO Technical Platform was developed within the Platone project as well and is one of the key project results.
Interviewer: Once congestion is identified, how can the DSO identify which resources to activate in order to resolve it?
Gabriele Fedele: Within the LFM there is a market platform that cross-references the demands expressed by the distributors with the bids from DERs aggregated by a balancing service providers.
Interviewer: How can the DSO be sure that the commercially selected resources can actually solve the congestion and not cause other problems on the grid?
Gabriele Fedele: Within the LFM before resources activation, there is a technical validation phase to verify compliance with the network constraints.
Interviewer: How can the DSO activate the resources it needs to solve the congestion?
Gabriele Fedele: The DSO TP has a communication channel with the Light Nodes.
Interviewer: Is there a function for storing flexibility data?
Gabriele Fedele: Yes, within the LFM there is a database accessible to all stakeholders involved.
Interviewer: How much does it cost to make this service available?
Gabriele Fedele: There is a settlement mechanism implemented in the marketplace.
Interviewer: It seems that this would be the solution for the need of that responsible person of the Distribution System Operator operational control room in a metropolitan area. But how could this actor be part of this?
Gabriele Fedele: We have developed interfaces for data exchange between your Asset Description Metadata Schema (ADMS) and Platone's LFM platforms.
Interviewer: In case a DSO would successfully have implemented and tested the solution and is convinced. How could the DSO ensure further development of the tool internally as well as better understanding of such processes in general within its organization?
Gabriele Fedele: The department could sign a support contract that includes training sessions and stand-by support.
Interviewer: Gabriele Fedele, thanks a lot for the interview!