Real datasets from grid infrastructures and open access publications providing a valuable resource to industry and researchers
Platone demo sites generated datasets from operational demo site infrastructures, encompassing topology, asset description, measurements, market, prediction, and planning. These datasets adhere to the FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) data principles. Furthermore, supplementary open data is available to validate the findings presented in research publications associated with diverse use cases.
Main target group
Real datasets from grids are generally scarce or publicly unavailable, so these datasets will provide a valuable resource to industry and researchers. Such data, coming from real grid infrastructures, is expected to be useful for simulations and product development purposes to research institutions, private companies, as well as DSOs and TSOs and aggregators (customers and balance responsible providers - BRPs) who are not Platone partners.
Amir Ahmadifar, Research Associate the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems
RWTH Aachen University
Interviewer: Amir Ahmadifar, the Open Datasets are one of the key results of the Platone project whose development was coordinated by the consortium partner RWTH Aachen University. Let´s assume I am a PhD student at a University in Germany. I mostly spend my days developing algorithms for the energy management systems for distribution systems energy communities. I am basically in search of some real measurement data for community net power consumption. In addition, I am looking for the community specification data which could work as a reference for a renewable energy community flexibility management algorithm developed by my colleagues and me. What is in it for me looking at the Open Datasets?
Amir Ahmadifar: Within our research and innovation project Platone, we have a field trial in Germany for which we have both the specifications and the active power measurements at the point of common coupling. This could be a perfect fit for you. In fact, we have even the yearly measurements and all the data can be accessed openly.
Interviewer: This seems to be very useful data as reliable data are the backbone for such tests. I have a couple of questions in this regard: You just mentioned that data are open access? Is that correct?
Amir Ahmadifar: Yes. You can definitely access the data free of charge.
Interviewer: Are there any additional data that can be used by researchers and developers?
Amir Ahmadifar: In fact, not only the measurement data from this field trial but also some other open data sets have been prepared by the project partners and this will continue even during the upcoming months of the project period till the end of the project by the end of August 2023.
Interviewer: Can you please elaborate a bit more about the type of data?
Amir Ahmadifar: For sure. We have three different field trials with focus on grid observability increase, energy management for renewable communities, and congestion management for LV and MV grids via market mechanisms. The data sets summarize the field trial specifications. In addition and in line with the research publications related to the solutions developed for different use cases and field trials, there are also additional open data which could be used to validate the results reported in those publications.
Interviewer: Are the data sets accompanied by explanations about the time horizon, frequency of measurement, units, etc.?
Amir Ahmadifar: Yes. All the sets are accompanied by useful info required to interpret the data and reuse them for research purposes. We value significantly the spread of knowledge. Therefore, the open data repositories are structured in a way that facilitates the reusability of research and scientific data. We could obviously not deteriorate the confidential data of project consumers but whenever there was a possibility to provide access to research communities, we did and will do our best to make such an access easy for interested parties.
Interviewer: Thanks a lot for all your comprehensive replies. Can you please tell how an interested party can access such data?
Amir Ahmadifar: For sure. There are different channels that you can look for such data. You can refer to the Platone website in the first place. In addition, you can find us also in OpenAIRE which is a comprehensive and open dataset of research information.
In case you would like to have more info about the open data or have difficulties in accessing the data, please feel free to contact RWTH Achen University - Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems.
Interviewer: Thanks a lot for your time, Amir Ahmadifar.