Projects: Projects for Investigator
Reference Number NIA_SSEN_0040
Title Technical Interfaces to Scale as a DSO
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 50%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Other Supporting Data) 50%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
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Scottish and Southern Energy plc
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 September 2019
End Date 01 September 2021
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £448,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Scotland
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Scottish and Southern Energy plc (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Scottish and Southern Energy plc (0.000%)
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Objectives The project will investigate and assess the cyber security implications of various interfaces and end-point hardware options tested in diverse international trials. During investigation, a review of literature and case studies will be carried out to identify and assess low cost and scalable interfaces and their cyber security implications. The output from this work is ultimately a functional specification and a shortlist of interfaces to trial. The identification of a shortlist of interfaces would allow the project to trial the options, by the supplier building and integrating hardware and trialling different communication protocols and monitoring software. The trial will ensure that the interfaces are applicable to the GB and SSEN. It will also allow us to explore the cyber security implications and give us insight on how we would integrate the much increased numbers of customer end points into our core systems. This will allow the development of a pecification that can be put forward to the ENA as a potential standard and as a base specification to allow interfaces to be procured against. The project is reviewing international interfaces however the output is focused on solutions which are applicable to the GB To inform this work, all investigated interfaces must be broad enough to cover a representative spread of currently deployed solutions as well as trialled future options. A subset of these interfaces and a number of their combinations, are then trialled to create a detailed specification that covers the hardware, software, communication and cyber security requirements of such an interface. This project will deliver:1. A review of interfaces and end-point devices from international trials and deployments2. A review of cyber security risks and impacts3. A functional specification document in phase 1 to inform trial in phase 2 4. A trial at the PNDC to garner practical experience with the most promising interfaces5. A detailed specification document for DSO interfaces built up from all the learning trials
Abstract As part of the implementation of the Distribution System Operator (DSO) role, safe and secure communication with customers is critical for enabling flexible connections and flexibility services. This is important to create a liquid market for flexibility services and allow as many participants as possible across use cases. In addition, there is a need for lower cost means of integrating Distributed Energy Resources (DER) than current methods. It is particularly the case when we require to scale these initiatives to ensure we can retain the integrity of our systems while interacting with all customers, large or small.
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