The INTERRFACE project develops an interface between transmission and distribution system operators (TSOs and DSOs) and their customer in order to allow seamless integration and efficient use of renewable energy in the electricity grid. The EU has set ambitious climate targets that require a major shift towards sustainable energy generation. With this transition, new challenges and opportunities arise for TSOs and DSOs.
Currently, decentralised power generation, such as photovoltaic systems, allows energy consumer to become prosumers, who not only consume, but also produce energy. However, the electricity grid must provide the technical basis to allow prosumers to contribute to it. Furthermore, economic and regulatory guidelines are needed.
INTERRFACE contributes to legislative proposals adopted by the European Commission by promoting cooperation among network operators for grid balancing and congestion management. The project encourages a more effective use of services at both transmission and distribution levels, addressing challenges that arise with an increasing share in renewable energy. To achieve it, the project is using blockchain and Big Data management technologies.
The increased coordination in the electricity gird, thanks to INTERRFACE's digital solutions, is expected to result in cost-effective and secure supply of electricity and also to encourage end-users to become active market participants (prosumers). Furthermore, these digital tools will provide a basis for new market structures, allowing a wider use of distributed renewable energy resources.