ERIGrid holistic test description for validating cyber-physical energy systems

Heussen, Kai and Steinbrink, Cornelius and Abdulhadi, Ibrahim F. and Van Hoa, Nguyen and Degefa, Merkebu Z. and Merino, Julia and Jensen, Tue V. and Guo, Hao and Gehrke, Oliver and Bondy, Daniel Esteban Morales and Babazadeh, Davood and Andrén, Filip Pröstl and Strasser, Thomas I. (2019) ERIGrid holistic test description for validating cyber-physical energy systems. Energies, 12 (14). 2722. ISSN 1996-1073 (

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Smart energy solutions aim to modify and optimise the operation of existing energy infrastructure. Such cyber-physical technology must be mature before deployment to the actual infrastructure, and competitive solutions will have to be compliant to standards still under development. Achieving this technology readiness and harmonisation requires reproducible experiments and appropriately realistic testing environments. Such testbeds for multi-domain cyber-physical experiments are complex in and of themselves. This work addresses a method for the scoping and design of experiments where both testbed and solution each require detailed expertise. This empirical work first revisited present test description approaches, developed a newdescription method for cyber-physical energy systems testing, and matured it by means of user involvement. The new Holistic Test Description (HTD) method facilitates the conception, deconstruction and reproduction of complex experimental designs in the domains of cyber-physical energy systems. This work develops the background and motivation, offers a guideline and examples to the proposed approach, and summarises experience from three years of its application.


Heussen, Kai, Steinbrink, Cornelius, Abdulhadi, Ibrahim F. ORCID logoORCID:, Van Hoa, Nguyen, Degefa, Merkebu Z., Merino, Julia, Jensen, Tue V., Guo, Hao, Gehrke, Oliver, Bondy, Daniel Esteban Morales, Babazadeh, Davood, Andrén, Filip Pröstl and Strasser, Thomas I.;