Multi-layered simulation platform for future worlds distribution system scenarios

Xu, Han and Jennett, Kyle and Downie, Allan and Coffele, Federico (2020) Multi-layered simulation platform for future worlds distribution system scenarios. In: CIRED Workshop 2020, 2020-09-22 - 2020-09-23.

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With the current Distribution System Operator (DSO) transition, DSOs are looking for novel cost-effective solutions to manage distribution networks. To avoid operational failures these solutions must be evaluated in a realistic end to end test environment prior to deployment. To meet this requirement PNDC is presently developing a platform that integrates solutions for power system analysis, market modelling, and real-time simulation. This multi-layered simulation platform will be used to investigate the impact of different DSO operational scenarios (e.g. flexibility procurement, communication interfaces, and vendor provided solutions). To develop the case study presented in this paper aspects of the Open Networks ‘Future Worlds’ were utilised. The ‘Future Worlds’ were developed by the UK Energy Networks Association and represent potential scenarios for the UK future electricity industry structure. This paper presents a case study using the PNDC platform. This case study reflects ‘Future World’ A and simulates an enforced power exchange profile at a grid supply point. In the case study a controllable demand is simulated in real-time and interfaces with power flow analysis and an optimal flexibility procurement algorithm. The case study demonstrates the capability of the multi-layered platform to manage network limitations by procuring flexibility services within a simulated distribution network.