Current or potential technology yellow needs updated Supply Chain Partners
Supply Chain Partner who are developing technology solutions to enable the DSO Flexibility Market.
Key messages for you:
- TRANSITION has delivered an evidential base to inform decisions on market design for flexibility services and proven the value of collaboration and coordination, leading to a whole systems approach in ED2.
- Simplified contractual arrangements are key to enabling wider participation and unlocking flexibility from aggregators and suppliers.
- TRANSITION successfully tested the neutral facilitation of a marketplace can enable the delivery of a variety of flexibility and capacity services and products (delivery timescales).
- A diverse range of data sources from supply through delivery to use can improve short-term planning and decision making.
- Robust digital models of the LV network at the street level form the basis for accurate forecasts that can enable greater uptake of LCTs.
- The automation of PSA modelling at all voltage levels can facilitate the identification and communication of flexibility requirements within DNOs and to potential flexibility providers.
- Automatic constraint prediction and economic optimisation tools are required to enable the efficient use of flexibility at scale.
What does DSO mean for you:
- Standardisation across different markets.
- Increased visibility of our programmes of work and early engagement to enable innovation.
- The bigger picture around flexibility and future opportunities.
- Better understanding of the tools DSOs need, their requirements and data flows.
The key learnings from TRANSITION and what we are doing next…
Key Learnings and Outcomes
- DSOs need fit-for-purpose IT solutions to run auctions (NMF), simulate and resolve constraints (PSA) and select contracts for dispatch (S&D tool) closer to real-time.
- Python was used as the backend language for the PSA and S&D tools due to its ease of use, compatibility and global support.
- Standardisation of data interaction, naming conventions (CIM) and programming language supports data sharing and reduces development time.
- Accurate connectivity data is key to ensuring the accuracy of network models and PSA results.
- Forecasting accuracy is improved by access to real time data, such as that provided by NeRDA and ElectraLink.
What are we doing next?
- Standardised contracts and agreements that make it faster to on-board supply chain partners to help us develop IT solutions.
- Work with others to agree common language, data and priorities across gas, water and other electric companies.
- Develop more open data sets to support partner innovation, incorporating new ways of using the data into planned products, services and network capabilities.
- Share digital maps of our network with our partners to provide them with live data from LV monitors and smart meters.
- Develop tools that forecast the use and benefits from flexibility services under different circumstances and across different products.
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