“INVADE is a significant project for us”

As an energy software vendor, eSmart Systems always wants to be in front. The results of the large EU project, INVADE, will help put the company in a leading position.

“The overall purpose of INVADE is to show how the use of flexibility in the smart grid, through an integrated platform, can stabilize the transmission system. It also provides the possibility for higher usage of renewables in the grid,” explains Terje Lundby, Project Manager at eSmart Systems.

Top priority project

His company is one of twelve European partners in the prestigious EU Horizon 2020 project, INVADE (2017-2020). With a budget of 16 million Euros, INVADE seeks to integrate electric vehicles and batteries to empower storage in distribution grids.

“The renewable production is volatile and often challenging to manage for TSOs and DSOs. There is a limit to how much they can handle in their system, but through the use of available flexibility from batteries and loads, we believe that the system can be stabilized and therefore handle more renewables,” says Lundby.

This is made possible by technology like Internet of Energy Things, Big Data Analytics and real-time processing of data, which is why INVADE is a top priority project for eSmart Systems.

At the forefront of technology

“First of all, we appreciate the opportunities that new technology provides. By using our core competences within big data management, analytics and artificial intelligence, we believe that we are the right company to provide the market with the kind of platform used in INVADE,” emphasizes Lundby. He adds:

“We also view INVADE as a great opportunity to develop new products and show how our technology can be used to predict how much flexibility is available, and then use this flexibility in real-time to stabilize the system.”

There are five pilots in the project, located in Norway, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Spain and Germany. Each of them are different, but they all demonstrate how new technology can help the power market in the future.

“By participating in R&D projects, we are in front of the technology and the market.  It is important for us to be at the forefront, considering what will come, not only what is here today. We push what is possible every day,” Lundby points out.

eSmart Systems – the project spider

eSmart Systems is responsible for developing the integrated INVADE platform, which is the platform being used in the pilots.

“It is used for visualization, predicting available flexibility going forward, deciding what to use the flexibility for and, finally, implementing this decision. That is our main task. However, through this responsibility we cooperate with all partners, and to some sense, we are ‘the spider’ in the project,” explains Lundby – smiling.

This description is fitting because eSmart Systems is a part of most discussions, work packages and tasks in the project.

“Several work packages provide input to the implementation of our platform, and we cooperate a lot with the pilots. In addition, it is important to develop a working business model. We want to show a working concept and how the platform can be used, not just in the project, but also in the market.”

Solving real challenges

The three-year INVADE project is approaching midterm, and eSmart Systems is soon to deliver the main software solution.

“We are in a very important stage at the moment. The first version of the platform will be tested at the end of June, and then it will be used by the pilots from the autumn and onwards,” notes the Project Manager.

The foundation for the platform is already in place, including technical designs, concept designs and dialogues with pilot owners.

“I believe the pilots are very interesting. They have real issues they struggle with in today’s market, and they want to use the solutions and results from the project to solve their challenges. It is a large and significant project, and we hope to get good feedback and results to show the energy sector,” concludes Lundby.

Read more about INVADE. 

The five European pilot sites

  1. Stavanger (Norway) 
  2. ​Noord-Brabant (The Netherlands) 
  3. ​Albena (Bulgaria) 
  4. Granollers (Spain) 
  5. Germany