The CoordiNet project will help to demostrate how DSOs and TSOs shall act in a coordinated manner and use the same pool of resources to procure grid services in the most reliable and efficient way through the implementation of large scale “TSO-DSO-Consumer” demonstrations, in cooperation with market participants (and end users).



The project

The purpose of CoordiNet is to establish different collaboration schemes between transmission system operators (TSOs), distribution system operators (DSOs) and consumers to contribute to the development of a smart, secure and more resilient energy system. Special emphasis will be on the analysis and definition of flexibility in the grid at every voltage level ranging from the TSO and DSO domain to consumer participation.

CoordiNet aims to demonstrate how DSOs and TSOs - by acting in a coordinated manner - can provide favourable cooperation conditions to all actors while removing barriers to participation for customers and small market players connected to distribution networks. CoordiNet will also develop new mechanisms, which are more suitable for real time operations, in order to define requirements for the development of standard European platforms. These requirements are to be exploited beyond the scope of this project. The results will help to design scalable tools and methodologies for grid operators and third parties to safely connect, manage and coordinate flexibility providers.

By setting-up a series of standardised products for grid services at EU level, CoordiNet will define and detail mechanisms for the provision of the needed grid services at distribution and transmission level. These will include (if applicable) the reservation, activation and settlement process. The proposed CoordiNet mechanisms will be tested at three large-scale demonstration projects across 10 different locations in Spain, Sweden and Greece. They will apply different coordination schemes and test the complete set of products for grid services defined within the project. Lessons learned from these large field demonstration projects will be used to design the structure of a joined pan-European coordination platform.


Coordinet Platform

The role of EnergyVille/VITO

As the E-market team of EnergyVille/VITO has a strong track record in analysing the future roles of DSOs and related TSO-DSO coordination schemes, EnergyVille/VITO will contribute to work package 1 “Reference scenarios and regulatory/market framework” which aims at selecting the most valuable coordination schemes to be tested in the demo sites and will lead WP6 “Market design and market platform: Lessons learned from demonstrations and recommendations to stakeholders”, which will assess and evaluate the results of the demonstration campaigns and provide recommendations for an adapted market design (including standardized products for grid services) at EU level and needed policies to support this. In addition EnergyVille/VITO will leverage its competences on energy-market design and modelling and aggregation in WP2 by contributing to the specification for the market architecture, operation and clearing algorithms and the aggregation systems, and bidding mechanisms respectively.


EU Grant

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement  No. 824414. 

Kris Kessels


Kris Kessels

Researcher Energy Markets at EnergyVille/VITO

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