DSO Workshop

Offering tools for automated energy management of electricity distribution grids

The INERTIA Concept and Demonstration

Tuesday, September 08th, 2015 10:00-14:00

Project Description

The INERTIA Project organizes a Workshop Section named “INERTIA DSO Workshop - Addressing aggregated DR - Challenging of high density DER”, to be held in ETC_EL Demo Site Premises in Katrineholm, Sweden. In parallel, an exhibition will be also organized, where the INERTIA partners will have the chance to present the overall INERTIA concept and perform pilot demonstration.

INERTIA project addresses the "structural inertia" of the existing Electricity Distribution Grids by introducing more active elements combined with the necessary control and distributed coordination mechanisms. More specifically, the main innovation of the project is the incorporation of occupancy and behaviour profiles under a common energy management framework towards the implementation of Demand Response Strategies.

The Workshop and Exhibition focuses on the demonstration and testing of Smart Grids software tools with special interest on the impact of Demand Response Strategies to DSOs operation. New business models address the role of the Aggregator in EU energy market and a main goal is to ensure the collaboration of this new role with traditional DSOs. In addition, and during the exhibition section, the experts from DSO companies will have the chance to get detailed information about the rest of the INERTIA tools and further to review a real-time demo scenario.


The workshop addresses experts from the fields of engineering, facility management & building maintenance and Distribution System Operators. Special interest for the incorporation of DSOs is considered as the demonstration of the electricity grid perspective of the project will take place.

Why attend?

1. Discussion sessions: Participate in intensive discussions with experts from the consortium about the concept and idea of the INERTIA framework.

2. Hardware Integration: A detailed summary of the INERTIA tools in the pilot eco systems of the project will be provided along with a cost benefit analysis useful for energy experts.

3. Real Demo: A demo presentation on the way a Demand Response Strategy is triggered by the DSO to initiate the active participation of prosumers in energy markets will be presented.

4.Business development: Gain insights and ideas for the new business scenarios addressed in the project.

5.Pilot results: Learn first-hand about results of the INERTIA Pilots involving applications in Greece, Spain and Sweden respectively.

Workshop Programme

Tuesday, September 08th, 2015 10:00 – 14:00
09:30 - 10:00 Registration
10:00 - 10:15 Welcome Section - Introduction of DSO participants
10:15 - 11:15

Demonstration of INERTIA Project & Tools

  • Addressing aggregated DR
  • Challenging high density of DER
11:15 - 12:00 Discussion - Future role of the DSO - The impact of INERTIA
12:00 - 12:45 Lunch Break
12:45 - 13:00

Guided tour at ETC demonstration site

  • Part a Challenging high density of DER
13:00 - 13:30 Open Discussion - Questions from participants
13:30 - 14:00 Workshop Final Results - Questionnaires
14:00 End of the Workshop Section

Workshop Invitation

Workshop Invitation

Workshop Invitation

Experts from the fields of engineering, facility management & building maintenance and Distribution System Operators are welcomed to participate in the workshop. You can download the formal invitation of the event from below link: INERTIA DSO Workshop Invitation


The INERTIA workshop will take place in Egen Els Parken, Katrineholm, Sweden.

Egen Els Parken, Katrineholm, Sweden

Egen Els Parken, Katrineholm, Sweden

Address: Energikullen 1, 64196

You can find the place from the following link: here


A total of 6 representatives coming from 4 DSO companies attended the workshop (Nacka Energi, Alvesta Energi, Eskilstuna Strängnäs Energi och Miljö, Mjölby Kraftnät) and answered the delivered questionnaire. Overall, the DSO participants found the presented tools and methods very interesting. Currently, they face the issues of reducing costs, preferably by eliminating the need of over-dimensioned grids. As such, the INERTIA solution to reduce peak loads in the grid could dramatically help them to plan infrastructural expansion of the grid, to ensure grid stability and reduce costs of transmission - both in their grid and in the national grid. Varying transmission costs for the customers depending on expected energy use were broadly used in Sweden in the 70’s and 80’s but these initiatives have all been removed due to the low and stable energy prices established since the deregulation of the Swedish energy market in the 90’s.

As of now, energy prices are stable and low in Sweden, and many industries receive subsidiaries for energy costs. However, DSOs do see a need for such solutions in the future, as they foresee a future with less stability and potentially rising prices, especially with regard to the increased penetration of intermittent energy sources, such as solar and wind.

The main obstacle mentioned for an investment on a system like INERTIA is the perceived complexity and cost of IT and IT-tools. Many of the DSOs are small, and they neither have the in-house competence nor the capacity to deal with the relatively large and complex IT systems that are required for such measures. The larger DSOs are currently looking at how to make use of the large chunks of data generated by the smart meters that are becoming more and more widespread in Sweden.

Finally, for the future, the DSOs declared that they would need the IT-solutions to be absolutely automatic in order to be attractive, reducing the need of personnel while still minimizing the risk of faults, and that solutions that can generate profits are always welcome. To be able to control demand after certain schedules or estimations in order to reduce loads and therefore make distribution grid tariffs much cheaper is always going to be interesting. Political decisions might then have to show the way and force changes.






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