Industry report: Global Smart Grid Federation findings on interoperability


The whole energy value chain is undergoing a paradigm shift from a centrally focused, towards a more dynamic, distributed system, where the major challenges can be observed closest to the customer, in the local/distribution area.

The vast amounts of distributed and renewable energy sources being integrated into the distribution grids is together with the empowering of customers/development and roll-out of smart metering, the smart Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure and the introduction of distributed energy storage, revolutionising the electricity systems and markets.

Technology challenges

The development of smart grids is key to reaching a sustainable, competitive and secure future energy economy. The active distribution grids will be augmented with data, information and communication systems in order to monitor, facilitate new services and coordinate energy flows. This creates great challenges for technologies, systems and organisations to operate and work together, with new roles and responsibilities, new business models, new services and products and new social interactions.

To make this possible, a high level of system interoperability is needed, to ensure that new products and services can operate in a multi-vendor, multi-standards, local manufacturing and multi-operator environment. Interoperability has a strong impact on markets, by…

Read Global Smart Grid Federation’s full¬†Smart Grid Interoperability report.