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Industry4Redispatch

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„For the increased use of renewable energy, the electricity grid needs digitalised and networked systems for a system-serving management of flexibilities. The target of the project Industry4Redispatch is the control of industrial energy supply systems to make optimal use of flexibilities. In the project all relevant stakeholders are working together to develop both systemic and technical solutions for the industrial energy system.“

Tara Esterl
Project manager Industry4Redispatch,
Head of Competence Unit Integrated Energy Systems, Center for Energy,
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH

The flagship project Industry4Redispatch (I4RD) is a key project of the model region NEFI – New Energy for Industry. Within the project lifetime of I4RD innovative grid support solutions will be developed to (i) provide flexibility from the demand and supply side at the distribution network level for redispatch and (ii) demonstrate an online, predictive and holistic control concept for industrial energy supply systems that optimises a company’s market participation while securing its energy supply. With this approach industry can take part in redispatch. It also promotes technological development within the NEFI community, as it makes an important contribution to the central NEFI innovation fields of digitalisation and flexibilisation of industry.

The primary target of I4RD is to enable the provision of flexibility from industrial plants for redispatch. Therefore, within the framework of the project, all necessary technical, regulatory, economic and organisational prerequisites for the implementation of redispatch requirements, the necessary interaction and optimisation and control between transmission system operators (TSO) and distribution system operators (DSO) will be investigated.

Redispatch Module

All relevant actors are working closely together to find an integrated solution for industry automation and optimisation. The content involves establishing it as a coordination process between the TSO and the DSOs, developing a new type of redispatch module based on standardised requirements and demonstrating a proof-of-concept. The target of the module is to use unused flexibility of industrial customers for the provision of redispatch in compliance with the DSO requirements.

Plant tests

The integrated redispatch concept is tested by several demonstrations at different industrial plants located in the distribution network. This allows industrial customers showing different levels of automation system maturity to be addressed efficiently. This provides the basis for future engagement of different industrial sectors.

Guideline for the transformation

As a result, there will be a step-by-step guide for transforming a conventional, existing industrial energy supply system into a more flexible, decarbonised, optimally operated system, as well as the guidelines for the TSO-VNB coordination process.

Milestones

  1. Use Cases Redispatch requirements are defined
  2. Stakeholder-inquiry on Business models conducted
  3. Process optimisation of the energy supply system at the industrial site is accomplished
  4. Process specifications are finalised
  5. Specifications for the Redispatch-Module elaborated
  6. Implementation and validation of the EDCS-Controller performed
  7. Simulation of the future Redispatch-need finalised
  8. Scalability analyses for the distribution grids are accomplished
  9. Controller at the industrial sites implemented
  10. The Redispatch-Module was implemented
  11. Results from all development and implementation processes have been concluded
Project overview