Working build up the mutual knowledge and collaboration between projects, enable a thorough discussion of the main lessons learnt by the projects, and feed the ERA-Net SES Knowledge Community with state-of-the art information. In physical and virtual meetings, representatives of ERA-Net SES funded projects meet each other and invited experts. The working groups are open to those consortia that could not be awarded in ERA-Net SES calls as well as external initiatives, institutions and project consortia. Moreover, the findings and output of the knowledge community will help the program managers and policy makers from the involved funding partners to shape future calls and programs.
The following working groups exist and are being managed on the expera
- System Architecture and Implementation Modelling
Speaking a common language and having comparable approaches to smart grid architectures is important for the cross-evaluation and monitoring of projects. Big remaining questions that the Working Group tackles are security by design and other architectural ways to ensure data security and privacy. The handling of big data and cloud computing approaches need to be mapped in architectures as well. Microgrids and cellular approaches to Smart Grid architectures will be discussed and evaluated regarding their usability for the ERA-Net SES and other national and transnational projects. This approach is particularly promising for the increase of the system's resilience. The work will strongly build on the European M /490 process and the Smart Grid Architecture Model (SGAM).
- Storage and Cross Energy Carrier Synergies
The energy system of the future will be characterised by a high penetration of energy from renewable energy sources. Because of the intermittency of some renewables, guaranteeing grid stability in the future makes finding and deploying new balancing mechanisms indispensable. Storage and cross energy carrier synergies are means that will become a cornerstone for a safe and stable energy supply in the future. Still, there is a lot of research and market scale effects needed for making these technologies reliable and affordable. Further, regulation has to be adapted as well as new business models need to be found in order to make widespread application feasible.
- Regulatory and Market Development
In order to achieve a European common energy policy, an internal market for the products and services of the energy sector must be established. To that end aim of this Working Group is to identify the consequent barriers, new challenges and needs emerging both in the field of regulation and business models for RES integration, smart metering, demand response, storage. New trends in smart grid and storage regulation to face these challenges will be addressed, based on known positive experiences in pilot projects. The role of DSOs, TSOs and new market players in the future marketplaces will be analysed.
- Consumer and Citizen Involvement
Involving residential as well as commercial customers in smart grid trials has proven to be more difficult than expected just a few years ago. Rewards and business cases remain difficult to define and a shared knowledge on how to approach, activate and engage the broad public in the energy system of the future is crucial knowledge for all stakeholders in the core projects, the Steering Board, the Support Team as well as in external projects.
- Interoperability and Standardisation
Interoperability and standardisation are one of the keys to a common European vision for smart grids. Only if all stakeholders agree on a common European interoperability outline, Europe can become a single market for Smart Grid that is lucrative for smart grid technology suppliers and enables sound new business models. The Working Group can discuss standards and press for the commercial breakthrough of standards to be applied in the ERA-Net SES projects. Questions that the Working Group tackles are the ever increasing importance of data models, design methodologies and interoperability testing procedures, Smart Grids standardization, the most urgent standardization gaps and the interplay between "de facto” industry standards vs "de jure” international standards. Close cooperation with the System Architecture and Implementation Modelling Working Group is foreseen, with particular reference to the European M /490 process and the Smart Grid Architecture Model (SGAM), which is of great relevance for the implementation of interoperable systems.
The working groups are managed and moderated by the team of the Knowledge Community Management (B.A.U.M., RSE, CLIC) which is an integral part of the ERA-Net SES Coordination