This project will determine the requirements to safely and securely communicate with customers’ end point devices, such as small generation connections, to enable more flexible connections and flexibility services at a smaller scale and a lower cost. Initially, investigation will occur into into existing international communication protocols and interface devices that could be used for distributed energy resource management. A subset of the protocols and devices identified will be assessed within laboratory-based trials.
A key outcome of this project is the creation of a technical specification of requirements around communication with customers’ end point devices, alternatively known as Technical Interfaces, that can be used by the electricity industry.
The trial aims to assess things such as the readiness of the selected protocols and devices for DSO applications, the compatibility of these interfaces with our existing systems and the cyber security implications of using these interfaces.
Progress has been made with an initial workshop between all stakeholders. Decisions were made on how to progress the project, namely the types of customer end point devices to be considered and key protocols to be investigated.
September 2019 – September 2021