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The objectives of the WP are to The objectives of the WP are to determine the scalability and replicability of the smart grid projects of the EEGI, to propose methods and tools for this purpose and to propose solutions for enhancing the scalability and repllicability of ongoing and new projects. The functional demonstrators of the EEGI work programme aim at verifying at full-scale the functionality, usefulness, validity, interaction, and coordination of the different smart grids technologies and solutions envisaged. The full roll-out of the tested solutions requires a suitable degree of scalability and replicability to avoid that demonstrators remain local experimental exercises.
- “scaling-up” means the rules for the full deployment in a geographical area where large scale demonstrations have proven to be successful, and characterized by similar network, technical, legislative, regulatory and customer-related conditions (called boundary conditions)
- “replication” means transporting successfully scaled-up results into other geographical areas, with potentially different boundary conditions.
Scalability and replicability of smart grid projects is determined by means of appropriate measures given by Key Performance Indexes (KPIs). The work package aims at providing practical methods that can be used in support of actual projects.
The scaling-up and replication rules devised from on-going projects are dedicated to the tested technologies and to the conditions encountered in the projects. For example, Enel launched its “Telegestore” Advanzed Metering Management project in late 2000 and in Spain, Endesa is currently starting to install smart meters based on Enel's technology. During scaling-up, technical issues within the meters as well problems with the data flow have been encountered. The work is expected to illustrate the effect of interoperability measures and the use of standard interfaces to promote scaling and replication.