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Questionnaire on Scalability and Replicability. Description.
What is the purpose of this questionnaire?
This questionnaire investigates the scalability and replicability of smart grid projects i.e. how can the technical solution of your demo project be deployed on a larger scale, and how can it be transferred to other countries? It takes +/-45min to answer.
The final goal is to create, for the very first time, a guideline for new projects to come concerning what is needed to be taken into account to be scalable and/or replicable.
Who should fill it in?
The target group of this questionnaire are EEGI projects, both European and national ones. When answering the questions, the main focus should be on the network operator’s (DSO/TSO) point of view and thus on system solutions (e.g. network planning & operation solutions).
Demonstrator leaders are encouraged to answer this questionnaire. However, additional input (on standards, interoperability, technology evolutions, etc.) might be provided by or in collaboration with the remaining project demonstrator’s partners (manufacturers, ICT providers, etc.).
Why is filling out this questionnaire important for your demo?
Multiple smart grid projects test technology and functionalities on a small scale and the full roll-out of their solutions and functionalities depends on the projects’ scalability and replicability. Scalability and replicability allow for growth and reuse of project demonstrators and they avoid project demonstrators of being merely a local experimental exercise.
It is crucial to notice that this questionnaire is not aiming to judge the demonstrator projects’ work on scaling and/or replication. It is neither the intention to judge the demonstrator’s scalability and replicability. However, filling in the questionnaire is very beneficial for the following reasons:
- A major objective of GRID+ is to study and identify rules for and gaps of scalability and replicability of smart grid projects. The results will be publicly available and thus, a feedback will be given to the participants.
- The results of this questionnaire will be anonymously distributed among the participants, which allows your demonstrator to learn from experiences with other demonstrators.
- The EEGI labelling process includes criteria on scalability and replicability.
The answers to the questionnaire will be public within GRID+, i.e. accessible by all GRID+ project partners, but the answers will not be publicly available outside GRID+ and the results will be anonymized.
Questionnaire manual and definitions
The questionnaire is structured into four main categories: introductory questions, technical questionnaire, economical questionnaire and regulatory questionnaire. Most questions propose predefined answers to the questions, which could be enriched with additional information. This allows participants to respond quickly and in detail if they want. For some questions however, it will be mandatory to provide the additional information.
- Scalability can be defined as the ability of a system to change its scale in order to meet growing volumes of demand (e.g. increasing the number of elements interacting in the system).
- A system is understood as a set of interacting elements with similar boundary conditions.
- By contrast, replicability denotes the property of a system that allows it to be duplicated at another location or time (e.g. duplicating a system somewhere else).
- Components are derived from the use case information on actors. Actors can be of type devices, applications, persons and organizations. For example, power system equipment (typically located at process and field level), protection and tele-control devices, network infrastructure (wired / wireless communication connections, routers, switches, servers) and any kind of computers.
 CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Smart Grid Coordination Group, “Smart Grid Reference Architecture”, November 2012.