Scalability and replicability assessment tool

Questionnaire on Scalability and Replicability

I1 Name of the demo project
I2 Do you have plans to investigate the scalability and replicability of your project?

Technical questionnaire

Very true Rather true Rather false False Not considered yet
T1 Is it possible to easily (technically) add components to your solution to increase your solution's size?

Are the limits, affecting the proper functioning of the solution, on adding extra components within your solution (if any)?

E.g.: A data concentrator can manage a certain number of data sources. If the number of data sources increases to an extent the data concentrator is not able to cope with, an upgrade is needed.


Does the current infraestructure where the project is deployed (outside of your solution), create any limits on the maximun size that can be reached?

E.g.: Rating of the substation transformer that allows hosting a RES project

T4 Is the control of the interaction between the components a fully centralized one?
T5 Do you foresee technological advances in the short to medium term that will make adding components easier (technologically)?
T6 If some components are software products (tools, databases, models, etc.), does the growth of your solution affect their performance (calculation time, etc.)?
T7 Do you foresee technological advances in the short to medium term that will mitigate a possible performance reduction?

Does the correct functioning of the solution depend on a natural resource that is specific/abundant in the current environment?

E.g.: the availability of wind for wind power generation in a specific geographic area


Is the functioning of the solution influenced by the specific infrastructure of the location of your demonstrator?

Terrain conditions (mountains vs. lowlands / forest vs. desert), local generation mix, demographics (urban vs. rural population), size of the given area and distances, etc.

T10 Is the solution standards compliant? *
T11 Is the solution easily (economically and technically) made compliant with a defined different set of standards?

Are all components/functions of your solution plug & play, i.e. able to adapt their working and interactions to a different setting?

E.g.: Can a component provided by manufacturer A in a utility be substituted by a component provided by manufacturer B?

T13 Can the solution be easily deployed in different environments without additional investment (time/money)?
T14 Is your approach/solution evaluated at or even applied to another utility/grid operator?
* Mandatory standards: very true. Open standards: rather true. Propietary standards: rather false. No: false

Economic questionnaire

Very true Rather true Rather false False Not considered yet
E1 Is the actual project economically viable?

Do you foresee evolutions in the short to medium term which will have a positive influence on the cost-benefit ratio of your solution?

E.g.: More wind power, cheaper smart meters, etc.

E3 If the size of your solution increases, does the cost of your solution grow faster than the size (economies of scale)?
E4 The profitability of your solution when exported to a different country depends strongly on the different macro-economic factors. Have you undertaken or do you plan to undertake a scenario analysis on the impact of these factors?

Can your solution be exported to other countries and still be profitable considering the different macro-economic factors?

E.g.: the discount rate which defines the initial investment is a function of the inflation and the interest rate, fuel costs, etc.


Is the project still economically viable under a different setting (e.g., other EU member state)?

E.g.: the deployment of distributed generation could help reduce distribution grid losses. However, not all European countries incentivize loss reduction.

Regulatory questionnaire

Very true Rather true Rather false False Not considered yet

Are there any regulatory barriers with respect to the size and scope of the project?

E.g.: In Spain, the ability of photovoltaic plants to choose its economic regime (selling at a tariff or participating in the market and obtaining a premium) is restricted by a maximum installed capacity and by the requirement that these plants are connected to the grid through a single transformer.

R2 Is stakeholder acceptance important for your project?
R3 Do you foresee any challenges with respect to the stakeholder acceptance?

Does your solution depend on elements of current national or regional regulation that are necessary for your solution to be feasible and viable?

E.g.: Tariff structure, subsidy and remuneration schemes, market players and roles, etc. In Spain, neither DSO nor TSO can interact with electric vehicles to optimize grid operation because it is not permitted by regulation.

R5 Are there barries arising from the dependency on those elements of current regulation for the feasible deployment of your solution in other environments?
R6 Do you foresee acceptance problems when exporting your solution to other countries?

Global assessment

Project Scalability
Project Replicability

Factor assessment

Area assessment