Skip to main content

Information systems and data exchange for renewables' integration


Coordination of Transmission and Distribution data eXchanges for renewables integration in the European marketplace through Advanced, Scalable and Secure ICT Systems and Tools

The project aims to design and develop novel Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools and techniques that facilitate scalable and secure information systems and data exchange between Transmission System Operators (TSOs) and Distribution System Operators (DSOs). The three novel aspects of ICT tools and techniques to be developed in the project are: scalability – ability to deal with new users and increasingly larger volumes of information and data; security – protection against external threats and attacks; and interoperability –information exchange and communications based on existing and emerging international smart grid ICT standards. 

The project focuses on TSO-DSO interoperability. While TSO-TSO interoperability is currently well established by ENTSO-E through implementation of the Common Grid Model Exchange System, TSO-DSO interoperability will also benefit future TSO-TSO interoperability. In this context, the project will also consider DSO to other Market-participants (DSOs, Aggregators, Distributed Energy Resource Operators, Micro-grid Operators) and information or data access portals that enable business processes involving relevant actors in the electrical power sector.

Beyond state-of-the-art progress that will be achieved as follows:

  • Fully defined interface specifications for TSO-DSO information exchange interfaces based on Use Case analysis and IEC 61970/61968/62325 standards to support highly automated information exchange and network analysis.
  • Fully defined interface specifications for information exchange between DSOs and market participants based on Use Case analysis and IEC 61850 and IEC 62325 standards to support highly automated information exchanges.
  • Role-based access control that securely accommodates new data requirements and unbundling processes.
  • A specified suite of ICT protocols and integration with the defined interfaces.
  • Proof of Concept using field tests and demonstration with industry specification at both TSO and DSO levels.


Replicability - The results will be used by TSOs, DSOs, and Market participants to help them implement new interfaces based on IEC standards (CIM, 61850) supporting the grid codes and/or to help vendor develop products to provide ICT solutions.

Market Transformation, Socio-economics - The project will improve ENTSO-E profiles based on IEC standards: CGMES based on IEC 61970 and IEC 61968 and CIM European Style Market profile based on IEC 62325. The project will also assess Cyber Security standards which must be used in the context of information exchange between TSO/DSO/Market participants.

Policy, Environment - The impact focus will be on both regulatory aspects, such as market mechanisms, as well as processes for TSO and DSO interactions and information exchange. In addition, data information exchange on scalable, secure and standardised platforms will be developed and demonstrated at an industry level. In particular, standards from the IEC TC 57 committee will be evaluated, extended and feedback will be brought back to the market. Industry wide impact will be supported through the participation of ENTSO-E as the most prominent stakeholder.

Meet the Principal Investigator(s) for the project

Professor Gareth Taylor
Professor Gareth Taylor - Prof Gareth Taylor - Professor of Power Systems Director of BIPS Research Centre - Brunel Interdisciplinary Power Systems Module Leader - MSc Sustainable Electrical Power Gareth joined Brunel in May 2000 from the University of Greenwich in London. He was appointed as a National Grid Post-doctoral Scholar from 2000-2003 and joined Electronic and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering and Design as a lecturer in June 2003. He established the new MSc Sustainable Electrical Power as the Course Director in September 2006. He has been a research active member of the Brunel University Research Centre BIPS since May 2000 and was appointed as Director in 2010. He was appointed as a Professor in Power Systems in 2012 and as the Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering from May 2019 to June 2023. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is a Fellow of the IET. He is also a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. From 2016-22 he was also the elected UK Regular Member for CIGRE Study Committee D2 Information Systems and Telecommunication. In 2023 he was also appointed as a member of the Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) for the CIGRE Study Committee D2.He was also appointed as a Visiting Professor within the Control & Power Research Group, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London from 1st October 2023 to 30th September 2026.

Related Research Group(s)

power cables

Brunel Interdisciplinary Power Systems - Power systems analysis for transmission and distribution networks, smart grids; congestion monitoring in transmission networks; simulation and analysis of new energy markets; optimisation of the design and operation of electrical networks; condition monitoring of power station and power system plant; energy-efficient designs for underground electric power cables.

Partnering with confidence

Organisations interested in our research can partner with us with confidence backed by an external and independent benchmark: The Knowledge Exchange Framework. Read more.

Project last modified 21/11/2023