In The Netherlands, the utilities, including electricity and gas, have been privatized. In 2009 the energy production and sales companies have been split from the distribution systems operators (DSO). DSO's are owned by provinces and municipalities and its tasks (operate networks and facilitate energy markets) are regulated in the energy laws. Future networks (‘smart grids’) will carry a wider range of functionality and many partners and processes are involved. The needed interoperability and standards were explored by a team consisting of Alliander (owner of Liander, a large DSO company), TNO (knowledge and research insititute), Geonovum (coordinating the geographic aspects in e-government), Geodan (supplier of geo-solutions) and the TU Delft (ICT and GIS technology) within the context of the Topsector Energie Switch2SmartGrids research program.

The goal was to create future proof and efficient information exchange between the energy sector, eGovernment and geo-world. Within each of these worlds, the information infrastructure has (partly) been realized. Each world is large and complex in itself; e.g. the geo-world world with ISO TC211, OGC, and INSPIRE, or the utility-world with the Common Information Model (IEC61970, IEC61968, IEC62325), and NORA, the Dutch Government Reference Architecture including the key register system. It is not realistic to assume that these worlds can be easily adjusted given the mass behind it. Our approach covers two levels: technical (web services, exchange formats, protocols) and content (semantics, information models). In case of model mismatches between the different worlds, semantic model transformation services are developed.

The information mappings that were developed, will be targeted towards use cases and tested in the domain of smart grids. Knowledge dissemination was an important task of the program, so that business society will be able to develop advanced products targeted to the international smart grids market.

Project duration was from October 2012 until September 2015.


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