According to EEGI [1], the major R&D goals of the upcoming decade are to “improve planning approaches, real time coordination techniques, integrate novel power technologies and enable smart demand response.” For all of these goals, software applications are required that operate on field data or even perform real-time control. Arguably, in Europe, distribution grid control strategies are better understood (see, e.g., [4]) than approaches to maintaining the ICT for (distributed) smart control applications. ICT maintenance solutions in this context, such as such as application whitelisting for field platforms, are mostly proprietary and use many independent technologies that stem from first- or second generation SCADA technology. Furthermore, they have conceptual or implementation shortcomings that need to be addressed for a utility-scale deployment. This problem does not only apply to novel smart grid applications but also to conventional SCADA systems.

LarGo! provides key solutions to the operational challenges of active grid control, focusing on the important need to perform novel application deployment, functionality updates and software patching. Therefore, the project is in line with the 2050 target of ENTSO-E [2] “to determine and develop an optimal asset management strategy for equipment on a cost-effectiveness basis.” LarGo! will propose a resilient system and controls design that tolerates the reduced availability of ICT components, which occur as a result of application deployment processes, technical failures or even malicious actions. The European Technology Platform (ETP) Smart Grids highlighted the importance of this issue in 2012 [3], and defined “secure distribution grids control strategies” as one of the central R&D goals.

[1] EEGI, The EEGI Research and Innovation Roadmap 2013-2022

[2] ENTSO-E, The ENTSO-E Research and Development Implementation Roadmap 2013-2022

[3] European Technology Platform Smart Grids, Smart Grids Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) 2035

[4] IGreenGrid FP7 project, Deliverable 5.1, Technical and economic evaluation of replicability and scalability of solutions to increase the DER hosting capacity by smart solutions,