The three main challenges, as identified by the ERA-NET Smart Grid Plus call, are addressed as follows:

  1. Enabling an increased flexibility of the power system to cope with the growing share of intermittent, variable and decentralized renewable generation, and managing the complex interactions: Energy management applications in the customer domain activating flexibility are a key means for increasing power system flexibility. LarGo! deals with the deployment of such applications and therefore strongly supports the efficient rollout of flexibility schemes.


  1. Increase network capacity to support increased generation and transmission resulting from renewables and in support of the internal energy market: Active distribution grid operation is one of the central tools for increased network capacity besides grid reinforcement. It has been shown in [1] that on average, the hosting capacity for renewables can be doubled in the EU’s distribution grids by active grid operation. LarGo! deals with the deployment of such applications and therefore strongly supports the increase network capacity.


  1. Provide information, services, market architectures and privacy guarantees to support open markets for energy products and services, whilst facilitating the active participation of customers: An open and standardized framework for application provisioning (here: to end customers) facilitates the active participation of customers and removes barriers that stem from insufficient or incompatible technical solutions. It also strongly reduces costs for application provisioning, resulting in a better market feasibility of applications.

[1] 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, http://igreengrid-fp7.eu/deliverables