A Service Oriented Architecture for the Digitalization and Automation of Distribution Grids

Marco Pau, Markus Mirz, Jan Dinkelbach, Padraic McKeever, Ferdinanda Ponci, Antonello Monti
2022 IEEE Access  
Modern distribution grids are complex systems that need advanced management for their secure and reliable operation. The Information and Communication Technology domain today offers unprecedented opportunities for the smart design of tools in support of grid operators. This paper presents a new philosophy for the digitalization and automation of distribution grids, based on a modular architecture of microservices implemented via container technology. This architecture enables a service-oriented
more » ... deployment of the intelligence needed in the Distribution Management Systems, moving beyond the traditional view of monolithic software installations in the control rooms. The proposed architecture unlocks a broad set of possibilities, including cloud-based implementations, extension of legacy systems and fast integration of machine learning-based analytic tools. Moreover, it potentially opens a completely new market of turnkey services for distribution grid management, thus avoiding large upfront investments for grid operators. This paper presents the main concepts and benefits of the proposed philosophy, together with an example of field implementation based on open source components carried out in the context of the European project SOGNO.
doi:10.1109/access.2022.3164393 fatcat:vl2pd3g5x5afhnt3tg4r7wjkzq