The Smart5Grid project consists a medium/long term endeavour since the consortium has decided to frame the project execution in a 36-month duration after a careful planning of the necessary implementation efforts. During the designated project duration, the Smart5Grid project will test, validate and demonstrate on the Smart5Grid open-source platform, testbeds and actual pilots, a number of developed NetApps that integrate innovative technologies, automated tools, VNFs, 5G communication networks and business models tailored to the smart distribution grids, offering blueprints and guidelines for a European-wide liberated and decarbonised energy sector.
Work Plan — Work Packages
The overall work of Smart5Grid has been organized into 7 Work Packages (WPs), with WP1 (Project Management) and WP7 (Exploitation and Impact Creation) running in parallel throughout the entire duration of the project, continuously interacting with the technical and demonstration WPs at every stage of the project. The categorization of the work into WPs follows the natural progress of the Smart5Grid project. Requirements analysis, use case elaboration, high-level and detailed specifications, architectural characteristics of the developed platform and alignment with 5G PPP previous Phases, as well as Proof-of-Concept integration inputs preparation – is the work concentrated in WP2 . Following the definition and specification phase, the innovative Smart5Grid components are developed in two WPs, i.e., WP3 (Integrated 5G Network Facility and Open Repositories) and WP4 (Technology Readiness Evolution for NetApps Development). WP3 and WP4 include most of the development work of the Smart5Grid platform, as well as the integration of the NetApps. Smart5Grid is also certainly oriented towards the actual demonstration of its NetApps to real life and the energy vertical industry. Hence, the project follows the approach of establishing two WPs (WP5 and WP6), each one addressing two Use Cases associated to the developed NetApps. Each one of WP5, and WP6 includes the planning activities, the development of the specific network services, and the final integration and the realization of the actual demonstration of the corresponding NetApp.
The proposed structure adheres to the project overall vision, thus making sure that the scientific and adopted engineering methodology will sufficiently result in specific tangible achievements with respect to the corresponding technical objectives.
WP1 includes three tasks and is led by ENEL.
WP1 provides the overall support for both management and administration of the entire project and for all partners-members of Smart5Grid consortium.
WP2 includes four tasks and is led by ATOS.
WP2 will define the overall Smart5Grid system architecture as well as the technical specifications for the individual components, such as the open 5G platform and use cases. It will also specify and elaborate the specific scenarios for the demonstrations of the 5G NetApps that will follow in WP5-WP6. In addition, a key objective of WP2 is the alignment with previous 5G PPP Phases activities and the respective technology selection and creation of roadmap for SMEs and third-party involvement and experimentation.
WP3 includes four tasks and is led by ENG.
WP3 is dedicated to the development of the open Smart5Grid 5G platform and to ensure that it includes the relevant 5G features to be demonstrated in the Smart5Grid use cases. The activities of this WP focus on functional aspects, such as end-to-end slicing, service orchestration, and automation required for an efficient deployment and operation of a 5G network for the purpose of the project. The project’s Open Smart5Grid Repository (OSR) for NetApps is also developed here. Appropriate actions will be made for integrating and interfacing between the 5G and the energy infrastructure and also, the HIL approach will be initiated and tested.
WP4 includes four tasks and is led by UW.
WP4 implements the NetApps and services used to support the vertical use cases of Smart5Grid and further validates the network services through lab trials. The pilots conducted in WP5 and WP6 will use the network services developed in this WP. The implementation will take into account the need for orchestrating eMBB, URLLC and mMTC services, and the slicing configuration for supporting for energy vertical use cases in the same network infrastructure. WP4 will also study the VNFs, NetApps, and orchestration methods that support the end-to-end service chains, utilizing and extending the network slicing and MEC features.
WP5 includes four tasks and is led by ENEL.
WP5 is responsible for the actual field validation of two developed Smart5Grid NetApps, contributing to the uninterruptible smart grid operation due to public 5G capabilities (Use Case 1) and private 5G features (Use Case 2). Actual power grid facilities and 5G public and private networks will be used to conduct the demonstration part of the Smart5Grid real-life experimentations. Through this WP, SMEs will have the opportunity to test and validate their applications in the context of specific vertical use cases, and to create 5G open source repositories for wide use and towards standards development. WP5 will also collect and consolidate valuable feedback for the behaviour of the developed Smart5Grid prototype platform, proposed 5G connectivity and developed NetApps under real operational conditions. Finally, WP5 will elaborate the initial demo planning which took place in WP2, so as to ensure that the performance requirements will be met, and that the demonstration fulfils its targets.
WP6 includes four tasks and is led by OTE.
WP6 is responsible for the actual field validation of two developed Smart5Grid NetApps, contributing to the integration of high levels of variable RES into 5G connected smart grids (Use Cases 3 and 4). Similar to WP5, actual power grid facilities will be utilized and 5G networks will be employed in order to demonstrate the developed NetApps through real-life experimentations. WP6 will also collect and consolidate valuable feedback for the behaviour of the developed Smart5Grid prototype platform, proposed 5G connectivity and developed NetApps under real operational conditions. WP6 will elaborate the initial demo planning which took place in WP2, so as to ensure that the performance requirements will be met, and that the demonstration fulfils its targets.
WP7 includes five tasks and is led by 8BELLS.
This WP will focus on the development and execution of viable plans (that are reviewed and updated regularly) for the Smart5Grid communication, dissemination and exploitation activities, with the aim to achieve high measurable impact of the project results, ultimately leading to successful adoption of the Smart5Grid NetApps, technological components and innovative features into the smart grid evolution ecosystem. More specifically, WP7 will define all the required actions to ensure that Smart5Grid work, solutions, and results are disseminated, demonstrated, and communicated to the appropriate stakeholders and potential shareholders, and at the right venues, and used to timely impact, improve, and drive standardization activities. It will also perform a detailed business modelling and techno-economic analysis for the proposed service provision scenarios, specifying how the consortium members can exploit them through the definition of adequate of exploitation plans. Finally, collaboration inside 5G PPP initiatives is expected to foster the necessary integration of the rest 5G PPP projects, aligning their results, and enhancing the overall 5G PPP framework in the energy sector and beyond.