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International test and simulation facility

Testing and simulation services from unit to system level to explore safe and reliable energy systems of the future

More renewables. Greater demand. The rise of the “prosumer”. There is no doubt that future electricity systems need to be smarter with intelligence distributed throughout the network. But there isn’t yet a consensus on how that intelligence will look. This makes it difficult for network operators, regulators and energy suppliers to make informed decisions on new products, services, solutions and business models.

The International Test and Simulation Facility (ITSF) for future energy systems helps you mitigate the risks around deploying energy systems including smart grids. It offers a complete test cycle that can be customised to meet your specific needs. This enables you to test and validate new technologies at the unit, integration and complete energy system level.

Unique large-scale energy system simulation
A key component of the ITSF is its unique large-scale simulation environment for modelling complete energy systems including the grid and energy market. It lets you assess the behaviour and impact of potential products, technologies, services and business models – such as demand-response or load-shedding solutions – in a realistic energy system, based on a wide range of future scenarios. So you can be sure of making the right choices for your system.

Key services:

  • (Physical and software) unit testing 
    • Conformance
    • Compliance
  • Integration testing in simulated and real-life (small-scale) smart energy environments
    • Interoperability
    • Field operation
  • Scalability / system-level testing in simulated, large-scale smart grid models
  • Scenario analysis
  • Robustness
  • Feasibility / potential
  • Performance

Combining industry-leading smart grid experience
The ITSF has been developed by a consortium of commercial and academic partners. The consortium offers a wide range of expertise in testing and smart grid projects, and offers specialised, state-of-the-art facilities for the physical testing of smart energy components. In addition, all the modelling and analysis tools at the heart of its simulation environment have been developed and thoroughly validated as part of smart energy system field trials such as PowerMatching City.

ITF business / consortium partners:

ITF partners