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Connecting the Labs & Conducting Remote Experiments

This wiki is intended to facilitate the setup of co-simulation or remote experiments in the European Virtual Smart Grid Laboratory. Please suggest ideas for collaboration or about standards, advertise hard- and software resources you want to share or would like access to, etc. Resulting collaborations can be found in the Category:Projects. Please keep the info on your collaborations updated.

To obtain a password, please contact eric DOT pauwels AT cwi DOT nl.

Research questions

You can post research questions here and eventually link them to collaboration projects.

  • How do we connect power generation from a wind farm to an electricity market system? - Wind farm clearing
  • Etc.

How can we collaborate?


Several partners have developed sophisticated smart grid related simulation tools that are often complementary in nature. For instance, one simulation tool will dynamically match power supply and demand based on real-time inputs, while another simulator (at another lab) is specifically designed to simulate the stochastic nature of power supply from renewables such as solar or wind. Linking these simulators up creates a more valuable tool, the results of which will provide investigators with more detailed and realistic predictions. Unfortunately, in most cases these simulators are built using a wide variety of home-grown or proprietary software tools (Matlab, LabView, Simulink, AutoCad, ..., etc) which makes integration challenging.

For that reason we propose to facilitate interaction and collaboration by adhering to a RESTful webservice strategy in which each simulator is seen as a resource that can be approached via the standard HTTP commands GET (to retrieve results) and POST (to communicate input parameters) commands.

To facilitate interaction the following URI's are defined:

Remote Experiments

  1. Observational: Making data (obtained from test sites or living labs) accessible to other partners;
    • Typically:
      • Initiative and control remain at the hosting (hardware)lab;
      • Resulting data streams are broadcast to interested parties;
    • Services On Offer
      •  ??
    • Services Requested
      • CWI: Interested in data streams from living labs for data mining and temporal pattern recognition.
      •  ??
  2. Participatory but Asynchronous (Off-line)
    • Typically:
      • The script for an experiment is submitted to a partner lab, where (upon approval) it is performed (hence, each partner can be the initiator, but the control remains at the hardware host);
      • The results are then communicated to the requesting lab (not necessarily in real time);
    • Services On Offer
      • Inverter control at Imperial College??
      • CWI: Send us cost functions of generators or loads and we will send you back a market price: CLEMEL.
      • CWI: Choose a desired market mechanism, send us cost functions of generators or loads and we will send you back market prices: Market Garden (in development).
    • Services Requested
      • CWI: We are looking for simulators from other partners, which we will be able to connect to our electricity market simulator (CLEMEL). For example, simulators of:
        • power supply from PV installations or wind turbines (separate units or aggregated parks)
        • power demand from electric vehicles that are able to adjust their behaviour in response to a market price (price-based demand response)
        • smart buildings with price-based demand response
  3. Interactive remote experiments: this type of application carries obvious risks, and will require appropriate safety and security measures;
    • Typically:
      • The hardware resources at the remote host are directly controlled (over the internet) by another partner;
      • The results are communicated in real time to the initiator;
    • Services On Offer
      • Demand-side management?
    • Services Requested
      • Demand-side management?


The following partners are connected to the European Virtual Smart Grid Laboratory (Category:Partners):


The following simulation tools are currently available or in development (Category:Simulation tools):

Currently available

In development


The following projects are ongoing or have been proposed (Category:Projects):



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