View of the European electricity network (c) iTesla

The facts and the project

Developing a new generation of tools enabling network operators to guarantee the secure operation of the European electricity system in a context that includes new energy sources (wind, photovoltaic), new equipment (direct current lines) and increased “traffic” on the interconnection lines, this is what the iTesla project is all about.

With 21 partners - network operators, universities, research centres and companies working in the field, this European project, coordinated by RTE, the French transmission system operator, received, through the PRACE initiative, an allocation of nearly 10 million hours on Curie.

It involved, for the project’s partners, generating the widest possible range of representative situations for the network (such as a series of particularly cold winter scenarios) and then simulating how the system behaves for a large number of faults (for instance, the loss of a network lines following a short-circuit).

The results

The year-long simulations, started in September 2014, are heavy users of computing resources and only PRACE is in a position to supply these.

The results of these simulations will allow the drawing up of the security rules that will eventually be used as the reference in determining in advance what corrective actions should be taken in the event of a problem.

iTesla is scheduled to become operational in 2018.