The success of the European vision of a low carbon electricity grid that minimises greenhouse gas emissions; and enhances security, quality and reliability of supply depends on how smart infrastructures, combining energy and telecom, are developed and implemented for the wider integration of security-aware distributed energy resources into the increasingly decentralised grid.

MAS2TERING, a 3-year technology-driven and business-focused project, is aimed at developing innovative information and communication technology (ICT) platform for the monitoring and optimal management of low-voltage distribution grids by integrating last mile connectivity solutions with distributed optimisation technologies, while enhancing the security of increased bi-directional communications.

The project also aims at enabling new collaboration opportunities between grid operators and telecom and energy companies, both from technology and business perspectives.

The project consortium includes prominent industrial organisations and research institutes from the European energy, telecom and security fields, to leverage the critical dimensions of energy, ICT, security and business.
Nine project partners are CEA, Utility Partnership Limited, R2M Solution, GDF Suez, Cassidian CyberSecurity, Telecom Italia, Cardiff University, TSSG/Waterford Institute of Technology and Laborelec, from five European countries: France, United Kingdom, Italy, Ireland, Belgium.

Project implementation will be based on three business cases:


1. Business Case I: Secure and effective connection of commercial home energy boxes with pubic DSO smart meter and consumption profile optimization


Scope for this use case is to exploit the in-home monitoring systems on telecom’s infrastructure deployable for the HAN management, with particular emphasis to its connection to the DSO. In particular, the use case will assess the impact of the solution in terms of:

  • Enabling HAN side energy consumption data collection and consumption profile optimization
  • Enabling connection between DSO smart meter and the Telecom Italia smart gateway (the Home Energy Box)
  • Ensuring data privacy

2. Business Case II: District Energy Management


A key new challenge of the energy in Europe is the decentralisation of its production.

The development of solar panels and micro-cogeneration systems is a concrete example of this new change in the energy sector. As local energy management gains momentum, new energy and telecom technologies are driving real time metering and consumption monitoring in households, buildings and factories.


Scope for this use case is to deploy and run tests, relying on software-steered equipment connected to the local grid in the LAB and GDF premises (also relying on additional monitoring devices will be deployed by UPL), assess the added value for DSO of such decentralised energy management approaches, and assess the effectiveness of optimisation and, of the business models for ESCO, TELECO and DSO, for them to successfully deliver and receive services in good relation with the end-users. Cyber security will be a major input into the architecture devising of a system.


3. Business Case III: Enhancing grid reliability, performance and resilience


The third use case tackles low-voltage grid management (i.e. 230/400v) and specifically targets DSOs. The use-case is an extension of use case 2, with the aim to demonstrate that local or district-level energy management, combined with effective grid monitoring and enhanced DSO / ESCO connections can significantly improve the flexibility and global balancing of the grid.

MAS2TERING project aims to deliver a self-organized integrated ICT platform for interoperable, secure, and trusted communication between grid components and systems for business-focused optimal monitoring and management of the low-voltage grid through enhanced combination of the Telecom and Energy infrastructures.

MAS2TERING’s concept and strategy rely on a combination of approaches – R&D, assessment and dissemination approach, and is based on five key pillars:

  1. Interoperability
  2. Security and Reliability
  3. Holonic Architecture & Distributed Optimization
  4. Components for local and global distribution balancing for cost-effectiveness and enhanced grid resilience
  5. Cooperative business models for cost-effective grid management and enhanced integration of telecom and energy infrastructures

The MAS2TERING global strategy translates into in a set of Scientific & Technical Objectives:

  • Design and deliver middleware components for flexible multi-protocol smart grid management, enabling massively distributed and secured smart grid monitoring and management strategies.
  • Design and deliver software components for smart grid security enhancement, with two main targets:
  1. Software components for secure communication between the platform agents, integrated both at the optimization (software) level and at the infrastructure layer;
  2. and Tools and methods for identifying and quantifying security risks in the combined energy and ICT grid and provide an early warning system against cyber attacks to protect the infrastructure.
  • Design and develop optimization software, based on multi-agent systems, for smart grid dynamic balance and network self-healing, with three main focuses:
  1. Home automation user profile optimization,
  2. Renewable production prediction & district-level flexibility management,
  3. Local balance and self-healing.
  • Review and investigate the interplay between security, communication and smart grid standards; evaluate them on use case scenarios using MAS2TERING platform with respect to security principles: robustness, scalability and security by design – and extract guidelines for future enhancements and propose updates through the relevant project dissemination channels.
  • Devise business models for:
  1. Cost-effective low-voltage grid monitoring. These business models shall exemplify how DSOs can perform the necessary investments to enhance their network-monitoring (hardware) infrastructure, while getting a sufficient ROI,
  2. Mutually beneficial combined use of telecom and energy infrastructures. These business models shall convincingly give evidence that energy stakeholders, DSO at first, would benefit from more collaboration with new entrants to the energy businesses – especially from the telecom domain.
  3. Decentralized energy management at district-level, avoiding grid losses and displacing grid reinforcement. This business model will especially aim at reinforcing links between the ESCO and the DSO sides.
  • Thoroughly assess and validate the effectiveness and technological impact of the MAS-based MAS2TERING platform. Assessment will rely on simulation and limited-scale experimental validation activities, completed with actual data provided by DSOs (grid topology, voltage profiles).
  • Engage actively with energy stakeholders and standardisation organisations to: (i) get an industrial / business feedback on the project’s results (especially business models), through the organization of a series of focused workshops and the setting up of a compact Value-Driven Advisory Group; (ii) contribute when relevant to the development and/or update of a selection of standards (Zigbee alliance, OSGi alliance, Energy@home, CENELEC committee). 3 white papers will be submitted to relevant standardisation organizations and 1 focused workshop organized specifically to disseminating MAS2TERING outcomes towards the standardization organizations.

Perform 8 esteemed scientific presentations and, jointly (ICT + Energy) author and publish 5 conference papers and 3 journal articles in ICT / energy conferences / journals.