Why Did We Create LOBSTER and What Is Its Purpose?

The energy industry is undergoing significant transformation. This shift is driven by the increasing integration of local, low-generation, and variable renewable energy sources, the rise of the prosumer energy market, the growth of e-mobility, and advancements in energy storage technologies.

We are moving away from:

the traditional one-directional energy flow
power plants -> recipients,

to a distributed energy approach characterized by bidirectional energy flows across different voltage levels.

As a result, the need for local energy balancing is rising, along with the demand for various services provided by Distribution System Operators (DSOs) and smaller entities such as energy clusters and cooperatives.

We initiated the LOBSTER project to develop a tool that addresses these evolving needs.

Our Vision

The LOBSTER system’s prototype facilitates energy balancing within distribution networks across any defined Local Balancing Area (LBA), incorporating three voltage levels: low, medium, and high.

The LBA network’s topological model performs flow calculations with current and voltage analysis and predicts energy demand and generation over a time horizon ranging from 1 hour to 14 days.

Built-in calculation models provide comprehensive insights, including:

  • Forecasted hourly energy demand,
  • Forecasted energy generation from RES and distributed, regulated sources,
  • Current status and planned operating schedule of energy storage systems,
  • Energy balance of the specific LBA and information on energy flows at nodes intersecting with the external network,
  • Technical capabilities related to the maximum utilization of generation potential.

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LOBSTER as a Service Development Platform

LOBSTER is a platform for verifying and technically analyzing network infrastructure within defined balancing areas.

It includes a topological model of a selected network area along with computational and predictive tools.

The model is constructed using data from other systems that serve as data masters, with data loading primarily performed using the CIM standard.

Typically, prediction and network calculation results are presented to operators graphically via thematic maps. These results can also be displayed in tabular form as a list of received values for particular objects and network parameters.

When developing additional services using the platform, the initiating data and results can be downloaded and returned through a custom-made interface.

Examples of services implemented through the LOBSTER platform include:

  • Local Area Balancing,
  • Preparing network operations schedules based on system limitations,
  • Scheduling storage operations.

The LOBSTER system is the result of a Research & Development project conducted from April 1, 2021, to December 31, 2023, under the European Union’s Smart Growth Operational Programme.

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