Software and Communications Platform for Simulation Environment of Complex Energy System (SimCES)

Petri Kannisto, Otto Hylli, Ville Heikkila, Antti Supponen, Timo Aaltonen, Sami Repo, Kari Systa, Antti Keski-Koukkari, Amir Safdarian, Anna Kulmala

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Electricity networks are becoming more complex due to the integration of renewable and distributed energy resources, which necessitates tools to simulate more advanced management methods and multi-stakeholder interactions. To facilitate simulation, this article introduces a distributed communications platform. Unlike earlier platforms, this applies loose coupling and abstract software interfaces, enabling the users to flexibly select and parametrize simulation components. Furthermore, the components can operate on any software runtime. The components communicate via a RabbitMQ message bus, which provides asynchronous publish-subscribe communication. The work is in progress but has a functional prototype, enabling the simulation of an electricity grid and distributed energy resources. The prototypes under development will simulate the management of energy communities and electricity grids including the consideration of energy pricing, demand and weather conditions. The study contributes to the development of zero-emission energy systems and flexibility markets for grid operators and flexibility service providers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE Madrid PowerTech, PowerTech 2021 - Conference Proceedings
PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-6654-3597-0
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2021
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event2021 IEEE Madrid PowerTech, PowerTech 2021 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 28 Jun 20212 Jul 2021


Conference2021 IEEE Madrid PowerTech, PowerTech 2021


  • Message-oriented middleware
  • Power system simulation
  • Smart grids
  • Software architecture
  • Web services


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