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Smart-Grid Parallel Universe: Using Space Simulation Infrastructure for Smart-Grid Real-Time Prognosis



We proudly announce acceptance of our startup company EMTech UG for participation in the ESA Business Incubation Center Darmstadt. EMTech UG shall be established in Darmstadt - Germany, and shall initiate operations within the first quarter of 2014. The mission of our new business entity is to focus on simulations for electrical smart-grids. Our major innovation point is utilization of the Spacecraft Operational Simulators’ Software Infrastructure to facilitate parallel execution of multiple smart-grid simulation threads.

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Electrical power generation, transmission and distribution experience a revolution-in-progress. The power grid is modernized introducing information and communication technology, targeting to acquire and process data, thus producing valuable knowledge about supply and load behavior. In general, the innovative  “smart-grid” introduces widely-applied automation, focusing on improvement of reliability, efficiency and economics of electricity business. The impact of the aforementioned vast modifications on the electrical grid’s operational concepts, as well as anticipated engineering complexity-increase and lack of relative applicability experience, should be proactively elaborated, studied and analyzed using modelling and simulation methodologies.

EMTech UG is a startup company, having as principal objective to offer sophisticated services in smart-grid applications. The business’s added value is ownership and utilization of a simulation framework that provides, on-line and in real-time, consulting information in smart-grid operations. EMTech UG underpins this simulation framework on an innovative concept, namely the  “Smart-Grid Parallel Universe”. This concerns realization of a simultaneous simulation execution of  “identical” smart-grid topologies under investigation, fused with data-bases maintaining historical knowledge, real-time measurements, and introduction of contingency events. A centralized intelligent component processes gathered information and performs iterative calculations, in order to spawn smart-grids’  “Big-Bangs”, creating new parallel universe instances of the simulation, or even terminate other parallel universe instances that seems improbable to happen in the future.

EMTECH UG shall acquire technology and know-how from EMTech company established in Greece. Since 2009 EMTech has been working in ESA/ESOC research and development projects and in 2011 has been accepted as a Qualified Partner for Ground Segment Software Development Frame Contract. Recently, EMTech has introduced an innovative Parallel Discrete Event Simulation scheduler for the SIMSAT kernel (the simulation engine of ESA Operational Simulators), supporting synchronized multi-threaded execution of simulation models. The latter effort provides a key feature supporting large-scale simulation applications, requiring clusters of multicore-multiprocessor workstations. This innovative PDES scheduler shall be the heart of the smart-grid Prognosis services offered by EMTech UG.

ESA’s Business Incubation Centres (BICs), initiated by ESA's Technology Transfer Programme Office (TTPO), work to inspire entrepreneurs to turn space-connected business ideas into commercial companies, and provide technical expertise and business-development support. Business Incubation Centres across European countries support selected entrepreneurs with comprehensive commercial and technical assistance to help them startup businesses that apply space technology to non-space industrial, scientific and commercial fields.

Currently, our effort is focused on approaching Seed Funding, in order to financially support realization of a two years business plan for the startup company.

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Acceptance Review 1 (AR1) for the ESA/ESOC project: Enhancement of SIMSAT Simulation Engine (ESSE)



EMTECH announces the successful completion of the Acceptance Review 1 (AR1) for the ESA/ESOC project: Enhancement of SIMSAT Simulation Engine (ESSE).

From the 31st of October until the 1st of November 2013, EMTECH staff participated in a series of meetings held at ESA/ESOC headquarters in Darmstadt Germany, regarding project progress reporting, execution of software delivery tests and discussions on potential of project’s outcome to be incorporated in the mainstream ESA/ESOC simulations infrastructure and be utilized in future spacecraft operational simulators.

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In particular, ESA/ESOC and EMTECH hosted a workshop with participants both from ESA/ESOC directorates, as well as engineers and managers from space industry interested in spacecraft simulations. Our staff demonstrated key concepts and details on how Parallelization and Performance Optimization should be introduced in future simulation missions. It was widely accepted that our effort and ideas are very promising, and in some cases pave the way onwards for future performance intensive spacecraft operational simulator missions.

EMTECH staff at ESA/ESOC headquarters in Darmstadt Germany
Left to right: Mr. Sami Hammal, Mr. Nikolaos-Antonios Livanos, Mr. Vagelis Alifragkis

The ESSE project, awarded in 2011 by ESA/ESOC, involves design and implementation of a Conservative-PDES (Parallel Discrete Event Scheduler) engine in SIMSAT and a relative Performance Control and Optimization Framework (PCOF). Both directions target to parallelization and performance improvement of the spacecraft operational simulators, by taking advantage of modern multi-core CPUs. Our major concern is to provide an innovative Universal Scheduler for SIMSAT by means of transplanting a new parallel-model-execution-scheduler in the simulation’s environment core. On the other hand, we introduce a new set of software tools, procedures and methodologies to support parallelization and optimization approaches. Our work is currently incorporated into a testing and validation environment based on the GAIA spacecraft operational simulator, aiming at proof-of-concept in real-mission scenarios. The final delivery and presentation of the ESSE project is scheduled for mid-February 2014.

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European Ground System Architecture Workshop (ESAW) 2013



On the 18th and 19th of June 2013, The European Ground System Architecture Workshop (ESAW) 2013 was held at ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany.

Nikolaos-Antonios Livanos, EMTech's managing director and senior technical officer presented the company's Performance Optimization Framework for Spacecraft Operational Simulators.

The presentation, as well as the demonstration videos can be downloaded from
www.dropbox.com/sh/p3zdbbrrgv8wml9/AAC5xmL19Asa1tqEyuMziR3ba

 

 

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