by the European Commission
under the 7th Framework
OPTIMATE is a collaborative research and demonstration project co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme (DG Energy).
The project aims at developing a numerical test platform to analyse and to validate new market designs which may allow integrating massive flexible generation dispersed in several regional power markets. OPTIMATE will therefore contribute to the construction of a pan-European electricity market.
First, the development of the open simulation platform will support the simulation of interconnected power system operation interacting with electricity markets: the results are comparative benefit analyses of several market design options.
Next, the simulation platform will be extensively used to assess new electricity market design options to help reaching the 2020 EU27 targets. It will recommend promising technical and regulatory solutions moving towards a “virtual single European transmission grid” as well as regional balancing processes, considering the zone diversity of market features and of generation mixes.
The research and demonstration activities are performed by a consortium of five Transmission System Operators (TSO) and seven Research and Development performers, under the technical management of RTE (the French TSO) and the overall coordination of Technofi, also in charge of the dissemination activities.
OPTIMATE started on October 1-st 2009 and will last for 3 years. The total project budget is 4.25 M€, with 2.6 M€ of financial support brought by the European Commission.
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