Industry Challenge

AI Serving Grid Stability

Anomaly Detection in the European Transmission Grid for Electricity

The Case

Europeans are used to constant electricity supply and rarely experience blackouts. TransnetBW’s control room is one of the places where people are working 24/7 to maintain this seemingly inexhaustible flow. The company is one of four transmission system operators in Germany and industry partner of our Challenge 2023. Transmission system operators ensure that the electricity grid is stable. To do this, the same amount of electricity must be fed into the grid as is taken out at any point in time to maintain a frequency of 50 Hertz. To ensure this, TransnetBW uses automated control signals to instruct power plant operators to ramp up or down their infeed. In this challenge we look at the secondary reserve (a primary and a tertiary version also exists) that must be active after a maximum of 5 minutes.

Until recently, every European state used power plants in their own country to maintain the system balance. This has regularly led to the following situations: In Germany, for example, a power plant is ramped up and a few kilometers further across the border another power plant is ramped down. The costs that are incurred by this inefficient use of reserves are ultimately paid by all electricity customers. Since 2022, TransnetBW operates the PICASSO platform that coordinates the deployment of secondary reserve in real time, ensuring an optimal usage of reserves in a European domestic balancing market. This leads to macroeconomic savings of several hundred million euros per year and contributes to the decarbonization of the balancing market.

The Format

Participate as individual or in a team. At the kickoff event you can team up with other participants and you can merge teams during the challenge.

The link to the competition will be displayed on this website from 14.12.2023 onward. You can work on the challenge platform Kaggle or use your own toolchain.

Join us on our discord channel for discussions before, during and after the challenge. The organizers will check the channel regularly and help out if you get stuck.

This is not only about doing magic on data, it’s also about getting in touch. Therefore the challenge is designed as a mix of working sessions and events (check out timeline below).

The Timeline

3 – 5 pm
Online Kickoff Event & Start of Challenge

4 – 5 pm
Online Q&A Session

11:59 pm
Submission Deadline

12 – 4 pm
Onsite Final Event @TransnetBW in Wendlingen (near Stuttgart)

Please note that these dates are optional. You can also join if you cannot participate in the events. The link to the competition will be displayed on this website from 14.12.2023 onward.

The Registration