Unicorn Systems and Alstom Grid Have Joined Forces for Network Modeling Database Project for ENTSO-E

Unicorn Systems and Alstom Grid Have Joined Forces for Network Modeling Database Project for ENTSO-E

Unicorn Systems and Alstom Grid combined strengths of their products to support ENTSO-E, the association of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity, in performing its energy policy goals.

The target system (Network Modeling Database – NMD) was recently launched to improve TSOs’ long term coordinated and standardized planning of the European transmission grid. Overall, the system will contribute to higher security of supply, secure integration of renewable resources, and a reliable future-oriented grid.

The data exchange concepts are based on the MADES (Market Data Exchange Standard) standard that is approved by ENTSO-E as a standard for the data exchange with TSOs and other market participants in the future.

The scope of the project encompassed secure ENTSO-E Common Information Model (CIM) compliant data storage for electric network models used by ENTSO-E members and delivery of an extensible robust software platform which will become the cornerstone of the overall ENTSO-E data handling concept (SPICE – Strategic Program for Information Consistency in ENTSO-E).

In its position of the alliance leader, Unicorn Systems provided System Integration together with a software platform that is robust, open, and flexible to allow future adaptations and extensions of employed data model concepts, data handling processes, and interfaces with external parties – Transmission System Operators (TSOs) and other market players.

About Unicorn Systems

Unicorn Systems provides services and solutions in development, implementation, operation and service of information systems. Unicorn Systems is part of Unicorn Holding.
Since the foundation of Unicorn in 1990 we have brought many organisations a competitive advantage by providing products with high value added. We provide our services to businesses and organisations from different segments across the business spectrum. Particularly we specialise in banking, insurance, telecommunications, the energy sector, industry, retail and services and the public sector. The acquired business and technological know-how enables us to complete varied projects across the European Union and beyond. The company belongs among the most significant European ICT services providers. Our systematic and effective activities are proven as we hold both the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certificates.


ENTSO-E’s role is to enhance cooperation between 41 national electricity TSOs from 34 countries across Europe in order to assist in the development of a pan-European electricity transmission network in line with European Union energy goals. Its specific aims are to:

• ensure the secure and reliable operation of the increasingly complex network;
• facilitate cross-border network development and the integration of new renewable sources of energy;
• enhance the creation of the Internal Electricity Market (IEM) through standardized market integration and transparency procedures.

ENTSO-E is responsible for creating common network operational tools (network codes), a Ten-Year Network Development Plan, recommendations for the coordination of technical cooperation between TSOs within the EU, and annual outlooks for summer and winter electricity generation.

About Alstom Grid

Alstom Grid has over 100 years of expertise in electrical grids. Whether for utilities or electro-intensive industries or facilitating the trading of energy, Alstom Grid brings power to its customers’ projects. Alstom Grid ranks among the top 3 in electrical transmission sector with an annual sales turnover of more than €4 billion. It has 20,000 employees and over 90 manufacturing and engineering sites worldwide. At the heart of the development of Smart Grid, Alstom Grid offers products, services and integrated energy management solutions across the full energy value chain—from power generation, through transmission and distribution grids and to the large end user.


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