Robotron Energy Market Platform offers comprehensive software solutions for the digitalization of relevant processes for network operators and various commodities, e.g. gas and electricity. Since the liberalization of the German energy market, robotron*ecount has been the market-leading energy data management (EDM) system in Germany. It is one of the main components of the universally designed Robotron Energy Market Platform. robotron*ecount serves all functional requirements of network operators - from advanced meter reading to billing. The successful optimization of processes in mass customer business and communication with market partners is achieved through comprehensive automation and the support of all required communication formats.
Our Solutions for Secure, Efficient Processes in the Network of the Future
Checking load curves and meter readings for completeness and plausibility
robotron*ecount performs plausibility checks and, if necessary, manual or automated substitute value generation of the energy data provided by meter operators. Various procedures check imported time series for plausibility and consistency. In addition to the checks for bad flags, daily or monthly control parameters can be flexibly defined and applied on a line-specific basis. This check is time-controlled via a job in the EDM system.
The check of the data quality of the mass data is carried out with the help of the grouping of multiple time series according to any criteria and a clear tabular view.
The following plausibility check types are used:
- Daily plausibility check
- Each individual time series value is checked for bad flags or violations against specified control parameters.
- Monthly plausibility check
- Each individual day is checked with regard to its daily plausibility and for violations against control parameters.
- Extended plausibility check
- Additional (billing data) lines can be used as comparison criteria.
Substitute Value Generation
Extensive substitute value generation methods - manual or automated
The Robotron EDM system offers various methods for substitute value generation:
- manual input of values
- copying of values over any period of time from other load curves
- comparison day method
- distribution (specification of energy quantities and their distribution e.g. with the help of standard load profiles)
Manual substitute value input
Independent of the automated methods, values can be manually overwritten in the system at any time. A complete history is kept for each time series value. Each individual change process can be traced in this way.
Automatic substitute value generation (option)
A status is stored for each time series value in the EDM system. The system supports a number of different methods for automatic substitute value generation or methods that support this process.
For each time series, it is possible to flexibly define which method or methods are to be applied successively to the gap or the disturbed area and in which order.
Technical Quantity Determination
Calculation chain of technical rule G685 Gas
The technical quantity determination gas comprises the complete calculation chain according to the technical rule G685 (Germany). Measurement setups with and without volume correctors are taken into account in the same way. Especially when using volume correctors, the K-number is automatically corrected. The procedures according to SGERG and AGA8 are available for calculating the K-number. As a result, the time series for the balancing energy are made available on a daily basis and on a monthly basis for the billing energy for subsequent processes without interfaces.
Balancing for Electricity and Gas
The balancing module was specially developed for carrying out the electricity balancing processes including clearing processes specified by the German Federal Network Agency (FNA).
Thanks to the high degree of flexibility, the regulations of other countries can also be mapped and the module adapted to them. It is provided for all market roles (grid operator, TSO, BCO, BGM and supplier) designated by the legislator.
With the balancing cockpit, it is possible to keep an eye on all relevant deadlines at a glance. Moreover, all necessary functions of the respective processing context can be accessed.
The balancing module for the commodity gas implements the requirements according to GABi Gas and the most recent cooperation agreement with its guidelines. All relevant time series types are automatically aggregated, separated by balancing groups. A network account monitor allows the network accounts and their balances to be controlled. The results of the SLP (standard load profile) balancing are the basis for the calculation of excess/shortfall quantities.
Automated Market Communication
Communication automation as a component of the EDM core
The communication automation, as a component of the EDM core, drastically reduces the daily amount of work concerning data exchange with other market participants.
All import and export activities are organized as a result of the networking of companywide communication platforms. Furthermore the import from different grid fee databases for power and gas is done via communication automation. For all cases of application the compliance with the latest IT security and signature regulations is required.
Solutions for optimized planning of generation and consumption plants to avoid net shortages
The comprehensive functions of the Robotron Energy Market Platform for all market roles pave the way for the system change to Redispatch 2.0. For the new redispatch regime, Robotron offers comprehensive modular function models for the new requirements for distribution system operators, plant operators, deployment managers, suppliers and balancing group managers. The focus is on process-oriented solutions ranging from intelligent forecasting, market communication, plant control, determination and reconciliation of curtailment quantity, to balancing and billing of curtailment quantities.
Robotron solutions for the new redispatch processes:
- Determination of curtailment quantity - determination of curtailment quantity per technical resource and aggregation to the supply point based on the BDEW (Federal Association of the German Energy and Water) guidelines
- Balancing - automated aggregation, verification and communication processes
- Billing - creation of invoices and/or credit notes for curtailment quantities
- Market communication - implementation of data delivery obligations to the data provider and market partners
- Forecasting – high-quality forecasting results combined with high performance
- Schedule management - mapping of the redispatch balancing group
Switching Process Management
Mapping of all market communication processes for implementing the Act on the Digitisation of the Energy Transition
The switching process management solution robotron*WPM maps the market communication for implementing the Act on the Digitisation of the Energy Transition. In this way, the Robotron solution creates the basis for the introduction of smart metering systems into market communication. The robotron*Workflow-Engine maps relevant business processes for all market roles through configurable workflows. Furthermore, the solution enables flexible design and adaptation of communication between market partners to IT environment-specific requirements.
Functionalities for successful switching process management:
- syntactic and semantic checking of the imported EDIFACT formats (CONTRL, APERAK check)
- fully automated processing of individual messages based on predefined market-compliant workflows
- manual processing of conflict cases via context-specific interaction masks
- dispatch of response messages in case of complete processing of transactions or faulty input data
- status monitoring to check the processing status of the individual notifications of a message
- monitoring of deadlines and processing periods
- integration of customer-specific workflows and interfaces
EDM Billing for Optimized Billing Processes
Robotron EDM/MDM systems process various transaction data on the basis of which billing can take place. The cross-commodity billing module handles the periodic (e.g. monthly, annually) or one-time billing of the following matters:
- Trading (portfolio management),
- Balancing group,
- Network utilization and service contracts
- Other billing matters
for RLM (metered), SLP (standard load profile) customers as well as network operators, traders and suppliers.
Both export to financial accounting systems and electronic billing and the associated market communication are being supported to the full extent.
robotron*Finanzen is a powerful, reliable and innovative financial accounting software for modern energy suppliers. The modular program meets all professional requirements as standard and is certified and successfully in use in numerous German federal states. It can be used either locally on a dedicated server or hosted in a data center.
The modules of the Energy Data Management solution for network operators robotron*ecount support essential value creation processes in the regulated energy market. From remote meter reading to central processes in EDM/MDM and billing, all functional requirements are fully covered. In order to keep an eye on all relevant values and to be able to process calculations and analyses efficiently, the system offers numerous evaluation options. The system also provides for various visualization tools to conveniently analyze individual load curves, group sums, price time series, and much more. Administration is also carried out flexibly via an intuitive administration interface.
With the Robotron balancing cockpit, you can conveniently monitor all relevant deadlines and call up all necessary functions of the respective processing context.
With our BPO service for your billing processes, we provide you with both professional and technical flexible support from a single source to the extent you need for your value creation.
Redispatch 2.0: Ready for a Successful Transition
As an experienced IT partner for process and format changes in the energy industry, Robotron accompanies a large number of projects in the context of the Redispatch 2.0 transformation process. The holistic solution offering for all market roles includes, among other things, function upgrades for data exchange processes of master data with Connect+ via feed-in forecasting and the calculation of curtailment quantities. The many years of expertise in the energy market and the modular system architecture of the Robotron Energy Market Platform guarantee timely project management and the necessary flexibility in the event of short-term rule changes.
Market Communication 2022 – Solutions for Intelligent Network Access Management
The decision of the Federal Network Agency in the determination procedure for the further development of the network access conditions for electricity (BK6-20-160) of December 21, 2020 is accompanied by numerous new regulations in market communication in Germany. The decision provides for extensive further developments of the existing procedural regulations.
Robotron experts will support all users of the Robotron Energy Market Platform in implementing the new market processes by October 1, 2022. The Robotron solution focuses in particular on the fully automated verification of the network utilization invoice through standardized price sheets as well as the provision of data for smart services around the new market role Energy Service Provider.