Impact on the economy and the market
PSE’s priority is to ensure the current and long-term security of electricity supply in Poland. The company’s tasks include maintenance development of the transmission network, management of the Polish Power System, including network balancing, as well as cooperation with other TSOs.

Satisfying energy needs throughout the country and ensuring security of electricity supply significantly contributes to Poland’s economic growth, which is reflected in increased income and life qualify of Poles. Such impact of PSE on economic growth is possible owing to the company’s cooperation with numerous enterprises.

As a contributor of taxes and other levies, we have a positive impact on the local, regional and national budgets, enabling many significant projects to be financed.

Strengthening innovation and implementing new technologies

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Maintaining operational stability of the power system requires constant technological development and setting the directions to be followed in the future. The development of new technologies has a significant impact on security and therefore we carry out many actions aimed to make an optimum use of new technologies in the power sector.

Major projects in the field of innovation, research and technical development include:
    • Market Management System (MMS) project
      The objective of the MMS project is to improve the quality of the PPS operation planning and management while meeting the security criteria and minimising the costs of energy supply to consumers by implementing planning tools and operational management of the PPS based on the full network model (FNM) and locational marginal pricing of electricity.
    • Demonstration project for the implementation of the PPS operation security support system based on the Special Protection Scheme (SPS) and battery electricity storage
      The objective of the project is to ensure the optimum curtailment of wind farm generation by the TSO in the event of failure of coordinated critical network elements of a coordinated network (with the use of energy storage facilities) when high wind generation occurs or in PSE imbalance risk situations.
    • Electricity Market Information Operator establishment project
      The objective of the project is to establish the Electricity Market Information Operator (Operator Informacji Rynku Energii, OIRE) within our company, i.e. an organisation responsible for the deployment, maintenance and development of the ICT system.
      The task of OIRE will be to:
      • support the management of electricity retail market processes,
      • provide PPS users, including end users, with access to their measurement data,
      • facilitate the exchange of measurement information to authorised electricity market parties.
  • DSR (Demand Side Response) Intervention Programmes
    The demand-side response (DSR) services are one of the intervention measures that enable PSE to balance the PPS in the period when it is not technically possible for available generation units to cover consumers’ demand.
  • Analysis of dynamic properties of Power Guardian equipment and their mutual interaction with the transmission network
    The objective of the project was to determine the feasibility of using Power GuardianT™ equipment for overhead transmission line load relief in the PPS.
  • Methods of vibration protection of overhead transmission line wires
    The impact of the aerodynamic wake on the safe lifetime of earth conductors of selected overhead line spans was determined and guidelines were prepared for the methods and scope of vibration protection of EHV line wires situated within the impact field of the wind turbine wake.
  • Implementation of the probabilistic approach in the transmission network development planning process
    The objective of the project was to develop an IT tool that allows probabilistic elements to be implemented in the Transmission Network Development Plan preparation process.
  • Designing and developing a computer program for the assessment of the quality of electricity supply
    The project involved the design and development of an application that collects and aggregates source data from metering points of the PSE power network. Under the project, a prototype was created for testing the methods for the location of disturbances, assessment of individual emissions and the way of settling the costs of poor supply quality.
  • Analysis of the impact of development of the electric vehicle market on electric power and energy demand
    The project resulted in the development of a model that allows the amount of electric power and energy demand generated by electric vehicles to be estimated in a reliable manner.
  • PSE in a clustered power system
    The objective of the project was to determine what Energy Clusters are currently and what they can be in future from the TSO’s point of view. Detailed definition of the structures of Energy Clusters and outlining their potential enabled steps to be defined preparing our company for functioning in a clustered power system.
  • Prototype software visualising graphics, physical flows and unscheduled flows in Europe
    Under the project, the design was prepared and a development version of software for the visualisation of graphics, physical flows and unscheduled flows. The graphical interface developed allows the values of flows between bidding zones in Europe to be presented.
  • Research project co-financed under the EU programme "Horizon 2020".
    The objective of the project was to develop the future design of the pan-European system, aimed to maximise the economic and environmental value, with a high share of renewable energy sources.
  • ITC system for the operation of the Capacity Market – STORM
    In order to enable capacity auctions to be conducted in November and December 2018, PSE implemented a dedicated ICT system for the operation of the Capacity Market (STORM). Due to the ground-breaking nature of the project as a publicly available platform, a large scope of work involved and short time for its implementation, the team implementing the project at PSE and PSE Innowacje decided to apply the AGILE management methodology to work on the system.
  • SMILE – self-propelled power line inspection module
    PSE is the initiator of a vision of an autonomous robot that will independently travel along power lines to inspect their condition (and finally also to repair them) without shutting down the line. The project under the working name of Self-propelled Power Line Inspection Module (Samojezdny Moduł Inspekcji Linii Elektroenergetycznych, SMILE) is a globally innovative solution.
  • MIM project management methodology
    Management of the transmission infrastructure maintenance and expansion process poses a huge logistical challenge, but it is also an area of potential benefits arising from the introduction of integrated management of PSE’s facilities. To streamline those processes, the company decided to apply the Building Information Modelling (BIM) management methodology to selected infrastructural investment projects implemented under public tendering processes launched in 2017 and 2018.

Progress status of R&D projects

Total projects in 2018
Projects completed in 2018
Projects in progress (continued in 2019)
  • 15.2
    PLN m
    The estimated value of R&D projects conducted at PSE
  • 6.2
    PLN m
    The total cost incurred by PSE in 2018 for R&D projects