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Project: DESSI
Distributed Energy System and Security Infrastructure
Project leader Josef Noll
Project Participants Josef.Noll, Marianne Zeyringer, Øivind Kure, Pål Engelstad, Maghsoud Morshedi, Meysam Aboutalebi, Eirik Fagerbakke
Start Date 2022/12/01
End Date 2024/12/31
Supported by UiO
Objective DESSI is a new infrastructure for modelling, emulation, monitoring and controlling of the electrical grid. DESSI covers simulations, emulations and cybersecurity of power systems, ranging from micro-, macro- to regional energy systems. To counteract the climate crisis and stay below 1.5 deg C temperature increase requires a massive transitive from energy to electrical systems.

DESSI will develop the physical system and computational methods necessary to ensure the reliable and efficient operation of power systems with large-scale renewable generation, flexible loads, storage devices, power flow control and security of cyber-physical systems. DESSI will include physical components such as

  • PV panels, small wind turbine, hydrogen technology components and batteries, for decentralized installations, peer-to-peer and autonomous operations
  • Inverters, power switches, IoT, for monitoring and control of micro-grids and power systems.
  • Scada architecture with PLC and other nodes, to simulate and emulate small industrial systems, including cybersecurity vulnerability analysis
  • Cyber-physical system simulator for simulation and cyber vulnerability analysis
  • Power Grid emulator to get hands-on experience on system effects

Besides the physical & virtual infrastructure, DESSI will also connect 80-100 houses and report the energy consumption. The high-resolutions energy data are collected per fuse and every 10 s to create a research data-base as a basis for the energy transition in households.

Research Domain Internet - IoPTS, Environmental Monitoring
Keywords Renewable Energy, Energy Transition, Energy consumption

Factpage of Project DESSI

Equipment used in project: DESSI/Equipment

Overview of DESSI infrastructure at UiO

Overview presentation Media:2210DESSI-infrastruktur.pdf


  • The worldwide commitment to stay within 1.5oC temperature increase requires a massive transitive from energy to electrical systems
  • For Norway, it means creating roughly 70 TWh of new electric energy in the upcoming years, which is about half of the yearly usage of 150 TWh
  • Regulations such as the electrification of building places (mandatory in 2023 for Trondheim, in 2024 for Oslo), has resulted in start-ups like UiO’s collaboration partner Nordic Booster to provide battery containers for building sites.
  • Increased production from private households (“prosumer”) and industrial buildings (mainly PV)
  • Lack of independent high-resolution electrical data, measuring on fuse level in individual households/buildings
  • Islands like Utsira are already test-arenas for micro-grids, though lack the detailed modelling including buildings
  • Vulnerability of electrical cyber-physical systems against cyber-attacks
  • Empower customers with insight, privacy-aware and decentralised energy control solutions.
  • Use the leading position of Norwegian SMEs in power systems to expand worldwide

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  • Strømmåler fra
  • Raspberry Pi (Minicomputer som kontrolstasjon for hjemmet)
  • HomeAssistant App som henter data fra

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

See DESSI:FAQ for the frequently asked questions


DESSI related Meeting(s):