M ar ke t Manage m e nt System
> Comprehensive support of trading processes > Guaranteed reliability and high availability
of transmission system operators and other > Unique configuration capabilities
market players and flexibility
> Support of ETSO standards and full > Built-in MS Office integration
compatibility with UCTE operation guides > Ready to integrate by standard Web Services
and EU legislature interface using universal XML format
> Automated operation and business process
Damas is a complex market management system, primarily designed and developed for needs
of Transmission System Operators (TSOs) working in an open electricity market environment.
Business drivers for Damas design were to cover all key mar ket-related processes of system
and ancillary services, transmission services, and nomination management, as well as the evaluation
and financial settlement. From the time perspective, Damas supports all phases of the TSO‘s business,
from the predictions, long-term operational planning and procurement, through the day-ahead
and intra-day operation, to the ex-post evaluation, settlement, and invoicing.
The following technological requirements were the main design drivers for the Damas platform: high
flexibility, extensive user configuration options, high reliability and availability, transparency and security,
and standardized interfaces to external environment.
Damas in the TSOs Ancillary Services
Damas is designed to fully support market-related > Comprehensive suppor t for procurement
processes of the transmission system operators: of Ancillar y Ser vices. Defining plans of needs,
> System Services specifying demands, purchasing in long-term and
> Transmission Services short-term tenders and , evidence of the contracts
> Settlement Services concluded with providers.
> Certification and administration of technical para-
System Services meters of generation and consumption units pro-
TSOs employ system services to ensure quality and viding ancillary services.
reliability of the electricity supply on the transmis- > Preparation of transmission system operation
sion system level and to fulfill their international based on the generation scheduling at the power
obligations and conditions of the interconnection unit level.
of electrification systems. The quality is understood > Evaluation of provided ancillary services in terms
namely in ter ms of frequency and voltage para- of technical quality.
meters, defined by the Grid Codes according to UCTE
standards. Balancing Energy
> Purchasing the balancing energy in the day-ahead
and intra-day markets.
> Evaluation of the balancing energy resulting
from the activation of ancillar y ser vices and
from other sources (e. g. abroad).
> Communication with SCADA system and other
This subsystem of Damas provides support for all activi-
ties concerning the cross-border transmission of electric-
ity and congestion management, namely capacity alloca-
tion and nomination.
This subsystem of Damas covers all processes and
activities connected with the responsibility of the TSO
to physically and financially evaluate and settle the
The main functional domains covered are:
> Receiving and processing of bilateral schedules
between Balance Responsible Par ties (BRPs) using
ETSO ESS Standard.
> Checking the scheduled volumes against the available
financial security (risk management),
> Aggregation of metered values and balancing energy
> Calculation of total system imbalance, imbalance
volumes and prices for every BRP.
The main functional domains of Transmissions Services
> Long-term, daily and intra-day allocation of transmis-
sion capacities in both explicit and implicit auctions
> Administration of capacity rights
> Secondary market (capacity transfers and resales)
> Nomination management including international match-
ing (on the control area, block, and zone levels)
> Special nominations (SO–SO trades, compensations,
> Capacity curtailment and real-time reduction
> Risk management and financial security
> Automatic data exchange with market participants and
authorities (TSOs, ENTSO-E)
Damas is fully compatible with established industrial
standards (EU legislation, ENTSO-E guidelines and hand-
books, ETSO ESS and ECAN data standards). Legal Besides, this subsystem provides the settlement
issues have also been carefully studied to provide the ser vices for all other subsystems and their commodi-
highest security level and to comply with the EU legisla- ties (ancillary services, balancing energy, transmission
tion while keeping the system simple enough for users capacity rights, fees, penalties etc.), resulting in regular
and for third-party integrators. The communication with aggregated payments (daily, monthly, yearly) transferred
neighboring TSOs via the Electronic Highway is supported, to the accounting and invoicing systems. All relevant
as well as the integration with ETSOVista platform. data can be published as reports.
In order to efficiently meet the requirements of the
business, we have designed and developed Damas
platform as an enterprise solution based on many
years of experience in building information systems
for the power industr y, especially for TSOs, and
responding to the ever-increasing demand for highly
flexible, vendor-independent solutions.
Damas platform includes, among others, the follow-
> Damas Time Series Engine
> Damas Computation Scripting Engine
> Damas MS Office Integration
> Damas Visual Workflow Engine
> Damas View Configurator
> Damas Messaging Engine
> Damas Data Bridge
Damas Time Series Engine Damas Computation Scripting Engine
Damas system ker nel is based on time series Damas platform incorporates powerful computation
which are used as the primary data storage. A time capabilities. There can be any number of defined
unit assigned to each time series determines the computing operations between time series using
granularity of its values. The system suppor ts any a wide range of common computing operators
time units from minutes up. Time series are widely and functions. The computations themselves are
configurable in the system by both its adminis- performed either immediately (when any input value
trators and the end users, who can use intuitive changes) or can be invoked manually or from the
wizards to create custom time series and define workflow engine. Complex algorithms can be easily
all their proper ties. The time series are classified programmed specifically and then plugged into the
hierarchically, to provide for easy orientation within system.
the system, as there are thousands of times series
in typical Damas implementations.
Damas MS Office Integration
Damas MS Office Integration allows the user to
export and import data into MS Office applications.
The user can easily edit the data offline e. g. in MS
Excel environment and upload them back later.
Damas Visual Workflow Engine
Damas V isual Workflow Engine allows to define
process diagrams using the system configuration
tools. The process diagram is later tied to a particular
business component, as a tool ensuring possibly
fully automatic operation of the entire system.
The user is notified of the state of each component
at the lowest level or can monitor the system state
based on the high-level process indicators.
Process diagrams are used to control all operations
which should be executed automatically at speci-
fied times, such as data transfers, calculations, etc.
Process management is also used to define user
access permissions to data, which may differ accord-
ing to the particular business process states. Damas Messaging Engine
Most of the users usually want to be informed
Damas View Configurator about the activities in the system. In Damas,
Damas View Configurator defines all the data views. t h e d i s t r i b u t i o n o f ev e n t s i s r e a l i z e d t h r o u g h
The first step in the definition of a view is an assign- Messaging Engine. For any event (e. g. data entering,
ment of filtering components, allowing you to find opening/closing a gate, generating of repor t), the
data matching a number of criteria. Then you can authorized user can define if and through which com-
add a list or matrix of items matching the filter- munication channel they want to be informed about
ing criteria, which is used to select a specific item the event. Supported channels are internal message
to view or edit. in the system, e-mail, SMS, and web service.
The data view itself is presented to the user as
a widely configurable data grid. Define time series Damas Data Bridge
data displayed on the X axis and on the Y axis to A general web service interface is available in Damas,
build different views of the same data. It is not neces- based on ETSO XML standards on the logical level,
sar y to show the displayed data of time series allowing the easy transfer of any data between
using the basic time unit of the time series; the Damas and external systems at the time series
systems performs necessary aggregations and dis- level. With this interface, it is possible to connect
aggregations automatically, allowing to define even Damas to another SW application without develop-
truly statistical data views. ment, just by means of configuration. In addition
View administration is designed to be performed to web ser vices, e-mail and FTP communication is
by a trained user, without any programming. also supported.