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Holistic Test Description (HTD)

Templates and guidelines relating to the ERIGrid Holistic Test Description (HTD).

Recommended use

For introductory use, read the guidelines. You find concept definitions, explanations of the template fields, step-by-step instructions and a few examples. Better even, read the paper [1].

For regular use, refer to the templates:

  • Test Case "canvas" -- for initial drafting of test cases; e.g. print out as A3 format and fill out during face-to-face meetings
  • Test Description Templates -- typical use: one document per test cases, then test specifications and experiment specification tables can be repeated multiple times.

In order to get more insights about the proposed approach please have a look into the examples which are provided in the Examples subfolder. Additional examples are provided also in the linked Documents for further reading below.


Documents: License: CC BY 4.0 The documents in this project are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. Depending on usage, different forms of attribution are suitable. For scientific publications, we suggest to cite the paper [1] for scientific background; for purely technical work, refer to the Zenodo release [2] of this material.

Code: License: MIT Any source code within documents, source code and document sources (in case of Latex) are licensed under the MIT license.


Documents recommended for attribution:

[1] Kai Heussen, Cornelius Steinbrink, Ibrahim F. Abdulhadi, Hao Guo,Van Hoa Nguyen, Merkebu Z. Degefa, Julia Merino, Tue V. Jensen, Oliver Gehrke, Daniel Esteban Morales Bondy, Davood Babazadeh, Filip Pröstl Andrén, Thomas I. Strasser, "ERIGrid Holistic Test Description for Validating Cyber-Physical Energy Systems", Energies, 2019. (

[2] Kai Heussen, Davood Babazadeh, Merkebu Z. Degefa, Henning Taxt, Julia. Merino, Van Hoa Nguyen, Pajam Teimourzadeh Baboli, Ata Moghim Khavari, Evangelos. Rikos, Luigi Pellegrino, Quoc Tuan Tran, Tue Vissing Jensen, Panos Kotsampopoulos, Thomas I. Strasser, "Test Procedure and Description for System Testing", European Guide to Power System Testing, Springer, Cham, 2020. (

[3] ERIGrid Consortium, "ERIGrid/Holistic-Test-Description: v0.5", Zenodo, 25-Jun-2019. (

Documents for further reading:

[4] Antonello Monti, Ferdinanda Ponci, Marco Cupelli, and Thomas Strasser, "Tutorial "Methods and Tools for Validating Cyber-Physical Energy Systems", 21-Oct-2018. (

[5] Thomas I. Strasser, Davood Babazadeh, Kai Heussen, et al. "Virtual ERIGrid Final Conference", ERIGrid Consortium, 1-Apr-2020. (

[6] "D-NA5.1 Smart Grid configuration validation scenario description method", Deliverable, ERIGrid Consortium, 2017. (

[7] "D-NA5.2 Partner profiles", Deliverable, ERIGrid Consoritum, 2018. (

[8] "D-JRA2.2 Smart Grid ICT assessment method", Deliverable, ERIGrid Consoritum, 2018. (

[9] "D-JRA2.3 Smart Grid simulation environment", Deliverable, ERIGrid Consoritum, 2018. (

[10] "Smart Integration of Energy Storages in Local Multi Energy Systems for maximising the Share of Renewables in Europe’s Energy Mix", Deliverable, SmiLES Consortium, 2016. (


Templates and guidelines relating to the ERIGrid Holistic Test Description.




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