i. The Goal of NOBEL GRID
The goal of NOBEL GRID is to develop and demonstrate in real conditions innovative technologies and business models in order to improve EU citizens’ quality of life, allowing all the actors of the distribution energy grid to participate actively at the energy market in a big share of distributed renewable resources.
ii. About the project
The project NOBEL GRID, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, works to democratise the electric grid through technology because of that it is especially centred on the role and empowerment of consumers/prosumers, involving key actors in the distribution grid including Distribution System Operators (DSOs), Cooperatives and Retailers, Aggregators and Energy Services Companies (ESCOs).
NOBEL GRID results will be based in three different actions:
- enabling DSOs to have secure, stable and robust smart grid by mitigating management, replacement and maintenance costs
- providing new services to all the actors of the distribution grid (e.g., prosumers, aggregators and ESCOs), such as active demand response and next generation distributed renewable energy integration
- developing innovative and affordable solutions for deployment of smart metering systems such as Smart Low-Cost Advanced Meter (SLAM) and Smart Home Environment solution.
There will be three main applications that are going to be developed during the project: Grid Management and Maintenance Master Framework for DSOs (G3M Framework), Energy Monitoring and Analytics App for domestic and industrial prosumers (EMA APP) and Demand Response Flexible Market cockpit for aggregators, ESCOs and retailers (DRFM cockpit).
With a consortium of 20 partners from 11 countries, which are leaders in the energy and information and communication technologies sectors focused on the Smart Grids field, the project partners will define new business models in five different electric cooperatives and non-profit demonstration sites in five EU member states:
- The electric cooperative of Alginet (Spain)
- The renewable energy cooperative Ecopower in Flanders (Belgium) acts as renewable generator and supplier cooperative
- The cooperative Carbon-coop in Manchester (UK)
- The public DSO ASM Terni (Italy)
- Meltemi eco-village (Greece)
Based on those models, partners will demonstrate and validate project results in real world environments with active involvement of all the actors.
Figure 1: NOBEL GRID approach
Figure 2: NOBEL GRID position with regard to other European R&I activities
All in all, NOBEL GRID complements the effort made by other projects (Figure 2), extending their results in the areas of open and competitive electricity markets, smart grid tools and technologies (SG Tools), smart metering systems (SM), demand response (DR), renewable energy systems (RES) and new business models and regulatory framework.
iii. Expected impact
NOBEL GRID intends to improve efficiency and flexibility in grid management while ensuring lower prices for consumers, self-sufficiency in electricity production and the clean supply of electricity. The open platforms and smart meters promote the development of applications that will improve the quality of life and level of cooperation for citizens.
These tools and services will enable active consumer involvement, innovative business models involving new actors, and the integration of distributed renewable energy production.
The project will also overcome barriers to the actual implementation of Smart Grids in the European Union, such as legal, financial or cultural.
Such a project will contribute to the European unilateral commitment among the Member States established in the “EU 2020 strategy” that sets out that by 2020 20% of overall greenhouse gas emissions will have to be reduced compared to 1990 levels, that energy consumption from renewable sources will have to be raised up to 20%, and energy efficiency 20%.
All the details about NOBEL GRID project, news and publications are available through the following portal: http://nobelgrid.eu