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The following article describes results of MOEEBIUS H2020 project which introduces a Holistic Energy Performance Optimization Framework that enhances current (passive and active building elements) modelling approaches with advanced user behaviour  modelling and machine learning technologies to create an innovative suite of end-user tools and applications.

Powervault raising £750,000 investment on Crowdcube

Powervault returns to Crowdcube with its award winning home energy storage product, which reduces electricity bills and helps customers during blackouts. The Government says that energy storage is a game-changing technology which could save the UK £8bn/year as part of a "smart power revolution".

ORBEET: Organizational Behaviour improvement for Energy Efficient administrative public offices

Tertiary sector buildings consume a sizeable proportion of EU total energy consumption and the majority of consumption is directly attributed to the operational phase of the building life-cycle. Occupant behaviour is a major cause of this consumption. OrbEEt proposes an ICT-based framework to induce behaviour change toward energy efficiency by transforming energy measurements into personalized feedback delivered through engaging user interfaces. To achieve this challenge, OrbEEt foresees dynamic, spatially fine-grained extensions of building-level Operational Rating methodologies and Display Energy Certificates to provide a detailed view of energy use in office spaces, business processes and organizational entities rather than entire buildings. The fusion of information from Building Information Models, Business Process Models and real-time energy use measurement via a comprehensive ICT cloud service - the Systemic Enterprise Operational Rating framework - will enable energy use tracking and will establish direct accountability of people, processes and spaces toward overall consumption.

NOBEL GRID Project: Smart energy for people

The project NOBEL GRID, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, will provide advanced tools and ICT services to all actors in the Smart Grid and retail electricity market in order to ensure benefits from cheaper prices, more secure and stable grids and clean electricity. These tool and services will enable active consumers’ involvement, new business models for new actors and the integration of distributed renewable energy production.

Keywords / tags: Smart grid, retail electricity markets, Information Communication Technology (ICT), flexible renewable energy integration, consumers prosumers, smart meters, Distribution System Operators.

SmartNet: a new Horizon2020 project studying TSO-DSO interaction to acquire ancillary services from distribution networks

The project SmartNet aims at comparing different architectures for optimized interaction between TSOs and DSOs in managing the purchase of ancillary services (reserve and balancing, voltage regulation, congestion management) from subjects located in the distribution segment. An ad hoc simulation platform is built up over three layers (physical network, market and ICT) in order to simulate three national cases (Italy, Denmark, Spain); this simulation platform is then implemented in a full replica lab, where the performance of real controller devices is tested. Three physical pilots are also developed to demonstrate modalities for exchanging monitoring signals between transmission and distribution networks and flexibility services that can be offered by entities connected to distribution by exploiting thermal inertia of indoor swimming pools and distributed storage facilities of radio-base stations used for telecommunication.

The Flexiciency project

The FLEXICIENCY project aims to demonstrate that the deployment of novel services in the electricity retail markets, such as advanced monitoring, local energy control and flexibility, can be accelerated thanks to an open European market place for standardised interactions among electricity stakeholders within and across borders. This will open up the energy market to new players at EU level.

SMARTWATER - PHES energy storage using end of life quarries and mines - Belgium Wallonia specific use-cases

The SMARTWATER project will generate some investigation tools to assess the feasibility of the rehabilitation of end-of-life quarries and mines into medium-sized PHES units. The project implements a holistic approach encompassing legal, environmental, economic, hydraulic, electro-mechanical, and geological aspects. The reservoir capacity and hydraulic head of most of the sites under consideration are around a few hundreds of thousand cubic meters and a few dozen meters respectively. Economic feasibility includes assessment of the cost reduction opportunities offered by such site configurations (widespread in Wallonia) and the exploration of innovative multi-service (DSO and TSO) exploitation strategies in the context of an increasing intermittent production.

Hydropower for energy storage and balancing renewables

Hydropower with reservoirs is the only form of large-scale renewable energy storage in wide commercial use today. Pumped storage hydropower plants (PSP) are designed to lift water to a reservoir at higher elevation when the electricity demand is low or when prices are low, and turbine water to produce electricity when the demand is high and/or prices are high. PSP are often designed with a relative high capacity to operate in turbine or pumping mode only for some hours each. They often use artificial reservoirs with limited capacity of storing water. Environmental impacts of hydropower and pumped storage plants are related to impacts of flooding land to create a reservoir, the barrier effect disturbing the connectivity in the river and impacts on the flow regime and related ecosystem downstream from the dam.

The NETfficient project: Implementing the future of smart energy storage and management

The lighthouse NETfficient, supported under the “Societal Challenge of Low Carbon Energy" within the European Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020, will implement “Energy and economic efficiency for today’s smart communities through integrated multi storage technologies” on the German island of Borkum in the North Sea.

ELSA - Energy Local Storage Advanced System using 2nd life EV batteries

ELSA aims at implementing and demonstrating innovative solutions for energy storage integrating low-cost second-life electric vehicle Lithium-ion batteries and other direct and indirect storage options, including heat storage, thus facilitating the local energy management of buildings, districts, and industrial complexes, as well as the direct local use of electricity generated from intermittent renewable energy sources.

BESOS: Building Energy Decision Support Systems for Smart cities

The strategic goal of BESOS is to enhance existing neighbourhoods with decision support system to provide coordinated management of public infrastructures in Smart Cities, and at the same time provide citizens with information to promote sustainability and energy efficiency.

The RealValue project - Unlocking Value across the European Energy Chain

RealValue is a €15.5m European Horizon 2020 energy storage project, which aims to use a combination of physical demonstrations in Ireland, Germany and Latvia along with innovative modelling techniques, in order to demonstrate how local small-scale energy storage, optimised across the whole EU energy system, with advanced ICT, could bring benefits to all market participants.

The TILOS Project: Challenging the role of battery storage in a smart grid environment

TILOS demonstrates the optimal integration of local scale battery storage in a smart island microgrid and challenges the interplay between storage, DSM and interconnection. By encouraging public engagement, TILOS addresses the social aspects of community storage and seeks for the development of novel business models.

The Estfeed Project: Innovative data sharing ICT infrastructure for energy market participants

Estfeed project built a software platform capable to integrate many data sources and to provide appropriate services to convert these data into valuable information for energy flexibility management, energy efficiency, audit and benchmarking.

The Energise Project

ENERGISE is a research project of the EU Commission established to perform an analysis for smart grid communication infrastructure together with the different parties on governmental, industrial, DSO and TSO side. The main focus is on identifying the different factors which determine if a dedicated or shared communication infrastructure should be used and aid the decision-making for solution deployment. At the same time the different parties are brought together during workshops and on-site visits in order to enhance the interdisciplinary communication and exchange of knowledge.

The UPGRID project: Real proven solutions to enable active demand and distributed generation flexible integration, through a fully controllable LOW Voltage and medium voltage distribution grid

UPGRID is a research and development project under the European H2020 program that relies on 19 partners from 7 European countries, and 4 demonstrators (Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Poland) supported by different transversal work packages that define the demo scope and analyses their results and impacts based on the project objectives. It involves partners with different expertise in the energy field: DSOs, equipment manufacturers and research centres. It is led by Iberdrola Distribución, S.A.U. The project started in January 2015 for a duration of 36 months.

The SmarterEMC2 project

The SmarterEMC2 project aims at integrating, demonstrating and validating ICT tools that empower the Smart Grid actors and foster new applications and services particularly related to the distribution grid.

The STORY project: demonstrating the added value of storage in the distribution grid

This paper describes the EU H2020 demonstration project STORY. During the 5 year duration 8 demonstrations in 5 countries will present different business models using various types of small scale thermal and electrical storage technologies. The results of those demonstrations are used in a large scale rollout impact assessment. A policy and regulatory framework will be proposed that facilitates the implementation of the most promising business cases.

I3RES: ICT-based intelligent management of integrated RES for the smart grid optimal operation

The I3RES project was financed by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme and more specifically the call ICT-2011.6.1 on Smart Energy Grids. As a result, the I3RES Management Tool was developed.

GREDOR: Management of distribution systems open to renewables

The GREDOR project addresses challenges in the management of distribution systems raised by the integration of renewable energy sources and new consumption practices, from investment decisions to real-time control. It also aims at proposing and analyzing interaction models for organizing exchanges of flexibility between stakeholders. GREDOR is funded by the Public Service of Wallonia, coordinated by the University of Liège and encompasses 7 industrial and academic partners.

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Functional objective
(4) D10 Smart metering data utilization (8) D13 Novel approaches in market design (19) D1Active demand for increased network flexibility (3) D2 Enabling maximum energy efficiency in new or refurbished urban districts using smart distribution grids (16) D3 Integration of DER at low voltage (6) D4 Integration of DER at medium voltage / high voltage (10) D5 Integration of storage in network management (5) D6 Integration of infrastructure to host Electrical Vehicles (11) D7 Monitoring and control of LV networks (5) D8 Automation and control of MV networks (10) D9 Network management methodologies for network operation (3) T1 Defining scenarios for pan-European network expansion (1) T10 Advanced pan-European market tools for ancillary services and balancing, including active demand management (3) T12 Tools and market mechanisms for ensuring system adequacy and efficiency in electric systems integrating very large amounts of RES generation (1) T15 Developing approaches to determine and to maximize the lifetime of critical power components for existing and future networks (1) T17 Demonstrations of new asset management approaches at EU level (3) T2 Planning methodology for future pan-European transmission system (3) T3 Demonstration of power technology to increase network flexibility and operation means (1) T4 Demonstration of novel network architectures (1) T5 Interfaces for large-scale demonstration of renewable integration (2) T6 Innovative tools and methods to observe and control the pan-European network (1) T7 Innovative tools and methods for coordinated operation with stability margin evaluation (1) T8 Improved training tools and methods to ensure better coordination at the regional and pan-European levels (3) T9 Innovative tools and approaches for pan-European network reliability assessment (5) TD2 The integration of demand side management into TSO operations (3) TD3 Ancillary services provided through DSOs
System function
Subsystem function
(1) Active transmission technologies (5) Aggregation (1) Asset management Decision Support System (DSS) (3) Avoid additional investments (8) Balancing mechanism (8) Business model for storage (2) Capacity allocation and Congestion management (CACM) (2) Capacity calculation (8) Communication infrastructure (1) Condition-based maintenance (CBM) (16) Consumer behaviour (3) Consumption data gathering (2) Continuous trading (1) Coordinated training (6) Cost-benefit analysis (2) Cross-border balancing (1) Data exchange (6) Demand response market mechanisms (5) Demand response stakeholders (7) Demand response technologies (1) DER and grid interface (1) Development of distribution network (1) Digitilization of the network (4) Distribution network management tools (5) Distribution network monitoring technologies (1) Electricty tariff for DER (15) Energy efficiency (2) environmental impact (2) EV charging technologies (4) Flexible generation (1) Forecasting tool (2) Forecasting tool at distribution level (2) Generation technologies (4) Impact of DER on Distribution Networks (1) Improvement of existing distribution network (3) Incentives for optmized EV charging (2) Interoperability constraints (3) Islanding (3) Large-scale storage technologies (1) Load-flow optimization at local level (1) Market closure conditions (2) Market coupling (9) Market mechanisms for DER (1) Modelling demand response (1) Modelling of market players' behaviour (3) Network congestion management (8) Network flexibility (5) Network simulation tools (4) New services based on metering data (2) Novel network architecture (1) On-line asset monitoring (1) Optimisation of existing network architecture (3) planning methodology (6) Power quality (1) Protection and control (1) Protection plan (6) public acceptance (2) Reliability assessment (2) Renewable energy support scheme (4) Replication (1) Risk-based maintenance (2) Scaling-up (1) scenario building approach (2) scenario quantification (2) Security of consumption data (6) Security of supply at distribution level (4) Services provided by DER to TSOs (2) Simulation of EV charging (4) Simulation of storage systems (7) Small-scale storage technologies (2) Standard for DER interconnection (5) System security (1) Time-based maintenance (1) Transmission network control
Component function
(1) active distribution substation (6) aggregator (7) ancillary services (6) Ancillary services provided by DER (1) Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) (2) available transfer capacity (ATC) (8) balancing (2) balancing responsible party (5) Batteries (1) Bi-directional communication systems (1) blackout management (1) boundary conditions (1) capacity market (1) CAPEX (1) CBA (1) Commercial barriers to smart grids (1) Common Information Model (CIM) (4) communication protocol (2) compressed air energy storage (CAES) (2) congestion in MV networks (6) consumer acceptance (1) Consumption data exchange (2) Consumption data standardisation (8) controllable appliances (2) Controllable load (3) corrective action (2) cross-border flows (2) data privacy concerns (1) day-ahead capacity allocation (1) day-ahead closure time (1) DC Grid (DCG) (3) decrease peak demand (1) demand forecast (1) demand quantification (2) Demand response services (1) Demand response signal (1) diagnostic investigation (1) distribution grid stability (1) Distribution Management System (DMS) (1) Distribution system status information (1) DSO-TSO communication interface (1) DSO-TSO data exchange (2) Dynamic Line rating (DLR) (2) dynamic simulation (3) electric storage (1) Electricity tariff for smart districts (2) energy boxes (10) energy management system (EMS) (3) energy savings (1) explicit allocation (3) FACTS (Flexible AC Transmission System) (1) Fault Passage Indicator (FPI) (1) feed-in tariffs (FIT) (2) flow-based (FB) (1) forecast accuracy (1) generation investment incentives (5) grid automation (2) grid stability (1) Hardware in the loop (HIL) simulation (1) HVDC cable (1) HVDC Circuit Breaker (DCCB) (1) HVDC converter (1) HVDC multi-terminal grid (1) hybrid AC/DC line (1) Imbalance and settlement (2) implicit allocation (1) implicit auction (7) in-home EMS (1) Integration of DSM into TSO operations (2) integration of HVDC lines (1) Interconnection capacity allocation (3) interoperability between standard protocols (1) intraday capacity allocation (1) investment strategies (1) islanded mode of operation (1) ITC components (2) large data mining process (12) large-scale demonstration (1) large-scale PV power (3) load aggregation (1) load modelling at distribution level (2) Load shaping (8) long-term planning (9) LV network monitoring and control (2) LV network observability (1) maintenance schedule (1) market model for distribution network storage (1) market players' behaviour (1) master controllers (1) medium-term planning (1) Meet load demand in new areas (green field planning) (1) meshed HVDC network (1) Meter Data Management System (MDMS) (1) Micro grids (6) MV network monitoring and control (1) MV network observability (2) N-1 criterion (1) net transfer capacity (NTC) (2) network congestion (1) network faults (1) offshore HVDC grid (4) offshore wind (2) on-line local sensor (2) OPEX (1) optimal location and size of storage (1) Optimal Power Flow (OPF) (1) Overhead transmission line (OHL) (3) participation of DER into power markets (5) participation of small end-consumers into power markets (3) Phase-shifting Transformer (PST) (4) Phasor measurement unit (PMU) (1) Planning approach adapted to intermittent generation (1) point to point DC link (1) power exchanges (3) power flow control (PFC) (1) power flow simulation (1) power-to-gas (3) preventive action (1) price premium (PP) (1) probabilistic reliability criteria (3) public awareness (1) public consultation (3) pumped hydro storage (PHS) (1) radial DC connection (2) real-time simulation (3) re-dispatching (1) reduce maintenance cost (2) Regulatory barriers to smart grids (3) reinforcement options (1) Remote Terminal Units (RTU) (3) replicability (1) replication potential (3) RES forecast (2) retailers (2) reversion of unidirectional flows (1) risk assessment method (1) risk management (5) scalability (2) security analysis (1) security assessment (1) security margins (12) smart meter (2) smart substation (4) social welfare (1) stakeholder consulations (3) standardization of practices (2) state estimation (12) Storage (3) Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) (1) system renewal (1) Tariff adapted to auto-consumption (6) thermal storage (1) training tools (3) Virtual power plant (VPP) (4) voltage control in MV networks (1) weather forecast (1) Wide Area Monitoring System (WAMS) (1) wind power fluctuations (1) zonal
Sub component function
(1) active MV-LV substation (1) active network operation (3) Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) (1) aggregated wind farms (2) ancillary services provided by storage (1) Automatic Frequency Restoration Reserve (FRRa) (1) bi-directional conditional re-profiling (3) billing (2) black start capability (1) component replacement (1) conditional re-profiling (1) control strategy (1) Current Source Converter (CSC) (1) DC networks faults (1) defense plan (1) degradation process (18) demand-side management (1) diagnostic indicators (1) dynamic contract (1) dynamic model (4) energy use behaviour (3) environmental conditions (1) expert system (1) Fast-switch HVDC Circuit Breaker (4) Frequency Containment Reserve (FCR) (2) frequency control (1) frequency support (3) generation mix (1) HVDC underwater cable (1) imbalance cost (1) incentive payments (1) indicators of degradation (1) in-field inspection (1) influence of weather (2) Lithium-ion batteries (12) load flexibility (2) maintenance and repair actions (1) maintenance model (1) Manual Frequency Restoration Reserve (FRRm) (1) off-line simulation (1) Partial Discharge Detector (PDD) (1) periodic inspections (1) portfolio of consumers (8) price signal (1) PV forecast (1) reactive power control of DER (4) real-time data exchange (1) real-time price (1) reduce maintenance duration (22) renewable energy integration (1) restoration plan (2) risk assessment (1) risk based analysis (1) scheduled re-profiling (6) shiftable loads (1) stochastic optimization (3) time-of-use tariffs (2) uncertainties (1) variable electricity prices (7) voltage control (2) Voltage Source Converter (VSC) (2) voltage stability (3) voltage support
Smart Grid Generic use case
Smart Grid Generic High Level Use Case
(6) Aggregate DER as commercial VPP (6) Aggregate DER as technical VPP (3) Ancillary services and reserve products control (3) Change of supplier (1) Clear day-ahead market (1) Condition based operational advisories (3) Configure AMI device (6) Consumer move-in/move-out (8) Demand side management (2) DER performance management (1) DER process management (3) DER remote control (dispatch) (1) Events management (5) Facilitate demand response actions (1) Facilitate der for network operation (1) Field alarms collection for maintenance (1) Field data collection for corrective and reactive maintenance (1) Field data collection for predictive or condition based maintenance (1) Field data collection for preventive maintenance (1) Frequency support (4) Generation forecast (3) Install, configure and maintain the metering system (2) Load forecast (1) Manage efficiency measures at the premise using metering system data (6) Manage tariff settings on the metering system (4) Managing energy consumption or generation of DERs and EVSE via local DER energy management system to increase local self-consumption (8) Managing energy consumption or generation of DERs via local DER energy management system bundled in a DR program (3) Managing generation connection to the grid (1) Managing microgrid transitions (2) Measure collected data (1) Measuring and exposing energy flows for revenue purpose (smart meter) (1) Measuring and exposing power quality parameters for revenue purpose (smart meter) (2) Monitoring and reduce power oscillation damping (2) Monitoring assets conditions (3) Monitoring electrical flows (2) Monitoring power quality for operation (locally) (2) Obtain meter reading data (5) Participating to the electricity market (1) Protect a single equipment (Incomer/feeder, Transformer, Generator) (9) Provide information to consumer (1) Providing weather observations (1) Provision of black start facilities for grid restoration (1) Restore power after black-out (3) Risk assessment (1) Security (Configuration) Management (2) Solar forecasting (6) Solve balancing issues through Balancing Market (1) Stabilizing network after fault condition (Post-fault handling) (8) Store energy from the grid (1) Supporting periodic maintenance (and planning) (1) Switch/breaker control (1) Temperature forecasting (1) Voltage regulation (2) Wind forecasting

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