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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The distribution network has traditionally been a passive network, which means to pass power from bulk-supply points to consumers. Yet, due to the increase of distributed generation sources and the injection of new loads (integration of Evs for instance), distribution networks are evolving towards active networks. Future distribution networks, embedded between transmission networks and end-consumers, will become increasingly equipped and will take advantage of new techniques of monitoring, control, data analysis, communication infrastructure, planning and small-scale generation in order to support distribution network operation in an efficient way.
The ADVANCED project (Active Demand Value ANd Consumers Experiences Discovery) is a research project co-funded by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013). It aims at developing actionable frameworks enabling residential, commercial and industrial consumers to participate in AD (active demand) thus contributing to AD mass deployment in Europe.
The research-and-development project MeRegio in Goeppingen and Freiamt was designed and implemented within the E-Energy programme (2008 – 2012). It targeted an ICT integration in all parts of the energy value chain in order to meet the demand for efficient, yet decentralised energy systems.
The Smart Watts project was funded under the German E-Energy lighthouse programme (2008 – 2012). Its field-test was located in Aachen and the consortium identified the target to create an unbundling-compliant information and control model for the energy system providing all market participants with current data on generation and consumption in real-time.
Inovgrid is EDP’s umbrella project for smart grids. It presents an answer to several challenges, including: the need for increased energy efficiency; the pressure to reduce costs and increase operational efficiency; the integration of a large share of dispersed generation; the integration of electric vehicles and the desire to empower customers and support the development of new energy services.
Small and medium sized decentralised generation units as well as commercially used consumption applications can play a key role in a future energy supply system. This is especially true for decentralised generation units: they don’t need to rely on the further construction of transmission network capacities since they are situated close to the actual demand side. In addition, from a physical point of view, the total capacity of generation from this type of generation unit can be multiplied in the future.
The investigations in ADVANCED rely on the definition of a conceptual model of active consumer participation in which all relevant factors influencing the participation of consumers in Active Demand (AD) programs are included and their relationships described.
Started in November 2011 for a duration of 51 months, the Grid4EU project lays the groundwork for the development of tomorrow's electricity grids. Grid4EU consists of six large-scale demonstrations (one per DSO leading the project), which will be tested over a period of four years. The emphasis will be on fostering complementarity between these projects, and on promoting transversal research and sharing results between the different DSOs involved.
In DISCERN, DSO’s current system architecture (SCADA/ DMS/ OMS/ NIS/ EMS/ MDMS) for distribution network operations and their interfaces with station and enterprise zones were analysed.
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