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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.
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.
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 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 current generation of smart grid demonstration projects is very much focused on technology and the functioning of electricity grids. There is little insight in the behaviour of consumers in a connected living environment. Nor is there a comprehensive view on the potential participation of small end-consumers into power markets. Nevertheless, the success of active load and demand-side management strongly depends on appropriate technologies, incentives and consumer acceptance.
The PEGASE project has produced new tools to enhance the cooperation among transmission system operators for the real-time control and operational planning at transmission level for the Pan-European network. New powerful algorithms and full-scale prototypes have been developed that run the whole European Transmission Network model for state estimation, dynamic security analysis, steady state optimization and dispatcher training simulator.
The EcoGrid EU project develops and demonstrates a near real-time market providing a demand response market mechanism concept and allowing for services provided by DER to TSOs (feeding more generally the potential services provided by DSOs to TSOs).
To realize an implementation breakthrough for automated residential demand response by means of a pilot and to evaluate the technology, economical value and user acceptance.
The main purpose of the iTesla project is to develop a new generation of security assessment tools, able to support the operation of the pan-European grid in the coming years.
The main objective of the project is to find an efficient way for integrating distributed generation from renewable energy (PV) and electro mobility with regard to optimized investment of the existing asset base in low voltage grids. The focus is to increase the hosting capacity for distributed energy resources (DER) and e-mobility of low voltage distribution networks.
SuSTAINABLE (Smart distribUtion System operaTion for mAximazing the INtegration of renewaBLE generation) is a European project under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development with contract No: 308755, which the main concept involves an active management of distributed flexible resources by DSOs.
The goal of the KIC-ASS project (Knowledge and Innovation Community – Active Sub Stations) is to bring research institutes and industry together to develop key cost efficient components for future smart secondary substations, thus contributing to improved distribution network operation through better distribution network monitoring technologies .
SiNGULAR investigates the effects of large-scale integration of renewables and demand-side management on the planning and operation of insular electricity grids, proposing efficient measures, solutions and tools towards the development of a sustainable and smart grid.
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.
Within the scope of Smart Grids, stakeholders coming from different areas of expertise need to co-operate in order to design solutions that optimise electricity network management. Particularly relevant in this context is the information exchange between DSOs and vendors when procuring systems.
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