Supporting Energy Efficiency in Smart Generation Grid Through ICT

Context

Energy efficiency, demand-side control and renewable energy sources (RES) are considered as some of the effective solutions to counteract the worldwide climate changes. The reorganization of the electric distribution network, which has been traditionally planned and operated as a passive system, is fundamental to implement the envisaged solutions. This renovation has already begun, and the distribution systems are currently moving towards smart distributed power generation grids, called “SmartGrids”. Nevertheless, the operation of  smart grids is quite complex and requires novel ICT-based applications for real time process control/communication, adaptive protection, prognosis techniques and portfolio management.

Objectives
The main objectives of SEESGEN-ICT consist in producing a harmonized set of priorities to accelerate the introduction of ICT into the Smart Distributed Power Generation Grids, investigating requirements, barriers and proposing solutions. SEESGEN-ICT will produce policy recommendations, identify best practices and draw scenarios and roadmaps for the next generation of electric distribution network. The following topics will be addressed in details:

  1. ICT for management of smartgrids with DER integration;
  2. ICT for energy efficiency monitoring in smartgrids;
  3. ICT for demand-side integration (demand-response & demand-side management);
  4. ICT for business models management;
  5. ICT-system operation and environment protection in the operation of smartgrids;
  6. Supporting best practices through experiences in test facilities.

Metodology

Each topic will be studied according to a sistematic approach in order to foster actively the participation and deployment of ICT on energy efficiency goals:

  1. prioritise requirements, assess ICT offers/needs;
  2. identify technological and non-technological barriers, identify solutions to barriers;
  3. prioritise policy actions and produce roadmaps for the future;
  4. formulate a complete list of recommendations to Stakeholder;

Numbers
SEESGEN-ICT is a Thematic Network that brings together 24 partners from 15 different EU Countries. The project is articulated in 24 months and foresees several Workshops and Meetings. The overall budget of the Tematic Network is approximately 500 thousand euros. The consortium is mainly composed of research centers and IC industry, but it also includes distrubution system operators, generation owers and energy authorities.

Supporting Energy Efficiency in Smart Generation Grid Through ICT