The way we are generating, distributing, and using energy (electricity, water, oil & gas) in Europe has changed dramatically in the new century due to new opportunities to generate renewable energy and the declining of fossil energy sources and to the introduction of smart energy grids and European deregulation. New players have appeared and the roles of incumbent players are changing fast. An ICT-driven market place is already a reality for all energy players and stakeholders that should by guided towards a process of digital transformation. ICT energy systems and applications are at the very core of these changes, being the key enablers for smart energy innovation.
The main goal is to deliver research & innovation initiatives across the entire energy value chain.
It focuses on the major challenges faced by its main players & stakeholders, spanning across every segment of the energy market (electric, water, oil & gas), thus driving the digital transformation of the the European energy industry.
Activities are related to the application in the energy domain of advanced ICT smart energy systems and technologies:
- Electric distribution network: advanced smart grid automation, control and management of distribution networks in order to meet the anticipated increased use of distributed energy generation.
- Microgrids and Nanogrids: the introduction of distributed generation supports the establishment of regional/microgrids or local/nanogrids, aggregating and largely autonomously controlling their own supply and demand side resources.
- Electric Vehicles: the large scale introduction of electrical and hybrid vehicles requires interaction between the energy infrastructure, the transport infrastructure, the vehicle information systems and the communication network infrastructure, in order to collect, process and deliver the needed information.
- Efficient Water Management in urban and rural areas through smart ICT application and services for water utilities and consumers.
The European energy & utilities market industry is facing major challenges towards the Energy and Climate targets for 2020 and beyond to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase the share of renewable energies and improve energy efficiency.
- Deregulation, the green agenda, and ICT technology changes have rewritten the utilities rulebook. Smart metering and the smart grid are at center stage of research, innovation and as well commercial deployments and the exploitation of the data set generated by them.
- The increasing proportion of electricity from renewable sources means that the ICT energy systems supporting the grid will have to be distributed and to adapt to a highly volatile supply (e.g. from wind and solar generators). From the consumption perspective, real-time adaption of fares to the cost of energy consumed will create and drive future consumption patterns. At the same time, private and commercial consumers are being encouraged to efficiently use their resources (electricity and water) and to participate in the generation, distribution and storage of electricity.
The main findings of the Energy sector are in the context of the projects listed below, trying to bring together relevant aspects of future ICT smart energy systems:
- Sustainable integration of electric vehicles (EV) developing an intelligent charging system for the real-time exchange of charge related data between Fleets of EVs (FEVs) and the grid allowing the management of high-current fast-charging for large numbers of FEVs; real-time grid balancing according to spatial and temporal needs and capacities (e-DASH).
- Deployment of a distributed ICT infrastructure, combining in-vehicle and cloud based approach collecting and processing data generated by the e-vehicle, and distributing commands for optimizing energy consumption of the different climate systems (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) for reaching a global energy savings of 50% (JOSPEL).
- Interoperability network that connects the capacities of the neighborhood and wide regional Renewable Energy Sources + Electrical Energy Storages (EES) ecosystems into a collaboration framework that mitigates the requirement of the overall EES capacities thanks to the shared capacities among the participating actors (SHAR-Q).
Smart Grid, Security and Big Data contributions to the International Centre of Excellence for Research of Intelligent and Secure Information and Communications Technologies and Systems in Slovakia.
CPS4 Small Communities
Cyber Physical Systems for Small Communities has developed an Information and Communication Control Centre that enables small communities to self-manage their utility services by metering resources and monitoring parameters.
Harmonization of electricity demand in Smart Grids for sustainable integration of electric vehicles. This is addressed by an intelligent charging system supported with near real-time exchange of charge related data between EVs and the grid.
Deployment of distributed ICT infrastructure in electric vehicles for enabling the application of innovative eco-driving strategies combined with efficient climate systems
Set of software tools & services continuously improving the security and privacy issues in the smart meter device market.
The principal objective of the SHAR-Q is to optimize the storage capacities deployed in the grid with the help of a peer-to peer interoperability network that connects neighbourhooding RES+Storage ecosystems into a collaboration framework.
Wisebatt has developed Awareness, an application embedded in battery-powered devices to estimate their remaining lifetime accurately. It addresses OEM, hardware and software designers, and supports services providers.