This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 766733
TowArds Building rEady for Demand rEsponse
To fully realize the European Demand Response potential, buildings must enter Demand Response schemes and expose all available flexibilities, including HVAC and thermal inertia, to the aggregator. However, several existing limitations need to be overcome:
- Interoperability and communication: A variety of communication technologies, protocols and data models are used in building automation and energy management systems and numerous smart grid standards exist.
- Cost: It is often cheaper to install a new BMS than to spend time and money to adapt an existing BMS.
- Functionality: Current BMSs do not support demand response applications out of the box. Moreover, market-ready interoperable solutions do not exist that considers DR potential of thermal inertia and comfort-related systems in buildings.
TABEDE aims to allowing all buildings to integrate energy grid demand response schemes through a low cost extender for BMS systems or as standalone system, which is independent of communication standards and integrate innovative flexibility algorithms.
Objective 1: Develop an interoperable, DR-ready BMS extender that is compatible with at least 90% devices and systems—to integrate with existing BMSs, additional appliances and sensors currently deployed in buildings, and to the grid or campus like management systems—utilising the corresponding APIs, protocols, and standards.
- Maximize building flexibility to improve building demand response capabilities up to a factor of 2, by:
- Integrating building inertia as a flexible load through advanced energy control schemes (Model Predictive Control);
- Exposing all building flexible loads for demand response; and
- Ensuring beneficial impact (cost and energy saving) for building stakeholders.
- Enable standards-based semantic exchange of information between secure web database of home appliances, and BMS and smart-grid—for seamless system integration, allowing:
- The identification of connected hardware (BMS), devices and appliances for flexibility assessment;
- On-demand, device-specific update of interfaces, and DR operating protocols and signals;
- Specific interface encapsulation with an MQTT client and existing BMS or appliance networks; and Context-aware communication with smart grid.
- Demonstrate TABEDE technologies and functionalities through extensive simulation-based testing, and prove the feasibility of the proposed solutions through deployment of TABEDE on three test sites that are representative of EU conditions in terms of climate, building occupancy and energy infrastructure.
- TRACTEBEL IMPACT BELGIUM SA
- SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
- R2M SOLUTION SRL
- SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC SPA
- COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
- CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
- CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
- TRACTEBEL ENGINEERING
Start date: 1/11/2017 - End date: 31/10/2022