The EU funded AMBASSADOR project (Autonomous Management System Developed for Building and District Levels) goal was to study, develop and experiment with systems and tools aimed at optimising the energy usage in the perimeter of a district by managing the energy flows, predicting and mastering energy consumption and energy production.
Along this line, the main objectives of the project were to:
- develop a holistic energy optimisation system for a district, taking advantage of the possible shared usage of the local energy production and storage and the complementarity of energy consumption profiles;
- develop additional management system functionalities to optimise building energy consumption;
- expose building or technical systems flexibilities to the district;
- validate through a number of selected scenarios some functions or services proposed by a DEMIS on the three validation sites;
- study different business models that can be successfully implemented.
During the course of the project a district wide holistic energy optimisation system was introduced. This has taken an advantage of possible shared usage of local energy production and storage in addition to complementing energy consumption profiles. Management system functionalities have been developed to optimise building energy consumption. Selected functions and services proposed by the system have been validated through a number of scenarios on three validation sites. New business models have been studied in order to find the best ones for successful implementation.
In terms of impact, AMBASSADOR has demonstrated:
- capacity to maximise self-consumption of local renewable energy, while limiting peak consumption;
- capacity to define optimal charging schedule of electric vehicle fleet;
- at building level, achievable energy savings ranging from 10 to 40%;
- at district level, 20% of impact on cost thanks to smart algorithms.
AMBASSADOR has also made some recommendations that should contribute to boost Smart Districts deployment:
- price on CO2, along with energy mix prediction;
- support self-consumption – energy positive districts;
- support introduction of renewable energy sources and storage for more flexibility;
- develop the concept of smart grid ready “thing”.
For more information visit the project's website at the link provided below.
Project duration: 2012-11-01 to 2016-10-31