Balancing energy production and consumption in energy efficient smart neighbourhoods
The e-balance project, funded under the FP7-ICT programme of the EU, aims at integrating the energy customers into the future smart-grids in order to address future environmental problems with holistic technical solutions based on ICT, new business models and citizens’ behaviour under real world conditions.
The project takes into account the different aspects of the energy efficiency in present and future smart cities in order to provide flexible and holistic technical solutions and to carefully validate these solutions under real world conditions.
The project investigates the social, economic and technical aspects in order to achieve a mature and holistic solution.
- The social aspects include:
- Socio-technical development (user requirements and concerns)
- Different levels of user participation (involvement) and means to increase it
- Barriers to conduct an effective solution,
From the economic perspective the following aspects are considered:
- Development of new business opportunities
- Economic means to increase involvement
- Legislation reinforcements and corrective measures
The technical solution provides the following features respecting the socio-economic aspects:
- Support for all kinds of energy source and storage
- Scalable, fine grained and decentralized energy balancing and demand prediction
- Security and privacy mechanisms
- Flexible accounting
- Increased reliability
The technical solution is based on available state of the art results and combines them according to the socio-economical requirements with necessary adaptation.
The proposed energy management platform was evaluated in realistic scenarios using real world set-ups in Alliander microgrid in Bronsbergen and EDP Smart Grid in Portugal, as well as in emulation.
Duration: From October 2013 to July 2017