Start Date: Jan 1, 2015
End Date: Jun 30, 2018
Budget: € 13.886.326
New Cost-Efficient Business Models for Flexible Smart Grids
European leaders have committed themselves to reduce 20% EU greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels, raising the share of EU energy consumption produced from renewable resources to 20 % and achieving 20% improvement in energy efficiency. This ambitious target implies three major challenges for Europe: (1) The integration of large-scale Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in EU energy grids; (2) The deployment of advance active demand response schemas; and (3) The involvement of the end-user promoting the access to the energy open market.
To address the aforementioned challenges, NOBEL GRID will develop, deploy and evaluate advanced tools and ICT services for Distribution System Operators and electric cooperatives, enabling active consumers’ involvement –i.e. demand response schemas – and flexibility of the market – i.e. new business models for aggregators and ESCOs and integration of distributed renewable energy production.
Through the dual-use of telecommunication networks, and by validating the integration of distributed renewable generation and demand response systems, NOBEL GRID will offer advanced services, not only for DSO’s but to all actors involved in the distribution grid operation and retail electricity market in order to ensure that EU citizens will benefit from better prices, more secure and stable grids and renewable electricity supply.
The results of the project will be deployed in order to improve medium and low voltage network monitoring and control in a safe, secure and economic way. The demonstration will be held in real conditions and 20.000 users already equipped with smart meters (a quarter of the total citizens served by the pilot partners) will be gradually involved in the trials during a period of 18 months half.
The systems deployed along the distribution grid by the project will provide different information in order to make possible the management and maintenance of the grid. The different actors of the electricity distribution chain, such as DSO, retailers, ESCOs, aggregators and industrial and domestic prosumers, will be able to access energy data and interface with the different parts of the network, in order to better manage their services and be more efficient towards ensuring the supply of cleaner energy and better prices.
One of the unique elements of NOBEL GRID’s value proposal is the fact of satisfying the specific needs of cooperative and non-profit energy stakeholders. In addition, the very same solutions developed at NOBEL GRID will be easily transferable to any kind of energy stakeholder profile – including both small and large scale operators and marketers. Obviously, from an engineering perspective, the challenge to be addressed will be the same, and so the tools defined by the project will be useful independently of the organisational profile of the parties.