NOBEL GRID’s smart tools are being demonstrated in the pilot sites

SLAM, SMX, G3M, DRFM cockpit and EMA App are the ICT solutions that will improve the European Smart Grids, thanks to the hard work of NOBEL GRID’s consortium during the second period of the Project. From July 2017 until the end of the project, third and final period of the project, the ICT solutions are being deployed and demonstrated in the 5 pilot sites (Belgium, Spain, Greece, United Kingdom, and Italy) in real conditions and scenarios, in order to evaluate the technological, social and economic impact of the project results.

Find out the current deployment activities in each demo site. 

Spain - Alginet 

• 50 SMXs have been installed. Most of the MV network equipped with SMXs will allow the completion of rich test cases, as all the network will be monitored and providing data to the Nobel Grid tools – especially G3M – a high degree of flexibility can be achieved. A set of SMX will also be installed at the end-users’ premises.

• G3M has already been deployed in Alginet and is already up and running, receiving the real-time data from the SMXs installed at the transformation centres.

• Around 150 SLAMs (it is still to be decided if some of these end users will be equipped with SMXs instead) will be installed to fully equip 2 transformation centres in the LV network. 

United Kingdom - Manchester

• 30 SMX have been installed so far, with another 70 to go. There are two types of installation being delivered: i) installing a secondary smart meter (i.e. Landis + Gyr E230) in serial with an existing meter; or ii) installing the SMX with a Kamstrup sub-meter and other generation sub-meters at the Lancaster Cohousing private wire site

• The SLAMs will be installed primarily in 100 Carbon Co-op members’ homes for those participating in the Green Energy Max use case.

• A reduced ‘lite’ version of G3M has already been deployed for use at the Lancaster Cohousing private wire test site by Carbon Co-op working with ETRA.

• DRFM deployment has been successfully tested as part of an end-to-end integration test involving an automated demand response event in Lancaster.

• Carbon Co-op has facilitated user testing of EMA-App, trialling early stage versions of EMA App with early adopter members, who are particularly keen to be involved in the project. This user testing has been fed back to the EMA App developers in order to improve the end application.

Belgium- Flanders

• 190 SMXs will be deployed in Flanders. There are no official meters where the SMX can connect with. The official meters are either old analog meters, or more recent digital meters that lack interface capabilities. A smart Flukso meter is installed where the SMX connects with.

• 10 SLAMswill be installed in series with the existing official electricity meters and they are connected to the internet via the local network of the installation site.

• A lite version of G3M has been deployed at the Flanders test site by technical partner ETRA.

• DRFM and EMA App have been deployed.

Greece - Meltemi

• After the installation and testing of the first SMX the deployment of additional systems started, including not only public buildings but also households. By December 2017,  25 SMX have been installed and up to 60 SMX will be installed next year.

• 140 SLAMs will be installed by next year.

• G3M Server is installed and its main purpose is to provide the interface between the SMXs deployed in the premises of the commercial, industrial, and residential customers, in order to collect the data available from the DIN rail energy meters.

• DRFM and EMA App are still in progress. 

Italy - Terni

• A total of 100 SMXs are currently working for their everyday use in the distribution power network.

• Up to 100 SLAMs will be installed.

• The deployment of the G3M tool is in progress and the installation has not been completed yet.

• Since several server-based applications will be deployed in TERNI, ASM decided to directly establish and operate the servers as virtual machines in its server farm.

• EMA APP deployment is in progress. 

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H2020 Smart Grids & Storage Projects together in EUW2017

NOBEL GRID exhibited its smart energy solutions at the European Utility Week 2017 (EUW) between 3-5 October in Amsterdam, as part of the exhibition floor of the BRIDGE Initiative of the European Commission (EC) which united Horizon 2020 Smart Grid and Energy Storage Projects.

This project zone housed 22 ongoing Smart Grid and Energy Storage projects contributing a successful, digital-supported energy transition, to show how European innovation is crucial for the future of the industry.

“Many of our BRIDGE projects are preparing solutions for the society and markets of tomorrow. Utility Week was an excellent occasion for the European Commission to showcase the solutions that are being developed in the frame of these multinational collaborative projects funded by the EU, not only to EU companies and entities which were present but also on the international scene”, explained Rémy Denos, policy officer of Directorate-General for Energy at the EC and coordinator of BRIDGE initiative.

Grupo Etra and Finnova, partners in the consortium, presented NOBEL GRIDs’ tools in the exhibition area, but also in a hub session. Besides, they brought a real SLAM (smart meter) which created great expectation between visitors, even Alan Haigh, head of department in the Innovation & Networks Executive Agency of the EC (INEA), showed his interest in its features.

SLAM is an innovative and affordable Smart Meter, based on the Unbundled Smart Meter (USM) concept, which contains two different parts: Smart Metrology Meter (SMM), with metrology features and fixed functionality, and a Smart Meter eXtension (SMX), which has high flexibility to accommodate new functionalities, to support smart grid and various energy services.

“The Hub Sessions of EUW 2017 were also the occasion for BRIDGE to bring the projects together, present the findings, along a similar line of what we do in the BRIDGE Initiative and discuss about the obstacles to innovation that we identify in the field demonstrators, which are testing a wide variety of use cases in many different national contexts”, pointed out Rémy Denos.

In this sense, NOBEL GRID participated in the hub session “Testing Future Business Models”, moderated by its coordinator Lola Alacreu. Costas Kalogiros from Athens University of Economics and Business (member of the consortium) explained how the project has been working on business models evaluations so far, as well as, results, exploitation plans and lessons learned.

“Concerning Business Models within smart grids and energy storage sectors, NOBEL GRID contributes actively in the BRIDGE initiative by providing its Business Model Evaluation Tool for identifying profitable ones supported by their solutions”, explained Costas Kalogiros.

As member of BRIDGE, NOBEL GRID also participated in the 2nd Meeting – National Stakeholders Coordination Group on Smart Networks for Energy Transition (SNET) to provide best practices and lessons learned from BRIDGE experience

European Utility Week is the premier business, innovation and information platform connecting the smart utility community, allowing you to meet with experts from utilities, network operators, vendors, consultants, startups and system integrators covering the entire smart system value chain. With a focus on regional and global developments in Grid optimisation: Renewables, Energy Storage, Smart Metering, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Energy Services & Efficiency, Energy Trading, Intelligent Buildings, Data Management, etc.

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Second Review Meeting of NOBEL GRID

 

On 21st-22nd September, NOBEL GRID Project organised its 2nd Review Meeting with the European Commission (EC) in Lancaster (United Kingdom), where the 21 partners of the consortium presented the latest developments and products.

 CarbonCoop, partner of NOBEL GRID, hosted the meeting and guided the consortium through the pilot site located in Lancaster Cohousing, which was selected to show the services and tools of NOBEL GRID in real conditions to Ms. Elena Pedone, NOBEL GRID Project officer from the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) of the European Commission.

 Carbon Co-op have teamed up with Lancaster Cohousing co-operative to test new hardware developed in this Horizon 2020 project: the SMX, which is designed to be fitted to already installed smart meters on site adding large amounts of smart network functionality and providing an automatic meter reading (AMR) system for the use of tenants, householders, and the local co-operatives, the SLAM, the advance smart meter developed from scratch during the project, with extra functionalities and the SHIC, the smart home infrastructure that allow smart grid services to extend their reach all the way into the smart homes.

 “Also we are deploying and testing the EMA App for final consumers and prosumers, the DRFM aggregator cockpit and will soon have a lite version of G3M working in Lancaster”, explained Jonathan Atkinson, Carbon Co-op Project Manager.

 Those tools and services have many benefits as Jonathan Atkinson clarified, “at Lancaster Cohousing we are building a system to monitor energy use across their whole private wire system. This will help them more easily manage and maintain it, it will automate billing of energy usage for consumers and generators on their private wire and it will help them reduce network costs”.

But also in terms of battery storage householders there are benefits. “These homes are better able to store and use the renewable energy generated in their homes by solar PV and in one case a wind turbine. This helps them reduce costs and reduce the carbon emissions associated with powering their homes”, pointed out.

 In NOBEL GRID project consumer engagement is key, that’s why Carbon Co-op has a monthly MeetUp called Eco-home Lab where elements of the project are shared, discussed and developed with technologically experienced end users. As well as, a series of socials for a more mainstream audience.

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New partners in NOBEL GRID consortium

 In July 2017  NOBEL GRID consortium has been extended with University Politehnica of Bucharest - MicroDERLab and Exenir. 

 Politehnica University of Bucharest is the largest and the oldest technical university in the country and among the most prestigious universities in Romania. MicroDERLab is a Research Group at UPB which promotes a common research agenda on electrical engineering topics focusing measurements and instrumentation for a faster deploying of the intelligent networks of the future.

The MicroDERLab team at UPB has a strong research background in measurement and instrumentation for power systems, and is actively involved in several European and national projects and networks. Currently the team is contributing to the smart metering deployment strategy in Romania (as one of the partners developing the Smart Metering roadmap, within the former IEE Smart Regions project). UPB team is working on several projects fostering ICT solutions for power grid infrastructure to be deployed in the emerging grids. An important objective on the R&D agenda is designing of holistic solutions (microgrids for sustainable communities, metering with PQ functionalities) to be supported by visionary energy policies and regulatory framework.

Main tasks proposed to be attributed in the project:

• Contribution to the concepts and developments of smart metering systems, including standardization

• Contribution to the continuing development of open-source SMXCore package of SMX

• Support for deployments of Unbundled Smart Meters in the demonstration sites

• Contribution to the smart grid value chain approaches in the Nobel Grid concepts

 

EXENIR is a startup company in Romania, established in August 2016 and having as main owner Rd. Mihai Sanduleac. He led ECRO FP6 IP project FENIX and was technological manager in H2020 Nobel Grid project, working with ECRO SRL.

EXENIR is an acronym showing the aim of providing Excellence in Energy and Information. In this respect, the vision of its activity is to contribute with high expertize to conceptualize, develop and promote modern and breakthrough technologies for the energy domain, including the areas of smart metering, smart grids, smart cities and communities, for improving the power and responsibilities of citizen and for enabling sustainability.

Main tasks proposed to be attributed in the project:

• Technological manager of Nobel Grid project, as a continuation of this key responsibility after leaving ECRO SRL

• Leader of WP4 - Flexible adaptation of commercially existing smart meters

• Leader of subproject 2 – Smart metering systems (SP2)

• Contribution to the continuing development of open-source SMXCore package of SMX

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Video: Meeting BRIDGE initiative

During the last BRIDGE Meeting in Brussels (20-23 November), NOBEL GRID had the chance to interview two of the main representatives of this European Commission initiative which unites Horizon 2020 Smart Grid and Energy Storage Project.

Don’t miss the video below and find out what BRIDGE is thanks to Rémy Dénos, Policy Officer in the Directorate General for Energy at the European Commission and Adas Pangonis, Project Manager in INEA at the European Commission

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Reached 1000 Followers on Twitter!

NOBEL GRID has reached more than 1000 followers on Twitter! Thanks to all for being a part of this community and for your support. Keep sharing, liking and following!

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Business Model Evaluation Tool

Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) released a first version of the NOBEL GRID Business Model Evaluation Tool, a powerful “what-if” scenario tool for the techno-economic assessment of innovative smart grid technologies and the associated business models for the involved actors. It supports a large number of candidate business models where up to 14 different actors can participate, results can be compared for up to 6 locations, while uncertainty in costs and revenues is mitigated via Monte Carlo sensitivity analysis. You can download it and test it from the NOBEL GRID website.

Some H2020 projects from BRIDGE have already confirmed to use the tool, like RealValue and SmarterEMC2. 

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What Alginet is? 

The Spanish test site is based in Alginet, a town with 14.000 inhabitants. One of the characteristics of this test site is that Alginet has its own local energy distribution network managed by a local cooperative that acts as Distribution System Operator and as a retailer in the same area.  Suministros Especiales Alginetenses, Coop V. is the local retailer and Alginet Distribución Energía Eléctrica is the local DSO. Both are part of the Grup Cooperativa Elèctrica d’Alginet (Alginet’s Electric Cooperative Group). The Alginet’s Electric Cooperative Group began its operation back in 1930 and is currently supplying 35 million kilowatt-hours per year, to more than 6000 users, by means of more than 40 transformation centres, with an installed power of 18,000 kW.

What's your role in the NOBEL GRID project? your outputs?

Our main role in the project is to act as test site within the project. . The size and characteristics of the energy distribution network and the fact that this is managed by the local cooperative - with direct contact with the end users/associates and with a complete control over the network management process -, makes it the perfect place to implement, validate and test NOBEL GRID products and developments in a real environment. 

What are the main challenges the electric cooperatives are facing in the EU? 

One of the main challenges for the electric cooperatives, and the small energy companies in general – specially the local DSOs – is to keep track of the rapid changes taking place within the sector. For small DSOs, like the one in Alginet, innovation is both a priority – as they have to be up-to-date with the new developments in order to maintain their position within the market and accomplish with all the new, and rapidly evolving regulations – and a challenge – as their size makes it very difficult to allocate the resources to innovate -. Alginet cooperative has encountered an excellent innovation tool through its participation in EU projects such as NOBEL GRID. Through this participation we are able, not only to keep the company up to date, but also to meet other stakeholders inside and outside the electric sector, to improve the network and introduce new services for our end users.

How Alginet is working on consumer engagement? 

We understand that the prosumer’s role in the energy market transition from a traditional energy system to a future flexible and greener energy ecosystem will be of crucial importance.

Traditionally the energy chain has been organized in a top-down approach, this concept is changing gradually into a bottom-up approach, as consumers are starting the generate their own electricity and feed the excess of the electricity into the network. Meaning that the injection of electricity into the grid is done both at the top levels of the grid (traditional generation) and at the lower levels of the grid (distributed generation and prosumerism).

The test cases we are developing in Alginet are focussed on the DSO’s role and processes, i.e. network monitoring, control and management, therefore the consumers engaged for the test cases in Alginet will be fewer than in other test sites.

Tell us other projects in which Alginet is involved in concerning Smart Grids or Smart Energy?

Alginet Electric cooperative has participated in other two EU project regarding smart grids:

-NOBEL (Project nr. 247926): The NOBEL project built an energy brokerage system with which individual energy consumers communicate their energy needs directly with both large-scale and small-scale energy producers, thereby making energy use more efficient.

HYRIM (Project nr. 608090): HYRIM main objective is to identify and evaluate ‘Hybrid Risk Metrics’ for assessing and categorizing security risks within interconnected utility infrastructure networks, such as smart energy grids, in order to provide foundations for novel protection, prevention and resilience mechanisms

 

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement Nº 646184.

 

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