Mas2tering facilitates the empowerment of localised and virtualised prosumer communities
What is Mas2tering?
Mas2tering [“Multi-Agent Systems and Secured coupling of Telecom and Energy gRIds for Next Generation smartgrid services”] is a three-year technology-driven and business-focussed project, aimed at developing an innovative information and communication technology (ICT) platform for the monitoring and optimal management of local communities of prosumers. Mas2tering combines an original business vision, aimed at the enablement of local energy aggregation markets, with a set of enabling technologies from the artificial intelligence, communication and security domains. Last-mile connectivity solutions will be combined with a distributed optimisation platform, and the security of communications enhanced, to enable for effective and secured electricity management at distribution level and create new business opportunities. Doing so, the project aims at enabling new collaboration opportunities between grid operators and telecom and energy companies, both from technology and business perspectives.
The project storyline has three progressive levels: a prosumer lowering the family energy bill, a local energy community exchanging flexibilities to lower the community energy bill and lastly the local energy community integrated into the low voltage grid to both lower energy bills and facilitate DSO capacity management. Central to making this possible is the role of the Local Flexibility Aggregator and new business strategies and collaboration opportunities between utilities, telecoms, and consumers in a multi-sided platform business model. With respect to market models, we have aligned with USEF. Our public deliverable D1.6 Use Cases and Business Models Vision I has the details.
March 2016 marks the project midpoint. At our dissemination page, you can find a series of public deliverables that detail progress to date and make possible knowledge transfer from our project to your interests. Project demonstration cases are under design and simulation activities will soon produce results to make available. Our next events include a May workshop at the 1st EAI International Conference on Smart Grid Inspired Future Technologies where we are publishing results from the first half of the project and then our 3rd Business Convergence Workshop to be held at Sustainable Places 2016 where we will seek industrial validation and input to our multi-sided platform business model process. See the news, calendar or contact us for further information.
Recent communications from the European Commission have called for a redesign of the energy markets (COM340) to take advantage of system wide flexibilities and a New Deal for EU energy consumers (COM339) that empower choice and participation in the smart grid. In Mas2tering, we develop home area network ICT technologies that connect consumers and prosumers to the grid and then apply multi-agent system optimization techniques with the objective to lower consumer energy bills and facilitate DSO capacity management – and this has benefits on the grid at large.
Project Use Cases
Energy boxes & smart meters connection; Consumption profile optimization
MAS2TERING is centred on the domestic user and on the exploitation of the in-home monitoring and communication infrastructure required to enable the HAN management either on its own or as part of the local management. The primary objective is to establish a secure and effective connection between the commercial Energy Box developed by TI and the smart meters of UK and Belgium and also to demonstrate that such a connection can support consumption profile optimization at home level.
Decentralized energy management in a local area with Multi-Agents
MAS2TERING assess the benefits of using the MAS to optimise the use of flexibility in a local area. The local area is identified by a local community of prosumers, all represented by the same Local Flexibility Aggregator. Flexibility is again provided by the prosumers, but in this case the optimization does not involve each end user only as an individual, but empowers them to participate in a larger community. The scope of the optimization is to reduce the costs associated with the energy bill of each individual end user.
Enhancing grid reliability, performance and resilience
MAS2TERING targets the LV grid, intended as the portion of the grid supplied by one individual MV/LV substation (that is also the so-called “local area”). This portion of the grid may include several communities of prosumers, each represented by one individual Local Flexibility Aaggregator. The scope of the is therefore to demonstrate that local communities’ management enabled by MAS, at LV level, can be effective in dealing with grid congestions at local level and enhance grid performance, reliability and resilience
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