MAS2TERING project facilitates the empowerment of localised and virtualised energy prosumer communities
UPCOMING EVENT ALERT: as part of the 14th International Conference on Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence (DCAI’17) a smart grid clustering workshop is being co-organized by participants of Fuse-it and Mas2tering projects; for details on the scope please click here or download the CfP here. Questions can be directed to: info[@]mas2tering[.]eu and the submission dates are below:
- DCAI’17 Paper Submission Deadline – 6th February, 2017
- DCAI’17 Notification of acceptance – 13th March, 2017
- DCAI’17 Camera-Ready papers – 27th March, 2017
- DCAI’17 Conference Celebration – 21st-23rd June, 2017
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-focused 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 MAS2TERING 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. Business innovations are summarized in the mas2tering_deliverable_1-5_business-strategies-and-collaboration-opportunities and mas2tering_deliverable_1-6_use-cases-and-business-models-vision-i-of-ii-high-level-requirements-use-cases-and-business-orientations reports, to be updated in August 2017 upon the project completion.
March 2016 marked the MAS2TERING project midpoint. At the dissemination pages, 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 on this webpage, stay tuned.
Recent communications from the European Commission (EC) 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. In November 2016 the EC published the “Winter Package” and the guidance contained is being integrated into the final results of MAS2TERING.
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
MAS2TERING consists of nine project partners from five EU countries:
- CEA (France) – Project Coordinator, leader of WP8
- SMS, Plc. (United Kingdom) – Leader of WP6
- R2M Solution (Italy) – Leader of WP1 and WP8
- ENGIE (France) – Main Industrial Partner
- Airbus CyberSecurity (France) – Leader of WP4
- Telecom Italia (Italy) – Main Industrial Partner, Leader of WP2
- Cardiff University (United Kingdom) – Leader of WP3
- Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland) – Leader of WP5
- Laborelec (Belgium) – Scientific & Technical Manager
All WPs in MAS2TERING:
- WP 1: Services, business models & requirements (R2M)
- WP 2: Technical requirements, ICT platform (TI)
- WP 3: Multi-agent systems and optimisation (CU)
- WP 4: Design & development of cyber-security components for Smart Grids (Airbus)
- WP 5: Design and Development of the MAS Components and Interfaces (TSSG)
- WP 6: Use cases and validation (SMS)
- WP 7: Dissemination and exploitation (R2M)
- WP 8: Project Management (CEA)
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MAS2TERING Contact Email
info [at] Mas2tering [dot] eu