What is MAS2TERING?

MAS2TERING 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.

Why MAS2TERING?

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.

 

 

2017 events:

7th annual European Smart Grid Cyber Security
21- 22 March 2017, London

SGTech Europe 2017 – Smart Grid Technical Forum
28- 30 March 2017, Amsterdam

SMARTGREENS 2017 : 6th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems
23- 24 April 2017, Porto

Special Session on Intelligent and Secure Management in Smart Grids

21st-23rd June, 2017

 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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