MAS2TERING: Listing of Relevant “Sister” Projects in the Smart Grid Technology Development Sector:

The JRC has published an interactive heat map of European Smart Grid projects, which can be found here. Additional projects that have either inspired or collaborated with MAS²TERING are as follows:

  • ADVANCED (FP7)

    • “Active Demand Value And Consumers Experience Discovery”: ADVANCED vision is to make AD adopted at large scale in Europe by residential, commercial and industrial consumers and the energy market players and stakeholders. Leveraging on the empirical data and lessons learnt in real Active Demand (AD) experiences, the overall objective of the 24 months project is to develop actionable frameworks enabling residential, commercial and industrial consumers to participate in AD. The benefits of AD for the key stakeholders and the inherent impacts on the electricity systems are to be quantified taking different scenarios into account.

  • LINEAR (Belgium, EEGI)

    • Local Intelligent Networks and Energy Active Regions”: With the help of two remuneration models and four business cases, Linear is studying ways for households and producers or power grid operators to better tailor energy consumption in relation to energy generation. Remuneration models: Households can be encouraged to adjust their energy consumption patterns by providing them with a financial incentive (rate control) or by operating their equipment automatically (automated control) and rewarding the households for the degree of flexibility they provide. Business cases: The future of decentralized generation presents power grid operators and energy suppliers with many challenges. The trick is to deploy the right solutions for the least amount of cost. Linear is studying four challenges for which demand-side management could be a sound technical and economically profitable solution. Throughout the entire field test, we will also be examining the best ways for energy suppliers to encourage consumers. We are encouraging participants by means of a financial incentive that corresponds to the actual cost savings.

  • FLEXICIENCY (H2020)

    • “energy services demonstrations of demand response, FLEXibility and energy efficiency based on metering data”: 4 major Distribution System Operators (in Italy, France, Spain and Sweden) with smart metering infrastructure in place, associated with electricity retailers (including one operating in a no-smart-meter environment), aggregators, software providers, a system integrator, research organizations and one large consumer, are undertaking 5 large-scale demonstrations to show that the deployment of efficient novel services in the electricity retail markets (ranging from advanced monitoring to local energy control, and flexibility services can be accelerated thanks to an open European market place based on standardized interactions among electricity stakeholders, opening up the energy market also to new players at EU level. The services resulting from the proposed technical framework will empower real customers with higher quality and quantity of information on their energy consumptions (and generation in case of prosumers), addressing more efficient energy behaviors and usage such as through advanced energy monitoring and control services. Accessibility of metering data, close to real time, made available by DSOs – under customer consent – and in a standardized and non-discriminatory way to all players in the electricity retail markets (e.g. electricity retailers, aggregators, ESCOs and end consumers), will facilitate the emergence of new markets for energy services, enhancing competitiveness and encouraging the entry of new players and benefitting energy customers. Economic models of these new services will be proposed and assessed.

  • IndustRE (H2020)

    • Using the flexibility potential in energy intensive industries to facilitate further grid integration of variable renewable energy sources”: IndustRE has identified the flexibility potential of the industrial electricity demand as an opportunity that – through innovative business models – can facilitate further growth and integration of variable renewable energy, while reducing the industrial electricity costs. In this project the electricity intensive industry in Europe works closely with the renewable energy sector in order to find common ground and create win-win situations. The overall objective of the project is to use the potential for flexibility in energy intensive industries to facilitate further market uptake of variable renewable electricity, through innovative business models and regulatory improvements.

  • DAREED (FP7)

    • Decision support Advisor for innovative business models and useR engagement for smart Energy Efficient Districts“: DAREED is framed within energy efficiency for Smart Cities of the Seventh EU Framework Programme. European Commission fosters projects focused in objectives of 2020 low carbon economy through the integration and validation of ICT technologies and services in neighborhoods. DAREED’s goal is to reduce energy consumption in buildings by using ICT, anticipating savings of between 7% and 10%. To achieve this will create a system capable of receiving information from various sources, analyze the energy consumption taking place, and provide information and advice to both citizens as utilities and public institutions, involving all stakeholders in the process of improving energy efficiency. With this platform, the citizen becomes an active subject and decisiveness. He will meet his daily consumption curve -through mobile alerts, emails or other system- and the actions he can take to reduce it. These tools will be used to help energy companies to define and validate their business strategies and pricing schemes, making them economically viable and, at the same time promote good practice in the use of energy. Besides this, one of the key aspects are the innovative service business models as well as the involvement of stakeholders.

  • BestRES (H2020)

    • “Best practices and implementation of innovative business models for Renewable Energy Aggregators“: The BestRES project aims to develop innovative business models for integration of renewable energy sources by aggregating distributed generation such as wind, PV, biogas, biomass, hydro, Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and combining this with demand side management and energy storage. BestRES is funded by the Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation programme and involves 11 partner organizations that are active in 9 different European countries. The project started in March 2016 and will last three years.

  • AnyPLACE (H2020)

    • ◦”Adaptable Platform for Active Services Exchange”: AnyPLACE project intends to develop a modular smart metering platform. The targeted system aims to provide a bidirectional service exchange gateway that enhances the interaction between end users, market representatives, electricity network operators and ICT providers. AnyPLACE is a European project that will develop a modular energy management system capable monitoring and  controlling local devices according to the preferences of end-users. It will allow end-users to manage their energy expenditure and to become more efficient. Users will be able to take part in new energy services and take advantage of dynamic price tariffs to minimise their energy costs.

  • DISCERN (FP7)

    • ◦”Distributed Intelligence for Cost-effective and Reliable Solutions”: The basis of the overall concept of DISCERN is to utilise the experience of major European DSOs with innovative technological solutions for a more efficient monitoring and control of distribution networks. The complementary nature of the demonstration sites with regard to the specific challenges as well as technological and operational solutions serve as the main resource of DISCERN.

  • DREAM (FP7)

  • ESTFEED (Norwegian support programme)

    • Energy DATA FEED PLATFORM“: ESTFEED project is an initiative to design, implement and test an open software platform for energy consumptions monitoring and management from the customer (consumers/prosumers) side capable to interact with the energy network and to provide data feeds for an efficient use of energy. The project aims to build a software platform capable to integrate many data sources and to provide appropriate services to convert these data into valuable information for energy flexibility management, audit and benchmarking. Development efforts will be distributed in four main topics: software architecture, communications, data acquisition/management and computational intelligence. A Service Oriented Architecture will serve as integration and open platform with specialised services for data acquisition and management at different time scales (from real time to season) capable to deal with existing solutions (SCADAS, energy monitors), but also capable to integrate new sensing technologies (smart metering, sensor networks) deployed. The goal of Energy DATA FEED PLATFORM is to build common framework and validate it in several scenarios as industries, administrative buildings and homes, but at the same time it is conceived as multi user platform capable to take advantage of its intensive use for benchmarking purposes. Its development will be based on international recommendations (as the ISO, IEC standards), experience of partners in the consortium with a large trajectory in both, development of industrial solutions for energy monitoring, in different domains (industry, administration).  The ESTFEED solution aims to be a reference framework capable of operating as workbench to check and validate energy monitoring and management solutions with the intention to contribute to the standardisation of energy monitoring platforms with enhanced sensor integration and communication capabilities. Aim is to start reliable data feeds and allow market participants develop applications on top of that. Some of the first applications will be developed by the project, showing potential and real value for the market.

  • evolvDSO (FP7)

    • “Development of methodologies and tools for new and evolving DSO roles for efficient DRES integration in distribution networks”: With the growing relevance of distributed renewable energy sources (DRES) in the generation mix and the increasingly pro-active demand for electricity, power systems and their mode of operation need to evolve. evolvDSO will define future roles of distribution system operators (DSOs) and develop tools required for these new roles on the basis of scenarios which will be driven by different DRES penetration levels, various degrees of technological progress, and differing customer acceptance patterns. evolvDSO will contribute to the transition to a more sustainable European energy system by maintaining and increasing the security and reliability of distribution grids facilitating the increased feed-in of DRES. The results of evolvDSO will drive the implementation of the EEGI roadmap and ultimately provide a significant impetus for reaching EU climate targets.

  • FutureFlow (H2020)

    • “Designing eTrading Solutions for Electricity Balancing and Redispatching in Europe’”: FutureFlow links interconnected control areas of four transmission system operators of Central-South Europe which today do face increasing challenges to ensure transmission system security: the growing share of renewable electricity units has reduced drastically the capabilities of conventional, fossil-fuel based means to ensure balancing activities and congestion relief through re-dispatching. Research and innovation activities are proposed to validate that consumers and distributed generators can be put in a position to provide balancing and re-dispatching services, within an attractive business environment. The field tests with real energy customers and distributed generation owners aim show the synergetic benefits from the collaboration of such commercial and industrial (C&I) consumers, prosumers and distributed generators in frequency restoration reserve markets combined with the cross-border integration of such markets. FutureFlow also intends to analyse the scalability and replicability potential at European level of the most promising tested use cases as designed for the four involved countries.

  • Grid+Storage (H2020)

    • Complementing the activities performed so far by the European Electricity Grid Initiative (EEGI) and the Grid+ project, a consortium formed by TECHNOFI, EASE, EDSO, ENTSO-E, RSE and VITO has been selected by the European Commission to support DG Energy and the Member States in defining a European R&D roadmap integrating energy storage into grid research and innovation activities, both at electricity transmission and distribution levels. These activities will allow the six partners to deliver a ten-year integrated Research and Innovation Roadmap (RIR) towards a more secure single European electricity market will be delivered at the end of 2016 and related short-term Implementation Plans (2016-2018 and 2017-2019). In order to support the Grid+Storage topic selection and description processes of the integrated implementation plan 2016-2018 (D2.1 and D2.2), the project is monitoring projects with European-added value, to show that overlapping, if any, is minimal.
      • Download the Grid+Storage report D3.1  here: monitoring report supporting the topic selection for the Implementation Plan 2016-2018 (54 projects from Europe monitored)
      • Download the Grid+Storage report D3.2 here: monitoring report supporting the choice of R&I activities for the decade to come (roadmap 2016-2025) – 123 projects from Europe monitored + 54 projects from other countries.

  • IDE4L (FP7)

    • “The Ideal Grid For All”: The integration of wind and solar power, heat pumps and electric vehicles creates problems for the operation of existing distribution networks and the whole power system, not to mention the market. Continuity of the supply of electricity is important for the modern society. IDE4L vision is to develop an ideal grid for all, which enables clean and reliable energy for the future.  The aim is to create a single concept for distribution network companies to implement active distribution network today based on existing technology, solutions and future requirements. IDE4L develops the entire system of distribution network automation, IT systems and functions for active network management. Automation systems and management solutions will be tested in laboratories to ensure the functioning of the complete system. Real-time digital simulators and micro-grid installed in laboratories with real devices are utilized in testing. A2A Reti Electtriche Spa, Østkraft Holding A/S and Unión Fenosa Distribución, S.A. will demonstrate the developed system and functionalities in their networks including actual customers. Already there are PV, wind power, heat pumps and EVs connected in urban and rural networks. The output of the project is published as a final concept, including a plausible execution roadmap and recommendations for different stakeholders.

  • Grid4EU (FP7)

    • “A Large-scale demonstration project of advanced smart grids solutions with wide replication and scalability potential for Europe”: Designed in response to a call for projects from the European Commission, the project lays the groundwork for the development of tomorrow’s electricity grids. Financed to the tune of €25 M by the European Commission, and costing €54 M overall, it is the biggest smart grid project to be funded by the European Union. GRID4EU brings together a consortium of 6 European energy distributors (ERDF, Enel Distribuzione, Iberdrola, CEZ Distribuce, Vattenfall Eldistribution and RWE). It will test the potential of smart grids in areas such as renewable energy integration, electric vehicle development, grid automation, energy storage, energy efficiency and load reduction. GRID4EU consists of six demonstrators, which will be tested over a period of four years in each of the European countries represented in the consortium. The emphasis will be on fostering complementarity between these projects, and on promoting transversal research and sharing results between the different energy distributors involved. GRID4EU also draws on the know-how of other industrial and scientific partners, thereby bringing together thirty or so partners from around ten different EU countries.

  • SmartNet (H2020)

    • ◦”Smart TSO-DSO interaction schemes, market architectures and ICT Solutions for the integration of ancillary services from demand side management and distributed generation”: The SmartNet project arises from the need to find answers and propose new practical solutions to the increasing integration of Renewable Energy Sources in the existing electricity transmission network. The subsequent technological (r)evolution is not only affecting the structure of the electricity markets, but also the interactions between TSOs and DSOs. The SmartNet project aims to provide optimized instruments and modalities to improve the coordination between the grid operators at national and local level (respectively the TSOs and DSOs) and the exchange of information for monitoring and for the acquisition of ancillary services (reserve and balancing, voltage balancing control, congestion management) from subjects located in the distribution segment (flexible load and distributed generation). As an effect of the increasing amount of generation produced by Renewable Energy Sources (RES) with variable generation pattern and of the big changes affecting distribution (deployment of distributed generation, local storage and flexible loads), future distribution networks will inject a growing amount of energy into the transmission system. Variable generation located in distribution could be operated together with local storage and active demand in order to provide local services for the distribution grid (voltage regulation, congestion management) as well as services for the entire system through the connection point to the transmission grids. Till now, distribution networks have been managed with a fit-and-forget philosophy. In the future, strict real-time coordination will be needed between the different actors that are involved in the provision of ancillary services. Optimizing the interface between TSOs and DSOs will prove a crucial factor to ensure the achievement of an overall efficiency target. Different TSO-DSO interaction modalities are compared on the basis of national key cases (Italy, Denmark, and Spain); where physical pilots will be developed to monitor transmission’s distribution parameters and investigate modalities for the acquisition of ancillary services from specific resources located in distribution systems.

  • VENTEEA (France)

    • Modernizing the power grid is necessary In order to take into account evolutions in the energy mix. Indeed, the electric grid faces the fast development of renewable energies that are both random and intermittent. Therefore, new solutions and products able to maintain voltage level everywhere have to be developed so that we can ensure the power quality for each consumer. Located in Champagne-Ardenne, France’s first ranking region in terms of renewable energy installed, and more precisely in Aube where there is the highest concentration of medium and high power wind farms, Venteea aims to study and test new solutions and products designed to adapt the electric grid to wind production. The demonstrator Venteea aims to improve grid efficiency and the integration of large wind generation in MV distribution networks, while optimizing connection costs. Indeed, the electric grids were not intended for renewable energy production, so they have to adapt to their fast development. The challenge is to develop new products in order to increase grid observability and controllability nearby renewable energy production. Products and solutions experimented by Venteea should enable to limit disturbances on the electric grid and to smoothen electric production fluctuations. Venteea’s storage system can provide services for several actors of the electrical system(TSO, DSO and producer), such as frequency regulation and solving of congestions for the TSO, peak consumption and voltage regulation for the DSO, and generation cut-off for the producer.  The aptly named Venteea ‘smart’ grid solution applies intelligent technologies that operate on two levels. Firstly, it optimizes two-way communication with the grid and helps meet all technical requirements (such as voltage levels and schedules). Secondly, it enables next-day forecasting of electricity production and demand, in turn allowing for the development of more tailored services that meet both grid and customer requirements.  This “multi-service” approach paves the way for a new business model in which storage costs are spread across the different stakeholders involved, all of whom are set to benefit from this new technology.

  • TRIANGULUM (H2020)

    • The three point project Triangulum is one of the three European Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse Projects, set to demonstrate, disseminate and replicate solutions and frameworks for Europe’s future smart cites.  The flagships cities Manchester (UK), Eindhoven (NL) and Stavanger (NO) will serve as a testbed for innovative projects focusing on sustainable mobility, energy, ICT and business opportunities. The project consortium combines interdisciplinary experience and expertise of 22 partners from industry, research and municipalities who share the same objective and commitment to develop and implement smart solutions in order to replicate them in the three follower cities Leipzig (D), Prague (CZ) and Sabadell (ESP).   The overall budget of Triangulum is 30 million Euros (2015-2020). The European Commission funding (Horizon 2020) accounts to 25 million Euros. The project is coordinated by Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart and supported by the Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum. An exceptional feature of the project is the ICT architecture and smart city framework that will be developed in the flagship cities and rolled out in the follower cities. A modular approach will enable flexible (business) solutions that address individual challenges and requirements of our cities and their stakeholders. In Eindhoven (NL) two districts will be transformed into sustainable living environments during the course of the project. A district-wide ICT solution will allow residents to access different kinds of infrastructure, such as booking electric vehicles from a district car sharing scheme or using smart parking concepts. In addition, electric buses will make city traffic more eco-friendly. In Stavanger, electric vehicles are already a familiar sight. In spite of this, the city with the highest density of electric vehicles in Europe would like to be a motor for development and growth. A high-performance fiber optic network will ensure that data can be exchanged very rapidly. Citizens, enterprises, research institutions and the health sector will benefit from the high-speed ICT infrastructure which will improve planning, reduce energy consumption and enable tele-diagnosis. In Manchester Triangulum will transform a student quarter for ca. 72,000 students into a smart city district. This will entail renovating historical buildings and building up an autonomous energy grid to supply the entire district with heat and electricity. The grid will combine geothermal and district heating with two independently operating electricity grids and a fuel cell that can store excess energy.

  • FUSE-IT (ITEA/EUREKA):

    • ◦”Future Unified System for Energy and Information Technology”: Fuse-IT will address the need for sustainable, reliable, user-friendly, efficient, safe and secure Building Management System (BMS) in the context of smart critical sites. A main purpose is to solve the dilemma between efficiency and security in intelligent & strategic buildings. The result of FUSE-IT will be a smart secured building system, incorporating secured share sensors, effectors and devices strongly interconnected through trusted federated energy & information networks, a core building data processing & analysis module, a smart unified building management interface and a full security dashboard. Remote multisite monitoring will be implemented, taking advantage of big data analytics. In the coming years, corporate and administrative buildings will be expected to meet strengthened regulations and company policies in matters of energy efficiency, facility management, information systems and security. In the context of a smart critical site, a site manager and a security manager may face incompatible objectives and constraints as well as dramatic over-costs if no substantial effort is done to optimize, federate and rationalize the legacy building management chains. One route to meeting these challenges is to stimulate cross-domain innovation between activities that are traditionally very segmented, whereby advanced data processing and analysis is the key capability. ITEA is the EUREKA Cluster programme supporting innovative, industry-driven, pre-competitive R&D projects in the area of Software-intensive Systems & Services (SiSS). SiSS are a key driver of innovation in Europe’s most competitive industries, such as automotive, communications, healthcare and aerospace.

  • BRIDGE Projects (H2020):

    • Bridge is a cooperation of all accepted LCE 6-10 projects funded under Horizon 2020. The target is to evolve a continuous dialogue and exchange of experiences between the different projects. Therefore 4 working groups have been teamed up: Regulation, Data Management, User Engagement and Business Models:
    1. STORY (LCE-08)
    2. ELSA (LCE-08)
    3. EMPOWER (LCE-07)
    4. ENERGISE (LCE-07)
    5. FLEX4GRID (LCE-07)
    6. FLEXMETER (LCE-07)
    7. NAIADES (LCE-10)
    8. NETFFICIENT (LCE-08)
    9. NOBELGRID (LCE-07)
    10. Migrate (LCE-06)
    11. P2P SMARTEST (LCE-07)
    12. REALVALUE (LCE-08)
    13. SENSIBLE (LCE-08)
    14. SMARTER EMC2 (LCE-07)
    15. STORE & GO (LCE-09)
    16. TILOS (LCE-08)
    17. UPGRID (LCE-07)