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RealValue Report Summary

Project ID: 646116
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.3.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - RealValue (Realising Value from Electricity Markets with Local Smart Electric Thermal Storage Technology)

Reporting period: 2015-06-01 to 2016-11-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The RealValue project aims to investigate how the usage of electricity for local small-scale storage of heat to satisfy space and water heating demands in the residential building sector, optimised by controlled aggregation signals, could bring technical and economic benefits to the entire energy system including the European citizen. Crucial to the success of the RealValue consortium is the involvement of all 13 partners who represent the entire energy supply chain including Industry, Energy Services, Network and Research Organisations.
Main objectives:
• Physical demonstrations, involving over 1000 participants, of a domestic load aggregation platform that will link the electricity and heating sectors in three member states (Latvia, Germany and Ireland)
• Refine existing ICT systems and procedures to interface distributed populations of local small-scale thermal storage devices (SETS)
• Combine the experiences derived from the contemporary physical demonstrations with future projections from the desktop modelling studies
• Carry out thorough market and regulatory policy investigations
• Carry out consumer research and behavioural studies
• Devise robust business models
• Disseminate the experiences, findings and conclusions of the project

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Significant progress has been made with deployment of the RealValue solution at the demo sites in Ireland, Germany and Latvia.
In Latvia, recruitment of 50 properties and the installation of SETS is now complete. Bi-directional communication tests of the control equipment are in progress. Appliances are currently working in stand-alone mode although data is being collected by the Aggregator where possible. Mechanisms to pull wholesale energy market prices from Latvia (Nord Pool) have been developed. These market signals comprising of 24-hour ahead data are being ingested into the respective RealValue aggregators.
In Germany, approximately 100 properties have been equipped with SETS which are already pushing data through the project gateway to the IT backend developed by BEEGY (project partner). 30% of these properties have been equipped with AS 1440 smart meters. Online detection of heating appliance malfunctions is now possible and a local user interface (SES-App) is available via mobile App and PC, which allows much greater control of the heating appliances (in comparison with traditional storage heaters). The first simulations have been conducted to estimate the potential value of load shifting using SETS.
In Ireland, over 200 of 800 participants have been recruited. The remaining 600 will be fitted with SETS and Gateway devices and be online before the 2017 heating season. The App, allowing remote control of the SETS, will be rolled out in the upcoming recruitment phase. Interval meters to provide electrical/billing profile data for each trial participant are currently being installed. Development of the SSE IT solution software system and data hosting service for interfacing with Intel’s gateway hub is now complete. The first phase of further integration between the aggregator and the Irish TSO control centre has been achieved. Preliminary application layer signals are being exchanged in both directions in the application layer and the RealValue aggregator is now appearing as a demand-side unit in the TSO control centre. Communications and messaging of SETS data between the RealValue gateway and the RealValue platform and aggregator has been established. The RealValue data platform has been integrated with the SSE billing system to enable customer rebates for experiments which results in their charging being shifted to daytime hours. While active distribution network management is not yet available in Ireland, the partners have started to experiment with how shifting of overnight loads to other times of day will affect the network.
In all three jurisdictions, customer service centres have been established and a range of customer engagement measures have been implemented (including information booklets, leaflets, onsite visits). The University of Oxford have developed and carried out a number of surveys with the participants in all three jurisdictions, and in-depth analysis is well underway. Interviews have also been carried out in Ireland and are planned for Germany and Latvia. This data will feed into the Consumer Impact Study to be delivered at the close of the project.
In terms of research, multiple deliverables have been completed and work is on schedule to deliver results in the second half of the project. The Energy System Scenarios report presents an overview of appropriate energy system scenarios to be considered in the modelling activities of Work Package 3. The Role of SETS in Evolving European Energy System report covers all EU countries and is a comprehensive analysis of the key aspects for market penetration of SETS. The Market Review Report provides in-depth information on socio-economic and housing trends in Ireland, Finland, Germany, and Latvia. All of these deliverables have been made publicly available through the RealValue website and promoted via social media to increase the visibility of the project’s results.
A Dissemination Plan for the Project was published in November 2015 and a number of goals have already been achieved. The RealValue website ( went live in October, with German and Latvian versions launched in March 2016. The website is designed to make information about the project available to the general public, scientific community, industry, academic institutions etc. It has already attracted a significant number of users (EN: 900+, DE: c.900 LV: c.700). A ‘RealValue Explained’ clip gives an overview of the project and has received very positive feedback. The project’s social media sites launched in December 2015 have also received a considerable amount of traction: Twitter - 1,370,000 impressions, Youtube – 1,262 views, LinkedIn – 18,531 impressions (i.e. number of times a post has appeared in search or timeline/feed). Five internal and six External Newsletters have been disseminated widely via email, on the website and at events, providing regular updates on the project. The project has also been presented an exhibited at a large number of events, conferences, workshops etc. throughout the world, and has been reported on numerous occasions in the press and other specialised publications.
RealValue is an active member of the Bridge initiative, participating in all four Working Groups (Consumer Engagement, Data Management, Regulation and Business Models), the RealValue Project Director, Rowena McCappin, also acts as rapporteur for the business models working group. Through Bridge, the RealValue project has been able to successfully share knowledge and learnings with in a tangible way with project from across the EU and beyond. RealValue in particular contributed to delivering a report to the European Commission in 2016 to give input to the new Market Design legislation.
RealValue has also gone above and beyond the Ethics and Data Management requirements set out by developing Data Management Plans to supplement the Ethics Reports. A Cross-Jurisdictional Data Manager has been appointed and rigorous procedures put in place for regularly reviewing ethics and data protection issues. This work has received particular commendation from the independent Ethics Advisor at the University of Oxford.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The final results are:

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