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Orchestration of Renewable Integrated Generation in Neighbourhoods

Project description


ICT for energy-positive neighbourhoods

We will develop a sophisticated intelligent ICT system for the management of energy in a community, and associated business models, focussed on the concepts of aligning energy demand with the availability of renewables-based supply, addressing community goals for cost, carbon footprint and other objectives.
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The system will comprise algorithms for prediction of demand and supply, optimization of energy management actions, and continual control of all software and hardware elements across the energy network. The hardware basis will comprise smart meters in buildings, actuators for selected devices, one or more central servers, and an associated communications infrastructure. This system will be developed, and then installed and evaluated at three communities across Europe, namely: Damanhur in Northern Italy, Tamera in Southern Portugal, and Findhorn in the North of Scotland.
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In brief and in broad chronological order, the project's activities will be as follows:
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(i) we will audit the energy network at our three validation communities
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(ii) we will build numerical models of the three communities, and begin to develop appropriate business models for community-based energy management;
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(iii) we will develop the various algorithms involved in the ORIGIN architecture, and specify the hardware and communications infrastructure required at each of the three communities;
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(iv) we will install the ORIGIN system in each community, monitoring mode (before the algorithms are fully developed), and collect 12 months' energy usage data from each community;
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(v) we will then install the full ORIGIN architecture at each community, beginning with a brief phase in which the system is installed at a selection of buildings and tested and refined.
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(vi) we will collect 12 months' of usage data in each community while the system is active, and then perform a full evaluation of the performance of the ORIGIN approach.
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(vii) Based on experience/analysis, we will advise each community on future alternative energy development plans
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(viii) We will deliver several outputs concern transfer of the technology for more widespread use across the EU, including reports concerning general business models for energy management, applying the ORIGIN approach to arbitrary communities, and we will also deliver a mix of associated open-source software and commercial outputs, the mix and nature of which to be determined during the project in discussion with stakeholders.

Call for proposal

FP7-2012-NMP-ENV-ENERGY-ICT-EeB
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Coordinator

HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY
Address
Riccarton
EH14 4AS Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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Region
Scotland Eastern Scotland Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva Olszewska-Day (Dr.)
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EU contribution
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