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RESPOND: integrated demand REsponse Solution towards energy POsitive NeighbourhooDs

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - RESPOND (RESPOND: integrated demand REsponse Solution towards energy POsitive NeighbourhooDs)

Berichtszeitraum: 2017-10-01 bis 2019-03-31

• What is the problem/issue being addressed?
Peak demand nowadays has a negative impact on energy grid capital, operational cost and environmental aspects, particularly in the context of carbon-intense generation plants deployed to address the peak demands. In addition to this, due to the intermittent nature of renewable energy sources, their exploitation in terms of energy supply commonly does not match the distribution of energy demand in time. Moreover, demand side management activities such as peak demand curtailment or load reallocation offer huge potential to match energy demand with energy supply side and to better manage their disparity. This is particularly true for residential buildings which are still a largely untapped sector, characterized by large number of end consumers with relatively low individual energy demand, but with very high demand when considered in term of home clusters, districts and residential communities. Furthermore, the residential sector is characterized with a huge variety in user behaviour and habits thus representing a big challenge, but at the same time a great potential for better operational management.

• Why is it important for society?
Demand response (DR) programs are introduced to the smart grids in order to ensure reliable and economical operation of power systems. Therefore, it is anticipated that DR programs in combination with local energy production and storage options can significantly reduce peak demand which will result with energy and cost savings for all stakeholders throughout the energy supply chain.

• What are the overall objectives?
WP1:The main objectives and results obtained were the following: technical characterization of pilot sites and their respective neighborhoods, definition of operation scenarios and key performance indicators, analysis of demand response programs at pilot countries and EU level, analysis of interoperability issues and smart grid connectivity, identification of possible demand side opportunities.
WP2:The main objectives and results obtained are the following: specification of system reference architecture, specification of interfaces toward legacy systems, smart home devices, and third-party services, definition of pilot deployment plan adapted to each pilot’s topological and functional perspective, configuration of existing energy assets and devices, deployment of monitoring and home automation systems for early set up, deployment of RESPOND platform with HW/SW systems at project pilot sites.
WP3:The main objectives and results obtained are the following: definition of the framework for participant recruitment, specification of user engagement approach, design specific feedback mechanism according to different user’s patterns, engaging end users and promoting their social interaction, design of smart mobile application providing a personal energy performance assistant to the end users.
WP4:The main objectives and results obtained are the following: development of semantic information model serving as a common vocabulary, intergradation of multi-carrier supply side optimization and demand side management, energy dispatch optimization at both household and neighborhood level, energy demand and production forecasting, energy data analytics empowered by system modelling to perform an optimized control.
WP5:The main objectives and results obtained are the following: integration of system middleware with core services for data exchange and gateway transformation services, interfacing with energy data and comfort parameters monitoring infrastructure (aggregation and filtering of energy sensor data), integration of demand response system components to support the underlying methodology, integration of RESPOND system with legacy systems, monitoring infrastructure and smart home devices, deployment of energy management dashboard for monitoring and controlling of energy assets, deployment of the smart mobile assistant designed in WP3.
WP6:The main objectives and results obtained are the following: development of specific validation methodology and definition of acceptance criteria, verification and validation analysis of obtained results at project pilot sites, feedback extraction of user engagement for evaluating non economical aspects, development of replication plan ensuring maximal scalability of project results, reporting on lessons learnt and recommendations for similar activities, demonstration of effective operation scenarios through validation result.
WP7:The main objectives and results obtained are the following: dissemination of the project results of the project (through web activity, project brochures, scientific papers, etc.), organization and participation at domain methodology workshops, e-seminars, etc, development of exploitation plan for use of the project results by project partners, specification of IPR management strategies, specification of data life cycle management strategies.
WP8:The main objectives and results obtained are the following: guarantee the coordination and work between interacting partners that integrate the Consortium and also a fluid communication with the European Commission, with efficient administrative, financial and contractual management. Also, ensuring that the decision-making processes and quality assurance procedures specific to the RESPOND project are established and followed.
1. Energy cost savings: will be accomplished by three different but rather complementary ways: simple reduction of the energy demand (reduction of total consumption), consumption of lower price energy (in designated time intervals), and usage of the optimal energy supply mix (in case of multi-carriers). The aim of RESPOND project is to bring closer the concept of DR to the residential
community of households. The cooperative (i.e. aggregated) approach of the RESPOND project will enhance flattening the demand of the residential consumers and balancing their consumption along the way. To deliver cost savings to the end user, RESPOND will exploit the energy supply optimisation (using the optimal energy mix), demand side optimisation (shifting load into low-price/off-peak period) and potential incentives acquired in return for participating the DR program.
2. Integrated solution for Demand Response: the solution provided by RESPOND is oriented to ensure the maximal level of interoperability with all the three types of systems: EMS/BMS/SCADA systems, home automation systems and monitoring systems.
3. Integral business model: the system developed by RESPOND will provide a holistic solution, taking into account all energy carriers at the supply side, thus supporting cooperative service of one as well as multiple energy providers supplying one target infrastructure (such as building or group of buildings).
RESPOND rollup 2
RESPOND rollup 1