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Flexible smart metering for multiple energy vectors with active prosumers

Flexible smart metering for multiple energy vectors with active prosumers

Objective

The introduction of the electricity market, the widespread diffusion of distributed generation from renewable and non-programmable energy sources and the need for storage are quickly changing the problems that Transmission and Distribution system operators have to face in their activity and are requiring a “smarter” grid. A first step in this direction is the development and installation of a flexible smart metering architecture for multiple energy vectors. Up to now the smart meters that in some countries are being installed at the users are nearly only devoted to billing improvements. The new metering systems must go much further to provide their contribution to various objectives such as end-user affordability of electricity, energy and market efficiency improvement, CO2 emissions and pollutants reduction. In the FLEXMETER project a flexible, multi-utility, multi-service metering architecture will be designed and deployed in two demonstrators. Simple off-the-shelf meters will be placed at the users for electric, thermal and gas metering; they will communicate with a building concentrator, where the “smartness” of the metering system will reside. A central cloud system will collect data from the building concentrators and from MV/LV substation meters. Data collection, fusion and mining algorithms will be adopted. The proposed architecture will allow for innovative services for the prosumers (e.g. analysis of the energy consumption), for the Distribution System Operators (DSOs) (e.g. fault detection, network balancing and storage integration) and for the retail market. Also demand side management devices could be plugged into the system. In the FLEXMETER project two pilot applications in two different countries (Italy and Sweden), on real systems, with the involvement of the local DSOs and volunteer prosumers will be demonstrated. The results on the demonstrators will then be scaled up to the size of the cities in order to evaluate the advantages on a real scale.

Coordinator

POLITECNICO DI TORINO

Address

Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 683 523,50

Participants (11)

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IREN ENERGIA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 8 750

STMICROELECTRONICS SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 305 499,25

TELECOM ITALIA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 281 750

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 280 000

INSTITUT POLYTECHNIQUE DE GRENOBLE

France

EU Contribution

€ 223 197,50

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 50 000

UNIVERSITATEA POLITEHNICA DIN BUCURESTI

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 190 625

SIVECO ROMANIA SA

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 192 500

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 202 875

E.ON SVERIGE AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 299 999,88

IREN SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 479 071,25

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 646568

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2017

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 869 607,25

  • EU contribution

    € 3 197 791,38

Coordinated by:

POLITECNICO DI TORINO

Italy