On the basis of the project’s overall technical model, new services will be provided to customers in the 5 different demonstrations. The replicability of the solutions will be ensured, reflecting a common European framework for service provisions.
Key future smart grid functionalities can be summarised under the following categories.
Advanced energy monitoring services entail the detailed energy consumption patterns and production information collected through smart metering infrastructures with high frequency and possibly close to real time.
Metering data will be made duly available to customers, thus enhancing their energy consumption awareness, and also to third parties (such as retailers, ESCOs and aggregators) willing to provide and promote new energy services to their new or existing customers. It has been recognised by the European Commission that data from smart meters on electricity consumption, electricity feed-in on the medium and low voltage levels as well as other relevant measurements are essential to massively deploy new functionalities and services beyond single demonstration areas.
Local energy control services encompass tools and algorithms to provide local energy control and modulation, together with value added services to customers. For example a customer may activate energy generation and consumption coordinated management capabilities, as in the case of prosumers, thus maximising their self-production; load modulation and control may allow optimal management of home appliances, following defined energy efficiency objectives, either at level of individual or larger group of customers, or through dynamic pricing schemes. They represent a fundamental step towards preparing for larger exploitation of flexibility services at aggregated and system level, as enabling the active management of electricity loads and generation connected to the distribution network.
Flexibility services entail the exploitation of the flexibility provided by a group of aggregated customers, distributed systems of loads (such as electric vehicle charging infrastructures), distributed generators (such as in the case of prosumers), toeventually enable the provision of services to the market and the participation of new actors, such as distributed generation, to the energy market.
The different use cases will be validated in real-life environments, building on existing energy and telecommunication infrastructures, as well as through simulations, accounting for the existing regulatory and market constraints.