Smart Energy: ICT for energy efficiency
01/03/2010 - 29/02/2012
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In light of the European 20-20-20 objectives (increase of energy efficiency with 20%, increase of renewable energy sources with 20%, reduction of CO2 emissions with 20%), current electricity networks face a lot of challenges stemming from an increasing demand for electrical energy, increasingly variable and distributed production (cf. renewable sources). Hence, an evolution to so-called Smart Grids is inevitable.

As indicated by the European Commission (EC), it is clear that ICT can and will play a major role in enabling and supporting Smart Grids. In a report from Oct. 2008, the EC indicated a number of focus domains: (i) Smart metering: customer communications, (ii) Demand Side and Demand Response Management and Real Time Pricing, (iii) A Home Energy Controlling box (internet box like), (iv) ICT readiness for “Mobile Electricity Consumers” (e.g. pluggable hybrid electrical vehicles, PHEV).

This project explicitly addresses the aforementioned focal points, and targets the definition and proof-of-concept demonstration of the underlying ICT architectures and technologies for smart energy applications. In addition, socio-technical studies will evaluate the user interactions and behavioral response to the developed systems (esp. in terms of energy consumption), and business modeling studies will investigate the market models enabled/driven by smart energy ICT. Especially the home energy management is addressed. For this, the consortium will realize a substantial proof-of-concept demonstration. 

Collaboration with complementary national and international initiatives will be exploited to maximize the project’s impact and visibility as well as to realize larger scale test scenarios. This includes the Flemish initiative LinearPlus, which focuses on the electrical networks (control theory, electrical interfaces, technologies for renewable energy sources, etc.), which is clearly complementary to this ICON project SmartE targeting innovative ICT architectural concepts and technologies to enable Smart Energy applications and services. SmartE partners also participate in the Flemish Smart Grid Platform set-up by VOKA (Chambers of Commerce and Industry) and serves as a Flemish industry body coordinating smart energy initiatives.

The project is subdivided in the following work packages:
1. WP1: Socio-technical studies for smart metering
2. WP2: Service architecture and building blocks
3. WP3: Proof-of-concept implementations
4. WP4: Business models for smart metering to the home

Partners: Alcatel Lucent ; Xemex ; SPE Luminus ; Niko ; Ferranti ; Telenet ; IBBT-IBCN ; IBBT-Mict ; IBBT-CUO