Structure of the project
The research activities related to SEESGEN-ICT project have been organised in six technical Work Packages. In addition, WP1 takes care of the technical coordination of the project and the administrative management, whereas WP8 ensures a proper information exchange among activities, organizes consultations with stakeholders and disseminates the projects results. The diagram below summarizes the structure and organization of the SEESGEN-ICT project, depicting the interconnections among all Work Packages.
Structure of SEESGEN-ICT project
The structure of the different Work Packages is described in further details in this section
Work Package 1: Thematic Network Management
This Work Package ensures the project coordination according to the decisions of a Steering Committee formed by the Working Groups Leaders and by high-profile experts. The Steering Committee will meet in coincidence with the Conferences and its decisions will be approved by the plenary Meeting of all partners. Additional details about Work Package 1 activities are available here.
Work Package 2: ICT for Management of SmartGrids with distributed energy resources
This Work Package investigates different ICT-approaches to smart grids management and their integration in the main electricity grid. Such approaches may range from traditional centralised SCADA-systems which have been extended, towards completely decentralised, autonomous control agents. Dependability of the smart grids and its dependence on the ICT infrastructure will be explored, investigating the (electrical) security of the smart grids as well as the (information) security of the deployed ICT architectures. It will consider different technologies (wired/wireless, open/closed, integrated with smart metering or not) and will identify trends as well as gaps in research and implementation aspects in order to come to a roadmap for ICT for an integrated operation of smart grids within the rest of the electricity grid. Additional details about Work Package 2 activities are available here
Work Package 3: ICT for Energy Efficiency Monitoring in SmartGrids
This Work Package explores emerging IC technologies addressing issues related to the monitoring of Energy Efficiency in smart grids. Challenges include proper modelling and instrumentation of relevant performance metrics related to monitoring and decision support related to technical grid management and related business processes. Extended needs for monitoring will pose new challenges in terms of connectivity (throughput, huge number of nodes), interoperability (e.g. Internet Protocols), scalability, technological solutions (RFID, embedded sensors) and also of low-cost requirements. Furthermore, investigations and assessment of proper models and trade-offs between local coordination and distributed coordination at different levels will be undertaken. Models and methods for reuse and re-combinations of information services implementing ancillary middleware supporting reconfigurations and adaptively of services will also be investigated. Several European countries have already committed to (Italy, Sweden) or prepared full-scale implementation (Netherlands, Norway, UK and others) of Smart Metering solutions. Additional details about Work Package 3 activities are available here.
Work Package 4: ICT for Demand-side Integration (Demand-Response & Demand-side Management)
This Work Package addresses the interaction between the demand side solutions and the required ICT solutions for supporting an efficient and easy integration of an active customer within a smart grid. It will particularly investigate the possibilities of embedding smart load control solutions offering flexibility to both the customer and the grid operator. The ICT solutions will be investigated both from the point of view of the media used and its resilience (PLC, dedicated communication channel, wireless, etc.) as well as from the point of view of “smart control function” to be remotely embedded in the “customer portal”. The emerging standards, namely in terms of protocols and data exchange formats, will be considered integrating security issues. Finally, the ICT solutions dedicated to DSM will be coordinated with the ones exposed in the other WP as it deals with communication and exchange with grid operators. Additional details about Work Package 4 activities are available here.
Work Package 5: ICT for Business Models Management
This Work Package collects information on the business models needed to support the implementation of the energy efficiency, demand management and distributed energy services in competitive market and to analyse what kind of ICT solutions and infrastructure is needed to support these business models. In implementing these services solving some business model related challenges can enable the utilisation of the full potential of new technologies. Business models are dealing with different actors such as customers, network companies, retailers, aggregators and ESCOs. ICT solutions depend both on the business models and on the development of the ICT infrastructure related to smart grids and electricity market. Interactions between business models and ICT infrastructure will be explored. ICT needs for both the short term operation of businesses and for longer term needs such as portfolio management will be discussed. Additional details about Work Package 5 activities are available here.
Work Package 6: ICT-System operation and Environment protection in the operation of SmartGrids
This Work Package identifies policy actions and recommendations aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the ICT sector itself. ICT sector at present accounts for 2% of global emissions (in UK, ICT is responsible for up to 20% of carbon emissions generated by Government offices). The real gains from green ICT will come from developing energy efficient solutions that impact the other 98% of global emissions. Though the impact of ICT on the Environment is a transversal issue of ICT applications, smart grids are one of the four main areas where the ICT sector could significantly slow the growth of the carbon footprint. Additional details about Work Package 6 activities are available here.
Work Package 7: Supporting Best practices through Experiences in Test Facilities
This Work Package is devoted to deliver policy recommendations for supporting best practices of ICT implementation in energy efficient smart grids through experiences gained in Test Beds and Test Ranges in place in different EU-countries. Criteria for the definition and assessment of the Test Facilities requirements will be explored. The issues of transportability of the Test achievements to the large scale implementation, repeatability and repetitiveness concepts will be investigated. The minimum parameters for a classification and benchmarking of the facilities will be proposed too. The compilation of a first Directory of experimental facilities will be attempted. Additional details about Work Package 7 activities are available here.
Work Package 8: Dissemination and Communication
This Work Package aims at diffusing and discussing the outcomes of the technical WPs with Targeted attendants and at creating lobbying among the stakeholders and with the decision makers. Another important role of WP8 consists in providing internal communication and information exchange among all partners of SEESGEN-ICT. Additional details about Work Package 8 activities are available here.