Work Package 6

WP Leader: ECN

The objective of WP6 is to explore the opportunities offered by ICT-system for the protection of the Environment in the Smart grids panorama. The ICT sector itself, by increasing the efficiency and way energy is used in their primary processes, is able to reduce its own carbon footprint. Optimised energy usage of ICT itself, ICT architectural energy efficiency considerations might reduce the carbon footprint of the application backbone systems and energy accounting will help ICT-stakeholders to monitor energy use and improve their energy losses rate. Furthermore, the possibilities that ICT technologies may offer concerning the environmental impact of energy consumption will be explored: particular attention will be done to the opportunities offered by the CO2 market facilitated by ICT technologies.

Task 6.1: Prioritise requirements – Assess ICT offer/needs. 


Task 6.1 will provide a qualitative survey of the energy usage of ICT server application environments. Current developments in other parts of the world will be considered (e.g., green datacenter developments in California). New proposed Internet architectures will be scanned to relieve the always-on constraint currently present. Within this task, the possibilities that ICT technologies may offer concerning the environmental impact of energy consumption are also explored.




Task 6.2: Identify tech and non-tech barriers; Identify solutions to barriers. 


Task 6.2 will survey procedures and decision processes for data centres. In addition, it will investigate efficiency optimization options for ICT data centres with respect to climate control for data-centres. Large consumers or companies may be allowed to participate in the CO2 market and therefore the framework must be investigated. Simultaneously, contracts with large power companies could be formed in order to achieve lower emissions levels. For the moment, the framework for the involvement of customers in the CO2 market facilitated by ICT technologies does not exist. Barriers that should be overcome in order to allow customers to participate in this kind of energy market should be investigated.


Task 6.3: Identify and categorise policy actions; rank ICT vs. solutions and policy. 

Task 6.3 will assess alternative strategies for conditioning and operating large ICT-consumption hardware systems and decision process in software architecture bodies. Policies and recommendations, like provisions that should be incorporated in the grid code, should be the outcome of the investigations, in order to allow more players to participate in the energy market under the scope of the environmental protection. 

Task 6.4: Share and prioritise policy actions and produce recommendations. 

Task 6.4 will identify policy measures also looking at developments and experiences in non-EU countries.


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