Smarter systems. Empowered citizens
WisGRID integrates, demonstrates and validates advanced ICT services and systems in the energy distribution grid in order to provide secure, sustainable and flexible smart grids and give more power to the European energy consumer.
Our Main Objective
WiseGRID's main objective is to provide a set of solutions and technologies to increase the smartness, stability and security of an open, consumer-centric European energy grid. The project will combine an enhanced use of storage technologies, a highly increased share of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and the integration of charging infrastructure to favour the large-scale deployment of electric vehicles. It will place citizens at the center of the transformation of the grid.
The project goes beyond empowering prosumers. On top of having a consumer-centric approach, it will make a difference in the market by delivering tools that facilitate the creation of a healthy, open market where not only ‘traditional’ utilities but also players such as electric cooperatives and small and medium-sized enterprises can play an active role, contributing therefore effectively to the transition to energy democracy.
WiseGRID follows European Commission's ambition to put the consumer back at the center of the energy system, to promote and support sustainable energy communities.
WiseGRID integrated solution will be demonstrated and evaluated under real life conditions in 4 large scale demonstrators - in Belgium, Italy, Spain and Greece - under different technical, climatological, regulatory, legislative and social conditions.
Demonstration sites will involve more than 1700 users, 60 batteries -totalling more than 300KWh of installed capacity-, 50 heat pumps – totaling more than 160kWh of installed capacity-, 180 EV, 40 charging stations and more than 70MWh of RES –PV, Wind Turbines and Hydro-.
WiseGRID will follow 4 strategic goals
Put the consumer at the center
Innovative and advanced demand-response mechanisms
• Allowing active participation, protection and empowerment of the European consumers and prosumers
• Sustainable business models and regulatory recommendations, based on different technologies (smart metering, smart home appliances, batteries, electric vehicles, etc.) to create a win-win situation for both grid and consumers
Protect the Grid
Smartening the distribution grid
• Technologies and methods to gain advanced monitoring and awareness of variable generation
• Integration of Virtual Power Plants and microgrids as active balancing assets
Strenghten the energy system
Integration of renewable energy storage systems in the network
• Help plan the market deployment of renewable storage systems, such as batteries or heat accumulators, manage and balance the network optimally, responding better to changes in demand and reducing at the same time losses in distribution
• Evaluate the impact the deployment of these storage systems
Include innovative services
Deployment of electric mobility services
• Smart integration of electric mobility services for charging, providing storage capacity or to supply electricity to the grid, including the possible use of their batteries as storage systems or VPPs
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement No 731205.
EUR million budget
Pilot Sites in 4 different countries
Partners in WiseGRID
Our pilot sites
The 4 pilot sites
Ghent is the second largest city of Flanders in Belgium. The demonstration site is in the Sint-Amandsberg district. The area counts 1 456 households. Ecopower will drive the project, together with EnerGent, the local energy cooperative.
Crevillent is a city on the mediterranean coast of Spain. The grid is managed by Cooperative Crevillent, a part of Enercoop which manages 14 129 consumers in the LV network and 30 larger consumers at the MV level.
Terni is a small sized city at the heart of Italy with 105 000 inhabitants. The local multi-utility operator (ASM) is fully owned by the municipality. ASM owns and operates the distribution grid and substations HL-MV and MV-LV.
Kythnos is an island and a municipality in the Western Cyclades with a population of 1 632 people. Kythnos has a thermal installed capacity of 4 966 MW with a peak power consumption of 2.7 MW. It has 3 MV distribution lines. Kythnos was the site for the first European PV plant installation.
The project technological solutions will be packaged in the form of 9 different tools
A platform that supports the WG tools
for real time monitoring and decentralized control to support effective operation of the energy network. The objective is to manage and process the heterogeneous and massive data stream coming from the distributed energy infrastructure deployed enabling new services and cross-network and cross-entity interoperability.
A micro control room
for DSOs or microgrids Operators in order to control, manage and monitor their own grid, improving flexibility, stability and security of their network, considering an increasing share of distributed renewable resources.
A tool for the cooperatives to become aggregators
Application for energy retailers, aggregators, local communities and cooperatives of consumers and prosumers (and other intermediaries) to help domestic and small businesses, consumers and prosumers achieve better energy deals while relieving them from administrative procedures and cumbersome research.
A tool for corporation to become prosumers
Corporate application for businesses, industries, ESCOs and public facilities consumers and prosumers to become smarter energy players by giving them more power and protection, and reducing their energy bill, supporting self-consumption by means of real time data, demand response and load optimization schemas.
A tool to manage the prosumers' home
Application for individual domestic consumers and prosumers to become active energy players. Other functionalities include real time monitoring of consumption and production, demand response programs participation, alerts, tips and price information to reduce billing, remote control of the smart devices…
A tool to manage a fleet of electrical vehicles
for vehicle-sharing companies and e-vehicles fleet managers in order to optimize the activities related with smart charging and discharging of the electric vehicles and reduce energy billing.
A fast charging station for electric vehicles
Electric vehicles charging station that will make possible to use EV as dynamic distributed storage devices, feeding electricity stored in their batteries back into the system when needed (fast V2G supply).
A tool to manage the integration of storage in the community
Service by which consumers/prosumers (be them households or corporate) can easily (through a third party which operates the service) offer to the market their unused storage capacity or aggregate their spare energy generation capacity and offer it in the form of a VPP.
A tool to manage the community's production of Renewable Energy
This tool will enable the provision of energy to the consumers from renewable energy sources making possible that the household/businesses serviced do not own (and maintain, etc.) the generation equipment.
More news about the project and the partners
Join us at our next event and take a look at some of the work we presented so far
Kick Off Meeting
Time to get started
All the project partners met in Valencia in a meeting hosted by ETRA ID the coordinator of the WiseGRID project. We launched the project in the presence of our project Officer and got to know each other better. Read more on our blog.
European Utility Week 2016
The first blossom
The WiseGRID team was at the European Utility Week to present the project to the industrial actors of Europe. We made a lot of great contacts, and had a general presentation that you can find on our blog.
9th Conference on renewable energy
at the Polytechnic University of Valencia
Ander Muelas from the team at Ampere participated in a session about new energy model in Valencia. During his presentation he presented the WiseGRID project. The presentation will be available shortly.
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