Aiming at decarbonising the energy systems of geographical islands, MAESHA will deploy the necessary flexibility, storage and energy management solutions for a large penetration of Renewable Energies. Cutting-edge technical systems will be developed and installed, supported by efficient modelling tools and adapted local markets and business frameworks. A community-based approach will be adopted to ensure the constant consideration of local populations’ best interests throughout the project.
Putting together 10 SMEs, 3 industrial partners, 2 universities and 6 public organisations from 9 countries, MAESHA gathers strong partners with the needed expertise to develop and disseminate relevant solutions for a universally beneficial energy transition on islands.
With its activities, MAESHA is expected to lead to at least 70% RE penetration and reach more than 90% of Mayotte’s population. Through its strong local implantation and the focus put on replication and dissemination activities, MAESHA will deeply modify insular energy features throughout Europe and its impacts will be felt far beyond the project’s framework.
Holistic energy forecasting of demand and generation
Pilot demonstrator in the Mayotte island
Energy transition to fossil-free renewable energy generation
In a bid to provide a solution to these challenges, we developed a pioneering project in collaboration with AEM (Azienda Elettrica di Massagno) that is financed by EnergieSchweiz and Fondo Energie Rinnovabili of Canton Ticino.
We analysed the consumption profiles of about 9k residential consumers belonging to the Lugano region, using 15-minute sampled load profiles read from L+G E450 smart meters. From this analysis, we discovered that the challenges faced by most energy consumers are due to the following anomalies:
Inefficient heat pumps: when a user's heat pump excessively resorts to its auxiliary resistance to maintain indoor comfort during cold winter days.
Unreasonable standby power: for example, when a user's consumption never drops below 200 W for several days in a row (maybe that cute water fountain wasn't so efficient after all?).
Anomalous consumption trends: when the general long-term trend of a user's energy consumption drastically increases.
Unexpected power peak: short anomalous high peaks of consumption could help spot a faulty electrical device.
Will guide users in the early detection of faulty appliances and anomalies that could cost them a portion of their electricity tariffs.
Will provide users with a smart solution for monitoring energy consumption in their households, keeping track of how their utility bills are calculated in real-time.
Will create room for automatic support services by the DSOs, who can now offer expert advice and/or solutions to a user's complaints using the data from the app.
Will grant users access to clear and concise information on how their bills are generated.
Prosumer AwaRe, transactive markets for the valorisation of distributed flexibilITY enabled by smart energy contracts.
PARITY addresses the “structural inertia” of DGs by delivering a transactive flexibility framework that will increase durability and efficiency of the electrical grid, while simultaneously enabling the adoption of more RES through enhanced real-time control of DER Flexibility combined with novel Active Network Management functionalities.
Blockchain infrastructure for energy exchange
Pilot demonstrators in CH - GR - ES - SE
Integration of DSM, Power2Heat, and Vehicle2Grid
Lugaggia Innovation Community
The municipality of Capriasca installed a 30 kWp PV plant in the village of Lugaggia on the roof of the local kindergarten. The building is located on the edge of a residential area, mainly consisting of single-family houses. The self-consumption potential of the kindergarten is limited because most of the production takes place during school summer holidays when the local consumption is low.
AEM, the DSO serving the area, intends to promote the creation of a SCC named Lugaggia Innovation Community (LIC), connecting together the kindergarten and ten nearby houses.
The energy exchange inside the community will be compliant with existing laws regulating the Self Consumption Communities.
Help to assess the local flexibility potential and the different ways in which it could be exploited from a technical point of view.
Provide recommendations how to allow and facilitate the replicability and scalability of peer-to-peer self-consumption communities.
Evaluate the degree of knowledge or acceptance among the community stakeholders to be willing to participate in these new self-consumption communities; a living lab to test users’ acceptance will be set up.
Assess blockchain as a decentralized billing management method introduced by the utility.
Compare centralized vs decentralized load management methods from the DSO point of view (grid costs), energy consumption and economic point of view.
Multi-level Demand Response
Distributed generation technology, particularly PV, is at a financial competitiveness tipping point
Private/personal electric mobility is incepting, capital from the automotive industry is starting to flow
Energy storage solutions benefit from a decades-long history of continuous improvement of the technology, lately boosted by electric mobility
These updates in the rules of the game require a swift reaction from the industry. The pure, feed-forward, top-down model of the electric network involving central generation and peripheral consumption is not sufficient anymore.
Mulder, envisioning coordination.
The final consequence is a call for local coordination among agents in the grid and for an intelligent demand response. This comes with a burden of nontrivial control-theoretic questions to answer.
The common denominator of all frameworks for demand response is distrubuted optimization, given the unique scalability properties it can offer.
However, a realistic deployment scenario must take into account additional challenges:
New Energy Business Models in the Distribution Grid.
To design and evaluate new business models favouring the grid-integration of decentralized energy resources
To encourage the active participation of citizens and the assumption of their new role of prosumers
To test the models in simulation and validate them in three pilot projects across Europe
To design and evaluate new business models we investigate:
Centralized utility management
Decentralized voltage/power based tariffs
Peer-to-peer market based on the Ethereum blockchain for energy transactions
Three demo sites
To evaluate our business models we venture out in: