Energy management on the neighbourhood levelEEPOS research project
EEPOS is a European research and development project which, will run for three years and is supported by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Using internet protocol (IP) based data communication, the new EEPOS Neighbourhood Energy Management System will interact with the energy management systems of households as well as with other consumers and producers within the neighbourhood, such as street lighting or PV panels.
The development of the Neighbourhood Automation System and the associated automation and management applications, being one of the two subsystems of the EEPOS Neighbourhood Energy Management System, is led by DERlab. Its architecture is based on OGEMA, an open-source software platform for standardised and automated energy management, whose development is coordinated by Fraunhofer IWES in Kassel.
Basic services that the EEPOS Automation System will provide include monitoring and forecasting applications, which, for example, can be used to predict energy production and consumption within the neighbourhood. For this purpose, external information, such as weather forecasts or estimations of consumer responses to price incentives, will be taken into account. To even out energy consumption peaks and capture production rate fluctuations of renewable energy sources, intelligent energy management and load shifting algorithms are developed and implemented. Among others, these algorithms will exploit the virtual storage potential of cooling and heating devices within the neighbourhood.
In order to evaluate the performance of the EEPOS system, two extensive field tests in Langenfeld, Germany, and Espoo, Finland, will be carried out. Relevant assessment criteria for the tests include energy efficiency, utilisation of load shifting potentials, prediction quality, and user-friendliness. Before its deployment in the field, the Neighbourhood Automation System will undergo extensive functionality tests in the laboratories of Fraunhofer IWES. In addition, a simulation-based virtual demonstration study for the municipality of Asparrena community, Spain, will be carried out.
European Distributed Energy Resources Laboratories (DERlab) e.V.
c/o Fraunhofer IWES
Dr. Birthe Klebow
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