This objective explores the potential of bringing together stakeholders from both the energy utilities and the telecom sector to develop common approaches for future digital networks and smart energy services infrastructure for electricity distribution. The focus is on data management including the exchange of information with transmission network operators and with end users. Special attention is given to exploring new business models for DSOs (Distribution System Operators).
Intelligent systems built over existing and future telecommunication networks and services that will assist in the management of the electricity distribution grid in an optimized, controlled and secure manner.
Key research challenges to be addressed:
a) Sharing of backbone infrastructure and last mile connectivity, considering not only technologies (e.g. LTE, GPRS, PLC, and possibility for spectrum allocation) but also the appropriate business models to deliver significant cost and investment savings.
b) Improving robustness and reliability of the existing telecommunication infrastructure in order to cope with mission critical services that require milliseconds response times. Explore the possibility of deploying dedicated services on shared telecoms infrastructure, rather than entirely new infrastructure.
c) ICT technologies for active electricity network management, demand/response, load balancing and forecasting and congestion management. Developing a methodology for capacity calculation.
d) Developing telecommunications services and platforms specific for energy distribution taking into account control of access to customer information and consumer data, in particular smart metering data; data ownership and associated level of security and use of data; business models; system reliability; long term availability; and avoidance of vendor lock-in.
Indicative budget distribution
STREP: EUR 18 million
Relevant challenge: 6. ICT for a low carbon economy
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