Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

ICT Proposers' Day 2012

6.4 Optimising Energy Systems in Smart Cities

Cities are increasingly recognized for their ability to play a catalytic role in addressing climate and energy challenges using technologically innovative approaches. This can be achieved by creating new partnerships connecting city leaders and stakeholders to secure practical commitments for implementing green digital agendas.

Projects supported under this objective shall contribute to the Energy-Efficient Buildings Public-Private-Partnership launched in 2008 as part of the European Economic Recovery Plan. This objective is part of the Smart Cities initiative with Theme 5 (Energy). In particular it is complementary to the topic "Demonstration of Optimised electricity and heating/cooling systems". Here the focus is on software systems for new business models and user engagement whereas in Theme 5 the focus is the physical integration (including power electronics devices).

Target Outcomes

a) Decision-support systems and/or management and control systems for energy-efficient neighbourhoods. These systems shall consider de-centralised renewable energy production, connection with the smart electricity grid and integration with smart district heating and cooling grids through CHP (Combined Heat and Power) and other renewable energy sources. They shall optimise the use of energy in city areas with different types of demand to enable local balancing, demand response services, variable tariffs and easy change of supplier.

Proposals should cover (i) technical developments, mainly adaptation and integration of existing ICT, (ii) a substantial validation phase in real-life environments in at least two cites and (iii) a precise evaluation phase where proposals shall record evidence of energy savings, total cost of operation, scalability of the solutions, user's acceptance, benefits that accrue, and extract lessons for those planning to deploy and finance such systems.

b) Coordination and Support Actions: Bringing together relevant stakeholders including process engineering specialists, ICT software and equipment providers, RES providers, energy companies (including ESCOs - Energy Service Companies), building and construction sector companies, as well as local and regional authorities, to:

• Take over the work done by ICT4E2B Forum and IREEN and extend their roadmaps from buildings and neighbourhoods to smart cities and extended urban/rural communities in a holistic dimension;

• Analyse the relationship between producers, distribution companies and consumers of energy in particular new business models and opportunities for SMEs. Identify best practices and opportunities for knowledge transfer.

• Identify ICT/Energy vocabularies and ontologies to foster interoperability of Energy Management Systems related to the building and construction domain, and beyond the building into public spaces, neighbourhoods and districts, and analyse their relevance and possible evolution towards formal standards; analyse their potential extension to energy management in industry and commerce. Work has to build on the results of the previous Workshops on Energy Efficiency Vocabularies .

• Assess possibilities for making publicly available data obtained from validation activities; work proactively together with project consortia towards this end and assess relevant legal requirements around data protection.

• Support the establishment of European-scale actions spanning research, innovation, standards-setting and deployment in Smart Cities

The tasks shall include drafting and up-dating public documents, organising expert hearings and workshops, dissemination and networking events.

Funding schemes

a) STREP; b) CSA

Indicative budget distribution

STREP: EUR 39 million

CSA: EUR 1 million



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Relevant challenge: 6. ICT for a low carbon economy

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Iulia PLATONA, 26/12/2012 14:43

Pivex Energy Municipality

Black Sea Region Energy



Pivex Smart Grids Black Sea Pivex Integrated SEAP Pivex Smart Grid Smart City:The existing initiatives such PIVEX Platform Offshore Grid and the PIVEX Platform projects: -PIVEX BSENTSO-E (PIVEX Black Sea European Network for Transmission System Operators) & national TSOs regional cooperation PIVEX BSENTSO-E Pivex grid development Pivex investment plan coordination.One of PIVEX BSENTSO-E Pivex WG renewable activities is offshore development.

Pivex Black Sea regional group System Development, works for TSO-related solutions for Pivex offshore grid development in the Black Seas. - PIVEX BSERI (PIVEX Black Sea Electricity Regional Initiative) under Pivex Platform J05/1464/6.12.1996, Pivex Smart Grid J 5 / 1626 / 2012 in the Black Sea Region coordinates Pivex Smart Grids Energy Integration, Pivex Working Groups, established by Dr Iulia Platona, TEN-E (Pivex Black Sea Trans-European Networks for Electricity)

Iulia Platona

Pivex Energy Municipality Black Sea




Pivex replication projects Pivex Smart Grids BLACK SEA GRID CLUSTERS+

PIVEX BLACK SEA GRID CLUSTERS+ project is to implement and support the management, planning and networking process of the EEGI over the years 2012-14, both within and beyond European borders. In line with the requirements of the energy call (2011.7.3-1 Network of projects developing the future European Electricity Networks), the coordination action will contribute to maximise the effectiveness of the EEGI by reinforcing the cooperation among key actors of the initiative, increasing the visibility, co-operation and impact of the projects funded at EU and local level, and providing the necessary identity and visibility for the EEGI.

The GRID+ projects team has identified 6 interlinked objectives:

• MAP: To map the research, development and demonstration activities in support of Smart Grid deployment at transmission and distribution level, in Europe and abroad, against the priorities and goals of the EEGI Roadmap

• INTERACT: To foster a networking process between EEGI projects and engage with other Smart Grids initiatives worldwide

• MONITOR: To support the definition, validation, updating and use of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in order to assess the progress of the initiative and the consistency of project proposals with the EEGI expected benefits and to achieve EEGI-related project goals.

• REPLICATE: To support scaling up and replication activities with the help of methodologies based on project KPIs.

• DISSEMINATE: To prepare the means and tools in view of the dissemination of the new knowledge from the demonstrators related to the EEGI towards the grids community and its stakeholders.

• UPDATE: To provide three revisions of the EEGI implementation plan which include a benefit assessment based on the program and project KPI.


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