Smart electricity grid

Smart electricity grids are power networks optimised through the inclusion of devices, software and services that allow bidirectional real-time communication among network users (both suppliers and consumers) and network components. This enables electricity demand to be adjusted to match the instantaneous generation and storage capacities available on the grid – in other words, it smoothens demand peaks. Smart electricity grids are an integral part of the smart city concept because of their great potential to improve urban energy efficiency.

Important components of smart grids are systems collectively called advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) which measures, collects and analyses energy usage, and communicates with metering devices (“smart meters”), either on request or on a schedule. These systems include customer associated systems (hardware), meter data management (MDM) software, and supplier business systems – all connected within a communication network to enable collection and distribution of information to customers, suppliers, grids operators, utility companies and service providers. Smart meters with limited capabilities are currently being implemented among households, and smart grids have been demonstrated in various locations. Smart electricity grid deployment is integrated with urban planning.

The smart electricity grids are embedded in the smart city concept due to their high level of potential synergies with technical solutions enabling increased energy efficiency in the city system, based on improvements in the communication network managing the demand side.




List of projects where this technology is being implemented.

SMARTER TOGETHER

The European lighthouse cities Vienna (Austria), Munich (Germany) and Lyon (France), the follower cities Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Venice (Italy), the observer cities Kiev (Ukraine) and Yokohama (Japan) come together to improve citizens’ quality of life. SMARTER TOGETHER... Continue reading
Funding programme : H2020, Funding programme : SCC 1 - 2015: Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport, ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration - first of the kind) projects
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Smart Cities and Communities, SCIS Clusters : Integration of energy systems, ICT and transport in cities

Triangulum

The Triangulum project will demonstrate how a systems innovation approach based around the European Commission’s Smart Cities and Communities (SCC) Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) can drive dynamic smart city development. It will test the SIP across three lighthouse cities: Manchester (United... Continue reading
Funding programme : H2020, Funding programme : SCC 1 - 2014 Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport, ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration - first of the kind) projects
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Smart Cities and Communities, SCIS Clusters : Integration of energy systems, ICT and transport in cities

SINFONIA

The SINFONIA project is a five-year initiative to deploy large-scale, integrated and scalable energy solutions in mid-sized European cities. At the heart of the initiative is a unique cooperation between the cities of Bolzano (Italy) and Innsbruck (Austria), working hand in hand to achieve 40% to... Continue reading
Funding programme : FP7, Funding programme : 4- Demonstration of optimised energy systems for high performance-energy districts.
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Sustainable energy solutions on district level, SCIS Clusters : Optimisation of energy systems for high-efficiency districts

NEXT-BUILDINGS

The NEXT-Buildings project focuses on low energy buildings also called active houses, which are not only buildings, but active components in the overall integrated energy systems. The target is to demonstrate affordable solutions for social housing and revitalisation of town areas. The solutions... Continue reading
Funding programme : FP7, Funding programme : Topic EeB.ENERGY.2011.8.1-1: Demonstration of very low energy new buildings
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Energy Efficiency in Buildings, SCIS Clusters : New Buildings

CITY-ZEN

CITY-ZEN aims to develop and demonstrate zero energy cities with a central role for citizens. The team of the project works together to achieve a future-proof grid, innovative heat and cold solutions and energy efficient buildings. Continue reading
Funding programme : FP7, Funding programme : 4- Demonstration of optimised energy systems for high performance-energy districts.
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Sustainable energy solutions on district level, SCIS Clusters : Optimisation of energy systems for high-efficiency districts