The growth of energy service providers in the EU member states is facilitated by new regulations and technical advancements with consumers having full knowledge and control over their appliances. The challenge is to account for various technologies in place and interlink their operations. Additionally, interoperability is a significant issue because switching providers may necessitate replacing existing installations. Therefore, new solutions are needed to enable consumers at the center of the energy transition.
The InterConnect project suggests efficient energy management via a robust and useful ecosystem that is user-centric and market-driven. A wide range of specialized stakeholders is involved in the initiative, including users of energy, manufacturers, and actors in advanced technology. They will demonstrate an efficient digital market for ensuring energy efficiency at lower prices that is advantageous to end users through seven pilot projects. Through a flexible and open ecosystem where demand-side flexibility may be effectively linked with advantages to end users, InterConnect hopes to contribute to the democratization of successful energy management.
The solutions developed within the scope of InterConnect will allow a digitalisation of homes, buildings and electric grids based on Internet of Things (IoT) architecture. By including digital technologies (Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cloud and Big Data) based on open standards, such as SAREF, it will guarantee the interoperability between equipment, systems, and privacy/cybersecurity of user data.
Several initiatives and technology companies have developed solutions that let every energy user be aware of and in charge of his appliances, but interoperability remained a significant challenge. End users should be able to select and switch technology providers without having to update their appliances, so they can still adopt sustainable behaviour and take advantage of technological advancements. InterConnect gathers 51 European entities to develop and demonstrate advanced solutions for connecting digital homes and buildings with electricity grids.
- Large-scale pilots leading to market driven deployments
- Marketplace of integrated digital platforms bridging the gap between IoT and energy
- Establish an interoperability framework validating SAREF and semantic interoperability
- User centric energy and non-energy services
E.DSO and DSOs
A significant shift towards digital is taking place in the energy sector, which is increasingly user- and market-driven. There are more energy service providers now than ever before because of a supportive regulatory environment and improvements in monitoring and controlling technology. Therefore, the whole value chain is included via partners within R&D institutions, manufacturers, DSOs, retailers, IT providers, and energy users. Specific competencies in ICT, IoT, energy, data science, and software were also added. Several important associations, like E.DSO and EEBUS, relating to ICT and energy are further involved to ensure a greater impact across all of Europe.
The seven large-scale pilots are conducted to ensure representativeness and dimension in terms of the number of appliances and services to achieve a considerable dimension. These pilots will take place in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, and Portugal, and include various end customers. The pilots' main goal is to establish a viable digital market environment over electrical networks with considerable amounts of demand-side flexibility, lowering operational and investment costs that will benefit energy consumers and assist the EU in achieving its goals for energy efficiency.
- E.DSO is mostly involved with knowledge sharing and dissemination activities. For instance, lessons learnt from Platone were carried to InterConnect for a sustainable evolution of the energy sector beyond single H2020 projects
- All public deliverables
- Functional Specification of DSO Standard Interface Application
- Services and use cases for smart buildings and grids
- Tackling rising electricity bills by empowering consumers and giving them options for action
- Smart Grids and Smart Buildings: Open innovation and Cybersecurity
- Joint declaration on aspects related to the upcoming EU Action Plan on digitalizing the energy sector
- The value of the digital transformation: Opportunities for DSOs
- Facilitating customers energy data management and interoperability -DSOs’ perspective