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The InovGrid demosite, enabling the value delivery in the Smart Grids

 InovGrid is a Smart Grid project led by EDP Distribuição, launched in 2007, designed from stretch and aiming to cover 1 Million customers in 2017, innovating from its initial partnership to customer engagement methodologies. InovGrid impacts the intelligent management of the grid, since allows: i. remote metering and operations, including efficient field teams management; ii. Improved ability to detect and fix remotely failures of the electricity network; iii. an architecture, communications, HMI, as iinovative DTC (Installed in the distribution transformer station ) as the nerve center for intelligent control of the network which includes functionalities such as telemetry, automation, measurement of quality of energy, that summates the information from the EDP Boxes installed in customer homes. The DTC also allows interaction between the upstream system and the EDP Box, especially for remote updates of hardware.

InovGrid has a strong focus on sustainability and replicability: i. increasing the grid capacity to integrate renewable energy/distributed generation and electric vehicles, energy storage, improvements in energy efficiency; ii. Involving major players of local municipality, with flexibility improvements on remote public lighting management, iii. Sharing its basic infrastructure for innovative projects as H2020 InteGrid coordinated by EDPD foreseen to begin in 2017 and iv. being too the choice of the EU as a success story, for the Campaign launched in 2013: “A world you like, with a climate you like” (

InovGrid shows a robust cost benefits with : i. Real demand side management, allowing consumers’ remote control of consumptions (via a computer or a smartphone), access to new products and services, ii. Basic Quality of service monitored at home gateways; iii. Meter configuration with control of the circuit breaker, for remote supply connect/disconnect, iii. energy savings with gains up to 12% and 20% of consumption reduction , in average with reduction is between 1.8% and 6%, well above the estimated 2% that support the national business case analysis with a clear global economic net present value, and were consumers capture the large majority of benefits.

InovGrid shows innovative use of data and data driven approaches: i. with the EDP Box as a gateway to energy management, with local interaction with other devices, ii. through an interface Home Area Network (HAN), meeting needs of micro-generation , load management and peak load reduction, etc. with facilities for evolution through the integration of other modules or hardware upgrades thus avoiding costs associated with full replacement of equipment, iii. notably with an open platform, based on public standards, developing new tools and services supporting customers’ involvement .

InovGrid located initially in Évora aims to cover 1 Million customers in 2017 in Portugal and gives significant contribution to other international projects, in Spain and Brasil. Inovgrid Demosites in Évora had already received more than 2.950 visitants from 40 countries from all the world.

InovGrid with a curreent deployment over 400.000 Portuguese customers in all country, shares its main findings with others as Spain and Brazil. Following Évora pilot (InovCity - demonstration in Évora Municipallity) and the national expansion, InovGrid is extending the deployment of the concept, in order to consolidate knowledge and test different technologies, keeping expansion up to the most part of 6 million portuguese cliente base untill 2020, as well as participating in several European projects such as Sharing Cities (, Sustainable (, upGrid (, H2020 InteGrid coordinated by EDP Distribuição and foreseen to begin in 2017…. As an innovative project , provides the electricity network with information and intelligent equipment that can promote the active empowerment of costumers to make smart decisions – notably with an open platform, based on public standards, developing new tools and services supporting customers’ involvement –, integrating distributed generation and electric vehicles, automating grid management, improving quality of service, reducing operating costs, promoting energy efficiency and environmental sustainability and also helping to reduce energy dependence.

The InovGrid project demonstrates Smart Grid concepts for a significant number of users and communities, by introducing novel integrated management tools which will improve service quality, reduce operating costs, promote a more active role for customers/producers, support new commercial services, increase energy efficiency, exploit the potential of distributed generation (DG), integrate the electrical vehicle (EV) and public lighting ecosystems.

The municipality of Évora in Portugal, with a population of 54.780 and 1.307km2, was chosen to be the InovCity. This project focused on 32.000 electricity customers with an annual consumption of approximately 273GWh and 138 Medium Voltage customers who have an annual consumption of 110GWh. Industrial activities account for 57% of electricity use, while services account for 34% and agriculture and other activities for the remaining 9%. Regarding Demand Side Management (DSM) functionalities, 3.550 facilities were fitted with demand response or energy efficient solutions, comprising different customer profiles, including residential, commercial and small industrial. The project also included enabled EV charging points, DG monitoring and control units and primary distribution substations.

The InovGrid and InovCity project are the example of a new paradigm in the management and operation of distribution networks and customer relations. The use of the infrastructure set up an innovative approach to several processes, typically lengthy and complex, bringing flexibility, more knowledge and simplicity of implementation. From the standpoint of the consumer, the ability to understand their consumption patterns and act before this information, both in terms of energy efficiency measures, both in terms of behavior, is something completely new design, transparent and nondiscriminatory. The project demonstrates that a properly developed integration tool, facilitate the integration of DG, a more efficient use of energy and a reduction in CO2 emissions, without compromising security of operation and quality of supply.

Concerning energy efficiency, results of heavy consumption customers’ with sophisticated energy management systems, like Hospitals, Museums, Public Buildings and others show that significant energy savings are achievable and gains between 12% and 20% of consumption reduction were already obtained. Regarding residential low voltage clients, a very broad study, including data from more than 30 thousand customers was developed together with Qmetrics, an independent company specialized in market studies from the New University of Lisbon. This study, which includes a complete year data set, a control and test groups to ensure that external variables are averaged out, and that is being performed in a context of generalized consumption reduction, shows that the average daily consumption between the test group and the control group is reduced by 3.9%, with an error margin of 2.1% for a confidence interval of 95%, thus allowing to conclude that the reduction is between 1.8% and 6%. This is a major finding, and is well above the estimated 2% that support the national business case analysis with a clear global economic net present value, and were consumers capture the large majority of benefits.

InovGrid has been selected as the single case study for testing and validation of the EPRI Business Case assessment methodology, from an universe of 220 Smart Grid projects under development in Europe, which amount for a total over 5 thousand million Euros, and compiled in a Smart Grids Project Catalogue by the Joint Research Center Institute for Energy and Transport (JRC) from the European Commission (EC) and Eurelectric. In 2012, InovGrid project was award with Label “EEGI Core” by the EEGI Team demonstrating that is fully in line with criteria specified in EEGI Labeling Process, in line with the EEGI objectives with the system-level innovation and also as a large scale demo project. InovGrid was also the choice of the EU as a success story, for the Campaign launched in 2013: “A world you like, with a climate you like” (

By the demonstration of a full scale smart electricity network, this project will establish findings that will set a clear path for the integration on an European scale, of renewable and distributed energy sources in electricity distribution networks with active end-users participation . Each of these driving activities has an intrinsic scientific value that can be examined through their contribution to basic knowledge, the development of new technology and Patents, but also mainly through their contribution to the implementation of an integrated and sustainable EU energy system.

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28 Jul 2016