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H2020 NOBEL GRID project, with a budget of € 14M, 21 institutions from 11 countries and led by the company ETRA, is developing new tools and business models that will allow all European citizens to benefit from a more secure and stable distribution network, promoting the integration of distributed, renewable energy sources and greater participation of consumer and final "prosumer" in the energy market. The project began January 1, 2015 and is estimated to be completed in mid-2018.
As main ground-breaking objective of the project, NOBEL GRID provides solutions for all the actors in order to share the benefits of the Smart Grid in a fair, sustainable and efficient way. In this context, NOBEL GRID promotes, by means of new technologies and business models, collective schemes and community initiatives, giving power and protection to the final consumer, contributing to a more competitive and well-functioning internal energy market, and help address serious social problems of vulnerable consumers.
Specifically, the project has three main objectives:
· The first one, and core of the project, will be the development and demonstration of innovative solutions and tools in order to improve medium and low voltage electricity distribution networks, providing secure, stable and robust smart grids allowing DSOs to mitigate costs of management, replacement and maintenance of the grid in presence of very large share of renewable energy. This will include intelligent active control of the network, of the active and reactive power flows, fault and outage management, automatic control concepts, network synchronization, active loads and distributed storage integration. At the end, NOBEL GRID approach will provide to all customers better prices and the access to a low carbon electricity supply.
· The second action is the development, integration and real demonstration of new services to be provided to all the actors of the electricity distribution grid and market. This will include services for next generation distributed renewable energy integration and active demand response. Three different applications will be developed for the different actors:
1. Grid Management and Maintenance Master Framework for DSOs (G3M Framework):
2. Energy Monitoring and Analysis App for domestic and industrial prosumers (EMA App):
3. DR Flexible Market cockpit for aggregators, ESCOs and retailers (DRFM cockpit).
- The third action includes the demonstration of innovative solutions to lower the cost of the development and deployment of smart metering systems. NOBEL GRID will address this action at three different levels:
1. Promoting and testing the concept of an Unbundled Smart Meter (USM)
2. Developing and testing a new Smart Low-cost Advanced Meter (SLAM)
3. Interfacing with Smart Home Environments and Building Management Systems (BMS)
All these three actions will be deployed and tested at large scale in five pilot sites in five EU members’ states -Belgium, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Greece -. NOBEL GRID has selected them to maximise the EU-wide impact, and prioritising the trials with cooperatives and non-profit partners. The main advantage of this is the high level of investment these parties keep on grid innovation with regards to other electric profit companies, which guarantees their commitment for the rapid adoption of technologies benefitting their customers and society.