The iUrban Project
The iURBAN project will develop and validate a software platform that will integrate ICT energy management systems in two European cities. The intelligent URBAn eNergy tool will provide useful data to a novel decision support system that will make available the necessary parameters for the generation and further operation of new business models. The business models will contribute at a global level to the efficient management and distribution of the energy produced and consumed at the local level, incorporating behavioral aspects of the users into the software platform and in general prosumers.
The core of the iUrban Tool will be a SMART urban Decision Support System (smartDSS) -- a customized energy management and control platform in the framework of a city. It will allow scalability and incorporate a two-level Decision Support System:
- Local Decision Support System (LDSS) will engage consumers and prosumers by capturing near real-time data from installed Distributed Energy Resources (DER). The data will refer to their energy consumption and production and will be displayed on a user-friendly interface.
- Centralized Decision Support System (CDSS) will aggregate data from all LDSSs to provide city-level decision support to authorities and energy service providers. It will generate a number of parameters, including city-wide energy production and consumption forecasts.
Overall iUrban Architecture
The methodology for validation and evaluation of the tool will be based on widely used IPMVP protocols and will include a Social Cost-Benefit Analysis using social and economic key performance indicators. Thus it will help future exploitation of the system by demonstrating the system’s ROI and its potential as a powerful political tool that city governments can utilize to justify energy policy decisions.
Elements of the iUrban project will be implemented in eight work packages that are as follows:
WP1 establishes efficient and professional project management and coordination to achieve the project objectives and ensure their fulfillment.
In WP2 the system analysis and technical requirements and system parameters for development and implementation are defined. WP2 creates an inventory of all the aspects that can affect the project with a continuous discovery and analysis of requirements, needs and prospects, to be used in the design and development, implementation, validation and evaluation platform and services.
WP3 designs the main iURBAN ICT building blocks, following the WP2-identified requirements. The blocks will comprise the establishment of Smart City Database, the algorithms development of Smart City Prediction and Energy Market Trading & Coordination, and the model development of Virtual Power Plant (VPP) and IPMVP- based energy efficiency and GHG emissions savings model. A Smart City Database will contain all the data related to public and private buildings and the renewable resources in the city; it will be fed into the VPP simulation model and analyzed by the prediction algorithms and energy market trading and coordination algorithms. Hence, energy saving and GHG emission reduction will be predicted based on IPMVP methods for any proposed iURBAN solutions. Finally, the smartDSS will be designed and developed. It will provide a suitable platform for comprehensive analysis of the consumptions and productions, predicting of behaviors, creating energy user profiles and generating new strategies for the energy exchange.
In WP4 the software and ICT components will be integrated. The focus is on electricity and Heat/Cool grid distribution, control sensors and actuators at the Decision Support System level. User interfaces for building and city energy management will be developed.
WP5 proposes and supports a coherent, sound and productive approach to citizen participation and the empowerment and engagement of public authorities and energy companies. It ensures that the smartDSS and LDSS incorporate well innovative ideas by lead users in the development of the system and business models in the iURBAN project.
WP6 is responsible for the identification and development of new business models.
WP7 will test the performance of the proposed solution in a real environment. It will carry out substantial validations of the smartDSS, the user engagement and new business models.
WP8 is responsible for the dissemination activities and facilitates the successful exploitation of the results. It will schedule dissemination activities with the target users so that it defines a commercialization route, assesses the opportunities and risks associated, and initiates contacts with potential business partners and clients of the iUrban system.