Energy Efficiency & Smart Grids

Intracom Telecom activities in this domain address the need for more flexible and "smarter" electricity grids with the integration of decentralized energy resources and the completion of the internal energy market operation mechanisms. The company also implements technology that facilitates energy efficiency initiatives.


FEVER: Flexible Energy Production, Demand and Storage-based Virtual Power Plants for Electricity Markets and Resilient DSO Operation

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FEVER implements and demonstrates solutions and services that leverage flexibility towards offering electricity grid services that address problems of the distribution grid, thus enabling it to function in a secure and resilient manner. The project encompasses technologies and techniques for extraction of energy flexibility from energy storage assets and implements a comprehensive flexibility aggregation, management and trading solution. In addition, a DLT-based flexibility trading toolbox will be implemented enabling autonomous peer-to-peer trading. FEVER also implements goal-oriented applications and tools that empower DSOs with optimal grid observability and controllability. FEVER will carry out extensive demonstration and testing activities in multiple settings.

Intracom Telecom is the Project Coordinator of FEVER. From a technical viewpoint, it provides the platform that integrates novel (i.e. implemented in the project) and legacy systems of the Distribution System Operator, as well as a permissioned blockchain network on top of which p2p flexibility trading services will be running.

iFLEX: Intelligent Assistants for Flexibility Management

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Consumer response is a crucial factor for the economy. It allows consumers to influence prices through demand and thus lower or increase them, and is based on the needs, wants and economic capabilities of the public. It is also especially important for the energy sector. Unfortunately, consumer response and demand response cannot easily influence demand for the energy sector. The EU-funded iFLEX project aims to change this, not only by making it easier for consumers to participate in demand response but also by increasing its reach and effect. It plans to achieve this by developing an innovative software agent that allows for better management of energy and demand response by acting between energy systems and various stakeholders.

In this project Intracom Telecom is responsible for implementing a flexibility aggregation and management solution incorporating customizable incentive and aggregation mechanisms and data-efficient deep learning methods for modelling and optimization of consumer flexibility management. It also focuses on mechanisms for user engagement with natural user experience and incentives.

GIFT: Geographical Islands FlexibiliTy

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GIFT is an innovative project that aims to decarbonise the energy mix of European islands. Through the development of multiple innovative solutions, such as a virtual power system, energy management systems for harbours, factories, homes, better prediction of supply and demand and visualisation of those through a GIS platform, GIFT will increase the penetration rate of renewable energy sources into the islands’ grid, reducing their needs for diesel generation and thus decreasing the greenhouse gases emissions directly related to it.

Intracom Telecom is responsible for implementing an integration middleware to facilitate the interplay among the various different applications and services built in the project.

RESOLVD: Renewable Penetration Levered by Efficient Low Voltage Distribution Grids

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RESOLVD is a 3-years collaborative project, co-funded by European Commission, under Grant Agreement 773715. The project aims to improve the efficiency and the RES hosting capacity of the electricity distribution networks, in a context of highly distributed renewable generation and storage, by proposing innovative Distributed Storage Systems that enhance flexibility and control in the low voltage grid, as well as hardware and software solutions that improve its observability with wide area monitoring capabilities, demand/production forecasting and automatic fault detection and isolation.

Intracom Telecom's role is to provide a platform that integrates legacy systems of the Distribution System Operator (e.g. SCADA, AMI) and newly developed hardware and software applications, and handles data management and analytics processes.

SmarterEMC2: Smarter Grid - Empowering SG Market ACtors through Information and Communication Technologies

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The project SmarterEMC2 implements ICT tools that support Customer Side Participation and RES integration, and facilitate open access in the electricity market. These tools take into account the SGAM as well the future structure of the Distribution Network as described by the relevant EU bodies and organizations. The project supports standardization activity by proposing adaptation to data models of market-oriented standards (e.g. IEC 62325-351) and field level standards (e.g. IEC 61850). Intracom Telecom is the coordinator of this project, and is responsible for the implementation of the ICT infrastructure related to a Demand Response service.

BD4OPEM: Big Data for OPen innovation Energy Marketplace

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Technology offers a huge range of opportunities for the energy market. By combining the old metering, operation and control devices with smart systems, there’s a huge amount of data available that is unused or underused. This data offers a range of possibilities to improve existing energy services and create new ones. The EU-funded BD4OPEM project develops an analytic toolbox based on Big Data techniques, providing tools for enabling efficient business processes in the energy sector. By extracting more value from available data, a range of innovative services will be created in the fields of grid monitoring, operation and maintenance, network planning, fraud detection, smart energy management for houses/buildings/industries, blockchain transactions and flexibility aggregation for demand-response in smart grids.

In this project Intracom Telecom is responsible for data integration and management as well as for the implementation of an integrated energy data and analytics services’ marketplace platform.

E-LAND: Integrated multi-vector management system for Energy isLANDs

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The continued decarbonization of the energy sector through the use of renewable energy sources provides both interesting opportunities for local energy systems and challenges for existing electricity networks. Mainland regions such as isolated villages, small cities, urban districts or rural areas oftentimes have issues with weak or non-existing grid connections. These areas are known as energy islands. The goal of the European-funded H2020 project E-LAND is to provide a synergistic solution between technological, societal and business challenges that the energy sector faces. The main concept is the E-LAND toolbox – a modular set of methodologies and ICT tools to optimize and control multi energy islands and isolated communities. The modular toolbox can be customized to meet local requirements and expandable to incorporate new tools as new challenges arise.

In E-LAND Intracom Telecom is responsible for implementing an integration middleware to facilitate the interplay among the various tools of the E-LAND toolbox. Also, it implements a web-based energy planning application serving as the front-end of a multi-vector energy simulator.

DSO Toolbox: Distribution System Operator?s Toolbox

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Modern DSOs are in need of novel tools and methodologies that will enable them: to perform cost / benefit analysis regarding the incorporation of different technologies and the adoption of various emerging added-value services into the Distribution Grid modus operandi; to decide on the technically credible and economically viable operation of the Distribution Grid, especially in light of the presence of a large number of intermittent production units and while operating in island mode; to decide on the composition and functional characteristics of the various types of production units, as well as to the planning, scheduling, operation, supervision and control of the various assets of the Distribution Grid; and, to dynamically shape the load-curve in order to respond to the production conditions and dynamic conditions of the Distribution Grid.

In the light of the above, the aim of the project is to develop a toolbox that will facilitate DSOs in the fulfillment of their tasks, both in the planning and at the operational phase.

Intracom Telecom is the Coordinator of DSO Toolbox. From a technical perspective it participates in the implementation of a tool for techno-economic analysis of the impact of incorporating different technologies and added-value energy services into the Distribution System modus operandi; a tool for the operation of the Distribution Network at emergency conditions; and a tool for power quality monitoring in a Distribution Network. Finally, Intracom Telecom implements an Enterprise Service Bus for information? and services? integration and interoperation within the DSO?s IT ecosystem.

DAMAZO - Automated Demand Response Management System for Efficient Use of Energy

DAMAZO was a project coordinated by Intracom Telecom dedicated to the development of a Building Energy Management solution that supports interaction with Demand Response Automation Server and applies the concept of Application Service Provision in Demand Response services. In this project Intracom Telecom delivered the Demand Response Automation Server, supporting OpenADRv1.0 standard and including a prototype Demand Response policy engine.