A first step for a smarter grid is the development and installation of a flexible smart metering architecture for multiple energy vectors. Up to now, the smart meters that are being installed are nearly only devoted to billing improvements. The new metering systems must go much further!
Context and needs Directive 96/92/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 December 1996 concerning “common rules for the internal market in electricity” introduced the electricity market in European countries. Up to now however the market is
The FLEXMETER project is organized in 6 technical WPs and 2 management WPs as depicted in the Figure 4. Among the technical WPs, WP1 will provide specifications about the technologies to be developed in WP2, WP3 and WP4. There will
The FLEXMETER consortium consists of five industrial companies (IREN, TI, SIVECO, STM, EON), one research institution (JRC) and five universities (POLITO, INPG, UPB, AACHEN, UNIBO). The competence of FLEXMETER project partners covers a wide spectrum of knowledge needed to ensure
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The introduction of the electricity market, the widespread diffusion of distributed generation from renewable and non-programmable energy sources and the need for storage are quickly changing the problems that Transmission and Distribution system operators have to face in their activity and are requiring a “smarter” grid. A first step in this direction is the development and installation of a flexible smart metering architecture for multiple energy vectors.
Up to now the smart meters that in some countries are being installed at the users are nearly only devoted to billing improvements. The new metering systems must go much further to provide their contribution to various objectives such as end-user affordability of electricity, energy and market efficiency improvement, CO2 emissions and pollutants reduction.
In the FLEXMETER project a flexible, multi-utility, multi-service metering architecture will be designed and deployed in two demonstrators. Simple off-the-shelf meters will be placed at the users for electric, thermal and gas metering; they will communicate with a building concentrator, where the “smartness” of the metering system will reside. A central cloud system will collect data from the building concentrators and from MV/LV substation meters. Data collection, fusion and mining algorithms will be adopted. The proposed architecture will allow for innovative services for the prosumers (e.g. analysis of the energy consumption), for the Distribution System Operators (DSOs) (e.g. fault detection, network balancing and storage integration) and for the retail market. Also demand side management devices could be plugged into the system.
In the FLEXMETER project two pilot applications in two different countries (Italy and Sweden), on real systems, with the involvement of the local DSOs and volunteer prosumers will be demonstrated.
The results on the demonstrators will then be scaled up to the size of the cities in order to evaluate the advantages on a real scale.