To be effective and produce the expected results, the process of Urban Transformation in cities should be accompanied by energy transition and digital transition in parallel. This task will develop a strategy for creating ecosystems and interoperable ICT platforms and interfaces essential for cities energy transition. The ecosystems bring together relevant stakeholders, including municipalities, energy operators and service providers, other companies, end users etc. Furthermore, the developed strategy guides how to integrate different energy systems (production, distribution, demand, storage) in energy positive districts.
The aim is to digitally integrate all the involved energy data, services and infrastructures of the energy positive blocks/district, allowing holistic energy control throughout the whole energy system, and helping to optimise urban energy flows and demand. This enables among others demand side response and implementation of Virtual Power Plants (VPP) or other innovative energy aggregation business models. The platform integration aims for open, interoperable and scalable architecture, capable of integrating renewable energy in the existing grid infrastructure through smart grid solutions.
Apart from digital infrastructure, the platforms should also be able to incorporate data storage and operate management, testing and evaluation procedures and GIS-based visualisation. A generic communication infrastructure, together with an accompanying formal modelling and an engineering method for distributed energy applications will also be introduced. In the long term, this enables cities and users’ systems to automatically react to fluctuating conditions in near real-time, and to identify patterns and/or problems, which will help in making informed decisions and in stimulating a better use of city resources. This task produces a strategy for developing interoperability and ecosystems in energy positive districts (D1.8 and D1.13). The ecosystems operate mainly with existing platforms and legacy systems through interoperable interfaces