Intelligent Energy Management – Future energy systems using smart grids and solar electricity
Energy management that measures in real time and predicts the future, self-learning energy systems in buildings, the energy storage equivalent to the smart phone and a business model for smart local energy communities. These are the four winning solutions of the international innovation competition and the Intelligent Energy Management Challenge project. Now is the moment of truth, the phase 2 verification stage where the solutions are tested in real environments of municipalities and organisations.
The combination of solar energy and energy storage is currently a hot topic in the developing energy sector. As the share of renewable electricity increases, so does the need for storage and flexibility in the energy system.
The aim of the competition and the test phase in Intelligent Energy Management (IEM) is to obtain new flexible solutions where the energy systems of buildings are modified so that solar energy can be used and stored locally to a greater extent than today. This type of service is becoming increasingly important in a world where a growing proportion of electricity is renewable. Ihus, the real estate company in the Municipality of Uppsala is one of several Swedish players involved in testing the winning solutions.
Five municipalities have expressed an interest and demand for new smart solutions for solar electricity: Arvika, Gothenburg, Eskilstuna, Herrljunga and Uppsala. All have agreed to participate and support the project by collaborating to create a so-called “critical mass” (a collective purchasing power and demand) and will also provide pilot sites for real life testing.
Innovation procurement last step
After the testing phase, work with a wider implementation continues through procurement innovation. There is a great expectation that other parties will participate in IEM over and above those already involved. This form of procurement innovation will enable The Swedish Energy Agency to gather many clients thus improving the investment potential for the market to supply attractive business models and functionality as required by customers.
About Intelligent Energy Management Challenge
The competition was arranged by the Swedish Energy Agency and Swedish Incubators & Science Parks in collaboration with NineSigma and also the municipalities of Arvika, Göteborg, Eskilstuna, Herrljunga and Uppsala, who are also participating in the test phase.
– The prize to each of the four winners was 10 000 euros, matched with an award of up to EUR 50 0000 per participating municipalities for the implementation of each pilot project.
– Successful pilot projects may result in contracts with a value of up to EUR 2.8 million.
Four winners from across the world
CERTH, Greece. This team has developed AGILE, a self-learning energy system that adapts and makes better and better smart decisions about the buildings energy usage real-time, while unconditionally meeting end-user needs.
Amzur Technologies, USA. This winning team has developed a smart energy meter that predicts energy usage and how much solar power is generated. The energy meter helps the consumer to decide when to use battery power and when to buy electricity from the grid.
KIC InnoEnergy, Sweden. The team behind Local System Operator (LSO) takes a step towards smarter energy usage through an innovative business model based on local energy production and consumption. The solution contributes to creating smart energy communities comprising consumers and buildings, which together create a more sustainable energy usage.
Ferroamp Elektronik, Sweden. EnergyHub is a scalable solution providing greater energy management efficiency, less energy waste, easier installation and maintenance for consumers. Just as the smart phone is a communication platform, EnergyHub is a platform for the storage of renewable energy.