Project page: http://www.interreg-danube.eu/3smart
Current tendencies in the Danube Region (DR) to integration of energy-efficiency (EE) measures and renewable energy (RE) are not followed by EE&RE adequate interactions to enable cost-optimal operation of the building as a whole. Distribution system operators (DSOs) are reluctant in allowing additional capacities of intermittent RE in the grid as they engage investments into the grid and a costly reserve for secure operation. DSOs are interested in introducing coordinated energy exchange with prosumers through dynamically changing conditions, e.g. via optimized price profiles for netto energy exchange. Currently neither of the countries in the DR has regulatory/technology framework developed for inception of building-grid cross-spanning energy management schemes.
The main objective of the 3Smart project is to provide a technological and legislative setup for cross-spanning energy management of buildings, grids and major city infrastructures in the DR. It will provide optimal economical value to EE&RE investment in the building and optimized costs on the grid side and motivate installation of distributed storages for improving energy security in the DR.
The project outputs are: (i) Modular software tool for energy management on building and distribution grid side, (ii) Five pilot actions in different DR countries including buildings and grids with intersected technology/regulatory setups and (iii) Strategy to enable city-wide energy management at the regulatory level in the DR.
Main target groups are regulatory energy agencies/ministries (for updating regulatory set-up), DSOs and suppliers (improving grid effectiveness), local authorities and regional energy agencies (reducing RoI for investments in RE&EE); R&D institutions (new modules development).
Major innovative moment is in vertical two-way synchronization through all the modules via simple interfaces to attain optimal operation of the buildings and the grid, and easy modules add-on to the existing systems.