Welcome to the e-balance Project
The e-balance Project aims at integrating the energy customers into the future smart-grids in order to address future environmental problems with holistic technical solutions based on ICT, new business models and citizens’ behaviour under real world conditions.
Integration of distributed energy resources
The e-balance system provides the means to match both time varying local renewable production and consumption, what allows a better utilisation of the electricity grid, while improving the distribution efficiency. Dynamic distribution grids show a major DER penetration and resilience is of utmost importance because reliability and flexibility are goals for deploying future proof smart grids.
Fractal-like system, fractal-like ICT solutions
ICT opens many opportunities to improve our lives. The connection with people and systems facilitates the development of new solutions to manage efficiently the energy and create a more robust electric system where everyone can satisfy their specific requirements.
The e-balance system matches in topology and hierarchy the fractal-like electricity grids. Management units and sensors are deployed on each hierarchy level, facilitating local grid automation, increasing grid resilience and efficiency. In this way, if some control decision cannot be satisfied for certain level, it is forwarded to the higher one, what simplifies the development of control technologies.
New paradigm, new business model
The active integration of customers into the new system requires new business models that satisfy all the stakeholders. People usually cannot understand the complexities of the electric system and grid operators do not know the user behaviour accurately, so they have to make decisions based on prediction models; mainly weather and historical demand.
Under e-balance approach, tariffs and price mechanisms play one of the most important roles, since it is indeed the only way to “balance” the energy demand and supply at the same time. People will be able to specify their preferences and interact with a new energy market where everyone participates as a “small energy plants”. The comparison with other neighbours and a better understanding of the electric system will permit customers to reduce their electric bills time to time, what will facilitate the people’s acceptance of these new concepts.
Social analysis: smart-grids for people
The final challenge: security and privacy
Are you worried about your privacy? e-balance investigates the best technologies to protect your privacy and anonymise your information before it goes out your home. The goal of the e-balance approach is to provide equal data protection for all the involved stakeholders. All of them shall be assured that their data and devices are safe, of course as long as the stakeholders behave along the rules. Misbehaviour shall be detected and logged. It is also important for the system to be transparent to allow auditing its security and privacy protecting procedures.
More efficient system, better environment
Energy efficiency becomes crucial for rational consumption of the available resources and reduction of the CO2 production. But the reduction of energy consumption as the only remedy is only a partial solution. Similarly, applying more environment-neutral or renewable energy sources without smart management systems may even cause failures in the energy grid or at least cause the energy to be wasted. Introducing intelligent solutions that combine the control of energy production and consumption helps to achieve the best efficiency.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 609132.