Energy Positive Neighbourhoods Infrastructure Middleware based on Energy-Hub Concept
Energy hubs consist of locally available, small-scale technological assets for power generation, conversion, storage and utilization which can be assembled, operated and controlled in an integrated manner. This entails the need for novel scheduling and management algorithms, which
will have to rely on advanced measuring devices, communication systems and software protocols in order to acquire and adequately process the required information and data from the various units installed on-site. The focus of the EPIC-HUB project precisely consists in combining the energy-hub concept with the development of such a fully-interoperable middleware solution. The proposed approach will be validated during project execution on three selected pilot sites: Terminal San Giorgio (multipurpose terminal within the port of Genoa), Bilbao Exhibition Centre and Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade. The project consortium includes more than ten partner companies and institutions from six countries.
The middleware solution developed within the project will give energy managers an integrated tool for the effective control and operation of all locally available assets, allowing them to adequately control local generators, storage devices, conversion units, smart-metering systems and DSM (demand side management) schemes in order to increase overall energy efficiency (and related savings) while reducing emissions. The developed middleware aims at defining a common technological solution for different market requirements by focusing on the integration and interoperability of existing information and communication technologies in order to avoid problems related to different data formats, reporting schedules, communication protocols, etc. By exploiting the features of the energy-hub model, the EPIC-HUB middleware will act as an enabler for the development of dedicated services targeting the integration of multi-domain and multi-energy carrier resources in a neighbourhood environment, including for example energy planning/management services, E-trading platform capabilities, and cloud-based services providing real-time analytics of consumption data.