FINESCE: Future Internet Technology for Smart Energy
The Internet will continue to grow, develop and become more pervasive. Devices will become Internet-aware, allowing them to be monitored and controlled over the Internet. The vast amounts of data thereby generated will be processed using cloud computing. The EU is advancing Europe's competitiveness in Future Internet technologies and systems through the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP), which was launched in May 2011. FI-PPP projects address different areas such as energy, health and media content, building on common FI technological components (called Generic Enablers) that are re-usable, open and interoperable with evolving infrastructure and technologies. The first phase of FI-PPP developed a set of FI use cases. The second phase, which is currently ongoing, is implementing a series of field trials of FI applications.
FINESCE (Future INtErnet for Smart Utility ServiCEs) is a project in FI-PPP Phase 2, in which partners perform field trials of the use of Generic Enablers in the Smart Energy sector. The field trials produce technology components specific to the Smart Energy domain, called Domain-Specific Enablers (DSEs). The FINESCE field trials comprise 5 vertical work packages covering Smart Energy areas which are expected to gain most from the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and develop:
- demand side integration solutions (for both heat and electrical loads) for mixed-use buildings in city districts;
- industrial demand side response in a new electric vehicles factory which interworks with a cross-border Virtual Power Plant (VPP), comprising several Distributed Energy Resource (DER) sites in Belgium and Germany;
- an energy marketplace to enable demand side response to varying energy production from DERs;
- the control of electrical vehicle charging to balance DER supply and improved utility communications.
FINESCE has held dissemination events resulting in eleven SMEs (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises) joining the project as partners in summer 2014.. FINESCE has produced an Application Programming Interface (API) which allows these new partners to develop applications which interact with the field trials, supporting the creation of a network of smart energy application developers. For example, the API publishes data on the status of equipment such as boilers or coolers in the houses in the trials and SMEs can develop applications based on this data. This leads then to the FI-PPP Phase 3, in which competitions are being held for SMEs to participate in business acceleration programmes based on using FIWARE and the results of Phase 2 projects like FINESCE.
ACS is leading the technical direction of the project as technical manager. Also, ACS and EBC are involved in performing simulation activities in most of the field trial work packages. In FINESCE, simulation is used in order to
- assist in the development of control and optimisation algorithms under controlled conditions;
- verify algorithms before field tests;
- perform large-scale testing or scaling up of trial systems, where the real trial system has a limited physical scope;
- perform thermal simulation of the real buildings in the trial to provide input for algorithm development;
- allow repeated tests with precise control of the test parameters, overcoming the situation in field trials where parameters are difficult to control (e.g. weather) and where tests may be difficult to repeat often;
- allow iterative testing of various scenarios.
More information on FINESCE can be found on the www.finesce.eu website. In particular:
- Public deliverables at http://www.finesce.eu/Results.html
- DSE information at http://www.finesce.eu/FINESCE_DSEs.html
- FINESCE API information at http://www.finesce.eu/FINESCE_API.html
This project is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 604677.