Collaboration framework for grid capacity enhancement
November 1, 2016, to October 1, 2019
Storages are unavoidable components of the future smart grid with large share of variable renewable generation. However, the unit cost of energy, that is retrieved from storages, is several times higher than the cost of energy consumed upon its output from renewable energy. Therefore, there is a strong requirement on the optimization of storage capacities deployed in the grid. This is particularly true for small energy sites such as DER and prosumers’ microgrids which are the segments, targeted by the SHAR-Q bottom-up concept. The principal objective of SHAR-Q is to optimize the storage capacities deployed in the grid with the help of a peer-to- peer interoperability network, connecting neighborhooding RES+Storage ecosystems into a collaboration framework. Thus, the optimization of storage capacities can be achieved through sharing among participating actors. To connect to the SHAR-Q network, an open interoperability gateway with semantic interface descriptors will be provided, based on the most adopted standards in the field. Moreover, users will be provided with an ability to manage their contribution to the collaborative models on their own in a way that resembles the well-known social web portals (e.g. users can control with whom they wish to share specific storage capacities). The viability of the collaborative business models will be proven through added-value services, deployed over the SHAR-Q interoperability network, that will be demonstrated in three different pilots, targeting three different segments of end users such as neighborhoods of distributed RES, coalitions of prosumers and locations with e-vehicle charging stations.