3DMicroGrid is on the design, development and demonstration of a future-proof active smart micro-grid system to integrate and optimize multiple small to medium sized energy sources and loads. The overarching objective is to capitalize on the availability of local and large renewable energy resources and adapting them for solutions to sustainability in terms of electric power demand and supply. A demo smart micro-grid system will be built integrating all energy components, in an effort to (i) maximize renewable energy utilization, (ii) reduce the carbon footprint by minimizing consumption, (iii) improve the power quality while ensuring economic feasibility, and (iv) replicate similar setups to institutions and commercial and rural sites.
3DMicroGrid undertakes a detailed campus assessment of existing energy scenarios, including: energy consumption; diesel consumption and generation efficiency; loads and their classification; consumption patterns such as human presence and behavior; power quality with respect to grid power, switching between various distributed power sources, and techno-commercial assessment.
3DMicroGrid will also assess other studies related to the establishment and justification of a smart micro-grid while utilizing various equipment, sensors, meters, hardware, and software for measuring, monitoring and analyzing the required data to undertake the study. Different power saving strategies will be envisaged, including load/demand forecasting; renewable energy generation forecasting, integration with weather sensors; utility grid’s power outage pattern identification; prioritizing loads and exercising the option of demand response; identifying the appropriate distributed generator to turn-on; and exercising the option of storage technology utilization of appropriate size. It is expected that the 3DMicroGrid will provide distinct benefits like energy savings, frequency support, and demand side management.
Recent studies have highlighted that, on average, we spend approximately 90% of our time indoors, often in unfamiliar environments. Being able to seamlessly locate people or objects within indoor AND outdoor spaces could enable a number of new Location-Based Services (LBS) of significant economic relevance. In some cases, such as in modern hospitals and health care centres, efficient and accurate ‘asset’ tracking and management (be this medical staff, patients, visitors, equipment etc.) is extremely important in economic as well as in social terms.
Such location services require having access to Geographic Information (GI) of outdoor and ‘most notably’ indoor spaces. While outdoor data can be easily accessed as Open Data (OD), a notable example being OpenStreetMap (OSM), the availability of Geographical Information of indoor spaces is not available on a large scale as Open Data. In case of publicly accessible buildings, such as hospitals, stations, airports, shopping malls and public offices, having access to geographical data of indoor spaces, and particularly as Open Data, could allow new business activities and bring a number of social benefits.
i-locate tries to bridges this gap through the creation of innovative business based on indoor and outdoor localisation of people and objects. To this extent, i-locate is engineered to address very clear market requirements emerging from a core of specialised SMEs, targeting the following objectives:
- To create a public geoportal, the so-called ‘virtual hub’, that will collect, make discoverable and provide access to indoor geographical information of publicly accessible buildings as Open Data.
- To extend current open standards to support indoor/outdoor LBS based on sound privacy and security policies, for the highest protection of personal/critical data.
- To develop an open source ‘toolkit’ for LBS supporting integrated indoor-outdoor asset and people as well as their tracking and routing based on the aforementioned open standard protocols.
- To develop few clients for mobile devices (App) accessing the toolkit’s services via the aforementioned open standard protocols.
- To test for more than one year- the ‘virtual hub’ and the ‘toolkit’ in the context of public health, private and public services with the involvement of real users and stakeholders within 13 pilots sites in 8 EU countries.
- To promote a number of openness and awareness-rising activities targeted at maximising the impact of the project within the widest community of stakeholders through series of conferences, workshops, training actions.
- To stimulate innovation and business activities around indoor Geographic Information through direct access to smeSpire, the largest network of geo-ICT SMEs in Europe, to ensure that the relevant critical mass is created around the results of i-locate and to foster development of innovative services.
The consortium gathers 24 partners, including technical developers, final users and technical partners providing to final users as well as other partners in charge of horizontal activities such as definition of business models, exploitation and dissemination activities.
Sunshine (Smart UrbaN ServIces for Higher eNergy Efficiency) delivers innovative digital services, interoperable with existing geographic web-service infrastructures, supporting improved energy efficiency at the urban and building level. Specifically, SUNSHINE delivers a smart service platform accessible from both a web-based client and from an App for smartphones and tablets. In particular, the SUNSHINE platform will allow:
- Automatic large-scale assessment of building energy behaviour based on data available from public services
(e.g. cadastre, planning data etc.). The information on energy performances will be used to automatically create
urban-scale ‘ecomaps’ to be used for planning activities and large-scale energy pre-certification purposes.
- The previous assessment will be then used, together with localised weather forecasts available through
interoperable web-services, to ensure optimisation of energy consumption of heating/cooling systems through
automatic alerts that will be sent to the SUNSHINE App installed on the smartphone of the final users.
- Lastly SUNSHINE will ensure interoperable control of public illumination systems based on Automatic Meter
Reading (AMR) facilities remotely accessible, via interoperable standards, from a web-based client as well as
from an App for smartphones or tablets.
The SUNSHINE technology will be the result of the customisation and integration of existing software components developed by other EC-funded projects focusing on smart-city technologies, including BRISEIDE, i-SCOPE and i-Tour.
The SUNSHINE technology will be eventually piloted in the context of 9 sites across 5 countries including Malta
GeoSYS is a consortium partner to the iScope project, responsible for the Malta pilot. Working in collaboration with Malta Resources Authority, iScope is a CIP / ICT PSP funded project of the European Commission for Open Innovation for Internet-enabled Services in Smart Cities.
i-SCOPE delivers an open platform on top of which it develops, three ‘smart city’ services:
- Improved inclusion and personal mobility of aging and diversely able citizens through an accurate city-level differently-abled-friendly personal routing service which accounts for detailed urban layout, features and barriers.
- Optimization of energy consumption through a service for accurate assessment of solar energy potential and energy loss at building level.
- Environmental monitoring through a real-time environmental noise mapping service leveraging citizen’s involvement will who act as distributed sensors city-wide measuring noise levels through their mobile phones.