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EU SmartCoDe project aims at local smart grids

Posted: 14 Dec 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smart grid  EU project  clean energy technology 

The SmartCoDe project is looking at the smart integration of local energy neighbourhoods and the grid, including local energy production (LEP) by small-scale distributed energy generation technologies such as wind or photovoltaic.

The workshop—the first of three between now and 2012—presented not only on-going research in the area of energy forecasting but also actual issues like the hardware and software requirements to implement an automated energy management system. Also a general overview about the security in smart energy grids and security architecture of SmartCoDe network were provided. Since trust is fundamental to attract customers, the reasons for most known incidents were explained and analysed. This led to a detailed examination of repeated vulnerabilities caused by software flaws, hardware weaknesses and inherited problems like hardware limitations. The summary demonstrated how these experiences affected the architecture of the SmartCoDe network.

The concept of a 'local energy resource cluster' was a highlight at the workshop which consists of the following energy resources (consumers and producers):

� Locally available renewable energies, especially small-scale wind turbines and/or building-integrated photovoltaics.

� Locally available energy storages such as car batteries (plug-in hybrids, electric vehicles).

� Energy using products such as HVAC, electric lighting, consumer electronics, white goods, etc.

- Paul Buckley
EE Times-Europe

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