Scalable Energy Management Infrastructure for Aggregation of Households

The consortium behind the SEMIAH project aims to pursue a major technological, scientific and commercial breakthrough by developing a novel Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure for the implementation of Demand Response (DR) in households.

This infrastructure enables the shifting of energy consumption from high energy-consuming loads to off-peak periods with high generation of electricity from Renewable Energy Sources (RES).

The project’s innovative approach is based on the development of an open ICT framework that promotes an environment for the deployment and innovation of smart grid services in households. A centralised system for DR service provisioning based on aggregation, forecasting and scheduling of electricity consumption has been developed. Furthermore, the project delivers a DR solution for control of electrical loads at a competitive price.

The solution consists of a number of smart plugs that can be controlled over a home area network through a gateway connected to a wide area network. The consortium has integrated security and privacy functions to ensure that the system cannot be compromised.

Furthermore, the consortium developed new business models for electricity players and residential customers to quantify costs and benefits for players in the value chain.

SEMIAH will provide benefits to residential customers, energy utilities and the society in general through lower electricity bills, improved integration of RES, and higher stability of the electricity grid. Hereby, the project enables savings in CO2 emissions and fuel costs and reduce investments in electricity network expansions and electricity peak generation plants.