CIVIS’s aim is to contribute to the design of a fairer, more sustainable, energy-optimised smart city. The project focuses on the ICT-enabled social dimension to harness the potential of innovation of individuals and collectives with respect to energy prosumption. CIVIS will link energy, ICT and society to achieve significant impacts in terms of CO2 reduction and new forms of social innovation.
CIVIS will implement a distributed ICT system to:
_ Manage communities’ energy needs
_ Negotiate individual and collective energy services agreements and contacts
_ Raise awareness about the environmental impacts of collective energy use
_ Allocate energy production resources more efficiently
Description of Work
You find here the official document that describes the project in all its aspects and details
The project is composed by nine workpackages:
WP1 - Overall design of the smart energy cities
- Draw a map of the overall requirements that a smart energy-optimised city needs to meet from the perspective of 3 converging networks: ICT, energy and social;
- Define the use cases that will be implemented during the project;
- Offer an overview of services that will be provided by the main stakeholders (utilities, peers, communities, telecoms).
WP2 - Energy and ICT System Analysis of Pilot Sites
- Analyse the potential for distributed energy management and energy efficiency measures in the pilot sites to increase energy efficiency and flexibility and reduce CO2 emissions;
- Analyse the use of ICT systems, smart grids and standards for integration of devices to enable distributed energy management at the individual and community levels;
- Develop recommendations for future enhancements concerning energy and ICT systems and changes in the use of existing systems;
- Analyse utilization and social adoption of software tools used to connect consuming, producing and storing devices, also exploiting smart grids’ potentialities.
WP3 - Enabling SMART social participation
Design and development of ICT support for managing communities involvement and for ICT support for energy services (consumption/use, discovery, development, deployment, provisioning, assurance, billing/accounting).
WP4 - Integration and deployment of the system level ICT systems
Integration and deployment on the pilot sites of an innovative ICT system infrastructure enabling a number of innovative user-level applications. The architecture will have the following main abstraction levels:
- Sensor level: integration and deployment of hardware sensors and their physical connection based on WSNs (Wireless Sensor Networks) technology;
- Network level: communication network that connects meters, environmental sensors and Internet-derived data sources;
- Web-service level: a sensor/data sources virtualization level where each sensor and meter is represented as a web service exposing a REST interface;
- Application level: the energy monitoring, will be provided by this layer to the users and to the social networking systems.
WP5 - Community Participation: Social, Regulatory and Institutional Dimensions
- Identify within the social, regulatory, institutional and market opportunities, challenges, barriers and risks for distributed energy sharing/trading;
- Understand and assess the level of public acceptance, learning and engagement within distributed energy systems, how to increase it, and the potential role that social dynamics can play;
- Identify features of smart, decentralized and social market platforms able to maximise participation and impact.
WP6 - Definition of business models for an emerging social decentralized energy
- Understand opportunities and values that societal collaborations on decentralized and renewable-energy systems provide and to analyse the drivers and barriers of their application context;
- Understand how new energy systems can allow for the emergence, in smart cities, of new roles and players, and how this influences the distribution of transactional power, intermediation capacity and the creation of new value chains composed by the intersection of social groups and business-oriented organizations;
- Develop and assess viable business models that unlock the values of emerging social energy systems;
- Develop guidelines and a systematic approach to exemplify business models that unlock the values of emerging social energy systems in a specific context and address the challenges that scaling up set.
WP7 - Testing the energy performance of proposed Smart Grid / ICT installations
Test the effect, in terms of reduced energy use and reduced CO2 emissions, of the technology proposed within the CIVIS project, by running extensive real-life evaluation tests on the two pilot sites.
WP8 - Dissemination, awareness and exploitation
Share results and findings of the project with relevant stakeholders such as utilities, consumers, local authorities, communities, using the most appropriate tools and languages;
WP9 - Project management
Ensure an efficient management of the project.