The project is a partnership between two research organizations: Νational and Kapodistrian University of Athens, University of Barcelona and the companies LINK TECHNOLOGIES SA, WEST Aquila S.r.l. Italy.
Smart energy networks (SENs) are electric systems that use two-way networking technologies, cyber- secure communications technologies, and computational intelligence and control in an integrated fashion to efficiently manage energy consumption with the aim of providing a new electricity grid that is clean, safe, secure, reliable, efficient and environmentally sustainable. SENs can be well regarded as a system of many systems, whose design challenges, requirements, and expectations can only be achieved through a holistic analysis, design, and optimization of all its components. The ‘’Smart Energy Grid’’ program aims to provide the necessary technical knowledge based on the forthcoming upgrading of energy infrastructure in the context of the implementation of smart energy grids and the liberalized energy market. It analyzes the technical background of the technologies and architectural design of smart grids, describes the active standards by thematic interest category, refers to solving the specific heterogeneity issues arising in relation to the existing infrastructures, as well as presenting the applications of the smart grids, the using modern global trends and innovations, integrating optimally dispersed generation and RES loads.
In SMART-NRG, we have gone beyond state-of-the-art approaches for SENs by introducing an innovative and integrated protocol stack, which is made of three interlinked and optimized sub-systems: i) reliable communications and networking; ii) smart energy management; and iii) security and protection, which are one-to-one connected to the three key functionalities of SENs. The sub-systems were studied, optimized, and integrated in a very efficient protocol stack, which has been tested via system level simulations and hardware testbeds, leading to the production of commercial devices. During its lifetime, the project has overviewed a wide range of communication, energy management and security technologies specific to the Smart Grid. The importance of the topic and the novelty of the proposed solutions can be also justified by several worthwhile publications in scientific journals (7 journals), international conferences (16) and peer-reviewed book chapters (2 book chapters). An extensive list of Transfer of Knowledge activities have also been organized under the SMART-NRG project. Apart from the secondments and recruitments that have took place during the project lifetime, the project has successfully i) organized 3 international workshops in Ad Hoc Now 2015, in IEICE Information and Communication Technology Forum 2016 and in IEEE CAMAD 2017, ii) organized 3 online courses covering different aspects related to the project’s scope, iii) organized a large amount of public events in the broader area of the consortium partners, e.g. participation to GTTI event in L’Aquila, participation to the Thessaloniki International Fair, participation to the Marie Curie Researcher’s Night in Athens and L’Aquila (Sharpers), participation to special events for the 20 years of Marie curie actions in Athens, etc, iv) participated in common events with other EU or nationally-funded research projects (e.g. COMANDER, VIMSEN, CROSSFIRE). The SMART- NRG fellows also have had the opportunity to acquire useful background knowledge in topics relevant to the scope of the project through their participation in courses at the University of Athens, while they also have had several opportunities in opening up their research activity to the local public either through their participation in public events organized for that reason, or through their participation in internal meetings at the host institutions, etc. Moving one step further, the project has also organized a handful of dissemination and outreach activities. Apart from the aforementioned organization of 3 international workshops and multiple public events, the project has also disseminated its main findings and achievements through the issuing of 7 e-newsletters, 3 brochures, 1 online article and 2 video clips. SMART-NRG is positioned into one of the most challenging and societal impactful innovation paths, by affecting in a convergent mode smart energy solutions and wireless communication technologies and smart metering. The need of delivering, in a cost-effective manner, high-quality robust and secure real-time smart energy/ management solution to a rapidly growing market is an important issue. The use of advanced solu tions and technologies is considered as the fundamental enabler towards the main goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to improve overall energy efficiency.