Project E+

A viable smart grid model leads to laying the groundwork for energy efficiency across Europe

Published on 20-Nov-2013

"By working together, utilities, governments, businesses and citizens can transform the traditional energy model to combat the threats of climate change and dwindling resources." - Project E+

Customer:
Project E+

Industry:
Energy & Utilities

Deployment country:
Spain

Solution:
Big Data, Big Data & Analytics: Operations/Fraud/Threats, Collaborative Lifecycle Management, DevOps, Energy Efficiency, Industry Model , SmartCloud - Services, Smarter Planet

Overview

Project E+ is an alliance of private-and public-sector organizations, including IBM, formed to develop innovative, replicable energy- management techniques. Funded by the European Union (EU), the project spans five European countries with a goal of increasing energy efficiency throughout urban areas and achieving near-zero-emission neighborhoods. From two demonstration sites — one in Málaga, Spain, and the other in Mons, Belgium — the project will produce recommendations for energy-positive urban planning.

Business need:
Project E+ needed to find ways to reduce energy loss along power- distribution lines, minimize CO2 emissions generated by power plants and optimize the integration of renewable energy into the grid.

Solution:
Project E+ is paving a path for energy-efficient cities across Europe with a distributed smart grid that captures and stores energy from multiple sources, increases generation capacity, streamlines transmission and facilitates more efficient consumption.

Benefits:
The model should help neighborhoods achieve a zero-energy balance, in which production matches consumption. By integrating more renewable energy sources into the grid and supporting electric vehicles, the project is also expected to reduce CO2 emissions.

Case Study

Project E+ is an alliance of private-and public-sector organizations, including IBM, formed to develop innovative, replicable energy- management techniques. Funded by the European Union (EU), the project spans five European countries with a goal of increasing energy efficiency throughout urban areas and achieving near-zero-emission neighborhoods. From two demonstration sites — one in Málaga, Spain, and the other in Mons, Belgium — the project will produce recommendations for energy-positive urban planning.

The Opportunity
Project E+ needed to find ways to reduce energy loss along power-distribution lines, minimize CO2 emissions generated by power plants and optimize the integration of renewable energy into the grid.

What Makes It Smarter
Project E+ is paving a path for energy-efficient cities across Europe with a distributed smart grid that captures and stores energy from multiple sources, increases generation capacity, streamlines transmission and facilitates more efficient consumption. Predictive models analyze grid sensor data in near-real time to project future energy supply and demand based on historical patterns. The grid dynamically compensates for fluctuations to help achieve a zero-energy balance.


Real Business Results
The Project E+ implementation in Málaga offers a new energy model for cities across Europe, with concrete guidelines and recommendations for optimal operational practices, technology platform, consumer adoption and commercial viability. The model should help neighborhoods achieve a zero-energy balance, in which production matches consumption. By integrating more renewable energy sources into the grid and supporting electric vehicles, the project is also expected to reduce CO2 emissions. As a result of all these improvements, consumers may see their electricity bills reduced by 10 percent.

For More Information
Please contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. Visit us at ibm.com/rational.

To learn more about Project E+, visit www.eplusproject.eu.

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