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NETfficient approaches its landmark year

Netfficient, a pilot project financed by the EU and led by Ayesa, is approaching its most crucial operation yet. Once the development phase and the installation are complete, the 13 consortium partners will spend the following months carrying out trials to demonstrate the soundness and the advantages of the newly-developed technology.

The aim of the project is to identify new energy business models that will be viable and transferable to any town, in response to the energy sector’s demands for digital conversion. In addition, innovative concepts are being tested in relation to the application of the collaborative financial approach to the energy sector.

This key moment occurs just as the initiative has been selected by the EU for its #investEU investment plan campaign. This programme, launched in February 2017, is aiming to establish itself as the showcase for innovative projects, and thus promote investment in the real economy.

NETfficient is an ambitious energy project, involving several cutting-edge technologies. The objective is to create a system based on distributed renewable energy generation and storage, to be managed by a cloud-based platform which will automatically optimise the operation of the system, as well as maximising the financial benefit to be gained from involvement in the energy markets.

Intelligent System

The System itself decides on the best times to store, use or sell on the market the electricity generated by photovoltaic plants or wind turbines, to guarantee the reliability of the network and to derive financial benefits which will ensure the economic sustainability of the system. The final objective is to achieve an energy system which is more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

The platform is capable of utilising different energy storage technologies, including batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells, and electric vehicle batteries. It is also able to adapt to different usage scenarios, including family homes, residential and commercial buildings, industrial or public infrastructures such as floodlighting, and other public services.

The island of Borkum will be used to test the system in a real-life scenario, involving suppliers, consumers and local authorities. The project is based on the collaborative economy model, where the consumers become “prosumers” - an active part of the energy supply system.

The installation of solar energy generation units, electricity meters and storage systems in forty residential buildings and five public buildings, including an aquarium, has recently been completed.

With the implementation of the system and the platform becoming operational, the project partners and the citizens of Borkum will validate the functionality and impact of the solution; it aims to be a success story that will promote a more digital, greener and more sustainable energy system.

Sistema inteligente

El Sistema decide cuáles son los momentos óptimos para almacenar, consumir o vender en el mercado la la electricidad generada por plantas fotovoltaicas o aerogeneradores, para garantizar la seguridad de la red, y obtener beneficios económicos que permitan la sos­tenibilidad económica del sistema. El objetivo final es lograr un sistema energético más res­petuoso con el medioambiente y sostenible.

La plataforma es capaz de aprovechar diferentes tecnologías de almacenamiento energético, como son baterías, supercon­densadores, pilas de combustible o baterías de vehículos eléctricos. También se adapta a diferentes casos de uso, como son hogares unifamiliares, edificios residenciales o comer­ciales, industrias o infraestructuras públicas como luminarias u otros servicios públicos.

La isla de Borkum servirá para probar en un escenario real todo el sistema, en el que están involucrados productores, consumi­dores y autoridades locales. El proyecto se inspira en la economía colaborativa, en la que los consumidores pasan a formar parte activa del sistema energético, convirtiéndose en “prosumers”.

Recientemente se ha completado la instala­ción de unidades de generación de energía solar, contadores eléctricos y sistemas de almacenamiento en cuarenta edificaciones residenciales y en cinco edificios públicos, incluyendo un acuario.

Con la operación del sistema y la plataforma que ahora comienza, los socios del proyecto y los ciudadanos de Borkum validarán la operatividad e impacto de la solución, que pretende ser un caso de éxito que promueva un sis­tema energético más digital, verde y sostenible.