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News
“ ...FINSENY will contribute to a sustainable smart energy
infrastructure, based on new products and services to the benefit of
all European citizens and to the environment...
.
The project aims to identify the
requirements of a “smart grid”
ICT system. Smart grids provide a
balance between the supply of energy
generated and demand. They can
integrate advanced information and
communication technology (ICT)
into the energy distribution network
so that electricity delivery is remotely
controlled and automatically optimised.
L
eading European energy and
ICT companies, R&D centers
and universities, including
ESB, Intune Networks and the
Telecommunications Software & Systems
Group (TSSG) have teamed-up to develop
innovative “smart grid” energy solutions and
services for homes, buildings, industry and
the transport infrastructure.
The project aims to identify the requirements
of a “smart grid” ICT system. Smart grids
provide a balance between the supply
of energy generated and demand. They
can integrate advanced information and
communication technology (ICT) into
the energy distribution network so that
electricity delivery is remotely controlled and
automatically optimised.
The need for smart energy systems is driven
by climate change and limited fossil fuel
resources. These systems also need to
efficiently manage traditional and renewable
energy sources and to cater for new energy
uses such as electric vehicles (EV). This is
particularly relevant in Ireland, which has
committed to reducing its carbon emissions by
20% and which aims to have 10% of all vehicles
electric by 2020.
The ESB, Intune Networks and the TSSG
are working together to deliver a smarter,
more efficient energy grid for Ireland. The
project focuses on developing enhanced
services for electric vehicles, by intelligently
combining data, such as web and in-car usage
information, to optimise the driving experience.
Miguel Ponce de Leon, TSSG Mobile, Messaging
& Middleware (3MT) Research Unit Manager,
said, “Smart grids are more intelligent, which
makes them more efficient. We hope that
this work will deliver a reduction in operating
costs and will make new energy products and
services, like electric vehicles, more accessible
to consumers.
“The TSSG have already used bio-inspired
and autonomic processes to advance energy
management control systems in schools,
offices and high capacity data centres. The
FINSENY (Future Internet for Smart Energy)
project will build on this knowledge and enable
us to refine the smart grid infrastructure to
support the energy loads that electric vehicles
will need”.
Senan McGrath, CTO of ESB ecars, said the
“ESB is committed to helping Ireland achieve
its environmental targets and is tasked
with making this a reality by rolling out a
nationwide charging infrastructure including
the supporting IT systems. It is not just about
the eco electric cars, the infrastructure or the
systems – it is about the entire user experience
and value proposition on offer. Electric
driving will be enhanced by the use of web
based applications and as communications
and the internet continue to develop, these
opportunities will flourish”.
Intune Networks is a leading technology
company that provides a network platform
for next generation carrier networks and
is involved in designing the smart grid
architecture for this project. Intune Networks
is also the technology partner for the roll-out
of the Irish Governments “Exemplar” network
test-bed. Exemplar is an open access test bed
to build and deploy future internet innovative
infrastructures and services.
According to Fergal Ward, Director of Research
of Intune Networks, “The FINSENY project links
some of the best brains of the ICT, energy, R&D
and academic worlds. The results of FINSENY
will contribute to a sustainable smart energy
infrastructure, based on new products and
services to the benefit of all European citizens
and to the environment” he said.
Further information available at:
FINSENY:
http://www.tssg.org/projects/finseny/,
http://www.fi-ppp-finseny.eu/
• FI-PPP:
http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/
activities/foi/lead/fippp/index_en.htm
For futher information contact:
Miguel Ponce de Leon
RU Manager,
Mobile, Messaging &
Middleware (3MT)
Ph: +353 (0)51 302 952
E: miguelpdl@tssg.org
Smart Grid Research
for a Renewable Ireland
RESEARCH
News
“The ESB, Intune
Networks & the TSSG
are working together
to deliver smarter,
more efficient energy
grid...”
FINSENY - Smart Grid Research for a Renewable Ireland
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