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Integrated thermal and electrical energy management and monitoring, smart grid v 2.0

A consortium of industry and academic institutions will develop a situational awareness application that monitors and manages the delivery of energy throughout a municipality, province or state, reducing carbon emissions, waste and improving the efficiency of energy.

The project objective is to develop an integrated management system that will determine the overall energy efficiency and consumption by a Municipality, province or state. Version 1 of the application will focus on the management and monitoring of the City of Guelph. Over the last 5 years the City of Guelph has developed a Community Energy Plan that requires the local supply of electricity and thermal energy to meet approximately 50% of the communities needs by 2031. To accomplish this goal of producing or offsetting approximately 150MW of energy The City of Guelph intends to build a city wide district energy distribution system, which will include combined heat and power technology, energy storage, renewable energy supplies and overall situational awareness and centralized command and control. To determine the overall performance of the system and to monitor and manage the consumption of fuel a unique and highly secure communications systems will be required. This mixed environment of industrial, commercial and residential facilities will be a first of a kind in North America and will leverage base load Biomass plants and dispatchable electrical generation and storage technologies. The challenge of creating this environment will be in the monitoring and control of the entire system that will support the protection, reliability and availability of electrical and thermal services. A command and control system will have to operate independent of human intervention to adjust to consumption patterns, electrical demand, weather changes fuel costs and faults in the system. To provide a realtime intelligent system GMHI will leverage the sub-second decision making from a military application. The current application, developed by Rafael Defense Systems, immediately assess the overall risks of an incoming threat and then in realtime determines if a response or action is required . This decision making capability is a requirement for an integrated energy management delivery system; decisions on efficiencies, costs, availability and impacts and other inputs will affect the quality of service delivered. To convert the military decision making capabilities to a smart grid autonomous system requires research and development into the overall collection, assessment and response capabilities of the system. To perform this function Rafael, Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc., Magna International and EllisDon have agreed to establish a coalition to develop an application that could provide a solution to a worldwide market place for district energy management, Electrical management or services to other energy providers and delivery services. The coalition partnership provides a route to immediate customers as well as leveraging relationships with existing customers and partners. The coalition will also include 2 or 3 academic partners that have initiated discussions on district energy, smart grid and big data management technologies. The academic world will provide access to new technology development, implementation and training at the facilities chosen and develop an awareness to the academic community. Once the application is developed features and functions of the application will include the realtime assessment of meters, sensors, control systems and environmental monitoring devices. The information collected will include the interrogation of alerts and alarms to provide decision support or to promote efficiency, thus reducing the greenhouse gas emissions and leveraging more efficient technologies for the delivery of thermal and electrical services.
Acronym: 
IEMSRD
Project ID: 
9 587
Start date: 
01-06-2014
Project Duration: 
22months
Project costs: 
1 370 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Process optimisation, waste heat utilisation
Market Area: 
Energy Conservation Related

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