e-GOTHAM project

"Sustainable-Smart Grid Open System for the Aggregated  Control, Monitoring and Management of Energy" (e-GOTHAM) is a project funded by the Artemis framework, based on the idea of splitting an electric grid in micro grids, clustered according to the energetic activity type carried out in order to increase communication between all those that are involved and to optimize the choice of energy sources to be used.
e-GOTHAM project was founded with the main objective to optimize the integration, within the micro power grids, of RES, storage components (supercapacitors) and new consumer demands.

      

The project and-GOTHAM involved the creation of a reference architecture for the optimization and the management of energy microgrids characterized by different requirements and different behaviors. The three different types of microgrids have been identified: Residential, the pilot was the town of Steinkjer in Norway; Tertiary, the pilot was a complex of buildings in the city of Ylivieska in Finland and Industrial, a pilot was the oil mill Mataluni in Italy. Each micro grid presented characteristic aspects related both to energy objectives and to the different devices present in each pilot for which a common software infrastructure is necessary to realize on which engage the different services and different specific applications of each of them. The key points of the project were the integration of renewable energy sources and coordination between them and the main distribution network, the development of technologies for decision support to help the emerging figure of Energy Manager, implementation of forecast algorithms for the production and the  generation of energy.

As part of this project have been developed both software and hardware solutions; in particular they have been designed and manufactured devices called Local Controller and Central Controller whose duties were the exchange of information between the devices located in the microgrid and the middleware and the implementation of the received commands. From a software point of view it was made a services oriented middleware based infrastructure common to each pilot and enriched with specific functions corresponding to the different needs of microgrids.

The project involves partners of different nature and from different nationalities: the University of Sannio, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, industrial companies such Instalaciones Inabensa and Vitrociset; major research institutes such as Spanish TECNALIA, the Finnish Centria, the Norwegian Sintef and Consorzio Milano Ricerche. In the consortium it was also three different utilities, the Italian Salerno Energia Holding, the Finnish Herrfors and the Norwegians NTE.

The activities of KES concerned the development of the project in the Italian pilot, making the entire middleware based software infrastructure, that sets communication interfaces based upon different protocols for the acquisition of energy data, and integrating forecasting algorithms by a photovoltaic generation system .

A system of Asset Management and Decision Support System (DSS) have also been designed to guide the company's Energy Manager in selecting the optimal steps to be taken to save energy and money.