The Odysseus Key Concepts
Odysseus Pilot replication
We are working to launch new initiatives and proposals for Odysseus Pilot replication. The object is to increase green energy production or reduce energy consumption at district level leveraging Odysseus solution and software.
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The Odysseus Project
The Odysseus Project is developing a decision support system (Open Dynamic System or ODYS) to support the management of energy supply, demand and storage in urban areas using an open integration platform.
The objective is to increase neighbourhood energy efficiency and address issues of an "energy positive neighbourhood" (an area that produces more energy than it consumes yearly average). This is achieved by using a range of sources of energy e.g. wind turbines (enodes) and promoting energy exchanges. Enodes may be also energy users (e.g. street lighting or electric cars using and storing energy). The project is developing an ICT tool to deliver modelling, analysis, monitoring and visualisation that will evaluate the energy performance and emissions of buildings and neighbourhoods in the context of the emergence of energy positive neighbourhoods and smart grids.
The goal is to provide a service for decision making by aggregating data from a range of sources in the Odysseus cloud platform providing a holistic overview of a neighbourhoods energy systems. The decision support system (ODYS) will address the dynamics of energy supply and demand in neighbourhoods and optimise the use of energy beyond individual elements (for example, urban heat production and electrical vehicles) by enabling the integration of renewable energy sources and the connection to the electricity distribution grid. This will take advantage of variable tariffs and diversity of supply. It will enable buildings or whole areas to have a dynamic energy profile card (dEPC).
The project includes two city pilots in Manchester and Rome. The Manchester pilot is a mature energy environment, whilst Rome is in the early stages of dealing with energy efficiency in public buildings. For these reasons the comparison of the different use cases and scenarios will enrich the project conclusions.
Odysseus expected achievements to be reached are:
- -Integration Scenarios: detailed AS-IS & TO-BE business cases/models featuring: the energy infrastructure including all relevant energy nodes for the area of interest, all relevant activities, information, energy & energy flows (physical system dynamics) & the stakeholders and their supporting software applications
- -Open Integration Platform: an open information sharing environment (dEPC Server) as central place in the cloud where all dEPC data for urban areas are being managed in an uniform and open way
- -Holistic Energy Management System (hEMS): providing end-users (district facilities managers, energy utilities, operators, building managers, …) with a set of fully interoperable software tools providing holistic dynamic management (energy supply and demand) in urban areas through monitoring and decision-making support
- -Validation of 1/2/3: integrating all Odysseus parts for real life operations based on a demonstration plan and implementation strategies. The applied integration platform and integrated applications are expected to show increased energy efficiency at the two demonstration sites and a better approach to the hEMS to end-users