Use Case description
The University of Cyprus (UCY) has set the goal of becoming energy self-sufficient using energy produced from sustainable energy sources. To achieve that 10 MWp of PV, 1 MWhr of electrochemical storage, 0.5 MWp —Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant, solar thermal units and heat pumps will be engaged (own funding). All of these systems will be combined with Demand Side Management (DSM) and optimum use of resources all the year round including capabilities offered through a planned micro-grid architecture.
It is planned the installation of smart sensors and micro-grid controllers (own funding) for the efficient operation of the micro-grid infrastructure in full coordination with the local grid operator. Moreover, autonomous weather stations, monitoring the Pane of Array irradiance, ambient and module temperature are implemented in 17 locations in Cyprus and all collected data are stored at a centralised database at the UCY premises. Additionally, the pilot use case extends outside the University’s premises as 46 households under the photovoltaic net-metering policy are equipped with smart-meters enabling the bidirectional flow of information, the active use of Demand Side Management (DSM) techniques and the smartening of the current distribution system. The whole micro-grid structure (campus and households) will be operated under the supervision of the local Distribution System Operator (EAC) allowing the real data accessibility from the network, which represents the essential preconditions for carrying out smartened grid network operation (from Distribution System Operator side) combined with local Distributed Energy Resources (from the end user premise). Demo activities will apply the proposed inteGRIDy functional modular platform in the context of the aforedescribed smart Renewable Energy Sources system through the use of Filed Middleware, addressing as well the efficient interconnection among energy networks (electrochemical and thermal storage).