A remarkable advance in the optimization of energy storage systems and their integration into the electricity grids. This is the result is the Europe’s SHAR-Q project, an initiative led and coordinated by Atos, which results were recently presented by the technology service and consulting multinational.
SHAR-Q improves renewable energy utilization and maximizes the efficiency of the associated business models. This way, it ensures costs reduction at each phase of the energy value chain: generation, storage, distribution, and consumption.
The SHAR-Q network is a peer-to-peer (P2P) interoperability network that connects storage ecosystems to create a decentralized collaboration framework that optimizes the storage capacities implemented into the network.
Collaboration is key
The project is based on a virtual platform that enables collaboration between users, who can be energy generators and consumers.
The structure facilitates interoperability between local generation and storage capacities and their integration into the power distribution network.
Its interconnection with this collaborative structure enables to optimize the electricity use, with a remarkable and positive impact on the energy utilization ratio.
The optimization of the storage capacities deployed in the grid is especially necessary for small energy units, such as Distributed Energy Resources (DER), which are the target segments for the SHAR-Q concept.
For its validation, the platform was deployed in three pilot scenarios.
The first one was a solar lab in Portugal, focused on distributed renewable production with shared storage capacities.
Another one was installed in a community of prosumers in Austria focused on collaboration and sharing of energy resources.
The third one was a Greek facility focused on services related to electric mobility.
A simple but effective idea
The analysis of the energy business process enabled to define and develop functional requirements for models, based on integration and interoperability. Some examples include distributed flexibility management, collaboration between electric vehicles and renewable energy managers and P2P energy markets.
From the perspective of the platform’s sustainability, the validation results enable to establish minimum interoperability and integration requirements for local collaborative energy markets.
These markets are led and promoted in the EU Green Energy package. Furthermore, they are in line with efficient energy asset management.
According to Andrea Rossi, Head of Energy & Transport Market of the R&D group at Atos, “the project’s objective has been to improve the digital transformation capacity of large communities (local ecosystems). Consequently, the results will be matured by taking advantage of various R&D projects to improve the scope and capabilities of the functionalities to manage, make more flexible and balance all aspects related to the energy sector value chain.”
In addition to technical development, the SHAR-Q project has been supported and represented by important European actors in the energy sector, whose support has been key to ensure the consistency of the project results in accordance with market expectations and needs.
In turn, the advisory committee provided its assessment at various critical stages of the project. This allowed the final results to be oriented towards a real environment. It also facilitated analyzing new collaboration processes between the different actors in the energy value chain.
This innovative approach will break reliance on current suppliers. This way, it will enable new business models that can facilitate not only the integration of different players in the value chain but also to create new opportunities for emerging players.
The SHAR-Q project received €4 million from the European Commission, within the H202 program.
You can find detailed information on the SHAR-Q on their website.
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