VIMSEN - Smart tool for energy aggregators

Ganesh Sauba, Jos Van Der Burgt, Emmanouel Varvarigos, Prodromos Makris, Anthony Schoofs

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The subsidy feed in tariff policy, which has been adopted in the past few years, for accelerating renewable energy investments, cannot be retained as a sustainable business model for the future smart energy grid. This is mainly due to the fact that this policy increases the energy cost, especially when the amount of the energy generated by renewable sources is not negligible compared to the traditional ones, as is expected for the near future. Additionally, the current centralized electricity market prevents small or very small energy producers, who usually generate energy by renewable means - photovoltaic units or wind turbines - to participate. There is a role for energy aggregators to act on behalf of these small prosumers so that they could sell their excess energy collectively in order to get a better price. To help the tasks of the aggregator a trading tool is required that will facilitate the clustering of prosumers who are able to offer energy at a certain time during the day based on contractual agreements. The VIMSEN project is set-up to produce such a system that will allow the aggregator to select prosumers and form virtual micro-grids by virtue of smart communication systems. VIMSEN is part of the European R&D 7th Framework Programme with the aims to develop, implement and demonstrate a new energy management and business model system using the concept of virtual microgrids, to enable an increase in the market participation of prosumers at neighbourhood and community levels.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IEEE International Telecommunications Energy Conference (INTELEC 2015)
EditorsMasahito Shoyama
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781479965823, 9781479965816
ISBN (Print)9781479965830
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE International Conference on Telecommunications Energy Conference (INTELEC) 2015 - Swissotel Nankai Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Duration: 18 Oct 201522 Oct 2015


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Telecommunications Energy Conference (INTELEC) 2015
Abbreviated titleINTELEC 2015
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  • active energy management
  • communication technologies
  • decision making
  • intelligent data acquisition

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