Neighbourhood Automation System

TheĀ  EEPOS Neighbourhood Automation System platform is based on the open source framework OGEMA. The OGEMA framework exhibits a modular structure consisting of the following layers:

  • Communication drivers, which enable the communication with field devices
  • Applications supporting, for instance, least cost routing or emergency power reduction functions
  • Standardised data models (resources)
  • Services like resource administration, device management, data storage or a user web interface

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EEPOS control and monitoring applications running on the neighbourhood Automation System platform, are designed for neighbourhoods which are characterised by high deployment of RES.

The main task of the Neighbourhood Automation System – the matching of generation and consumption – will be achieved by shifting of loads from times of low local energy production and high demand to times of high local energy production and low demand. For thermal energy, a similar procedure with a higher emphasis on storage solutions will be considered. To achieve the aim of generation consumption matching, the Neighbourhood Automation System functions can be divided into two groups:

  • Monitoring and calculation functions
  • Management, automation and control functions.

Monitoring of energy consumption and production within a neighbourhood is a prerequisite for establishing advanced and automated control strategies. Thus, as a first step, the monitoring capabilities of the Neighbourhood Automation System will be implemented and tested. Monitoring functions include energy consumption and production data monitoring, collection and exchange (e.g., from Building EnMS to ICT platform), as well as data conversion and storage. Functions like the calculation of predicted RES generation profiles from weather forecasts also fall into this category.

After success, applications providing automation and active control features will be implemented for the Neighbourhood Automation System. With respect to the semi-centralised EEPOS approach, switching and control of individual loads on the building level are on the sovereign territory of the Building EnMS which have direct access to the controllable building appliances. Thus, Building EnMS first follow their own aims, like generation consumption matching on the building level, and additionally react to recommendations received from the EEPOS Neighbourhood Automation System.