We envision Model the energy usage of a cluster of industrial clients and implement renewable energy technologies and battery storage technologies and optimise cluster load with the market and available on-site technologies in a peer-to-peer environment.

piSCES, is a Smart Clustering Energy System for the Marine industry. Integrating renewable energies in a distributed fashion will form a major tenant of the future smart grid. As renewable energies are variable and intermittent in their nature, it is critical that you can predict their output using modelling techniques based on weather forecasting and environmental conditions locally. Flexibility in an industrial site’s load profile is key and with accurate models, this load can be ramped up or down to suit on-site generation. The cost of electricity on the wholesale market also varies on a half hourly basis. Optimisation algorithms can then be employed to leverage this load flexibility to ensure energy is used at the most economic cost and maximising on-site renewables. The piSCES project successfully trialled the technology with Flexible Production Processes and Thermal Loads in a Cold Store and an Ice Making plant, both in the fish processing industry.  Through arbitrage opportunities, financial savings in the region of 18% for the Cold Store site were achieved by the end of the project.
Key Exploitable Results
  • Developed an energy community management platform that facilitates the flow of energy within the cluster and maximizes its sustainability.
  • Developed a smart metering and communications system to acquire granular data of commercial and industrial clients.
  • Developed an economic model based on mechanisms such as P2P trading.
  • Integrated a battery system into the community which is automatically charged and discharged based on the outputs of the prediction and optimization system.
  • RegEnergy led to a follow on project called Sustainability Dingle which is taking the results and building a model such that the trial sites can be geographically rolled out along the local network to a regional level, maximizing the level of renewables that can be integrated.
Project partners
Brest métropolis
Plymouth City Council
Waterstromen Etten BV
South East Energy Agency
Planair Laure Deschaintre
Walton Institute, Waterford Institute of Technology
Ormonde Upgrading Limited

Funded by: Interreg NWE

Overall Budget: €10,622,738

Project duration: 1/2019 - 6/2022

Scope: EU

Microfocus: Controlling flexibilities
Evaluation of technical solutions to offer and trigger flexibilities

Macrofocus: Technical realization
Evaluation of technologies to orchestrate a (high) number of flexibilities by using e.g. software services

Degree of Prosumer & consumer involvement: High
Comprehensive evaluation of their willingness, needs and expectations as the central part of the project

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