Research on Smart Net Metering for the Integration of PV Technology

In October 2012, EAC in cooperation with other 4 partners from Cyprus, submitted a research proposal for funding under the LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance, entitled «Smart net metering for promotion and cost-efficient grid-integration of PV technology in Cyprus (LIFE+ SmartPV)». The proposal’s total budget was €1,219,838, it has been successfully evaluated and funded with €568.464. The contract (Contract No: LIFE12ENV/CY/000276) has been signed by the University of Cyprus as Coordinating Beneficiary in August 2013 and its duration is 44 months (July 2013 – March 2017).

The main objective of this project is the investigation of smart net metering schemes in Cyprus and their optimization as a means of replacing costly government RES subsidies. This project is a demonstration project which is implemented on a pilot scale that allows evaluation of techno-economic viability of optimized PV grid connection using innovative net metering and remote monitoring systems in about 300 pilot sites in Cyprus. In addition, at 3000 consumers, who will fall under the A’ phase of AMI system of EAC, the effect of their energy consumption due to the presence of the consumed energy information and price will be examined, as well as the effect of the energy education that the consumers will receive. The project will aim to highlight and understand the impact of smart net metering implementation on the cost and benefit implications for network owners and operators in Cyprus (financial impact).

EAC coordinator is Christos Zannetis and associate scientists are Mr. Marios Skordellis, Mr. Ioannis Ioannides, Mr. Marios Pappoutis, Mr. Ioannis Papageorgiou and Mr. Haris Georgakis.

Within this project, EAC main contribution will be the provision and management of an integrated measurement and communications infrastructure for the monitoring of consumption, management and dissemination of the data. In addition, in collaboration with CERA, the EAC will set up a system of dynamic net metering tariffs.

 

The rest of the project consortium is consisted of:

  • University of Cyprus, Cyprus (Project coordinator)

  • Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, Cyprus

  • Deloitte, Cyprus

  • Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority, Cyprus​​


 

Research on Information and Communication Technology Platform​


 

In February 2013, EAC in cooperation with other 9 partners from various countries, submitted a research proposal for funding under the Lifelong Learning Programme, entitled Social Electricity Online Platform (SEOP). After evaluation the proposal was funded with €371.499 and the research contract (Contract No: 543375-LLP-1-2013-1-CY-KA3-KA3MP) was signed by EAC in September 2013 for a period of 2 years (January 2014 – December 2015). The official webpage of the project can be found in www.seop-project.eu.

 

The main objective of this project was the development of a social information and communication technology platform that allowed European citizens to be educated about energy-saving practices and techniques and the crucial importance of energy conservation for the society and the environment, through the use of internet. Through this application, people may become aware of their electrical energy consumption by means of comparisons with the corresponding electrical consumption of their friends, as well as with the total consumption in the street, neighborhood, village, city, country where they live. By effective and realistic comparisons, the consumers can perceive their energy behaviour and take steps to reduce their electricity and carbon footprint in their everyday lives. EAC coordinator was Mr. Andreas Ioannides and associate scientists were Mr. Ioannis Hadjipaschalis and Mr. George Kourtis.

 

Within this project, EAC's main contribution was the provision of the content for the modules related to electricity consumption efficiency, the implementation of pilot testing of the online platform, the dissemination of the platform to its network of other public and private electricity providers in EU, the exploitation and integration of the platform within its own normal activities, and the support for the integration of Social Electricity to numerous other stakeholders from all over Europe.

 

EAC has completed a study that was sent to the Work Package 3 leader, concerning the existing online energy management platforms, as well as a study concerning the best practices for energy saving. Also, the content of the Energy Management Learning Module which was included in the platform,- ( in the household, company and national level) along with different energy management methods supporting schemes were completed and sent to the Work Package 4 leader. The Module also included a special chapter regarding renewable energy sources, as well as different learning tests regarding energy management.  

 

Four specific Learning Modules for the education of European citizens have been completed and integrated in the platform, regarding energy saving in households, proper use of electrical appliances, as well as information for different renewable energy technologies, especially photovoltaics and wind turbines.

 

A pilot study was also performed in 8 European countries involving more than 300 European citizens, to demonstrate the influence of online learning modules and eco-feedback platforms on the everyday lives of people, in terms of rational energy use and energy savings. In this pilot, participants have been divided into two groups. The former used the four learning modules of the platform and then the Social Electricity application, whereas the latter used only the application.

 

The methodology which was carried out for recruiting the users who participated in the pilot test and a case study of a user who participated in the pilot tests and had successfully reduced his energy consumption, have been completed and sent to the Work Package 7 leader. Also, the stakeholders map which included the interested energy organizations, municipalities and educational institutions that are interested to integrate the application and the learning modules in their activities, has been completed and sent to the Work Package 9 leader. In addition, the exploitation plan of the project results by EAC was also completed and sent to the Work Package 9 leader.

Furthermore, the Final Conference of the project was organized in Nicosia on the 5th of November 2015. More than 80 delegates participated at the Conference and most of them were students from University of Cyprus. At the Conference, the results of the project regarding the effectiveness of the learning modules and the Social Electricity Application on saving energy in households by the users who participated at the pilot tests were presented. Also, the participants had the chance to exchange views and to share their experience in using good practices on saving energy in households, through innovative methods, such as net-metering with the use of smart meters and the Avraam method. This project has been successfully completed.

 

The rest of the project consortium consisted of:

  • University of Cyprus, Cyprus (Project coordinator)

  • Malta Intelligent Energy Management Agency, Malta

  • E-C-C Verein für interdisziplinäre Beratung und Bildung, Austria

  • Kanuas Regional Energy Agency, Lithuania

  • INTEGRA INŠTITUT, Slovenia

  • Meath Community Rural & Social Development Partnership Ltd, Ireland

  • Centre for the Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology, Cyprus

  • QUALED občianske združenie pre kvalifikáciu a vdelávanje, Slovakia

  • University of Athens, Greece​