Service Oriented Grid for the Network of the Future


The energy systems of 2025 will be based on increasing levels of RES penetration and DSO’s will need new insight into how their networks are performing to optimise their operations financially. At the same time, the 5G mobile networks will be deployed by 2025 offering low latency, high availability services enabling data driven control. The evolution of the energy sector is increasingly focused on energy as a service. What DSOs now need is to accelerate their ability to introduce innovations, such as those based on the sharing economy, by themselves using services increasing their flexibility to adapt and reducing their need for fixed investments. SOGNO will address this challenge by combining the application of deep intelligence techniques, industry grade data analysis and visualisation tools, advanced sensors, an advanced power measurement unit and 5G based ICT to provide fine grained visibility and control of both MV and LV power networks using end to end automation in a virtualised environment. Our results are provided as turnkey services, validated in DSO field trials (to TRL level 6) preparing them for market introduction beginning shortly after the project ends. An Open API will be provided to enable third parties to market their services in our eco-system creating further market growth. Regulatory and standards changes needed to enable the deployment of advanced techniques will be prepared by the project. Ethical business models will support the market introduction of turnkey services. Commercialisation of the project results, as energy services, will result in disruptive change in the DSO energy market enabling breakthroughs in the speed and cost effectiveness of DSO large scale roll out of automation and growth in the energy services market in Europe and beyond. The SOGNO vision will unlock a new service-oriented market making Europe’s energy sector the most advanced and open in the world.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Lorenzo Peretto

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Energia Elettrica e dell'Informazione "Guglielmo Marconi"

Ericsson Gmbh(Germany)

Other Participants:
Rheinisch Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen - Rwth (D) (Germany)
Centrul Roman Al Energiei - Cre (Romania)
Ericsson Eesti AS (Estonia)
The National Microelectronics Applications Centre Ltd (Ireland)
Gridhound Ug (Haftungsbeschränkt) (Germany)
Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Cez Romania Sa (Romania)
Esb Networks Ltd (Ireland)
B.A.U.M. Consult Gmbh (Germany)
Altea B.V. (Netherlands)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 3.999.945,00
Project Duration in months: 30
Start Date: 01/01/2018
End Date: 30/06/2020

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Affordable and clean energy This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 774613