Coordinated ENErgy Resource manaGEment under uncerTainty considering electrIc vehiCles and demand flexibility in distribution networks

CENERGETIC is a project, proposed by GECAD/ISEP in cooperation with UNESP from Brazil that aims to address a relevant societal problem by improving the integration of renewable energy resources and electric vehicles (EVs) in smart grids. The current problem formulations for optimal energy resource management do not fully consider the uncertainties introduced by distributed energy resources, such as renewable generation and EVs. Thus, the existing solutions may lead to unexpected results if different realizations of the forecasts occur. The current project shall propose advances with new models and algorithms (including computational intelligence) that consider uncertainty for EVs and other resources and approach different time scheduling horizons. Overall, CENERGETIC should capture the interdependencies between DERs and ultimately achieve optimal operation with higher integration of renewables in the smart grid, thus leading to more economical, environmental and social benefits.

List of workpackages

WP1 - Organization and management
WP2 - Requirements and business models
WP3 - Electric vehicles flexibility
WP4 - Energy resource management models
WP5 - Optimization approaches and techniques
WP6 - Simulation, validation and result analysis
WP7 - Communication and dissemination

WP1: This work package (WP) will ensure the efficient coordination of the project, namely to achieve the objectives within the budget and the schedule using the available resources efficiently. João Soares and the Co-PI will guarantee proper communication and coordination among the participants and facilitate the project activities.

WP2: This WP defines the most relevant requirements regarding the models and methods that will be developed in WP3, WP4, and WP5. WP2 will also explore the analysis and proposal of business models. The business models will be conceived so that they are suitable for the electric grid with several different players (e.g. retailers, aggregators, virtual power plants) that will have an intensive collaboration among them. The developed business models in the scope of CENERGETIC will enable players to maximize their benefits, while also guaranteeing adequate use of the electricity grid.

WP3: WP3 will address aspects that must be considered to provide accurate incorporation of EV uncertainty and flexibility into existing ERM models, namely by providing practical and more realistic consideration of charging strategies and flexibility of EVs.

WP4: This WP will develop and implement advanced ERM contributing to CENERGETIC’s goals, i.e. achieving efficient use of DER, tackling different time horizons, and considering uncertainty.

WP5: This task will develop and implement optimization algorithms, from deterministic techniques to advanced metaheuristics, to solve the ERM models proposed in WP4.

WP6: WP6 undertakes intensive and realistic simulation studies to test and validate the models and methods resulting from the project. A simulation environment with the established models and algorithms will be developed by ISEP.

WP7: This WP will handle the communication and dissemination strategy to maximize the impact of the results of CENERGETIC project. It contains a dissemination and exploitation plan to create and exploit routes to maximize usage of the expected results and applications concepts by business customers.