The SEAS project is at the heart of the energy transition. The project set out to enable interworking of energy, ICT and automation systems at consumption sites, introducing dynamic and intricate ICT-based solutions to control, monitor and estimate energy consumption. It also explored business models and solutions to enable energy market participants to incorporate micro-grid environments and active customers. The SEAS revolution: more cost-effective, more environmentally friendly and more customer focused energy streams through efficient interaction between providers and prosumers … everywhere.
The objective of SEAS was to model energy related IT systems so that meaningful, efficient and expandable information exchange can be standardised between market players in a field traditionally riddled by a lack of system interoperability. This work resulted in three main outcomes:
The scope and breadth of the project is evident from 120 use cases classified in six main categories along with 30 ontologies for the energy domain. In addition to two demonstrator scenarios defined on autonomous buildings and microgrids, 16 pilots in four different countries and distributed data platforms were installed, supplemented with a Microgrid Context Awareness Framework, including algorithms.
ENGIE introduced the DAPM (data access point manager), a dedicated middleware & appstore for city areas, open to third party applications and data. This new “City as a Service” model breaks down not only the energy silos but also other verticals in a first step towards interoperability. Data management thus operates horizontally across domains – transport, water, heating, lighting, even weather information and traffic regulation, bringing urban management to a higher level. DAPM has already been taken up by Aubagne (for public lighting) and is being considered in Rennes, Dijon, Marseille, Saint-Nazaire in France and Barcelona in Spain. A partnership for prototyping has already been signed between ENGIE & Intel who will provide dedicated chipsets, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence solutions for large-scale industrialisation.
Asema Electronics markets the Smart API SDK and its specification. Furthermore, Asema IoT Central is a software that embeds the functionality of the Smart API into a development platform that can be used by organisations who want to implement their own energy and mobility IoT solutions. Asema IoT Central is used in smart cities for smart waste management, smart lighting, vehicle sharing, smart charging, and building management offering one holistic view to all city data across various departments and organisations within the city.
The Empower Enerim EMS – Energy Management System builds on the SEAS results. It is an energy domain network and market process orchestration system that allows balancing of the network with market and control functionalities. Enerim EMS enables energy companies and energy intensive communities or industrial customers to manage their energy assets and market positions more efficiently.