One of the major challenges of the European energy agenda for 2020 is to balance energy supply, demand and consumption. In some parts of Europe, renewable energy cannot be transported to consumers due insufficient infrastructure to support its intermittent nature.
Further, Europe will find it difficult to compete with its largest trading partner, the US, on energy prices due to differences in exploitable natural resources. As a net energy importer, Europe’s strategy for a secure, competitive and sustainable energy system crucially depends on energy efficiency, competitive markets based on smart infrastructures, diversified energy sources and supply routes, the exploitation of both conventional and unconventional energy sources, and tech innovation.
There are two reasons why modern photovoltaic (PV) solar power systems fall short of the European energy challenges described above. First, they enable energy load-management based on statistical data of energy production and consumption behavior. To provide solar power stability for the prosumer, PV system high level over-dimensioning is required on-site. Secondly, the architecture of current PV systems cannot handle and manage individual types of prosumer loads. Consequently, most solar power systems have hidden energy resources that could be leveraged much more efficiently.
These challenges give rise to the main imputs of the ENOPTUS project: to launch an efficient, affordable and user-friendly solution to leverage and optimize diverse solar power resources in real time (Nearly Zero Energy Buildings approach). This will be done by combining SaaS energy management with integrated advanced decision support functionalities and system predictions algorithms with energy optimization hardware controllers (based on IoT communication standards) with integrated algorithms for automated control actions on selected loads.