Virtual Microgrids for Smart Energy Networks

VIMSEN is an R&D project which addresses the challenges pertaining to the acceleration of renewable energy investments and the prevention of small energy producers to actively participate in the current centralised electricty market. This is acheived the efforts to be undertaken by the project to transform the current centralized electricity market framework into a distributed one, introducing the concept of virtual micro-grid networks.

Virtual micro-grids (VMGs) are associations of distributed energy generators and/or micro-grid networks that have agreed to operate on a common basis. VMGs provides flexibility to small or very small energy generators, since,

  • they can re-distribute energy resources with each other to compensate energy production-distribution, and
  • they can directly participate in the electricity market through the respective association, which acts similarly as a big power generator unit.

VIMSEN researches:

  • on an intelligent data metering techniques suitable for the VMG distributed network, i
  • on information and decision making technologies for the dynamic VMG creation in a way to optimize the participants' benefits and macro-grid perspectives,
  • on a reliable communication infrastructure that permits QoS provisioning for data exchange in the VMG network and
  • on an active energy management and control tool for the operation of the virtual micro-grid as a common virtual power unit.

Business models will investigate the trade-off between the benefits of the association and the cost of the technologies needed to establish the VMGs will also be developed