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Funded Research Projects

Elenco Progetti approvati 2010 (in fase di contrattualizzazione) Area Misure - Resp. Scientifico Prof. Antonio Pietrosanto

  • Bando Ricerca di Sistema - MISE.

RdS_4294 - SDMxDSM "Sistemi e dispositivi di telemisura e tele attuazione per l'applicazione di tecniche di Demand Side Management alle piccole utenze"

Title: "SDMxDSM - Remote metering devices and systems for Demand Side Management of small utilities"

The project aims to develop technologies, techniques and methods of efficient management of the electricity consumption/generation (and of other energy forms) in small, commercial or industrial utilities. The theoretic background is given by Demand Side Management techniques, which could represent an innovative solution to the problem of energy consumption management. DSM techniques are based on the automatic reduction of energy supply operated by the remote management in order to smooth the daily demand trend. The DSM techniques implementation would allow a consistent reduction of: i) costs related to energy distribution networks, due to an optimization of dimensions, ii) costs of energy thanks to a reduction of demand peaks; iii) energy consumptions of demand side which becomes even more responsible thanks to this innovative contract. The project is also planned to develop a set of software applications that, based on infrastructure networks, will enable a more effective use of technology previously introduced. In particular, these applications will be addressed both to those who manage the overall product allowing better control and a real-time monitoring of the system is that end users can monitor and dynamically manage the flow of energy.


  • Bando Industria 2015 Efficienza Energetica - MISE.


The research project deals with the topic of innovative technologies in the field of domestic energy consumers finalized to an increasing of energetic efficiency. Project deliverable is represented by a prototype of system for the remote monitoring and management of all domestic energy inputs. The system has been thought as a support for management decisions having the aim of reducing energy consumption. The proposed energy management system makes more useful and effective the communication capabilities featuring the newest and innovative both domestic and industrial energy consuming devices, as well as the adaptive behaviour of building automation systems which would be used for reconfiguring devices to match the demand reduction operated by management. Such an integrated flexible management of all the energy supplies (electric, gas and hot water) would be possible if were designed and realized the following items: i) energy supply reduction actuators ii) measurement, elaboration and control local units featured with analog and digital output/input modules, and multi standard communication modules for transmitting measurements and receiving commands to/from a remote central management unit; iii) a suitable ad hoc data network. It is worth noting that the proposed energy management system would find as well application to industrial and commercial users. Small industries which cannot have to disposal an energy manager could get significant energy savings by means of held down investments. The system proposed would centralize the energy management entrusting it to an information system implementing management rules codified by a pool of experts and helping management to take decisions on the basis of data coming from users, energy market and user specifications. The system will be able to control electricity, water and natural gas consume with the installation of specially designed modules as well as acquire measures about heating in order to manage costeffectively any cogeneration plant. A further feature is the ability to interact remotely with the various local energy sources (cogeneration, wind, photovoltaics, biogas, etc.) to assess the energy quantity to be placed on the network through either the interruption or reduction of suitable consumers. The market penetration of the system covered by this study will also pursue the objectives of collective interest. In fact, it will allow to pursue benefits about environment (associated with the rationalization of energy consumption), employment and demand reduction for the development of local area networks.


  • Bando Industria 2015 Made in Italy - MISE.

MI01_00290-"SMART GRID Architecture for Demand Side Management"

Objective of this project is to define the best architecture for a smart grid in order to optimize the generation in line with demand of users.
Smart grid are created to take advantage of all the modern technologies available today to transform the current network that operates in a smarter way to facilitate:
• self-control actions to improve reliability, increasing resilience against component failure and natural disasters, reducing the frequency and extent of interruptions in delivery subject to regulatory policies, operational requirements, limitations of equipment and customer preferences;
• Improving the efficiency maximizing use of resources;
• improved resilience against malicious attacks through increased physical security and state-of-the-art cyber security to preserve data integrity, confidentiality and authenticity
• integration of renewable resources, including solar and wind by the buildings of the private production facilities centralized to improve the global energy sustainability;
• the integration of all types of energy storage and other resources such as plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) to counteract the variability of renewable resources (eg wind) and demand;
• bi-directional communication between the consumer and the operator so that end users can actively participate in and customize their energy consumption based on individual preferences (price, environmental concerns, etc.);
• improve market efficiency through innovative products related to energy, ancillary services, risks, etc., made available to consumers and other market participants;
• Improved quality of service, no voltage dips and spikes as well as other disturbances and interruptions, to reinforce an increasingly digital.
The current trend of smart grid is defined by international standards such as IEC 61850, 61970 and 61968, relating to substations, high-level integration and distribution, respectively. These standards define the general shape of a smart grid or its architecture but not necessarily suggest specific ways to implement the smart grid itself. Smart grid does not mean a specific technology but a new paradigm of the energy industry, which refers to a next generation energy-environment.


  • Bando Industria 2015 Made in Italy - MISE.

MI01_00292 - "A measurement gateway for energy consumption management"

This project deals with the developement of interface systems thought to allow the remote control of local units for the measurement of electrical energy, heat and gas. It will require design and realization of microcontroller-based embedded systems equipped with wireless and wired communication modules, Remote Measurement Units (RMU). The most common and widespread standard bus based solutions will be held into account, in the field of both ISM band (ZigBee, Bluetooth, wi-fi, etc..), and mobile phone nets (GSM, GPRS, HDSPA, UMTS, etc..). In addition an innovative based on FSK and CPFSK modulation communication protocol will be studied for domotic and building automation applications. Solutions dealing with signals pulsed by MSK modulation and request to request (RTR) communication protocols will be experimented. Then, the problem of node synchronization will be tackled through the use of specific protocols like NTP or FTSP, whereas suitable cyber security techniques will be adopted to reduce to the minimum the risk of intrusion in the local data network. RMU architecture will be completed by the power supply module, whose characteristics will be defined to obtain the minimum energy consumption. The rechargeable battery life will be increased through suitable techniques of consumption scaling on the basis of factors like available resources, event frequency and desired output quality. Both hardware and software answers will be given to this problem: modular architecture and control software which manages resources with the aim of reducing the working duty cycle of RMUs.
Design and realization of the multipurpose meter and all the RMUs will be carried out as consistent to the 2004/22/CE directive on measuring instruments (MID), which defines a "new approach" to compliance declaration, forcing essential performance requirements for 10 categories of measuring instruments (including utility, electrical energy, water and gas meters).


The project aims to develop a new generation of technologies, techniques and methods for Smart Grid.
The main deliverables are cutting-edge hardware and software platforms and adaptive systems for certified measurements in order to arise and improve the modern power net management. The set up of a new measuring laboratory for calibration and accreditation will be a valid support for the industrial research and for facing the needs related to the develop ,implementation and certification of components and systems in the power net field. The main objectives are :
1. To Define a Metrology for energy and net
2. To Develop Methods ,architectures and technologies in order to optimize the power flow on smart grid in presence of renewable fonts not programmable and with modular loads.
3. To Implement and Model a wireless sensor s network in order to proactively monitor the asset of the net in the case of uncertainty due to the significant presence of renewable energy generation.
4. Conceptualization of an Enterprise service bus based on semantic technologies for the information sharing among systems that contribute to manage the power net.