NRG-5: Decentralised, trusted lock-in free “Plug & Play vision”

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Benefits for the Energy Sector

The emerging neighbourhood market of energy and energy services, in the context of a local microgrid which aims at maximizing microgrid self-consumption and to reduce the energy exchange to the higher-level grid. The real case is either considering a LV network with high RES penetration and supplied by a MV/LV transformer (microgrids have usually only one point of connection with the main grid, which is here the MV/LV transformer) or an MV grid with high RES penetration and supplied by a HV/MV transformer (as the point of connection with the main grid). It is considered that prosumers with excess energy produced by their PV resources and having also storage means for flexibility are interested to sell their energy or to provide flexibility / balancing services inside the local microgrid. 

NRG-5 Advances

Targeting the Smart Energy vertical domain, NRG-5 defines use cases covering all three groups of MTC communications and aims to examine how already defined 5G radio features could be used in Energy use cases. One of the main objectives of NRG5 project is to achieve truly decentralised, secure and trusted plug ‘n’ play by combining MTC VNFs and inherited physical functions of low-end devices (focus on smart meters) with distributed key management mechanisms allowing for easy and real-time identification of a huge number of automated devices (e.g. smart meters, PMUs, smart grid sensors, UAVs/drones), so that network auto-configuration can be achieved automatically. Self-organization and unified AAA will be achieved in a homogeneous manner to address multi-tenancy under geographically unbound mobility scenarios. Moreover, secure communications will be achieved irrespectively of the network service provided and the physical entity initiating the connection.

In terms of ITU 5G functionalities, NRG-5 investigates:

  • mMTC via the vast number of smart meters. 
  • uMTC as most VNFs require real-time control of the smart energy services (e.g. drones, PMUs). 
  • Inclusion of xMEC VNF extensions for Terminals Self-Discovery (vTSD), Self-Organizing Networks (vSON), Mobility Management Entity (vMME), Blockchains Processing (vBCP) and Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (vAAA)

About this demonstration 

Locations: Paris (France); Aachen (Germany); Terni (Italy)

Date: Q4-2018

Vertical Partners involved: ASM Terni SpA, eMOTION Srl

Also involved: Engineering - Ingegneria Informatica SpA (Coordinator), BT, Optimum, Power Ops Ltd, Singular Logic, Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Sterea Ellada (TEISTE), Thales,  Wind Tre SpA

Other Partners: Engie Ineo, E.ON Energy Research Centre at RWTH Aachen University, Hispasat - Satellite Communications SA, Jozef Stefan Institute, Keysight Technologies, Málaga University, ROMGAZ SA, Romanian Energy Centre(CRE), UPMC Sorbonne University, Visiona SA, WINLAB (Wireless Information Network Laboratory) of Rutgers University

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