The main purpose of the Intelligent Energy Management Challenge is to find solutions that manage the electricity infrastructure of a building. This contributes to a sustainable energy system and opens up for attractive business models that stimulates a wide spread implementation. Besides the recognition award there is a possibility for test and procurement from the participating Swedish Municipalities.
ABOUT THE CONTEST
The Swedish Energy Agency together with Swedish Municipalities of Arvika, Eskilstuna, Gothenberg, Herrljunga and Uppsala, seek submissions for Intelligent Energy Management solutions that manage the energy infrastructure of buildings, in order to increase the self consumption of produced solar energy.
Participants in this competition vie for up to € 10.000 in recognition award. Award winners will have the opportunity to negotiate with the Swedish municipalities of the Intelligent Energy Management Challenge to engage with pilot projects.
A maximum of 4 respondents will be awarded a recognition award up to € 10.000 each.
Award winning respondents can be invited to negotiate pilot projects with participating municipalities for up to € 50.000 for each participating Swedish Municipality.
Successful pilot projects can result in supplier negotiations for up to € 2.800.000 with the participating Swedish Municipalities for 2016-2020.
KEY SUCCESS CRITERIA
The Swedish Energy Agency and the participating Swedish municipalities are looking for proposals that manage the energy infrastructure of a building with the objective to increase the self consumption of produced solar energy.
Specifically, solutions with the following properties are requested:
- Installed solar capacity of 20 to 200 kWp
- Average electricity consumption of 100 to 300 MWh per year
- 5-20 charging posts for electric vehicles
- Installed storage capacity of 0 to 20 kWh
- Attractive business model
- User friendly
- Able to be operated by non-expert
- Solutions providing additional benefits (besides increasing the self consumption) will be at an advantage. Such additional benefits may for example include: improved comfort, energy efficiency, uninterrupted power supply (UPS) for sensitive equipment, supporting fast charging of vehicles, and/or future active participation in the energy market.
- Solutions possible to upgrade with, e.g., a higher storage capacity or additional benefits during the system life-time will be at an advantage.
Contribution to sustainable development:
- Potential to contribute to the development of a sustainable energy system
- Proposed Solutions that are manufactured and maintained in a sustainable fashion will be at an advantage
- To be demonstrated in a pilot project in 2016 (preferably) or later
- Expected life-time of more than 10 years
- The solution needs to have remote monitoring and diagnostic functionality
The prices of solar cells have dropped significantly in recent years. An increasing number of electricity consumers are investing in their own solar energy production, hence becoming so-called prosumers. The action of a prosumer to consume energy that he/she is producing is called self consumption.
As the share of variable renewable electricity production increases, the demand for flexible energy consumption and storage is expected to increase. For some solar energy prosumers, e.g. municipalities with buildings with excess solar electricity production, it might already today be advantageous to facilitate flexible energy consumption and introduce storage in their energy systems in order to increase their self consumption of energy.
The electricity infrastructure of a building of such a prosumer consists of the following elements:
- Solar cells that produce solar electricity
- Electricity consumption devices like air conditioners, heat pumps, heating and other electrical devices. Part of this consumption can be shifted in time
- Electrical energy storage devices like electric cars which are connected temporarily to the electric infrastructure and which have to be fully charged at a particular moment in time
- Electrical energy storage devices that are connected permanently to the electric infrastructure
- A connection to the grid, which is used to sink excess electricity, and source electricity not provided by the solar cells
The main purpose of the Challenge is to find intelligent energy management solutions that manage the energy infrastructure of a building with the objective to increase the self consumption of solar energy produced in a building, and as a result reduce the amount of electricity sourced from the grid.The energy management solution can achieve this by controlling the different elements in this infrastructure, like:
- Determining when the flexible energy consumption devices are switched on/off
- Determining the charging levels of (temporary and permanent) energy storage devices (existing and additional ones)
See Terms and Conditions for details. Contest opens on October 15, 2015. Must submit at least one entry by February 2, 2016, to be eligible. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. No purchase necessary.