Topic of the practice
Energy supply, smart grids, ICT infrastructure, energy management, renewable energy
Good Practice Information
Alpine areas have many sources of renewbale energy, such as hydropower, solar and wind energy, wood and other biomass. However there are discrepances beteween the availability of the energy, the demand profiles and the energy distrubution systems. These discrepancies are leading to increases in electricity costs. This problem can be addressed by a VPS system. A VPS system is a type of network, which connects small power plants, which collect energy from hydro power, solar power, biomass etc.
All these small power plants are connected with one station and it supplies one small willage with energy, allowing this village to be self sufficient in terms of energy. The project also supplied every household with a smart meter, which provides them with information about their real time use and cost of energy, including times of day when the energy is cheapest.
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Annex completed on: 09-01-2013