- to create a sustainable network of innovative lead market Living Labs in Europe to address common challenges related to regulatory issues in the so-called ’free last energy mile market’.
- to enable household and citizen level validation and empowerment for active role in energy saving, innovative distribution and even areas of local energy productions
- to promote strongly local level SME innovation and create European level synergies to these companies in scaling their market reach in ICT enhanced energy efficiency domain
- to project new emergent value constructions and business models in the liberated energy market through these pilots from these pilot user/community/local SME perspective and highlight regulatory issues related.
- to pilot a common benchmark framework, and derive general guidelines related to this. This framework will assess the scalability of the network services and the comparability of research data within cross-border projects.
This experiment will target the challenges in terms of Energy Efficiency which the European Union is currently facing. To identify and address these key challenges, an ICT-based transformation of the energy sector is needed both in production and consumption.
Knowing that heating, cooling and lighting of buildings account for more than 40% of European energy consumption, the Energy Efficiency use case will focus on the stimulation of behavioural changes by providing real-time updates on energy consumption through Smart meters. This requires a cross-border large scale demonstration approach.
Therefore the Energy Efficiency vertical experiment will cluster four running local Living Lab projects in four countries dealing with Energy efficiency in general and Smart metering in particular: the Energy Pilot in Sweden, the Pilot for real-time in Finland, the Amsterdam Smart City in the Netherlands and the Lisbon Energy Pilot in Portugal.
Each of these projects is independently investigating how smart metering technology can be used in the most efficient way and creates behavioural change. The goal is to validate the outcomes of these projects on a broader scale by using a common research benchmark and, by doing so, enhance the scalability of Living Lab research.
Although similar to the previous experiment, each of the Living Labs will use its existing project. But instead of transferring these systems, the Energy Efficiency experiment will create a common research benchmark.
This research benchmark will centrally steer the local research activities in order to
- compare the different results of each of the individual projects and
- to experiment with successful outcomes of one Living Lab in another.
The first step is to establish such a benchmark. This will be a joint effort of the different Living Labs. Secondly, this research benchmark will be applied in each of the four Living Labs.
For this the Nokia Home control centre can be used, which allows the four Living Labs to integrate wireless access to home based services and virtual monitoring of these smart meters. Finally the data gathered in each of the Living Labs will be compared.