Softeco, leads the VIRTUS project (VIRTUal Management of distributed energy resourceS) financed by the Ministry of Economic Development through the Cassa per i servizi energetici e ambientali (CSEA, www.csea.it) for a total of Euro 1.1 million, of which Euro 550 thousand as part related to the activities carried out by Softeco.
The project will develop a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) prototype in an industrial tertiary context, with the aim of validating the value chain in several real districts (industrial and public administration) and demonstrating the technical and economic feasibility of synergistic coordination of distributed resources, for local energy optimization and the provision of services dedicated to different actors of the electricity system, regulated and liberalized.
The VIRTUS project is supported by the scientific coordination of the University of Genoa – Department of Electrical, Electronic, Telecommunications and Naval Engineering (DITEN) thanks to the collaboration with the IEES (Intelligent Electrical Energy Systems, http://iees.diten.unige.it) a laboratory coordinated by Prof. Stefano Massucco. The University of Bologna and Yanmar R&D Europe Srl also take part in the cluster.
The project consolidates and enhances the profitable and continuous collaboration between Softeco and UNIGE-DITEN-IEES in the study of methodologies and development of cutting-edge solutions for smart grids, after the experience of the SmartGen project (Study, development and validation of innovative methods and tools for the management of active distribution networks with generation from renewable sources, www.smartgen.it) and the current PODCAST project (Platform for Optimization of Distribution through the use of data from Electronic Counters and Distribute Storage systems, www.podcast-csea.eu).
With the coordination of the SmartGen, PODCAST and VIRTUS initiatives, Softeco completes a bouquet of R&D projects in the field of Ricerca di Sistema (www.ricercadisistema.it), confirming its role as a reference for high added value research activities on the smart grid and digital energy issues.