In the beginning of 2021, the BD4NRG: Big Data for Next Generation Energy was launched under the EU’s multiannual framework programme for research and innovation, the so-called Horizon 2020. The project consists of 34 partners from 15 European countries. In addition to Borzen, the consortium from Slovenia also includes the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana, ELES, Elektro Ljubljana and Comsensus. The project integrates the area that offers many untapped opportunities for energy market participants in exploiting the large amount of data generated by the operation of energy systems and the opportunities by the new field of artificial intelligence. These opportunities can be used to improve decision-making powers and the operation of energy systems and markets, as well as to take decisions on planning investments and network operations in the future.
The vision and main objective of the BD4NRG project is to develop and demonstrate an innovative modular analytical energy-oriented tool for smart grids, which will manage large amounts of data (“Big Data”) with high time granularity, as well as near-real-time transmissions. This aims to achieve the support for technical and economical optimal performance of the electronic system. This will include optimal risk management to achieve energy efficiency, investment planning, optimal energy infrastructure management, as well as improved efficiency and reliability of the electricity grid. All this will contribute to the fair pricing of electricity for consumers, while, essentially, ensuring the energy-data sharing.
Borzen will participate in one of the large-scale pilots in cooperation with Elektro Ljubljana and Comsensus. The objective of the pilot is to show the coordinated operation of network elements and elements connected behind the electricity meter in order to improve the operation of the network and, at the same time, account for the operation of one segment of the electricity market as close as possible to real time. The project also addresses the issue of aggregators, which is one of the key elements of the forthcoming change in the market model in accordance with the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.