The European Commission supported INERTIA project, which is aimed to investigate the integration of prosumers into the smart grid, has completed its first year with several outcomes to report.

Among these are the high level business scenarios covering the role of the main stakeholders (Occupants, Facility managers, Aggregators) and the detailed use cases. Taking into account the objectives of the scenarios and the goals of the INERTIA stakeholders, a multi-criteria performance framework has been defined. Further a list of more than 50 key performance indicators is available, which has been cross correlated to the main stakeholders and the respective business domains (Energy, Operational, Comfort, Flexibility).

In addition, an actively involved Living Lab has been established for the alignment of project business analysis with real life needs. The INERTIA Living Lab is not a traditional research lab/testbed but an “innovation platform” that brings together and engages end-users, researchers, industrialists, and policy makers, setting a collaboration space for the whole period of the project.

A detailed technical analysis of the integrated solution has also been provided. The INERTIA reference architecture and common information model of the project, addressing the different aspects examined (DERs, occupants, occupants’ preferences), has been clearly defined and will be further implemented in the next period. Moreover, the final demonstration of the innovative platform will be tested in two fully operational pilot sites, appropriately selected with the aim of addressing different demand response scenarios as well as engaging a representative number of occupants.

The main objective of the INERTIA project is to addresses the “structural inertia” of existing distribution grids by introducing more active elements combined with the necessary control and distributed coordination mechanisms. The implementation of an integrated framework, taking into account factors such as end-consumers and their daily activity profiling, mass penetration of local generation, and the functioning of a deregulated market environment set the core INERTIA vision.

The project, running for 36 months, is implemented by an international consortium coordinated by the Institute of Informatics and Telematics of the National Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH-ITI). Other project participants are PPC and Hypertech S.A. from Greece, Tecnalia from Spain, the Technical University of Kosice from Slovakia, Engineering and Indesit from Italy, CNet AB from Sweden, and Almende B.V. from the Netherlands.