Energy efficiency: Genoa ’s first attempt

Energy efficiency is key to smart cities, by definition. The largest consumers of energy are buildings. Globally, they consume 60% of electricity consumption, 12% of water, 40% of waste and 40% of material resources.

City of Genoa is ambitious — “The future of Genoa is a sustainable city whose identity and development are inextricably linked to the harnessing of its natural resources”. Local government has been playing a crucial role in the transformation process: setting up Genova Smart City Association, funding university urban innovative research, hosting smart city conferences. New energy management systems for new grid configurations and actions are needed with the Kyoto Protocol, Energy 20–20–20, Energy Roadmap 2015 that Genoa signed up with.

About to be deployed in Genoa in June 2017, The Realtime Operational Smart Grid for Europe(ROSE) Project was considered an executable plan when it first born. It uses real time data based software to plan and adapt the energy consumptions in building to the best situation.

Utilizing data platform, through analyzing, measuring and evaluating big data in real time, ROSE project aims at:

  1. Day-ahead production scheduling of dispatchable sources and storage exploiting renewables forecast and optimization techniques.
  2. Real time optimal control of production and storage systems.
  3. Optimal thermal & electrical energy consumptions, minimizing the CO2 emissions, annual operating costs and primary energy use.

As widespread as innovations that marry the digital and energy disciplines, the ROSE project differentiates itself in its eaty-to-install, ene-to-end characteristic.

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